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Old 07-31-2006, 12:31 PM
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Looking at a garage, flooring question

Well it also has a house attached. It is only a 1 car garage, but the house can be fixed up for a good profit. As part of that most of the flooring will need to be updated. Since I am wanting to make the house look nice, I want to put a decent floor covering on the concrete garage floor. I want it to be nice for me while I am there and keep it looking good for when I go to sell it.

What I want is a decent looking and wearing floor covering, at least that will last me a year or two while I do minor wrenching and other home improvement projects. I want something that is fairly simple to install. I need something that will clean up and keep the stains off when I change fluids or get a leak.

Would the stuff they sell at lowes work for my purposes? I probably won't do any welding, but I imagine fluids and stuff will get on it. I could put some bases on jack stands if it needed it.
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Old 07-31-2006, 12:47 PM
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i've recently put that epoxy coating on my garage floor, complete with the speckles of color (grey epoxy with black/blue/white specks). looks good, and for $100 (2 car garage) it's hard to beat. so far, i've had my car(s) on jack stands (without rubber feet) without problems, as well as a rolling jack (while re-positioning the car using the jack!) without problems. durable stuff! gets a little slippery when liquids are spilled on it, but other than that it looks great and clean up is easy. some places charge upwards of $4 per square foot for installing an epoxy floor....
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I had mine epoxy coated. Really looks nice. Mine was to much sq footage to DYI, yours shouldn't be a problem being a one car.

Try this forum link for everything garage.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/
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Thanks. I may or may not be able to get into the house, but thanks for the quick replies.
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my dad did the epoxy with the specs in it on a turn over house we bought 3 years ago, still have the house but where there was an oil leak and the concrete was stained, it's starting to come up there. even tho we used the supplied cleaning solution and a couple other cleaning solutions b4 that solution ( Simple green, orange cleener ) but it still coming up. you may need to lay some new concrete over the old after grinding the old off.
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floor finish

your local Home Depot has a epoxy floor paint kit all in one box bet other home improvement places do to ,,,,,,,good luck and may your profit margin be great and smooth
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If you first clean the floor with muriatic acid you will have no adhesion problems.

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VCT flooring works well for garages depending on what you plan to to with it.
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I'm planning on using regular old "porch paint", but I'm putting it on new concrete. Someone else on here used it, and said it wore well and was stain resistant. If you have lots of heavy traffic, like steel wheeled floor jacks, you'll have a few wear areas to touch up after a year or so -- depending on how much traffic. At $7-$10 a gallon it's worth a try! If it doesn't last long out in the shop I'm not real concerned though.
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