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  • How to Epoxy-Coat a Garage Floor

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    If you are looking to make your garage somewhat more bearable, then take a look at this How-To segment from This Old House, where they teach us how to Epoxy-Coat a garage floor. Not feeling up to the task yourself? Have Reilly Painting do it, and we can check your gutters while we're at it!

    Difficulty: Easy to moderate Requires a warm, dry weekend and some stamina (for wielding a paint roller).

    You finally got the tools hanging neatly on an outlined pegboard, and all the paint is organized in carefully labeled cabinets. But now your car is jealous, sitting like a lump on the oily, dirty concrete slab. You still need to put the finishing touch on the garage cleanup: a colorful, shiny epoxy floor coating that will have you—and your car—feeling like you’re driving into a showroom every time you come home.

    Epoxy not only tops off the pro look but also resists oil stains, beads water, and wipes clean like a kitchen counter. Color chips and custom paint colors hide annoying imperfections in the concrete, and antiskid additives give you the grip you need on a snowy day. As This Old House technical editor Mark Powers shows on the following pages, you just need a weekend to sweep the dirt out and paint the epoxy on. Then the garage will finally be a space worth driving up to—and showing off.

    Gray Flannel Epoxy Garage Floor Coating with granite color flecks, from Quikrete

    Floor Finish Overview

    Applying an epoxy coating to a concrete floor is as easy as painting walls, but as with painting, the success is in the prep work. Once the calculations, color choices, and cleaning are taken care of, the actual application will seem like the easiest part.

    To bond well, epoxy requires an even, slightly rough, and totally clean surface. That means patching any potholes and cracks and allowing them to cure fully. Concrete must be at least 60 days old and not sealed for the epoxy to adhere. You can tell if your floor already has a sealer if water beads on it or if you get to Step 2 in this process and the etching solution doesn't foam; if that's the case, you'll need to take off the sealer with a chemical stripper or a special machine. (Painted floors can be recoated if there's no peeling.)

    Stripping the floor, however, does not clean it. Any grease or dirt will compromise the epoxy adhesion, so cleaning and etching is a step that should not be rushed. Different manufacturers offer different types of cleaners, so check out the ingredients before you choose what type is best for you. Chemical cleaners vary widely, from harsh degreasers and etchers to safer but less effective organics. You can cut down on the elbow grease by renting a machine called a floor maintainer for about $40 a day.

    Read the other directions at This Old House

     

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