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Mike Krehel




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posted 03-08-2001 03:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Krehel     send a private message to Mike Krehel   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by Mike Krehel
I picked up a drill bit that was sitting on my garage floor for about a month and was very surprised that rust has started forming. Even though my garage is climate controlled, I beleive that I need to take some extra measures.

I'm looking for recommendations on garage floor paints that will seal out moisture.

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posted 03-08-2001 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ALLEY CAT     send a private message to ALLEY CAT   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by ALLEY CAT
Mike - I would go see the experts, like Dunn-Edwards or a PPG store.

Tip for rust removal: Take a flat shape,hand size, river rock - put down kitty litter on rust spot - grind the litter into spot with firm circular motions until gone.

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Mike ...

I have been in my garage (well, actually the cars have been -- I don't want a thread to start now about me "coming out" of the garage!) for going on 11 years. I put down a two-part epoxy based paint that has stood up wonderfully to the high temperature of performance tires parking on it just after a long trip, tools being dropped on it and gasoline, oil and other chemicals being spilled on it. It also acts as a vapor barrier for the concrete to not let moisture up from down below (why the drill bit rusted).

I was just at a home show, and they now have new stuff that is both more textured for safety (mine is a bit slick when wet, although can be cured by adding sand to the mix)and in a wide range of colors that almost simulates Corian. You can match to theoutside trim color on your house, if you like (my floor is a creamish color; Navajo White).

Hope that info is helpful to you ... oh, by the way ... the bare floor has to be "etched" first with Muratic Acid ... otherwise anything you pust don will "flake" off and then the floor will look like my neighbor's does. The process isn't cheap ... but if done right, will give you the results that you are looking for.

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posted 03-08-2001 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lance.d     send a private message to Lance.d   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by Lance.d
I second Ray, thats what I did. Acid wash is very important. Ray mine is kind of rubber feeling is yours

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I did the Behr 1 part epoxy for concrete and am pleased with the results. One thing extra was that I laid out masking tape before spraying in a 3x2 foot grid, staggered like bricks. After spraying I went around with spray cans of various colors accenting each "paver". The result after pulling up the tape looks some what like sandstone flags. The main reason for this, apart from looking good was to hide any scrapes, spills or scratches as I knew a solid floor would annoy me when the inevitable happened. It works. The floor looks better all the time, will try to post a picture in a week or so when I get back from New Zealand.
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Mike, I've dealt with this company and found their product and installation by their people to be very good. This site also describes different type of finish and applications. http://www.stonehard.com/


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Mike
Acid wash is fine but even better, especially if there is paint already on the floor is to have the floor shot blasted. There are many different epoxy products on the market, water based, poly based and solvent based. All have products that can do the job. A 100% solids epoxy is probably the most bullitproof. Waiting til the weather warms up here to do mine as surface should be above 60 during the curing time.

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Sherwin Williams sell a product called H&C Concrete Stain. This product will protect and seal. It is a stain as compared to a paint or coating. No peeling! I have coated my driveway with it and it has held up very well. Available in several colors and would probably last forever in a garage.

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Lance:

No my current garage is NOT rubbery, but that describes the stuff that I am going to go with in my new garage that we are building. Even though the space will only be used for the "toy cars" and not our daily drivers, I want to eliminate the slickness I have here in my current space.

Marc, floor prep IS criticle and media blasting where heavy paint spills may be in order, but for just the "average" situation, Muratic Acid is more accesible and easier to perform -- and MUCH less messy than the "blast residue" clean up might be.

Mike K. ... I think you will get a lot of verying thoughts on this topic. Do your researh and settle on what you like best and what is available in your Houston area.

Good luck!

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Mike- A couple of guys I know here in the Dallas area contacted the Rhino lining people who do truck beds. They came out and acid washed the entire floor and them applied their lining in the textures finished. WOW, non skid, 1/8 - 1/4" thick and most of all get great traction. This is just a thought. Might be worth a phone call.

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posted 03-08-2001 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lance.d     send a private message to Lance.d   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote   Search for more posts by Lance.d
that would be a good thought, wonder how much that would cost?

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Mike,

acid wash as directed on product, If you choose to media blast it can be done with the right blaster without much sand left. should be able to rent blaster. I have had this done on commercial floors.

Depending on what you want it to look like, Epoxy is best, unless you go with rhino lined garage........They have clear sealers if you do not want it a color. Most home improvement stores should have something that would do the trick.....Just as painting a car or anything else......PREP IT RIGHT THE 1ST TIME.......is the KEY to success.....as Ray said about the slippery when wet.....add fine white sand or they have small bags that can be added to rough up the surface.......use sparingly

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I can say this, I have no Idea of what they put on the floor but, if I am changing oil on one of my bikes and i spill it on the floor , I grab a rag and wipe it up without much trouble at all. I don't have a real slippery surface when wet, it actually kind of feel little spongy like rubber, (is this epoxy?) . I did this on my garage before, and did not acid wash the floor and it looked like a mid 80's gm paint job . (peeling whereever it broke) My floor has been down since I built the house almost two years and no problems yet.

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