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Hey David, it is great to hear from someone who had these guys do their floor and they were happy with it. Now, I just need to get rid of my ugly green walls and do something like yours!

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, they said to only use water for clean up no matter what gets on the floor, even oil, as detergents will dull the surface coat. They say oil will not stick to the coating and water will float it right off and if it is really old oil, to just use a little clear ammonia in the water. Did you find this to be the case with your floor?
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hi david

sorry to be slightly off-topic, but the floor mat in your former garage looks nice. do you remember where you purchased it?

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Dan, yes clean up was just a squirt of Dawn in a bucket of water. Too easy!

Tom, it's not a mat - it's free-flow RaceDeck tiles. RaceDeck | Flooring Styles | FreeFlow. Shop around - you can get it MUCH cheaper though!

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Dan, yes clean up was just a squirt of Dawn in a bucket of water. Too easy!
Excellent! I was a bit skeptical, so thanks for confirming that.
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I used U-Coat-It process on our garage last summer. Quite the project. Had to rent a POD for storage as we had a lot of stuff from downsizing from our other house. Cleaned out one side, prep floor, apply U-Coat, let dry, move stuff from other side, repeat on other half of floor. BUT, the end result makes me smile every time I am in the garage. You can't spend your energy on anything more worth while for you automotive habit.

Gray with black, white and blue fleck with a light grit coating.

Here is the second side prepped and still drying out from cleaning(you can see the paint of the first side on the right hand side of the picture).






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I am looking to do my garage. My floor is currently painted and is holding up very well. The problem is that I want a different color and also want a glossy top coat.

Do I have to completely strip the current paint and start over? Or can I just do a thorough cleaning/degreasing and paint over it?

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I am looking to do my garage. My floor is currently painted and is holding up very well. The problem is that I want a different color and also want a glossy top coat.

Do I have to completely strip the current paint and start over? Or can I just do a thorough cleaning/degreasing and paint over it?
From what I have been told you would have to completely strip the floor to ensure proper adhesion of the new coating.
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I am planning on renting a concrete floor grinder this weekend. I hope to remove about 1/8 inch of concrete to get rid of the swirls and the oil stains (59 year old concrete floor, those stains are not coming out).
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Only one thing I'd like to tell: the epoxy will dry faster in the bucket than on the floor, so pour it on!
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The floor grinder worked well. About 6 hours got the floor as smooth as it can get without building it back up. Today I will acid etch the concrete. It is amazing how un-level the floor is even after the grinding. There is a full 1" to 2" difference in the floor height.
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I went with epoxy coat brand and it looks pretty good. The prep took forever but the actual application was not too bad. Did a light grey with white, black, grey flakes. Still need to get some shelving and a workbench/tool box in there but it's a start.
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recently did mine and it took them about 8-10 hours to finish everything and couldnt use my garage for 48hrs... but here it is
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Hi all,
I used U-Coat it system, built a new garage so I was fortunate to have a virgin concrete slab to work with. Prep was pressure wash, acid etch, rinse etc.
Only issue was watching the temp. and humidity, fairly narrow window to work with. I did one side at a time, and worked out well. 1200 sq. ft. was around $1000. Been down two year now and looks as new, haven't found a problem with the ususal liquid spills, brake fluid, coolant, oil, just wipe up.
I highly recommend it if you don't mind doing the grunt work.
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Here's the stuff I used - it's a solvent based 2part epoxy as opposed to water based which was all I could find locally. I used a light grey with a clear polyurethane coating. After 8 years I can say no chemicals bother it. Blue brake fluid left on it over night stained it but did not cause it to lift. It has some scratches but is stuck well.

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I did mine with the solvent based stuff and HOO BOY does that stuff stink!!!

The pro I talked to swears to not put anything heavy on it for 5 days and not to drive on it for a full 10. My poor Exige has been sitting outside for the longest its ever been since Ive had it
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Anyone told what the rule of thumb is for letting a new concrete floor cure before treating it?

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When I had mine done they said they like to see at least a year after pouring the concrete before they coat it. They said that sometimes it can take that long for the ground under the slab to dry out completely.
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Use shield crete from sherwin williams and get the clear to go on top. Its really nice kit with great finish compared to crappy lowes and home depot kits.

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