Alright, time for another follow-up post! Today we are talking about the DIY epoxy floor coating Adam and I did in the garage a little over a year ago. We used the RockSolid kit from RustOleum. and applying it was simple but fairly labor intensive.
Here is a quick video about the process of applying the epoxy floor coating –
So our garage is really large, a four car. The front half is where we park our two cars, and the back half is a workshop. I say workshop….but honestly, it’s a mess because we never got around to organizing it (even though we talk about it all the time). The garage floor gets lots of use and abuse though, between cars and projects. We drag things like the huge table saw across it on a weekly basis, and we’ve spilled everything imaginable on it. I knew I wanted to write a follow-up post about the floor, so last week we pulled the cars out and sprayed it down with water so I could inspect it. Here is what I found….
Has the epoxy floor chipped or flaked?
No, not at all. I really expected it to have at least scratched around where the table saw is, but there is zero damage.
Does it stain?
It really doesn’t. Dirt and mud comes off crazy easy. Oil from the cars leaks on it all the time (both our cars are from 03…so yeah, stuff leaks) and the oil wipes right up. You can just wipe it up with a paper towel, or spray it with water and squeegee it. Wood stain is no problem either.
We aren’t completly damage free though, there are two areas I need to point out. First, is this spot ….
That weird yellow stain is from sealer that leaked. We had a gallon of some sort of hardcore sealer that was in a plastic bottle, and the bottom cracked and leaked all over the floor. It would have wiped up just fine, had I know it had even happened. We found it way after it had dried. Weeks? Months? Who knows. Anyway, it stuck and turned yellow, because that’s what sealer does. I’m just calling it an extra layer of protection.
The second area is where we welded and didn’t protect the floor, and it’s burned a bit.
Has the color changed?
Overall, the color of the floor is the same. However, in areas where the epoxy is exposed and constantly gets baked by the sun, it has become very yellow. For example, the small section outside of the garage door is a drastically different color.
For that reason I would only do something like this in an enclosed space, anything that gets sun exposure is going to change drastically.
Is the garage floor easy to clean?
So easy. We mostly just spot clean and blow sawdust out with a leaf blower, but every few months we will pull the cars out and spray it down with water. You can use cleaner, but that had never been necessary. If I felt that it needed a deep clean I would just squirt some Dawn dish soap on it after getting it wet, then go at it with a push broom.
Would you do it again?
Yes, absolutely. Honestly, when we first talked about doing this project I thought it sounded completely unnecessary. It’s a garage floor…who cares if it’s gross and ugly? But my husband insisted, and now I see why. It really does look nice, and being able to wipe up all the stuff we spill is a huge perk. And one day, when we actually organize the garage, it will look like a million bucks. In fact, we like it so much that Adam has convinced me to put something on the raw concrete on our porches. I’ve been fighting it because I like the look if the raw concrete, but they are stained beyond repair. We just have to find a product and look we can agree on!
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