new shop progress #4: shop floor

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Blog entry by woodnut posted 11-26-2007 02:42 AM 1111 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello there again guys. Seems like the only time I find time to get on here is to ask for your help. Building the new shop has been fun but also a pretty big job. Now for the question. What product did you or would you use to seal your concrete shop floor? Just a clear finish is all that I am looking for. Thanks in advance.

-- F.Little

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 03:48 AM

Don’‘t know about clear.
I put 2 part epoxy on mine and thank the Lord everyday that I did.
Plain cement will keep the dust. You need something to fill the pores.

I got mine at Lowe’s but I did a google search to find others. Lowe’s was just convenient (and somewhat less expensive).

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#2 posted 11-26-2007 04:48 PM

Dirt, grease, oil, paint, stain, sweat, beer, dog pee, mouse droppings, sawdust and more sawdust, and a pinch of blood. Oh yeah, there was this one lab experiment that escaped but died and dissolved before it could get thru the door. We were lucky with that one.

*Really opened yourself up for this one didn’t ‘cha Woodnut?

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#3 posted 11-26-2007 05:33 PM

When we bought our new house, we decided to have the garage floor coated. This was before I had any thoughts about getting into woodworking. Our old garage was bare concrete and was always dusty, oil stains and generally always needed cleaning.

The coating we had put on with our new house was some kind of expoxy hybrid. Anyway, I am not particularly neat person, I like having a clean garage floor. It is easy to sweep and spills clean right up.

We had sand added to the coating to give the floor some texture. Despite this, the floor with a little saw dust gets slippery. So you might want to take this factor into consideration when deciding on what to coat your floor with and if you can texture it. I suspect any floor coating that gives more than moderate traction will have the downside of being harder to keep clean. Rubber mats would help both from a safety and comfort stand point.


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#4 posted 11-26-2007 07:31 PM

I’ve heard that epoxy is the way to go. I haven’t done my shop or garage yet but I intend to when I have the time and ambition to do so.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 11-26-2007 07:50 PM

I used Thompson’s Water Seal on my last show that I poured. Wish I’d have used epoxy on this one but the timing and the weather did not cooperate.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 12-31-2007 03:06 AM

I agree with Sawdust2’s comments with regard to the epoxy paint. I did both my upper garage floors and my lower one, where my shop is, with the two part epoxy paint. The only problem with the paint job has been with my shop floor which, being part of a walk out basement, has a higher moisture level than does the upper garage floor so that I do have some paint peeling away from the floor. But it does make sawdust clean-up relatively easy (I usually strap on my blower and blow it out into the yard). I got the epoxy at Lowe’s as well.

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