What to do with Garage floor?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MOSGS, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. MOSGS

    MOSGS Been here awhile

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    I have a concrete garage floor, live in the NE USA. I have sealed the concrete twice over the years and for the last two years painted it with garage floor paint. The paint comes off without trying. So should I just remove the paint and leave it or is there a floor cover that does not cost big $$ that I can use and will stand up to the road salt and hot tires?
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  2. digger2

    digger2 A Cad & A Bounder

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    Big $$.
    What is the budget?
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  3. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    I've used sheet linoleum as a moisture barrier on garage floors.

    A hardwood board is used for the bike's stands or a floorjack as protection.
    Cheap & avalible in several widths.
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  4. SteelB12

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    Plastice tiles??
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  5. Skippii

    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    Skippii Milkshakes, my lad.

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    the_gr8t_waldo Long timer

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    dosen't the existing concrete floor already "stand up " to road salt n hot tires? how hot of a tire are we talking about, anyway?
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  8. racer1735

    racer1735 Been here awhile

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    You say you sealed the concrete, but did you etch it before painting? If not, the paint won't stick as the floor is too 'slick'.
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  9. Dragonflylily

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    Even after etching, washing & applying as directed the Seal Krete has peeled. Paint peels on garage floors in my world! Those expensive looking tiles would be lovely but out of my current budget.

    I have to say I used a terra cotta color with the flakes & it looked fabulous until we actually applied weight!
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  10. Daryl_Stamp

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    Its Not bonding, or staying bonded? Is it possible that there is moisture coming through from the ground preventing bonding?
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  11. underkill

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    I've seen a couple examples of polished concrete that looked pretty nice.. No idea how much that costs though...
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    wfopete Suffer Fools; Gladly!

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  13. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    ^This -- duct tape a sheet of plastic to the floor, and a foot square, with the tape sealing all for sides of the square.

    come back in a day or two -- I'm betting there will be moisture on the underside of the plastic -- no paint will stick so long as that happens.
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  14. lovias

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    One of my suppliers has a sealer/primer liquid that mixes 2:1 with latex. Can be sprayed on with an airless gun or painted on with a brush. We have used it to seal and decorate foundations, lasts for ever with that application. If you try it on your garage floor .....maybe. You should be able to find some thing similar at your local paint store. Sherwin/Williams has it if they are in your area.
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  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I've never understood why someone would want to paint a garage floor!!! Your taking a chance it won't last, painted floors show all the grime, tire marks, floor jack marks, chip and need to be kept cleaner that naked concrete. IT's a garage floor for crying out loud not a show case or museum. If you don't plan on doing any work in there, paint it if you must and maybe if your prep it right and the stars are aligned it might hang in there for you. If it doesn't work out how's it gonna look? Chip concrete, hows it gonna look?
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  16. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    I did an epoxy paint, the one you put the coloured 'confetti' chips on, it's held up well but is a bit slick when it is wet so maybe some silica sand sprinkled on would have helped. Home Depo carries it. Anyway it's been on for 1.5yrs and shows no sign of wearing. I wrench on my truck, car stow the mower etc in there. I think it cost me about $150 total and that gave me more then enough to cover a 2 car garage. I live in an area where they salt the roads and this hasn't had any ill effect on the floor. Prep is key with multiple washing of the floor.
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  17. AteamNM

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    I have a painted garage floor using epoxy when I built my home, 15 years ago. I have a 2.5 car garage and did the whole floor. There are several wear spots and some fading, etc. However overall it still looks decent. I may do it again this summer. I also just did the same Lowe's type epoxy floor at my daughters brand new condo. All of her neighbors say her garage is bad ass.


    Notes:
    • The warmest temperature you can have is ideal.
    • The concrete must be as clean as possible, no oil stains, etc. Use whatever means necessary to get the concrete as clean as possible.
    • Apply at least 2 coats, the first coat is a bear but the second one needs to be just thick.
    • Stay the hell off the floor for 7 days. The longer it has to dry and cure, the better.
    • We bought the sprinkle stuff but decided to not use it. My floor is deadly slick with wet shoes.
    • Black & white tile would be dope, but expensive if you bought the good stuff.
    Just my 2 cents worth.
    A man's castle is his garage.
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  18. Dragonflylily

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    Bomber, I'm going to try the plastic/duct tape experiment in a spot. Mine sealed in some areas but not in others. I need to remove all the paint & try it again but I don't feel like it. I rather be riding so I'll live with the peeling paint for now.

    I used the flakes so that dirt & debris would be less noticeable. Looks really nice.

    CanadianX & Ateam, what etching product did you use?

    I actually spoke to the "science guy at Seal Krete" throughout my job so when it didn't work out he supplied me with replacement products for free. The temperature has to be ideal when you apply the products & I did stay off of it for a week.

    One Less Harley, I owned a Harley then so I thought the floor should match the bike! Seriously we use that entrance all the time so we wanted it to looked finished. The Road King Custom looked sweet against the floors for at least a few months. The Vstrom looks good all the time!!!!
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  19. pvangel

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    I have had the epoxy floors before and always had issues with them, The plastic garage floor tiles interlock and have been great so far, been down about a year and a half.

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