so, you want to epoxy your garage floor, eh? Look inside.

I did this a year ago. Turned out great. A few tips.

– I used the Rustoleum brand. The "2 car garage" box was enough for my 2-car garage. Amazing, eh? I even put it on relatively thick.

– make sure you can’t see concrete after you roll it. you should only need one coat.

– BE EASY ON THE CONFETTI. YOU WILL RUN OUT BEFORE YOU COVER THE WHOLE FLOOR. I had to go up to Home Depot and bribe them out of another bag of the stuff. I don’t suggest that. It comes with 2 bags, and that should be enough. I put too much on.

– cleaning out the garage: take all the crap out of the garage, brush it out with a stiff broom, then hose it out. Then mix up the citric acid powder that they give you in the kit, and brush that into the concrete. Follow all the directions. I borrowed a buddy’s pressure washer, and that really came in handy. you want the floor CLEAN as a whistle.

– if you have a brand new house (garage never been used), just hose it down & use the acid for kicks. can’t hurt

– LET IT DRY. mine took a good few hours. I bought a large floor squeegee, and that helped a lot.

– get a POS heavy-duty bristle brush, a nice roller handle (cheap ones will bend), and whatever nap roller they recommend. You will throw everything but the roller head away.

– start with the brush & cut in the edges. i’m anal, so i used a piece of cardboard so i didn’t get paint on the wall.

– after cutting in, start brushing it out, stopping to toss down some confetti. you’ll quickly learn how far it DOESN’T fly. Don’t expect to throw it very far at all.

– i also closed the garage door before starting, and ran a pencil down where the door gasket hit the ground. i then ran some tape down, so i got a clean edge when the door was open. i thought maybe it’d look funny with the door up, but it would look funnier with garage paint on the outside of the closed door. i’m happy i have the division.

– yes, there are other paint ‘systems’ out there that are better, but this works just fine for my 2car garage, and it only cost $99. I’ve heard the Baer system isn’t all that great.

there’s plenty of other crap that i’m forgetting, but it’s 5pm, i’m on the phone as i’m typing. reply here with questions – i’ll answer sometime.

here are some pics:

EDIT: Link my pics on other forums, and i’ll cut your fingers off. Then i’ll call you bad names.
also, buy a cheapo paint stirrer that attaches to a drill. you WILL be throwing it away after being in this epoxy paint.

stock up on those paint stirrer sticks too.
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couple of questions

1) how slick is the floor when wet?

2) if you drop or scuff it hard, will the paint " peel " per say?

3) I have heard moisture kills the epoxy and makes it peel, have you had any problems with this?

4) how much easier is it to keep the garage floor clean with the epoxy down versus before?

5) cracks in the floor – did the epoxy just fill it up or is that a little more tricky?

6) so one box did your entire floor? Did you have any left over or was it just enough?

7) was this a one day / one weekend / one month or what process?

Thanks!

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couple of questions

1) how slick is the floor when wet?
2) if you drop or scuff it hard, will the paint " peel " per say?
3) I have heard moisture kills the epoxy and makes it peel, have you had any problems with this?
4) how much easier is it to keep the garage floor clean with the epoxy down versus before?
5) cracks in the floor – did the epoxy just fill it up or is that a little more tricky?
6) so one box did your entire floor? Did you have any left over or was it just enough?
7) was this a one day / one weekend / one month or what process?
Thanks!

1. not at all, as long as you use the confetti. parents have just paint on their floor, and it’s like an ice rink when wet. Mine is no different really than regular concrete.
2. i’ve dropped tools, my jack, ran hot r-compound tires on, brake fluid, oil, whatever …. nothing NOTHING has come up yet.
3. with my garage heater, i get assloads of moisture in the winter. no problems (yet).
4. it doesn’t stain as easy. put some detergent in a bucket, use a brush, scrub, and rinse. it’s clean then.
5. i didn’t worry about the cracks. i suppose you could fill ’em, but i didn’t bother.
6. i had maybe 1/3-gallon left. pretty much perfect. standard 2car garage.
7. one weekend. see below:

DRYING TIME: i washed out the garage one day, and let it dry all day/night on a friday. started to ‘paint’ on saturday morning, and left the garage door open until that night. sunday morning, it was dry enough to walk on. i moved my workbench back into the house that afternoon (had a buddy help me so i didn’t drag it on the floor). Sunday evening, i started moving my shelving back in.

CARS: I didn’t pull a car onto the surface for TWO WEEKS. My uncle waited one week, and had it pull up a little bit. I dind’t want that, so i sacrificed another week.

Seriously, it’s worked great, and I haven’t seen it peel up at all. I fully suggest it. It’s super easy, but you have to have some patience to not be able to really use your garage for a couple of weeks.
Thanks, good info. The wife is thinking about doing this to our garage in our new house. (Yes. she’ll do it by herself)

She was thinking about not putting on the confetti, but now that you say it prevents slippage, she’d better do it.

Thanks, good info. The wife is thinking about doing this to our garage in our new house. (Yes. she’ll do it by herself)

She was thinking about not putting on the confetti, but now that you say it prevents slippage, she’d better do it.

it’s really simple, and yes … i wouldn’t skip the sprinkles. i don’t really like the way they look, but i also don’t appreciate slipping & bashing my head in on the floor. I weighed the two options, and decided to sprinkle.

