June 8, 2020 at 8:51 pm #99840June 9, 2020 at 10:53 am #99858Tom HamParticipant
Joe, can you give us a bit more detail about what you are considering, the building, where it is, type of work you will be doing in the shop, etc.
That would help us give you the best ideas. 🙂
Tom - Shop Owner since 1978June 15, 2020 at 8:14 pm #100000June 16, 2020 at 9:06 am #100028douglas hillmannParticipant
Point of perspective for you. I built my shop in 2005 put down a military grade epoxy. It looked just like the floor in the pic when new. It lasted 15 years. We are a regular repair shop. As a specialist shop I would say we do more big work that most. The floor was mopped each week during those years. I am repainting the floor this year.June 17, 2020 at 6:19 pm #100093June 17, 2020 at 6:36 pm #100097douglas hillmannParticipantJune 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm #100103steve steebParticipant
PLEASE be sure you get references if you get the floor epoxy painted. I did my own with a few buddies for my first shop (1200 sq. ft. – 30 yeas ago). It was OK, but parts of it lifted due to our lack of experience in proper prep. Bought a shop with a freshly epoxy painted floor – “professionally” done for low bid by he seller (5000 sq. ft – 8 years ago, no idea the price…) that started lifting and peeling almost immediately. Just had my home workshop done late fall last year (new concrete, 1320 sq. ft., I hired it out local) and I swear if I drop a screw on it it chips. I LOVE the look and feel and cleanability of a painted floor but I’m seriously starting to wonder if ANYONE in the world cares enough anymore to do it RIGHT! I admit, I only paid just over $3.00 / sq. ft.; that was the price I was quoted. Maybe the guy charged what he was worth! I ALMOST wish I had done it myself last Fall…June 18, 2020 at 7:34 am #100110June 18, 2020 at 7:52 am #100115June 18, 2020 at 9:51 am #100118Richard ZaagmanParticipant
I don’t know what the best coating is, I can only tell you that over the past 20 years we have gone with epoxy. Not all epoxy is created equal though. Clear top cote needs to be UV resistant or it ends up yellowing which destroys the effect. I’ve also had coats that were too thin and wore away in 4-5 years. Even the best epoxy is pretty much in need of a redo after 5 years though due to the chipping that occurs when items are dropped on the floor. If memory serves me correctly, I think I’m on my 4th or maybe 5th application and we are due for the next application soon, in the next year. Probably close to 20k I’d guess to do our complete shop again.June 19, 2020 at 9:48 am #100144July 3, 2020 at 8:25 am #100609Alan Ollie Gelfand Pres.Participant
We polished our floors up front and epoxied the floors in the rear 5 bays. I did the epoxy ourselves. I had a sandblasting company clean the floors it is outside so it made it easier. Then we bought Industrial Epoxy from EB Epoxy. Ask them what to use they make the epoxy there in Fort Lauderdale Fort half the price of any other epoxy. If you check them out you’ll see they make the Epoxy that glues bridges together. It lasted 5-6 years looking perfect. Now 14 years later it looks fairly good but not shiny. $800 for sandblasting 2000 sq ft. 1800 for epoxy 14 years ago Apx 2 days of my life rolling it on. One trick I learned is to mix the epoxy 3 hours before you want to use it it goes on thicker.
The front 3 bays I had ground -4 year’s ago apx 10k and they looked great for apx 10 years.
If I were to do it over I would do what Home Depot does. They have a company come in at night and grind and polish the floors. Then they use a water based sealer.
the first time the company told me its a expensive job after that every 5 years its 1/4 the price .December 10, 2020 at 3:29 pm #113634NION MARVINParticipant
We used RaceDeck tiles. Super simple installation helps to completely transform the entire garage in one day. In wall work trucks we used similar in small rooms, then I took note.
There have been problems with “holes for nails in concrete due to the removal of walls”, you will never know how these problems are hidden under the tiles.December 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm #113637J. Larry BloodworthParticipant
My wife and I worked together to finish the shop floor with 2-part Floor Epoxy from Home Depot. It ran us about $450 to do 3K sq. ft. Here’s a link to what we used. It took us 3 of these kits.
In our experience, it lasts about 5 years then you have to touch up the areas that have chipped due to dropping stuff. Before laying down the epoxy, we etched the floor with muriatic acid then neutralized and cleaned the floor with Tide laundry detergent. We didn’t grind or sand the floor. Hope this helps shop owners who have more time than money for a cool-looking shop floor.
Here’s a fuzzy picture of what it looked like when we were finished:
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