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Sunday, June 29, 2014

EpoxyShield Garage Floor Project Day 1

I received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions states are my own and may differ from yours.
Rust-oleaum Epoxyshield Garage Floor Coating Kit
My wife had this great idea that it was time to redo our garage floors. We've lived here 10 years and let's just say the floors have seen better days. The kind folks at Rust-oleum, the company behind EpoxyShield, offered me enough of their Garage Floor Coating Kit and their Heavy Duty Degreaser to handle our two-car garage. The project is a multi-day affair, and here is what happened on the first day for me.

Before you get started, they recommend you watch their video. It comes on a DVD, though is also available at YouTube (above). I first watched it earlier in the week to see what, if anything, I needed to pickup at the store. It turned out that I needed a squeegee and a watering can. Unless you've used the product before, watching the video is really a must do thing, not just a recommendation. The YouTube one is 4 1/2 minutes long. The DVD is 6 minutes.

After watching the video, I knew there was no way this was a one day job. My biggest risk, you must do this when the air temperature is below 85 degrees, and above 60, but in June that side is typically not a risk. With July right around the corner, I'm hoping I didn't wait to long. I first thought about this in February when I learned of the 60 degree side. Early predictions were for a weekend in the 70s, it turned out in the 80s. Worst case I figured, I could paint the floors in the morning before it got too hot. I knew I had lots of work to do before I had to worry about that part of the project though.
Sweeping out the garage
Next up, the dreaded clean out the garage. There is no way I'm showing the before picture there. Let's just say the place was a mess. It did fit our two cars, but some stuff that is there hadn't moved since we moved in ten years ago. This part of the project took way longer then expected. We had a lot of crap to get out of the garage, or at least move up off the floor.

After moving everything out, it was sweep and hose down the place before turning to the degreaser. After the hosing down, that's where the new squeegee came in handy. It helped to dry the floor more quickly. The better you can get the floor prepared, the better the results will be in the end. I only got one side of the garage done here before it got too dark. Actually, it was a combination of too dark and my body was just exhausted. The floors needed lots of cleaning. I diluted the quart of degreaser in a gallon of water. I'm not sure if that was the best choice. I didn't think the floors were that bad to start with, but after finishing one side and seeing the difference, they were. However, I think hosing the floor down was the biggest cleaner. It pulled up so much loose paint.

Tomorrow, the project continues. However, I don't think I'll get to painting before the end of the day. I need to pickup their concrete patch and repair kit. I didn't realize this before starting, but our garage floor is full of cracks. Plus, I still need to degrease the other side of the garage, and see if the first side needs any additional work.
Before degreeser on garage floorAfter degreeser on garage floor
Here's a before and after shot with the degreaser. The after shot is a little wider, showing off all the areas where the paint was too loose and came up from rinsing off with a hose. I'm sure if I used the power washer, even more would have come up. We even got some gum off the floor that was there since before we moved in.

That's really it for day one. I'm exhausted and will surely sleep well. Sure hope this turns out well in the end... Of course, if I do too good of a job... I might be expected to do lots of other home projects.

If you're interested in doing this for your own garage floors, the kit sells for $75 at Amazon, or your local home improvement store. It comes in gray or tan. The degreaser goes for $14.04 at Amazon for a single bottle. Cases of six are also available, though not from Amazon nor Rust-oleum.

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  1. Can't wait to see and hear about the rest of the project.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. We would really like to do our garage floor so I appreciate you sharing this