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PostPosted: June 4, 2019, 5:36 am 
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Your drywall is not perfect? You should take a look at mine. Screwed on and painted. The whole idea was to have have something to cover the insulation and reflect light. Looking good was not a design feature. But paint is good, it not only reflects light, it provides an amazing amount of protection to the drywall.

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@horchoha Greensboro is pretty moderate. We do have some really cold days, but it's rare to string together 5 days in the 20s in a row. Teens are uncommon and single digits almost unheard of. (not unheard of, but almost. :lol: )
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Seeing a 20 degree temp delta before it was all buttoned up makes me feel pretty good about being comfortable working in there. In the winter I can always add an extra layer if it's really chilly.

@BBlue Have you read the kids book "If you give a Moose a Muffin"? It's like a case of the might as wells during a car build. That's how this garage is going. Every little decision turns into, if I do that I might as well....

Now I'm starting to think about epoxy floors...

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I don't car how grubby the floor looks, I refuse to paint concrete that is in a work area. I consider it a slip and fall event waiting to happen. Maybe the epoxy is different, but I would not like to be the guy that discovers the slickness of wet epoxy is about the same as wet enamel.

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I thought that too, but it turned out to be a non-issue.

I'm making do with paint because I can't afford epoxy.


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If you are thinking about putting epoxy on the floor, this is the time to do it before there is any oil contaminating the surface. Other wise you are going to have problems even if you acid etch the surface. The only other option is to grind the cement surface down to a completely clean surface. I pissed a lot of $$$ on a floor that started to flake in just a couple yrs. Davew


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I've heard about early failures with epoxy after acid washing. Not something that I want to experience.

Wifey Dearest and I are still talking about it. I need to sit down and look at the total spend compared to budget before I commit.
There's a piece of brown paper on my office wall with all of the little tasks building the garage. Most are marked off now.

There's another piece with the pros and cons list for a coated floor. So far I don't have a MAJOR point to tip me one direction or the other. The two biggest pros I have so far are ease of cleanup and appearance. The biggest cons are potential flaking and expense.

You guys want to add to my pros and cons list

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It's worth it just for the ease of sweeping-up.


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I'd vote for no epoxy. Simply because I wouldn't want to feel out classed. :cheers:

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Last night we headed to Lowes to pick up epoxy supplies.
2 kits of light gray Rustoleum epoxy, 2 1/2 car garage size. They claim to cover up to 500 square feet, but every review says they don't.

Also picked up 2 gallon kits of clear epoxy top coat. Again claims to cover up to 500 square feet of coated floor, but reviews disagree.
2 extra packs of color flake
4 short nap rollers
24 inch squeegee

My only concern is with the broomed finish on the floor. I know it won't be slick, but I worry it will look like crap.

I definitely have a case of the might as wells going on in this build.
Wifey Dearest asked me where I planned to mount the TV.
Huh? What TV?

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I have worked in fabrication shops with epoxy floors and it was a bad idea outside of the machine shop. If you plan on doing any torch/plasma cutting, welding, or grinding that creates any real sparks you will end up with burnt sports on the floor that look really bad. You are going to want to budget for sheets of aluminum or stainless steel to cover and protect your floor in any areas where you are planing to do any of the above, and make sure you use them. That one quick weld that drops some big spatter or, set/drop a hot part you just welded on the floor and you will regret it.


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TRX wrote:
I thought that too, but it turned out to be a non-issue.

I'm making do with paint because I can't afford epoxy.

Are you saying that today's paints are not slippery when wet?

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WelderLee wrote:
I have worked in fabrication shops with epoxy floors and it was a bad idea outside of the machine shop. If you plan on doing any torch/plasma cutting, welding, or grinding that creates any real sparks you will end up with burnt sports on the floor that look really bad. You are going to want to budget for sheets of aluminum or stainless steel to cover and protect your floor in any areas where you are planing to do any of the above, and make sure you use them. That one quick weld that drops some big spatter or, set/drop a hot part you just welded on the floor and you will regret it.


Thanks for the feedback. I do have some steel and aluminum sheet I could use as underlayment for fabrication because I expect there will be a lot in my future.

I'm also doing the flakes in the floor which creates a visual interest and hides some imperfections and the occasional burn mark. (also hides nuts, bolts, anything small that falls on the floor)

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BBlue wrote:
Are you saying that today's paints are not slippery when wet?


I have no idea. I don't leave water, coolant, or oil on my shop floor, and neither do the businesses in my area that have smooth epoxy floors.


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BBlue wrote:
Are you saying that today's paints are not slippery when wet?

You know Bill, iffin I were 30 years younger I would have an excellent come back for that statement and it has nothing to do about paint and floors.
And yes way back when I had hair, when it was wet it was slippery :lol:

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horchoha wrote:
BBlue wrote:
Are you saying that today's paints are not slippery when wet?

You know Bill, iffin I were 30 years younger I would have an excellent come back for that statement and it has nothing to do about paint and floors.
And yes way back when I had hair, when it was wet it was slippery :lol:

You confuse me. The hair was slippery?

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