I'm looking for suggestions for my garage floor. It is somewhat pitted
and generates some dust. Obviously, I'd like to smooth it out and
protect it. The floor is about 15 years old.
Is there some sort of skim coating that could be applied?
Do you 1- or 2-part epoxies work well? Would they fill in pits?
Two part epoxies are great as long as the floor is prepped. They will not
fill in holes or pits in the surface althogh you can buy fillers to fill
holes and some rough areas before appling the fiish coat. You probably will
not find fillers at a large chain store though. Check with a store that
specializes in paints only, or a store that sells commercial cleaning
products and equipment.
I did my floor last summer, wish I had done it sooner! My floor was in
fairly good shape, but any rough spots, cracks and so forth just show
through. Epoxy is just a good paint.
<< Would you recommend putting sand in it for non-skid? >>
No, the sand gets scuffed quickly out of the finish in any wear area. There are
anti skid additives available for epoxy. Sears used to offer one for their
epoxy paint some years ago, so probably something similar is out there in the
newer offerings. Boat deck coatings should be one place to look. HTH
I used a product from Spartan, New Generation 50. Spartan is a manufacturer
of commercial cleaning chemicals and floor finishes. I bought Spartan
because I could get it for cost! That said, any good to part epoxy would
probably be fine, the prep is the important part.
As for the sand, no way! The sand does make the floor skid resistant, but it
also makes it harder to clean as the dust clings to the sand when you sweep.
I live in North Dakota and was concerned to floor would be slick with snow
and water but it has not been a problem. If it was I would put down floor
mats by the door.
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