Concrete floor paint ???

Sorry to bring this up again, I am sure it is a regular issue but I cant see it back in the group, so here we go again. I have a garage with a concrete floor in it and its about 2 years old and is starting to get very dusty. Question is what sort of paint can I put down as a hard wearing surface, has anyone got any experience of a product which is good.
Please help Rich
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On Sun, 29 Aug 2004 18:12:31 GMT, "Rich"

Yep.
The epoxy floor paint sold by Decorating Direct is excellent, but is relatively expensive.
You require a sealer first of all (one coat)
http://www.decoratingdirect.co.uk/viewprod/t/TOREPXFPS /
and then two top coats
http://www.decoratingdirect.co.uk/viewprod/t/TOREPXFP /
I found that the sealer covered at a rate of about 5sqm/litre rather than the theoretical 8sqm/litre.
The top coat covered at their suggested practical level of 8sqm/litre.
It is important to observe the minimum and maximum recoating times of 16 and 72 hours.
I had a double garage to do and was not able to take everything out for an extended period of time to do the whole job. I therefore worked out a scheme whereby I used sealer on one side, allowed it to cure, then moved everything over and sealed the other side. I then repeated with the first coat of the top coat. Finally I took everything out early one morning and did the final coat on the whole floor leaving enough time for it to cure before putting the things back in.
It all worked out OK, and the results are excellent. I use the area mainly for woodworking which involves moving heavy machines around as well as some amount of mess. It has held up very well - I don't ever expect to need to re-do it.
Total required for the project was two 5 litre cans of sealer (70) and three of the paint (80) so 150 for the whole job
There are cheaper alternatives of course.
Decorating Direct sells a standard floor paint at 19 for 5 litres. One of my neighbours used some of this (two coats) and it was initially OK but after four years has worn through where he takes his car and mower in and out. It cost him about 55 for the job.
In between you can get polyurethane paints in one and two part.
Considering that this is a PITA of a job to do, I think that it's worth paying for the epoxy and probably never having to do the job again.
.andy
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Rich wrote:

I used something once for utility room floor strangely called 'concrete paint' or somesuch and it was excellent.

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I used Garage floor paint (by International or Ronseal, can't recall which) on my kitchen floor (needed to be hardwearing cos I got big dogs with great big dirty wet feet and claws) before I tiled it over and it was adequate. 'T'aint elegant but it'll cover it. Comes in a variety of colours - red, terracotta, dark green. etc.
Rachael
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On Sun, 29 Aug 2004 18:12:31 GMT, "Rich"
I've painted two floors now - my previous and current house.
If possible, hoover the floor of the garage before starting - I used an old hoover which ended up very grubby. Other wise sweep up the excess dust and use one of those cheapo disposable face masks.
Seal the concrete using a sealant Then use Garage Floor Paint.
I used stuff in big red cans by a company called International. Bought the stuff at B&Q.
First time I applied both sealant, and then paint, using a large brush. Spent ages getting it all applied.
Second time I bought a cheap roller, and "ceiling" handle, and then poured the stuff straight on to the floor - not all at once! - and then worked it in using the roller.
Total time to apply first time - must have taken 6 hours to put down one coat of sealant and two coats of paint. Total time to apply second time - probably 45 minutes.
Ended up with identical finishes.
If I ever needed to do it again I'd use a roller on a handle.
Remember to work from the back wall to the entrance.
HTH
Noz
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