I am thinking about putting the Rustoleum EpoxyShield down on my two-car
garage floor that also serves as my wood shop. The house is only five years
old, and so the garage concrete floor is in great, smooth shape. I've read
so many recommendations of this EpoxyShield in magazines, though, that I
thought I ought to consider it. For those who put it down on garage floors,
my main question is whether the floor becomes real slippery when cars bring
in water, snow, and/or slush. I don't want to create a hazardous condition
for everyone coming out of the car in the garage during bad weather.
I helped a buddy do this recently to a new shop (brand new concrete
pad). He decided, correctly, that he didn't want to put those paint
chips on his floor. The instructions tell you to just throw the paint
chips on the floor after you paint (roller) the epoxy on. We figured
there would be no way to keep the floor clean after this process (saw
dust). Basically chipped paint sticking out of the floor. It may help
for traction, but you'd never be able to adequately clean the floor.
The epoxy by itself isn't any more slippery than the concrete itself.
It's only been there a few months, but it's really nice (he did the
beige). I'd do it myself if I thought I could clean my garage floor
enough to make it stick (not to mention trying to empty my shop/garage
for 24 hrs).
I might add that I haven't seen the floor after someone used the
chipped paint flecks.
I used the EpoxyShield stuff in my basement, although I used the stuff
sold for garage floors. The paint chips are quite thin and kind of embed
themselves into the epoxy. The resulting surface really doesn't have any
additional traction to it. Any of the chips that end up protruding get
broken off and swept up with the rest of the dust.
I did my basement in three applications, rotating the stuff out of the way
each time. Where the wet stuff met the dry stuff there is a bit of
noticable build-up, but it's not a big deal. I don't know what you've done
to your floor, but I'd imagine that you could clean it well enough. I
scrubbed my filthy, neglected 60-year-old basement floor well enough for
it to adhere. If it's large enough to require two or more kits, then you
can just shove stuff from one side to another.
I used Rustoleum 9100 epoxy, which is the industrial version (it's tougher
and cheaper than the stuff that is sold at the Borg). I've had it for
about a year now and don't find it to be excessively slippery when wet or
covered with saw dust. But, I live in Austin so it doesn't get any ice or
even too much water on it. Maybe if I had a puddle and could hydroplane or
something it would be slippery. I didn't add any sand. BTW, I love this
stuff and would do it again in a heartbeat.
I have the stuff on my floor, yes it's slipperly when covered in a
coat of saw dust (don't know about water as I don't let the cars in) I
find it reflects the light better than the concret did, and it looks
nice to (my floor was 25+ years old) I don't find that they little
flakes of paint add any traction. I would do it again with out
question, it works great.
Okay, so with all the replies, if I have a good, smooth concrete floor, what
value is this EpoxyShield to me? Any? Just looks? I don't ever service my
cars in my garage, so I don't drip oil and junk on there. I'm wondering if
this stuff has much value for woodworkers. The wood magazines that
recommend it don't necessarily say why it's so good.
When I did it in my basement, it was strictly for looks. If your existing
concrete floor is smooth, my preference would be to leave it as is. The
Epoxyshield is not particularly hard, either. It's not difficult to damage
slippery than just bare concrete. That said I just sealed my shop floor this
weekend with a similar product. I expect the floor to be more slick, But
much easier to clean. It also made the shop much brighter too!
I once put epoxy paint on my CARPORT floor. When rain blew in on it it
was slick as owl snot. Otherwise was great. After busting my butt I
painted it again and sprinkled sand on it while wet. It may not rain in
a garage, but cars drip water from the air conditioner.
Denver Woody wrote:
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