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Old 11-03-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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Concrete garage floor polishing

Considering having this done in the newly poured garage.

Any tips or pointers on vetting a contractor? Ones coming by in a few. I know they will have to use a densifier during the process and a sealer afterward.

Who's done it?
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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Why do you want to ice skate on your garage floor?
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:22 AM   #3
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Why do you want to ice skate on your garage floor?
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Easier to do burnouts?

Seriously, the floor will be surprisingly slippery when wet.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:35 AM   #4
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:37 AM   #5
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I love that terazzo look

and it’s like Christmas when you get to see what color and size aggregate they used in your pour.
The contractor will answer all your Q’s for you. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Be carefull, High polishes can be wicked slick when wet.. I have a great pict somewhere of a customer’s viper 2" into the sheetrock wall when he slid in slo-mo on his wet Checkerboard epoxy floor. The water was just runoff from the tires and hood.
We ended up puting traction sand in a new Epoxy job $$$
Looked great though
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I appreciate the commentary.

The floor will be utility grade, similar to some welding shops or Home Depot, Costco or Lowe's floors. They're not slick, but the process is categorized as 'polishing'. The contractor works up from coarse diamond stones to the desired gloss.

Water slickness or tooth can be somewhat controlled by the sealer. Just like exterior walkway coatings, some look glossy some remain flat and don't affect the grip of the finished substrate.

Reasons for avoiding epoxy? It will peel at some point. I'm looking to avoid that.
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That sounds like fun to me
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:43 AM   #8
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That sounds like fun to me
If you've never tried it, it's a freakin' blast. Be prepared for massive amounts of over steer.
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If you've never tried it, it's a freakin' blast. Be prepared for massive amounts of over steer.
Be prepared for massive headache/nausea from fumes if not really well ventilated. Took my sons and almost hurled in the helmet!!! Andretti Karting
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Old 11-09-2014, 04:29 PM   #10
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Hillbilly,

I am a contractor and we polish concrete. Yes, you are correct in that polished concrete is not more slippery when wet. Concrete with a true topical sealer is very slippery.
Your biggest challenge with polished concrete is the protection from oils, and acids. This will almost force you to go with a very light urethane for the protection. If you do not mind those things then disregard that last.

As far as finding a contractor, I don't know where you are. If your concrete finisher has power trowelled the slab, then the contractor may be able to start at a higher grit, which will save you money. Home Depot floors are far from Utility grade btw, they are laser screed and very flat.

Hope this helps a little.

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I appreciate the commentary.

The floor will be utility grade, similar to some welding shops or Home Depot, Costco or Lowe's floors. They're not slick, but the process is categorized as 'polishing'. The contractor works up from coarse diamond stones to the desired gloss.

Water slickness or tooth can be somewhat controlled by the sealer. Just like exterior walkway coatings, some look glossy some remain flat and don't affect the grip of the finished substrate.

Reasons for avoiding epoxy? It will peel at some point. I'm looking to avoid that.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:45 AM   #11
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If done by a pro with top products epoxy will not peel.
I offer a 20 year guaranty that it wont
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:05 PM   #12
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Not sure why you want a polished finish, Home Depot floors show every craze and crack....

I would and did just use a hand troweled finish, spray in a densifier after curing and be done... it eliminates dusting, it repels oil, water and fuel and will slowly polish each time you broom it.



good luck however you go.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:44 PM   #13
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That is the most practical option gsweave.
Unless you want a polished floor...

Especially if you go with a lithium densifier.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:25 AM   #14
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One must always keep in mind that it's just a garage after all, not your kitchen. Do like gsweave says.
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:47 PM   #15
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One must always keep in mind that it's just a garage after all, not your kitchen. Do like gsweave says.
To each their own. Some guys like having a nice garage some like a shed. I build out there, most winter weekends are out there.

Got done with the 50 grit pass then 200 today. Looks fantastic, laid down some densifier after cleanup. Will complete the job tomorrow with 400, then seal.

I was pretty pleased with the smooth trowel of the bare concrete, but after seeing the floor machined during the first pass, I'm glad we went this route.
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