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Old 03-22-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
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Question Garage Floor Opinions

I just bought my first house and I want to get the garage ready for my toys (it's the only room in the house that I get). I will have my 69 Camaro in there and will be using the garage mainly to work on it. So we have engine teardown and build, metal stripping, grinding, rolling on floor under car to get trans in, etc...

What should I consider for protecting the floor? I wan a smooth surface that makes working on a creeper easy and I wan easy clean-up and good looks. It seems that an epoxy coating is the best for my situation, but I also don't want something that will flake or be affected by hot-tire pickup in a year or so.

What is the OT's opinions on this?
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:08 PM   #2
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:09 PM   #3
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Rustoleum. Done and done.
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:17 PM   #4
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congrats on the new house. Before you touch the floor, you need to get a fridge for teh beer. Then a work bench and a sleeping bag. Then paint around fridge and workbench= less paint/work safer for enviroment. And recycle that 30 pack you just drank while painting= Pillow for sleeping bag.
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:25 PM   #5
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congrats on the new house. Before you touch the floor, you need to get a fridge for teh beer. Then a work bench and a sleeping bag. Then paint around fridge and workbench= less paint/work safer for enviroment. And recycle that 30 pack you just drank while painting= Pillow for sleeping bag.
House comes with older fridge. We are replacing with new SS fridge. I get beer fridge.

Done.

Workbench. Plans are in place for a nice 8' bench with lots of storage to go with it. I have a lot of crap for my Camaro and nowhere to put it (yet).

Thanks for the links to the garage floor coating thread. I am thinking I will go the epoxy route, but I wanted to make sure I was considering all aspects and not missing some huge benefit to the tiles.
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:29 PM   #6
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Rustoleum. Done and done.

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Just did mine about.. ohhh...mmmm.... 48 hours ago...??

They put the last coat of clear coat on.

DANG it looks AWESOME.

AND it lasts for YEARS... like 10-ish!!
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:40 PM   #7
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How much grinding and welding are you planning on doing? Big fat grinder sparks and welding slag will eat holes in an epoxy floor pretty good. They look nice, but maybe not for somewhere that's getting a lot of heavy use of that nature. On the other hand, there's always welding blankets and stuff, so...

Just a thought.
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Old 03-22-2007, 01:47 PM   #8
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How much grinding and welding are you planning on doing? Big fat grinder sparks and welding slag will eat holes in an epoxy floor pretty good. They look nice, but maybe not for somewhere that's getting a lot of heavy use of that nature. On the other hand, there's always welding blankets and stuff, so...

Just a thought.
No welding... yet at least. There will be a fair amount of grinding though to get lots of frame parts ready for powdercoating. Maybe not quite "big fat grinder sparks" but probably lots of smaller ones.
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Go check out garagejournal.com-there's an entire flooring forum over there. General consensus on epoxy is that it's not good for a heavily used fab shop (welding, grinding, etc are tough on it) but that for just about everything else, it's cool. Prep is key to making it bond well to the floor.

I've been weighing it for a while, and as yet haven't decided anything. It's looking like my basement garage that I was thinking about putting epoxy in is going to get converted to living space, and so I'll probably be going in a different direction.
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:08 PM   #10
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It's pricey, but if I was really going to be using the garage as a shop, not just for little project stuff, I'd man up and get this:

http://www.allmats.com/site/439205/page/664574

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