garage floor coating

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I'm thinking of using an epoxy garage floor coating. Any recommendations? Brands? And special tips? I know i will need to clean it well and etch it. I want to do it right the first time. I'm leaning away from the embedded chips though, what if it needs a recoat in a few years?
 
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Look over at the garagejournal forum. Lots of info there. The pros who install it (and charge a fortune) do some grinding, etching and then apply the coating. What you do not want to end up with is peeling epoxy floor coating. Cement colored cement looks good to me.
 
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After about 15 years mine still looks great. I waited a couple years after I built the shop before I coated the floor. It's held up quite well-the only area that I have an issue with is where I've run a tractor with tire chains on it-but that's my fault not the fault of the coating. I can run a mop over the floor and it's completely clean. If I spill some oil I can toss some paint thinner on it and it cleans right up. I can sit or lay on the floor to work on something without getting dirty or dusty. In the photo below we've just finished changing all of the fluids on a friends pickup-you can see a couple areas where we've gotten sloppy. It took me about 2 minutes with a paper towel to clean up the floor after the picture was taken. I not only have the speckles, but I also put silica sand in the coat applied in the area in front of the pedestrian door-otherwise it would be fairly slick with snow covered shoes.
 

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Thanks Pop Rivit, for the photo. Do you remember what brand of coating you selected? I also like the outlets mid wall. I am considering taking down the sheet rock ( to move the outlets and using particle board ,perhaps with a clear poly coating. P.S. I like the license plates and other wall art.
 
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If my memory serves it was a coating that I used was available from one of the local paint stores. I seem to remember the person at the paint store telling me it was made for them by Rust Oleum, but I'm not positive about that. The real key to a quality job is the prep work. It takes a lot of work to make sure the floor is ready.
 
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It's all in the prep, the cleaner you get the floor the better. Going as far as shot blasting is not overkill at all and will ensure a solid adhesion to the concrete. Look for the solids content of the product, the higher the better but they also get a little trickier to apply and most of the high solids coatings are a two part epoxy. The acrylic chips not only add traction to the surface, they also act as a wear enhancer in the floor, as does silica sand in the floor.
 
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