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OT I need garage floor covering advice

I am about to get a new house and I want to cover the garage floor before I move in and cover it in oil.
I have looked at the epoxy floor coverings and they seems like the best deal.
anyone have comments/suggestions?

here is what I'll probably be doing in the garage:
welding
grinding
dropping tools on the floor
dropping parts on the floor
spilling oil, brake fluid, ATF, etc
testing my realy cool new ram assisted power steering (etc)
driving my car hauler through

I figure I can easily get the big metal floor pans to protect where I weld.
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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

Well isn't it concrete?

What would be better?

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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

Two things - I had painted floors in one of my shops I had years ago.
Brake fluid eats it - no matter what they say. Oil, gas etc no problem with epoxy. Spills wipe up easy. Looks good -- but --

Think about glare - from the sun through the door, overhead lights, drop lights etc. That was the most troublesome. The shiney surface always seemed to reflect light in your eyes, not where you wanted it. If it wasn't so shiney, it wouldn't wipe up so easy. In the afternoon when the sun shone in it was headache time - really hard to see. And it was slate grey, not bright red like some places - those are worse!

And, it's slippery when wet. When you put the non skid addative in it to stop the slippery, then it's too rough. Things don't slide as easy, like floor jacks. When you work right on the floor you end up without skin on your knees and elbows.

Many times I wished I'd just kept the bare smooth cement. Once you start with it, you are commited for life - had to re-do it every 2 years or so - but that was a high traffic area. Too hard to remove it completely, so you sand and feather it, then repaint -- a weekend's project.

Now I enjoy my bare uncoated cement floors at home.

One thing I did now was paint the walls in my main garage -- gotta do the ceiling someday - white. I put up paneling then painted it -- even added a decorative stripe around too. It makes a world of difference -- I can see!
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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

I like the Epoxy, but RRich has some good points. I will likely got to it some day, but for now I like not having to worry about slipping or something else i forgot [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

See attached picture of my Garage with Jeep

In both of my homes I have done the same treatment with no regrets.

I did a Sherwin Williams super heavy duty industrial epoxy coat. I painted the walls and ceiling gloss white. Then I installed HO flourescent lighting.

I used sand in the epoxy in the first house. It sanded my jeans, tires, and everything else (including the mop to clean the floor). Now I went smooth. Yes slippery when wet but no big deal for me. Cost was about $350-$400 including disposable roller covers. If you drop a tool, it might chip, but it does not spread to a bigger chip, and if you want, you can repair it. Of course all crap just wipes up.

With only concrete you get: absorbs and holds moisture, dusts out, does not reflect light. I do not ever recall any glare problems, just great brightness. Makes working on the Jeep real easy without flashlights in hand always.

I would TOTALLY do it again and would recommend it.
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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

1. While working as a vendor at Boeing,
2. I saw 'em coat some of the factory floors with epoxy.
3. Then they'd use pneumatic lifts,
4. To move AWACS sections around the flooring.
5. The stuff was $500 a gallon,
6. And chipped if you dropped a wrench.
7. It was a maintenance nightmare.
8. Were it my garage,
9. I'd rather not get on this maintenance nightmare,
10. I got a Jeep for that.
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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

well, I don't have experience with it, but I've heard good things about the lock tile garge flooring.

http://www.locktile-usa.com/garages.htm

Only thing i don't know about it is how well it seals between the tiles. Don't know if liquids get down between them and pool up on the cement defeating the purpose of doing anything at all to the garge floor. might be worth a look.

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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

I rented a house once with black and white checker tile garage floor, pain
Worked in a shop with epoxy paint on the floor, Leve is right
When I built my first shop I used a good cement sealer,colorless, inexpensive,spills didn't soak in, no dust, no chips, easy cleanup just need to make sure the cement is fully cured.

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Re: OT I need garage floor covering advice

Ah, cement sealer -- good stuff. No glare, no soaking in etc. Mine turned slightly yellow after awhile.

One side of my main garage now has carpeting in it. Just a big slice on that entire side with the work benches, bender etc. I first made the mistake of having carpet by the drill presses -- He He - a mistake for sure. The welding grinding area is right by the door for ventilation, with a halogen light directly over it.
In your location you may want to consider a swamp cooler for the garage too.

I made another big mistake - not easily corrected. I had a slab poured in front of the garage. It had a slight grade, if it was level it would have a big step at the end, so I let it tilt a little. Not much, but too much! Drop a socket, chase it down the hill. Stand up from the little stool, sit down, land on your butt! -- everything rolls down the hill.
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