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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    You can rent a carbide scraper that mounts to a standard floor buffer. Any good rental place should have them. It will scrape off any old floor coating, and any little bumps. It will not level the floor.

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    Applying epoxy isn't much different from any other paint job. The better the prep, the better the results. My garage had been used for auto repair for a few years, by me, before I decided to lay down some epoxy. All the greasy spots got soaked several times with mineral spirits, (paint thinner), then cleaned up with kitty litter, then a few washes with a good degreaser, then a couple etchings with muriatic acid, (this stuff is nasty so be careful and have the good air circulation. Then follow that up with a couple more degreasings to neutralize the acid. Let it dry good and apply like you would with any house paint. Mask the edges and edge in with a small brush and then use a roller on the main part of the floor. You may need a second coat. Some guys use and old pair of gold spikes to walk on the first coat and not leave foot prints. Generally you need to apply the second coat before the first sets up , right after it stops being tacky. If you wait too long you might need to wait a couple weeks, sand it lightly, wash, and apply the second coat.
    Do you add a little grit so the floor is not too slippery when wet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Do you add a little grit so the floor is not too slippery when wet?
    If you do that it makes brooming or mopping the floor a real pain.

    I have worked in two shop areas that had clear epoxy coating on the floors, neither had sand in the mix as they were intended to be mop-swept. They were slippery only when wet, and even that toned down after some use. Both floors had the same treatment, about 60 days after the pour so most of the moisture had come out. Acid wash, degreasing wash, two rinses, 48hr drying time with fans, then two coats epoxy. The only damage they evidenced was from dragging equipment across the floor, and that was easily retouched with some sanding, cleaning, and spot-coating.

    I plan on using the same coating in my next garage/shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider View Post
    If you do that it makes brooming or mopping the floor a real pain.

    I have worked in two shop areas that had clear epoxy coating on the floors, neither had sand in the mix as they were intended to be mop-swept. They were slippery only when wet, and even that toned down after some use. Both floors had the same treatment, about 60 days after the pour so most of the moisture had come out. Acid wash, degreasing wash, two rinses, 48hr drying time with fans, then two coats epoxy. The only damage they evidenced was from dragging equipment across the floor, and that was easily retouched with some sanding, cleaning, and spot-coating.

    I plan on using the same coating in my next garage/shop.

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    I was worried too much sand would hurt when kneeling working on the bikes.
    Even with the bare concrete I need to be very careful to not have a foot slip out when moving a bike on a wet floor.
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    I worked at a warehouse where part of the floor was sanded, it was a pain to clean, hosing it off was about the only way to get it clean. My garage is plain epoxy, not even any flakes. My next one will be plain epoxy, no flakes or sand.

    As for it being slippery, well I suppose it is worse than clean dry concrete, but is is far from being a problem. The only time I notice it being slick is when I do woodworking and there a saw dust on the floor, then it is slick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    I worked at a warehouse where part of the floor was sanded, it was a pain to clean, hosing it off was about the only way to get it clean. My garage is plain epoxy, not even any flakes. My next one will be plain epoxy, no flakes or sand.

    As for it being slippery, well I suppose it is worse than clean dry concrete, but is is far from being a problem. The only time I notice it being slick is when I do woodworking and there a saw dust on the floor, then it is slick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
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    I have found the heavily patterned or "flecked" floor coatings look great but make it very difficult to find small parts when dropped.
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    We call it FUBARN

    Donít let anyone sell you on how cheap it is to build these things. Loooooooooonnnnnggggg story!

    Itís full now, of tractor, RV, Van, motos and more. Itís really nice to sit in there and listen to the rain.

    Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
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    Donít let anyone sell you on how cheap it is to build these things. Loooooooooonnnnnggggg story!

    Itís full now, of tractor, RV, Van, motos and more. Itís really nice to sit in there and listen to the rain.

    That is very cool, is that a class B in there?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I have found the heavily patterned or "flecked" floor coatings look great but make it very difficult to find small parts when dropped.
    OM
    Good point, never thought of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 54571 View Post
    That is very cool, is that a class B in there?
    The Ford-based vehicle is a Class C, a 26.5' Lazy Daze.

    The Sprinter is now my grandson's motocross bike hauler, it's been replaced with a new Ford Transit...

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    RTWPaul's pic of changing tires in my shed a couple of years ago when he came through.


    Multi purpose it's a pretty sweet spot to chill out and drink beer. A lot of my past is in here.


    I do have a plan to build a new 30' x 40' shed next to this one. We'll see if it ever comes to pass.
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    Leoís Garage

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    Office of the Garage


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