Garage Floor Epoxy
If you spend as much time detailing your car
as I do, you see lots of garages where the garage floor looks as
shiny as the car, and eventually you want your own garage to
look that way.
The "Before" Picture
Here's what my garage floor
looked like before the epoxy coating. It was a
pretty standard garage floor, though it was (a) new,
and (b) freshly prepped in this picture. As with a
lot of these kinds of things, 3/4 of the work is
preparation. The floor had to be swept. Any grease
spots, paint spots, etc. cleaned off. Then it had to
be washed with TSP. Then rinsed off. Then washed
with acid wash. Then rinsed again. Then washed with
TSP again. Then rinsed yet again. After all that,
the floor looked pretty good. At least as good as a
cement garage floor is ever going to look.
Here's a closeup of the floor.
As you can see, it's pretty shiny and has a nice
granite or terrazo effect. I used only about half
the paint flakes that came with the epoxy kit. If I
had it to do over again, I'd use more flakes and end
up with less of the tan undercoat showing through.
The "After" Picture
I don't know that the picture
really captures the improvement. Partly because I
still have blue masking tape around the bottoms of
the walls. I finished the job by putting in rubber
base around the garage, which I'd wanted to do for a
long time. This picture doesn't show it, but the
picture on the right of my shed shows the same basic
thing. Out of this whole project, I like the rubber
base the best. The bottoms of garage walls always
seem to collect dirt, spider webs, dead bees, and
all kinds of junk. Covering that over with the
rubber base really helps keep the garage clean.
The project took most of a
weekend. It took about 3 hours to prep the floor.
The next day I put on the bottom coat of
epoxy/paint, which in my case was tan, and I
sprinkled on the paint flakes. Then the next day I
put on a top coat of "clear" epoxy. I put on another
top coat of clear epoxy the next day. Then you let
it cure for about 2 weeks before you put your cars
back in the garage.
I wish I could say I was
ecstatic with the effect. After the first coat of
paint I was really happy with the tan color, but the
"clear" top coat produced a significant ambering
effect that turned the color from tan to more of a
yellow color. This is not the UV effect that some
people talk about. This effect was visible
immediately after I rolled on the "clear" top coat.
On the other hand, it looks better than bare
concrete, and it looks good enough that I find
myself picking small leaves off the floor because it
"looks dirty." Before, it always looked dirty!
All in all, for a half-time
weekend project that cost about $600, I think it was
worthwhile. The main change I would make if I had to do it over again would
be to use the gray base coat instead of the tan. I
got the supplies through
I created this post in 2006. In
summer 2007, I decided to go for a "do over" on the
garage floor. That attempt came out much better.
Read about it
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