Epoxy Floor Questions

mrkavin

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I am starting the prep work on the floor of my garage. I filled in the hairline cracks and am now beginning to grind the entire 750sqft with a 4in grinder... going to take a while but trying to save money and would rather spend my time. It goes decently quick but will for sure take hours to complete. Also to note, I live pretty rural and the home improvement stores near me do not carry grinders or rental tools for that matter.

I am currently grinding, then onto a degrease, primer, base/flake, and clear.

1. How long do I wait between primer and base, then base and clear?

2. I leave for vacation soon and was hoping to have primer down before I leave. Is this fine to sit for 10 days or do I want to apply base shortly after applying primer for better bonding?

3. Have any of you used GarageFlooringLLC before? I plan on using their High Solids (93%) Epoxy for a blend between better durability and cost compared to the DIY kits from Lowes and Home Depot or a professional epoxy. All in about $1100 (Primer, Base, Flake, Clear Top Coat)

Any other tips and tricks would be helpful. Cant wait to see the final result!
 

mrkavin

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I am starting the prep work on the floor of my garage. I filled in the hairline cracks and am now beginning to grind the entire 750sqft with a 4in grinder... going to take a while but trying to save money and would rather spend my time. It goes decently quick but will for sure take hours to complete. Also to note, I live pretty rural and the home improvement stores near me do not carry grinders or rental tools for that matter.

I am currently grinding, then onto a degrease, primer, base/flake, and clear.

1. How long do I wait between primer and base, then base and clear?

2. I leave for vacation soon and was hoping to have primer down before I leave. Is this fine to sit for 10 days or do I want to apply base shortly after applying primer for better bonding?

3. Have any of you used GarageFlooringLLC before? I plan on using their High Solids (93%) Epoxy for a blend between better durability and cost compared to the DIY kits from Lowes and Home Depot or a professional epoxy. All in about $1100 (Primer, Base, Flake, Clear Top Coat)
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Any other tips and tricks would be helpful. Cant wait to see the final result!
thanks for any help
 

mrkavin

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I am starting the prep work on the floor of my garage. I filled in the hairline cracks and am now beginning to grind the entire 750sqft with a 4in grinder... going to take a while but trying to save money and would rather spend my time. It goes decently quick but will for sure take hours to complete. Also to note, I live pretty rural and the home improvement stores near me do not carry grinders or rental tools for that matter.

I am currently grinding, then onto a degrease, primer, base/flake, and clear.

1. How long do I wait between primer and base, then base and clear?

2. I leave for vacation soon and was hoping to have primer down before I leave. Is this fine to sit for 10 days or do I want to apply base shortly after applying primer for better bonding?

3. Have any of you used GarageFlooringLLC before epoxy flake flooring Brisbane? I plan on using their High Solids (93%) Epoxy for a blend between better durability and cost compared to the DIY kits from Lowes and Home Depot or a professional epoxy. All in about $1100 (Primer, Base, Flake, Clear Top Coat)

Any other tips and tricks would be helpful. Cant wait to see the final result!
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I am starting the prep work on the floor of my garage. I filled in the hairline cracks and am now beginning to grind the entire 750sqft with a 4in grinder... going to take a while but trying to save money and would rather spend my time. It goes decently quick but will for sure take hours to complete. Also to note, I live pretty rural and the home improvement stores near me do not carry grinders or rental tools for that matter.

I am currently grinding, then onto a degrease, primer, base/flake, and clear.

1. How long do I wait between primer and base, then base and clear?

2. I leave for vacation soon and was hoping to have primer down before I leave. Is this fine to sit for 10 days or do I want to apply base shortly after applying primer for better bonding?

3. Have any of you used GarageFlooringLLC before? I plan on using their High Solids (93%) Epoxy for a blend between better durability and cost compared to the DIY kits from Lowes and Home Depot or a professional epoxy. All in about $1100 (Primer, Base, Flake, Clear Top Coat)

Any other tips and tricks would be helpful. Cant wait to see the final result!
How many contractors are doing epoxy floor coatings on a residential level? Do you sub out the concrete prep (shot blasting or grinding) or do that yourselves?
 

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Ok so I've done the 4 " grinder on a garage floor when my big machine broke after hours and I had to get it done. It's not as arduous as it seems, your back will feel weird the next day. Know this. You will have a butt load of dust from grinding and you need a plan on how to deal with it. If you hook up a vac to your grinder and use a shelf or cover make sure you clean your vacuum filter often and wear a mask and eye cover.
After you grind there is no need to degrease unless your floor was soaked in grease so long and so much it absorbed through layers of the concrete. Make sure when you finish grinding to be annoying about vacuuming up any left over dust from the grinding.
Between primer and base and base and clear, that info is in your specific materials information in the instructions.
Follow these instructions like they are the law. They say use 3/8" nap roller, don't use a foam roller and wing it. But the right tools, prep exactly as required and then this is the most important and overlooked epoxy floor advice. Mix your epoxy. Not a little, not just together. Open a can and mix just that can. Chemicals get all heavy and weird within the can and you will have issues with how the product covers in square footage, fisheyes in the finish, bubbles in the finish. Open a can and mix just that can. Then open the hardner and mix just the hardner.
Put them together in a separate bucket and mix the 2 like your life depended on it. Mix long and thoroughly and then mix some more. Not crazy bubble making mix but real thorough mixing and look for inconsistent epoxy in the bucket before you start putting it down. Mix again if you see weird spots. When you go to lay it out be certain you are in the center of the best temperature range for laying it out. Make sure not only the air but the concrete are in that ideal temperature range. But a cheap infrared thermometer and check the ground and air temperature.
Use new stuff every time you mix anything. Don't waste your time on an expensive floor and get cheap on the number of buckets and roller and prep you are using. Spend the extra cash to have an extra of each thing you will use so you don't have a bad situation come up when epoxy is drying. Make sure no cross contamination happens, use clean dry tools and rags and buy some tacky sheets to tack off your tools before using them so you can control the dust in the finish. And use a grip material in the epoxy because wet epoxy is an ice skating rink without it.
Good luck.