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02-03-2010 02:57 AM  8 years agoPost 1
fire_boy92

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I want to do my garage floor in that do it yourself 2 part epoxy with the colored flakes. I have read that the surface needs to be really clean prior to install for the epoxy to bond correctly.

Anyone have any experience on this?

The problem I'm facing is this: My home was a model home and half the garage had carpet glued down for an office. I can see glue residue on the concrete and im trying to decide how i need to get it off. Im sure it wouldnt be good to leave it on there and epoxy over it right?

Any help is appreciated. Thanks --- Chris

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02-03-2010 03:08 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Kevin Dalrymple

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Lowers sells a concrete cleaner for prepping for the epoxy. It is made by Bear. Get it, follow the directions, allow the floor to dry for days.

I would get the two part epoxy that is 2 one gal cans. not the one with one gal and one pint. That dose not work to well.

You might want to scrap the glue up from the floor.

That is what i did and my floor works great.

PS: if you do work on the floor and you drop a bolt with the flakes, good luck finding the bolt or nut. It will blend right in. I did not use any flakes and bought the anti-slip sand for floors and mixed it right in the epoxy.

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02-03-2010 03:15 AM  8 years agoPost 3
zaw

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Yeah, you definitely don't want flakes or pattern on the floor, especially if you're going to work on Heli's, stuff just disappear!

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02-03-2010 03:34 AM  8 years agoPost 4
Mr.Green

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Post some pics of it when you get done. I'm wanting to do that in my garages as well and would be vey interested to see how it turns out.

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02-03-2010 01:59 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Mutt

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First thing you need to do is scrape up that glue get that all gone then use the cleaner and as said before let it dry for a couple of days.Also make sure you have a bit more then you need of the epoxy setup it really sucks to run out with a couple of feet left to do. You can always before hand clean you steps or a small porch and use the left over there if you wanted to and use the non slip sand. Also as stated dont use the flakes things do disapear on the floor lol. I only put the non slip sand by the garage door opening and over by the washer and dryer area.

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02-03-2010 02:34 PM  8 years agoPost 6
ttsingram

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As a last resort you can use muratic acid. I say that because it is very dangerous if not used correctly. However it does a great job of cleaning and it etches the concrete also.

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02-03-2010 03:18 PM  8 years agoPost 7
midwestpilot

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I painted my basement floor 17 years ago
with regular old floor paint and used the acid before hand... worked great... it is still holding up pretty well..

I am finally finishing the rest of my basement now so carpet will be going over the paint soon...

I painted it to keep the cement dust down.. else it just keeps coming!

As for parking cars on epoxied floors.. be vary careful... my boss put the nose of his car through the wall when he came into his garage a little to quickly on a rainy day

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02-03-2010 03:58 PM  8 years agoPost 8
Kevin Dalrymple

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As for parking cars on epoxied floors.. be vary careful... my boss put the nose of his car through the wall when he came into his garage a little to quickly on a rainy day
That is why you need the non slip sand! When the floor is wet you will be thanking your lucky stars you put the sand in.

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02-03-2010 04:28 PM  8 years agoPost 9
OzarkCopterBum

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TSP or Trisodium Phosphate

I work with some guys that acid color stain concrete slabs. They start by scrubbing with a solution of TSP and bleach though I don't know the exact parts.

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02-03-2010 07:16 PM  8 years agoPost 10
chopper_crazy

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the company that you bought the floor epoxy from should make a concrete cleaner/prepper.

My only bit of advice to be extra careful when you pull into your garage with hot tires. Hot tires will pull up the epoxy and then you have a real big mess on your hands.

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02-03-2010 07:21 PM  8 years agoPost 11
lfalsetto

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I just used the etching compound the kit came with, I pressure washed the floor first then used the etching stuff broomed it let it dry the went at it. Took 2 kits to do a 3 car garage. I put the flakes on ( you have to do it in sections, roll a 10x10 area then flake it and repeat until you are done completely) One thing where your garage door is mask a straight line or it will look ugly and make the line right at the door. Paint edges and expansion joints first with a brush. I have had mine on for 3 years and have had no problems.

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02-03-2010 11:27 PM  8 years agoPost 12
fire_boy92

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Thanks for all the advice and tips. I have a heli room for doing work on my machines and my garage will be used for a pool table (truck wont fit in). Mainly just be an entertainment garage, small table and barstools. I read that the flakes make any imperfections in the floor surface less noticeable. I wasnt sure if the etcher that came with the kit would be enough to get that glue off enough.

I was thinking of like a floor sander or something but not sure what kind of pad/disc would be needed.

Maybe I could sand it, rinse it, degrease/cleaner it, pressure wash and let dry.

One thing I dont want is bubbles or chips, that would ruin the whole look of the floor imo.

I will post up some pics of my whole garage project. I started with an empty garage. So far I have put in some cabinets and some pegboard. I also took some corrugated tin and lined the walls about 34" up. I then trimmed it out in cedar, trimmed the pegboard in cedar and the attic access trim in cedar also. I wanted the rough look so I have been using cheap ceadar fence pickets. I just spend a lot of time picking through them getting straight, non split, uniform colored boards. Take a little while but its worth it when you compare the price to prime cedar boards.

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02-04-2010 12:12 AM  8 years agoPost 13
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I am glad I used the chips, looks great and the floor is not slick.

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