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Old 08-06-2004, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Concrete Sealer instead of Epoxy Paint?

Was doing a walk-thru of my soon to be new house today and was talking with the Builder about garage floor coatings. He had mentioned a product called Thorocoat. Here is a link.
Has anybody ever tried this. Apparently it runs about $150 for a 5 gallon bucket which will supposedly cover my 3 car garage floor. He also mentioned that it comes in colors and isn't slippery like epoxy coatings.

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The real question is how long do you want it to last ? If you want the right shit the first time, Sherwin Williams can hook you up............Do the Epoxy, yeah it is messy as hell, and a pain in the ass, just do it............And as for the slipperyness, get the additive, it comes in bags..........

Pressure clean the surface even if it is new or "looks" clean..........the most common color is light grey........Buzz
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Old 08-07-2004, 08:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just last week we coated a single car garage sized area w/ Home Depot's garage floor Expoxy w/ the fairy dust blue black and white speckles you throw on top for astetic enjoyment. EVERYONE f'n loves it, including us, the installers. The key is CLEAN THE FLORR GOOOOOOOOOD before applying. It was 54 bones at Homie.
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The real question is how long do you want it to last ? If you want the right shit the first time, Sherwin Williams can hook you up............Do the Epoxy, yeah it is messy as hell, and a pain in the ass, just do it............And as for the slipperyness, get the additive, it comes in bags..........
So what's the difference between the Sherwin-Williams epoxy paint and the Home Depot Epoxy Paint?
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So what's the difference between the Sherwin-Williams epoxy paint and the Home Depot Epoxy Paint?
The HD stuff is not a true 2 part epoxy if I remember correctly. I got the stuff from Sherwin Williams ... If you plan on doing much welding in the garage I'm not sure I'd paint it. I have a million little burn marks in my gray floor. Cleaning up oil sure is a breeze though.
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larry,

No paint will stand up to welding, but I just used the HD stuff for my new basement bathroom in the laundry room. Just like any other coating, its all in the prep. Make sure that you use a concrete primer, not a sealer if you use a paint, and allow 24hrs for curing between primer and top coat, then 3 days cure between top coat and traffic.

The silicate additive is the stuff, but it does make it harder to clean. You can also use a typical floor finishing sealant after the epoxy paint FULLY cures to aid in day to day clean up.



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I would also like to coat my new to me's garage. Moving in was a last minute thing due to the previous owners.

So the garage is packed full and it will be difficult to coat the whole thing. So my question is can I move everything to one side and coat 1/2 of the garage then do the same to the other side? Will it have a noticable seam or overlap?
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I got 2 part Val-Spar epoxy paint in dark gray at Lowes for $20 a gallon yesterday - they were closing it out - normal price is $35 - I bought 2 gallons to do my shop, and I think I will go back and get 2 more gallons for my future garage.

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You can do 1/2 and blend it in.........
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So I take it the general concensus is still to use Epoxy Paint on garage floors? Just be careful when welding so as not to burn it?
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So I take it the general concensus is still to use Epoxy Paint on garage floors? Just be careful when welding so as not to burn it?
well, you didn't ask that man..

no the preferred is a burnished and sealed concrete surface. If you can have that, then paint it.

New concrete I would never paint, just seal with floor finish or burnishing compound.

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There's a reason that most heavy duty shops don't bother with epoxy sealants. They simply dont' stand up to heat. If you just use a sealant and always clean up oil spills promptly, there isn't really any reason to do anything else. If you keep a concrete floor clean, and prevent it from getting badly oilstained, it stays quite bright.
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