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fred42

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Although not a garage, I am contracting a slab pour now for a house addition. My contractor said if I were planning to later add a coating or tile the floor, that it is important that they do not use a "Cure and Seal" product during the slab install. These products provide a barrier to help with the hydration but hinder adhesion of other products later. I plan to use the old method of lightly spraying water on the slab and covering with plastic until it has fully cured.

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I should mention that a CLEAN surface is extremely important to a good install on any floor product. In my case, I have a 3 1/2 car garage and I first acid washed it and then used a gas Power Washer and spent 4 hours just using the jet nozzle cleaning the concrete surface. Very tedious, but the results are worth it. BTW, the Epoxy I used as well as friends and Son in law, after 8 years when I was doing mine a few years ago he went to HD and rented a industrial Floor buffer and used that on his Epoxy coat and turned the finish which had dulled over those years and restored it to its original shine. Doug

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fred42 wrote:

Although not a garage, I am contracting a slab pour now for a house addition. My contractor said if I were planning to later add a coating or tile the floor, that it is important that they do not use a "Cure and Seal" product during the slab install. These products provide a barrier to help with the hydration but hinder adhesion of other products later. I plan to use the old method of lightly spraying water on the slab and covering with plastic until it has fully cured.


I hope theyre planning on a vapor barrier under the concrete.


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My garage floor was 20 years old when we epoxyed it. I did a lot of inquiring about floor prep. I had to use xylene to get up the oils and had a guy come in and sandblasted the floor. I used Tnemec epoxy. It is sold only to industrial painters. ( I had connections ) I put a urethane clear coat over top of the paint flakes. It's been 10 years and all is still intact. We have a dirt driveway and it has put some wear on the clear coat, but still looks good after cleaning. My connection told me to use urethane and not clear epoxy because it wouldn't yellow from the chemicals in the car tires.


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About 7 years ago, a pro did the epoxy coating on my garage's flooring and it looks nice until now.

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I just did a water based product from Armorpoxy, won the kit in a contest, you can read my write up at Garage Journal.

One thing I would do differently is practice throwing the flakes (if you are done that) I am upset at myself for not doing that, it still looks way better than before but could done a much better job.


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