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Default Garage/shop floor coatings. DIY? Recommendations?

Looking to have my basement floor done and potentially my garage floor as well. Does anyone have a recommended vendor? Or any DIY success stories?
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I used the Home Depot coatings on my garage at home. Easy to DIY and holds up well sort of.

It can be scratched if you drag something heavy like shelving across it. If you leave a car parked in one spot for months on end you might have some lifting under the tires.

It's easy to clean with a garden hose and sturdy floor brush with purple power.

I used two cans for a two car garage.
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i did my entire garagement(my basement and garage are now one) with the stuff from home depot. there are two different variety's "rock solid" and "epoxy shield". i used the rock solid because my tires are always hot, and i do a lot of work on it.

it's fairly easy to lay down, but it doesn't cover near the area if you have a pot marked floor. it does build up nicely if you want to use it to fill in those small holes. like any type of coating, prep is everything.

i don't recall exactly the sq ft of my garagement but i want to say it was $1200 to get enough epoxy to cover the roughly 1500 sq ft--i still need another $200 to finish the edges which is on the list this winter.

i've had it down for a little over a year now, and it is holding up better than expected. i put jack stands on it, roll around cars on dollies, drag parts around on it, clean it weekly, park on it nightly, etc. i haven't noticed it coming up anywhere.
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Awesome, sounds like the DIY stuff from Home Depot or Sherwin Williams will be a good product for my needs.

My basement floor I'm not terribly worried about durability, it will mostly be foot traffic but I'll also have motorcycles and an engine stand in there. The garage will have a lot more wear with vehicles, 4-post lift, etc.
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i did my entire garagement(my basement and garage are now one) with the stuff from home depot. there are two different variety's "rock solid" and "epoxy shield". i used the rock solid because my tires are always hot, and i do a lot of work on it.

it's fairly easy to lay down, but it doesn't cover near the area if you have a pot marked floor. it does build up nicely if you want to use it to fill in those small holes. like any type of coating, prep is everything.

i don't recall exactly the sq ft of my garagement but i want to say it was $1200 to get enough epoxy to cover the roughly 1500 sq ft--i still need another $200 to finish the edges which is on the list this winter.

i've had it down for a little over a year now, and it is holding up better than expected. i put jack stands on it, roll around cars on dollies, drag parts around on it, clean it weekly, park on it nightly, etc. i haven't noticed it coming up anywhere.
^^this. I did my garage almost 2 years ago. I work oncars on a regular basis, and it still looks good.
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The prep and the clear coat are key in getting it to work well in the garage. I did mine years ago and it still looks pretty darn good. The only damage has came from weighted metal objects (snow blade, motorcycle kickstand, etc.) that drag on it.

I took a long weekend to do my garage, and did it in halves (move everything to one side, do it, then switch). The downside to that, is even though I had two identical kits, I can see a slight color difference between them.

The last bit of advice, for the garage at least, is use the anti-slip sand in the kit. The clear gets extremely slippery when wet.
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We have a company that applies the coatings in all of our homes. It is a neighborhood standard.

Prep is key. We pressurewash the floors 48 hours prior to epoxying.

After the epoxy sets up and you add the flake make sure the clear coat covers every spot.
If an area of clear coat is missed then any moisture will destroy that area. It will be the area that begins to fade and chip.

Your best bet is to find a rhino store in the area. And buy from them.
Our primary company uses a commercial product that can't be purchased by the public. Another company gets their supplies from Rhino. Check it out.
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