That’s pretty much what she said except it was "I don’t want to hear you yelling "Goddammit!!!!!" and "Jesus Christ!!!!" when you slip on the wet floor.
What is the main benefit one gets from doing this? I need to do some more research, but your pics look great. Thanks for sharing
I want to do this on my basement floor, but I wouldn’t be able to wash it out…

i just used a brush to get some of the paint down in there. that’s it.

looks good, easy to clean, doesn’t stain.

wet/dry shop vac.
looks good… a little advice for new homeowners though

DO NOT PAINT OR SEAL FRESH CONCRETE

concrete takes months to fully cure,dont paint it for at least 3-6 months minimum, the paint wont bond otherwise

also isnt it muriatic acid, not citric acid?

looks good… a little advice for new homeowners though

DO NOT PAINT OR SEAL FRESH CONCRETE

concrete takes months to fully cure,dont paint it for at least 3-6 months minimum, the paint wont bond otherwise

also isnt it muriatic acid, not citric acid?

interesting. we did it at my uncles house 2 years ago when he built the house, and it looks fine.

it’s citric acid that comes with the Rustoleum kit in powder form.

looks good… a little advice for new homeowners though

DO NOT PAINT OR SEAL FRESH CONCRETE

concrete takes months to fully cure,dont paint it for at least 3-6 months minimum, the paint wont bond otherwise

also isnt it muriatic acid, not citric acid?

really? My house is going to be completed may 1st… do i need to wait until end of summer then?

you can seal it but it must be a "cure and seal" sealer.
You only need to wait 30 days before painting or sealing fresh concrete.
Anyone tried mixing sand in with the epoxy? I think it would look better than the "confetti" and would be easier to get full, solid coverage. I mixed sand into paint before when painting a porch and figure this would work similarly.

Some people do.

Be warned that its now going to be a PITA to clean up, can’t use paper towels or rags any more. And if you fall on it, bye bye skin.

it all depends on what you do in your garage.

I’ve never had a problem with epoxy’d floors being too slippery. I don’t try and run around my garage though

Some people do.

Be warned that its now going to be a PITA to clean up, can’t use paper towels or rags any more. And if you fall on it, bye bye skin.

it all depends on what you do in your garage.

I’ve never had a problem with epoxy’d floors being too slippery. I don’t try and run around my garage though

From my experience, this stuff will begin to peel up in a year in wet spots (like under your car tires) and in about 2 years in heavy traffic spots. You will probably have to redo it all in 5 years (or fewer if you are anal about chipped paint.)
Yeah I have a good friend that did this in his garage, looks great. I would definitely consider it on a house right now
oh shit Nebraska!!

oh wait, its ace3. hahahaha
bumping an old thread…curious on how your floor is still holding up
A few things…

1. Instead of those ugly flakes you can use silica sand to create a non slip surface. I’ve heard of people doing it by either mixing it straight into the epoxy during mix or misting it on there like you do the flakes. Be careful how much you add.. add too much and you’ll have a sandpaper floor..

2. You can use a few thigns to seal the seams to create a seamless garage. Depending on your location and how the ground shifts you can use anything from bondo to liquid nails concrete patch (its flexible and wont crack as the foundation settles).

I’m getting ready to do mine, the only color i have is black though and I’m not sure i want my garage floor black…
it’s okay. i think i’ll probably throw down some more next year. it has come up a little big around some cracks in the floor, and where my hot race tires came down on it.

other than that, it’s great.
I’d love to see what a pure white floor with black specks would look like.
bumping the old thread again..

The confetti makes it non slip I assume.. How does it affect creepers? Is working on your back out of the question now?

bumping the old thread again..

The confetti makes it non slip I assume.. How does it affect creepers? Is working on your back out of the question now?

yeah, floor jacks and creepers work just fine. the confetti stuff is stuck into the epoxy, so it wont come up … working on your back is just fine.
You have to make sure you buy the GOOD epoxy, if you buy the cheap shit it will chip and peal…Spend the cash or don’t waste your time.
Its amazing what you find when you cant sleep

We used the Rustoleum Epoxy kit last year to do our garage floor. We used almost two complete two car kits. So far is holding up great, we used the non-slip stuff just because it was like 4 bucks a bag and we wanted the peace of mind. I dont recall exactly how long it took us, but my roomate spent most of the day cleaning the floor while I was at work. We waited 7-9 days before we pulled our cars back in, and we have had no problems with anything peeling or anything.

Heres my pics: Ignore the pics of the cars, my roomate needed some space for pics of his car.

There was a few spots we had to patch using some vinyl cement patch, which is what some of the pics were of. Also in one of them you can see the gradient as it was drying, made for a neat picture.
Anybody ever use any of the kits that include a top coat like the one from this company – ?

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couple of questions

1) how slick is the floor when wet?

2) if you drop or scuff it hard, will the paint " peel " per say?

3) I have heard moisture kills the epoxy and makes it peel, have you had any problems with this?

4) how much easier is it to keep the garage floor clean with the epoxy down versus before?

5) cracks in the floor – did the epoxy just fill it up or is that a little more tricky?

6) so one box did your entire floor? Did you have any left over or was it just enough?

7) was this a one day / one weekend / one month or what process?

Thanks!

i think it looks really good, im kind of jealous.