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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EpoxyShield Garage Floor Project, Part 7, Wrapup

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EpoxyShield Garage Floor Project, Part 7, Wrapup
It has been two weeks since I last put paint on the garage floors. Our cars are finally back in the garage and I thought I would do a wrap up article of the whole process. In the end, I like the way the floors look. It is much more work than I originally anticipated. And, I still have one corner of the garage which is still a little tacky and I don't understand why.


[Day 1 | Day 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7]


EpoxyShield Garage Floor Project, Part 7, Wrapup
Above is a picture of the final results, before we started to fill the garage back up. It is not one solid color, but has some darker areas. To get here involved many steps along the whole process. First, let's look at the costs, then we'll look at the timeline, then I'l talk about some lessons learned.

Costs

Each Garage Floor Coating Kit costs about $70-$75. With a two car garage, two were provided to me by Rust-oleum. I bought another two thinking I needed a second coat. I'm not 100% convinced it needed the second coat.

I used two bottles of EpoxyShield Degreaser. These go for $10-$15 each. I was provided a case and still have four bottles left. Maybe I'll give them away.

We needed a box of the EpoxyShield Concrete Patch and Repair Kit. That runs more expensive than the actual floor coating kit at about $85.

We needed a 2 gallon watering can. I think this cost about $5 at Lowes.

We also needed a rubber floor squeegee that ran about $25 at Home Depot. We already had a hose and nozzle.

For painting supplies, we used two 2" brushes and 2 naps for the roller. Those got tossed when done. We already had the roller, extension pole, pan, and inserts. While the inserts got tossed, the rest should be reusable now that the project was done. If one coat is enough for you, you'll only need one of each. If you have a two-car garage, depending upon how long you wait between sides, you may have to use a new one for each side.

We also used a $5 wire brush and a $5 scraper. We needed the brush and had the scraper. 

We also used some plastic spoons for mixing, a broom for sweeping and a scrub brush broom for cleaning. We had these already, but they were absolutely necessary.

Timing

There are many steps to the whole process. What I thought could be done in a single weekend was totally off. Here's a rough breakdown of the timeline.

1) Empty the garage. This took most of the first day. How long this would take you depends on how big and how filled your garage is. You can certainly do this long before starting the garage floor project.

2) Degrease, rinse, and let dry. The let dry kinda kills off the rest of the day. If you have a two car garage and the floor is greasy, be prepared for a very long day or spread it over two.

3) Patch concrete. This take 8 hours to cure. We had about 100 foot to patch and fill. Another day shot.

4) Apply etching crystals to clean, rinse, and let dry. Another day gone.

5) Paint. Then wait before putting items back in garage. How long you wait depends. It seems the recommended time is at least three days. We waited a little longer before putting our cars back. I felt comfortable walking on most of it after three days.

Lessons Learned

I learned lots during the whole process that would naturally make the second time go more smoothly.

1) Plan better on when to do the project. The outside temperature needs to be between 60-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

2) The instructions include guidelines on how to test if your floor can even be painted. Pick a spot that is used and abused, like under the car. Don't pick the middle of the garage.

3) Clean up after each day, especially after the painting. I forgot to take the nap off the roller when done and I'm not sure if I'll be able to get it off now that the epoxy has hardened. 

4) Don't rush things. As the timeline shows, there are times that must be waited before continuing at most steps along the way.

5) Don't dilute the degreaser. You can use it straight up or diluted with a 10-to-1 mixture with water. The straight cleaner did better.

If I think of any more to share about the experience, I'll be sure to add. It looks 100% better than it was.

3 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good kid, and it really shouldn't matter that the floor is different colors since it's your garage floor. :)

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  2. Thank you so much for the ideas..we just cleaned our 2 car garage and plan on redoing the floor ourselves..and now I have the ability (or at least the information) on how to do it right.

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  3. thanks for the ideas we are going to redue our garage floors next month so this post really helped us with some ideas denise smith

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