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Old 07-06-2012, 01:22 PM   #1
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Looking for advice for a good garage floor coating.
Leaning towards the ArmorGarage
Garage Flooring | Industrial Epoxy Floor Coatings and Paints:
It has very little complaints, and a very good website with lots of info.

Second Question would be color scheme. (Bace coat color/Flake colors)
Leaning towards : Dark Grey base, and Black, White, Battleship Grey flakes.

Third question would be what to do with the walls.
One Idea:leave the ceiling white, black stripe, and battleship grey lower to match the flakes on the floor.



Just looking for ideas/experience.
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Not sure about budget, but...

After the Great Exploding Water Heater Disaster of 2009, I sanded the floor and then used this product to coat it. Turned out pretty well- I only lived in that house for another year afterward, however it held up nicely against ordinary use- floor jacks, jackstands, spilled oil, etc. Pure methanol does cause it to discolor slightly, but didn't seem to cause any other harm.
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How are you going to keep your wife from putting her junk into your pristine garage? That's really the fundamental issue I struggle with. Maybe you guys don't have that problem.

I also have a horse that likes to sneak in and hang out in the garage. That can make a mess.

I think your color scheme is good from a long-term maintainability perspective, and the white uppers should be great for lighting. Reminds me of the USN.
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I would lean toward a lighter color floor. In our shop we went form a dark gray to a medium tan color. It makes the shop brighter ,looks cleaner(read hides dirt better) and easier to find dropped bolts. Just my thoughts.
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Light Grey

Medium Grey

Dark Grey


I already ordered the dark, but I can change it by the end of the day.
I don't think its dark enough to be called dark grey.

Y'alls opinions would really help.
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I agree with the posters above. I went with a lighter grey color and only used about half of the flakes included in the package. I didn't want so much flake that it made it very difficult to find small hardware that was dropped.

I do think the general "grey/black/white" theme with some red cabinet or tool chests should look sharp.
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How are you going to keep your wife from putting her junk into your pristine garage? That's really the fundamental issue I struggle with. Maybe you guys don't have that problem.

I also have a horse that likes to sneak in and hang out in the garage. That can make a mess.

I think your color scheme is good from a long-term maintainability perspective, and the white uppers should be great for lighting. Reminds me of the USN.
An agreement from before we got married.
THE GARAGE IS MINE.
Until I have a 4 car garage, she has nothing to do with the garage.
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Light Grey

Medium Grey

Dark Grey

I already ordered the dark, but I can change it by the end of the day.
I don't think its dark enough to be called dark grey.

Y'alls opinions would really help.
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I agree with the posters above. I went with a lighter grey color and only used about half of the flakes included in the package. I didn't want so much flake that it made it very difficult to find small hardware that was dropped.

I do think the general "grey/black/white" theme with some red cabinet or tool chests should look sharp.
Mine more closely resembles the medium grey. I would go with one of the lighter two shades over the dark.
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An agreement from before we got married.
THE GARAGE IS MINE.
Until I have a 4 car garage, she has nothing to do with the garage.
I owned the house before we were married, and garage is detached. Nothing but her bike in there.

However, the basement is a different story. I have to fight to keep the shop area clear of boxes and crap.
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I did my 2 car garage with the Armor Garage Harley Tan with the upgraded top coat. Great product, and Jim is great to deal with.

I recommend the product to anyone looking for epoxy. Much more durable than the EpoxyShield I had in my previous home. My floor jack and jack stands scratched the EpoxyShield, hasn't made a mark in the Armor Garage.
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I did my 2 car garage with the Armor Garage Harley Tan with the upgraded top coat. Great product, and Jim is great to deal with.

I recommend the product to anyone looking for epoxy. Much more durable than the EpoxyShield I had in my previous home. My floor jack and jack stands scratched the EpoxyShield, hasn't made a mark in the Armor Garage.
Great to hear considering it cost $800 to do a 2-2.5 car garage.
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I plan on being in this house for a while, and didn't want to epoxy the garage floor more than once. To me, it was worth the additional cost to do it once.

The EpoxyShield in the old house was 3 or so years old. No issues with hot tire pickup, but if you looked at it the wrong way, it would scratch.
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We just did something real similar to the picture, in a friends garage.

Did a light gray floor coating, that hes having some stenciling done on, a gunmetal color for the bottom half of the wall and a 6 inch wide stripe that was as high as his tool box and the same color (saphirre blue) and the top of the wall white.

I would avoid a white color, because of the marks and fingerprints.

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I've done 2 floors so far with epoxy/sealer/flakes.

For me, the flakes make the floor. Without them it just looks too bare.

Just prep the hell out of the floor and make sure you get up every single bit of dirt and dust there is. Work quickly and evenly. If you end up doing the flakes, make sure you sprinkle them in as you go.
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In for info on the floor stuff. Trying to buy a house with a 2 car now actually. Wife sugeested a wall paint that is dry erase. I plan on making a good section of wall dry erase so I can doodle ideas. Back wall will be coated in projector scene stuff on a removabke board for extraloud game nights if funds allow. Already have a nice projector. Armorcoat sounds interesting. We painted an old shop I worked at in the cheaper epoxy stuff and jacks and stuff ruined it.
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I will add one thing on the walls:

Use glossy white paint.

It may get dingy more easily, but white walls reflect light, making the whole space brighter and easier to work in. And gloss paint can be scrubbed clean when it gets dingy.

I've had garages which were bare drywall, and which were bright white. The white-painted walls make the workshop experience better.
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+1 to what Joe said. I used a white exterior paint, and everything wipes right off. I can pressure wash the garage floor, and don't worry about the walls getting wet.
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Id recommend using a coating from Wolverine Coatings.
Its so far been the most durable floor coating Ive used.
After 3 years it still hasnt peeled/reacted to anything Ive spilled and hasnt chipped from dropping anything from tools to motors.
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While on the subject of garages, I have a 12' ceiling, and a regular garage door opener. It also opens like a normal garage taking up a lot of ceiling space, and leaves no room for a lift.

Anyone else have, of had this problem, is so, what did you do.

This is my garage. (Excuse the mess, I just moved in.)


This is what I want.
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This thread sparked my interest. the prep work quickly dissolved it.
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