After living in an older house where the concrete garage floor did not
have a vapor barrier, I always knew that I would absolutely seal the
floor of any garage I owned in the future, both to retard moisture
rising from the ground and to give the floor some protection from
I am now the proud of owner of a brand new garage with vapor barrier,
but none of the sealant products ever refer to "protection from stains
and spills" as a possible benefit of their products. It makes me
wonder if my plan to apply a sealant makes sense. The products don't
cost very much so I guess it can't hurt.
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Most sealers are urethane, epoxy, or acrylic based. Any of these coatings
should hold up well against most spills. Epoxies should hold up very well
against oil, etc. I really think that the garage coating thing is more
about aesthetics than anything else.
Doesn't the coating also help with sweeping? I have a garage floor that
you can sweep and sweep forever and you are still kicking up dust from the
pores of the concrete.
I would guess the coating makes sweeping less unpleasant...
I wrote a review here a while back on Rustoleum's EpoxySheild. It
works great, except for two things:
1. VERY slippery when wet. I walk on it like it's ice.
2. If you roll it on too thin, it will peel.
The estimated floor coverage on the can is ridiculous. I spread it
less than what they said, and had to roll it very thin to even make
that coverage. That side of the garage is peeling. The other side is
fine. I used two packages to cover my 2 car garage, and I should have
Make oil spills a breeze to clean, but you must get it CLEAN,
otherwise it will be much more slippery than if the oil had soaked
into the concrete.
I think it's a great idea, but wait until all the cracking is finished (and
it will crack). The other thing I would advise is that you etch the
concrete first. The acid will prepare the concrete to hold the paint or
sealer better. I would also watch out for slippery coatings. Contact a
concrete refinisher for their advise.
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