I'm researching floor paints for use in my Gragage. I have looked at 1 part
and two part epoxy's, not sure which way to go. Looking reasonable cost and
long life floor surface.
The gragage floor is bare concrete.
Would apppreciate any suggestions or shared experiences.
Try going to www.por15.com and look at thier 'HardNose Paint' line. Y ou
can smash it with a hammer and it wont chip or crack. Ive used it. It
has to be the most durable paint available and worth the money.
Have you hugged your A/C Tech today ?
IMHO painting the floor looks great if you keep it clean, but its going to
be work in the future, kinda like painting a picket fence, pain in the ass.
If you live where there is snow and ice and salt and gravel is used on the
streets, that will speed up the maintance intervals.
Buy a good gas power washer(2500psi) and just keep it clean.
Maintainance is no more than a recoat in a few years. If done properly it
will last for years. I live in the snow belt and epoxy holds up very well. I
warehouse I managed a few years ago had epoxy on the floor, daily use with
forklifts did nothing more than scuff it up a bit.
Floor paint, on the other hand, can be a problem.
As for cleaning, any good degreaser, Simple Green for example, water,and a
garage broom. My floor takes maybe 10-15 minutes to clean once the tools and
toys are out of the way. No need for a pressure washer. It is many times
easier to clean than bare concrete.
The maintenance interval will be significantly longer with 2 part epoxy
paint, and probably good enough.
I live in "salt country" and I put down two coats of 2 part epoxy paint
on my garage floor in 1997. Except for one small problem spot (brake
fluid spill prior to the floor being painted), the floor's nowhere near
needing any maintenance yet...I fully expect it to go at least a decade,
and that's good enough for me.
For the OP, do your A/B mixes on the short side (especially your first
mix), as its better to need to stop to mix a little more than to have
extra paint mixed because it will harden in the bucket. Working thusly,
2 gallons should be able to put 2 coats on a 2 car garage floor.
A good idea on the 2nd coat is to throw in some of that traction grit
stuff. Opinions vary on if its better to mix it in, or to disperse it
by hand after the paint's been rolled onto the wet surface. I did a
little of both.
If you have any left over after the 2nd coat has dried, hit your highest
traffic areas with a 3rd coat and seal in the above grit.
<< I have looked at 1 part and two part epoxy's, not sure which way to go. >>
Two part epoxies have far better adhesion to concrete.
<< Looking reasonable cost >>
Epoxy paints are inherently pricey. If you find one suspiciuosly low cost it
may be mostly solvent, not solids. Read the labels with care. then apply the
<< long life floor surface >>
Even epoxy paint will wear off under traffic. In a typical home garage you may
have to touch up near people doors after 15 years or so. HTH
I have a two part epoxy on my garage floor. As far as I am concerned it is
the only way to go. Follow the directions to the letter and it will turn out
Consider the problem you will have if you use an inferior product, or skimp
on the aplication. Some floor finishes take nothing less than sand blasting
to remove them, so do it right!
Instead of Paint, or Epoxy Paint, wouldn't it be better to just use a
acrylic sealer? Then when it starts wearing, you just seal it again, just
like deck stain.
Paint will be nice for a while, but when it comes time to repaint? Or when
it starts pealing and flaking? It will sooner or later.
If done properly epoxy will not flake or peel off. No problem recoating
For a garage floor nothing beats epoxy. There are many other products
available, but none that I know of can beat epoxy for wear and adhesion.
Most other prodution will wear through from road grime, or peel off.
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