garage floor coating

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Searched the archive and suprisingly enough, found nothing on this topic.

Soon fresh concrete will be poured in the new house. I want to coat the basement and garage floors ASAP. Cost is an object so I'm wanting to go with a coating. Nothing cutting edge. Just good practical, durable floor coating. I've been looking at the Rustoleum product.

Any suggestions?
 

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I tried a coating that was specifically for concreat. Forgot what it was called, it's like $100 for a 5 gallon jug at home depot. I put 2 thick coats down on a 2 car gerage and it pealed up in some spots. This was an old concreat floor so you might have better results. There was another product there where you paint the floor and then sprinkle paint chips on it to give it some texture. I saw that also at home depot and i also so a review on it somewhere on TNT. I think it was hot rod tv or something. If (and when) i do my gerage again, i'm going to use that stuff. Sorry i don't remember the names of the stuff.
 

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I used concrete stain on my garage floor, and it lifted every time a hot tire touched it.

Epoxy floor paint from Griot's Garage is guaranteed not to lift, and it makes your floor beautiful.

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You need to wait a year to let the concrete dry before putting sealing it...
Yes, it can take that long for all of the mositure to wick out.
 

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WOW! I figured it might take a week or so, but a whole dang year?

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Are you concerned primarily about sealing, or about a nice looking floor?

When my step-dad had a house built out in AZ, the concrete for the driveway and garage came premixed with stain. Blended the driveway in with the natural terrain of the surroundings. Kinda like a light brownish-red. Think canyon/sand stone color.

I'm sure there are different colored stains available, and since it's mixed with the raw concrete, it's permanent and won't "lift" off. You could always seal it once it's fully cured and dried. I remember reading about some test you can do to a small section of cement to determine if it is completely dried out. Something about pouring a solution on it or ??? Check with your concrete guy.
 
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If you want it to last make sure you acid etch the floor first. A mixture of muriatic acid and water does the trick. Do some research and follow safety precautions for the acid, once you see what it does to concrete you won't want to get any on you.
 

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I'm primarily concerned with sealing the floor. I make BIG messes sometimes.

I did find some information that said you need to compare the tack free curing time of the coating to the time it takes to draw moisture on a piece of plastic laid down on the floor. This link LINK claims 7 days max for their product and an industry standard of 28 days.

As usual, I'll investigate this until I'm blue in the face and then make the wrong decision.
 

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Ditto on the muriatic acid caution. I mix it with water to clean pool filters, and when muriatic acid is mixed with water, it creates a cloud of hazy steam/mist.

DO NOT INHALE THIS STUFF OR GET IT ON YOUR SKIN, OR IN YOUR EYES!
 

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I just built a new house with a 3 car garage and put down the 2 part poxy stuff by Valspar. The Rust-oleum stuff has the piant chips and runs a little more. I figures a bis 3 car with paint chips was a litlle overwelming. The stuff went down great and did the intire garge for about $70.
 

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I just did my garage with the Hot "something" anti-skid product I got at Lowes. One gallon almost got me two whole coats. They have a tintable base, so I had it tinted to go with my pool table & beer signs. Tre chic.

However, the anti-skid surface is becoming a PITA. It's nearly impossible to keep clean. Plus, it will peel. It takes a sharp, heavy object dragged across it though. FWIW, I prepped with muriatic acid, then a concrete cleaner. The surface was pretty nasty to begin with.
 

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Burchdogs: How long did you let the concrete cure? How long has the stuff been down?

I don't like the 'color flakes' either. Just plain old gray will suit me fine. Easy to clean, easy to find the little pieces that fall on it.
 
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the label didn't say anything about cure time of the cement but it was poared at least 60 days before we even moved in. It has only been down about 2 months but is still looks great and it cleans up great. We have been getting snow and ice and it just sweep out.