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Do It Yourself Quikrete Epoxy Garage Floor Coating

If you are a new homeowner looking to add a coating to your garage floor, or just a customer looking to repair the cracks of your current garage, the Quikrete Epoxy Floor Coating kit is one of the top products available on the market. It provides a strong, sturdy seal to a concrete floor that can withstand parked cars, weather, and any other durability concerns. This easy do it yourself floor coating is available at nearly any home improvement store or directly online from the manufacturer, and will cost only fifty to sixty dollars to completely seal a typical garage floor. This garage floor coating review covers the basics and specifics of epoxy coatings capabilities.

Quikrete markets its product as twice as strong as a standard cement seal, meaning less impact from constant automobile traffic or grounding heavy furniture or other objects. Heavy-duty resin in the material means that one coat is enough for years — perhaps even decades — of protection. The concrete sealer comes in a variety of color schemes so that interior designers as well as homeowners can take advantage of offsetting or combining colors in a painted garage. The simple to apply epoxy is available in one sixteen pound box, capable of over one hundred square feet of coating.

Customers are generally agreed on the efficiency and durability of this do it yourself garage floor coating. While almost all claim that the material is relatively easy to set up and install, there are concerns over durability and protection but these can usually be traced to not following the directions for applications.

Customers applying the material in summer or living year round in high temperature areas have had difficulty getting the solvent to bond to the floor. Temperatures of eighty degrees or higher seem to drastically slow the drying process, so that even after ten days, two separate coats of Quikrete still have not cured fully. Of course extreme heat can slow the curing process so if you live in a hot climate this would be a great project for the spring or fall.

Some customers find that oil spills on garage floors tend to offset the application of Quikrete epoxy coatings. Especially messy floors with multiple oil stains or layers find that the oil peels away the coating after a few months time. This is absolutely to be expected as any garage floor coating needs to be applied to a clean floor. Once you scrub the floor with soap and water it is time to do the water bead test. Spray a sheen of water on the floor and see if it beads up. If it does, you will need to degrease the floor because old oil stains are still present. The surface must be clean or it is just like trying to paint over a dusty wall, the paint will just peel off.

Most customers have found the coating to be an entirely satisfactory product. A short movie is included with the box so that a systematic guide is available for those who have difficulty following written directions or have little experience with home renovation and repair. The color chips allow for a wide variety of combination and patterns, which some customers find appealing given the state of their garage. Many have found that the Epoxy sealer works best when methodical and thorough cleaning of the floor erases all contaminants and stains; although this can be an extremely time consuming process, the result of cleaning vigorously is to have the product protect and illuminate the floor just as advertised.

The Quikrete garage floor coating is currently not available so we have substituted a product that is just as good and if not, better. If you are interested in a new coat for your garage, you can find more information here Rust-Oleum 238466 Professional Floor Coating Kit, Dunes Tan


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10 Comments for “Do It Yourself Quikrete Epoxy Garage Floor Coating”

  1. do i need a sealer on my new epoxy floor.

  2. Hi Rich,
    As long as you apply the epoxy inside you don’t need to apply a sealer. If you bought a kit then everything will usually come in the box. If you applied the epoxy outside then you need to worry about clouding from the Sun’s UV rays and a coating can help with this.

  3. What is the best method for preping, ecthing the floor, in a four car with some piting from years of salt etc.

  4. Hi Steve,
    The two main considerations are to get the salt washed off the floor real well and then creating a plan for applying the coating. A 4 car has a lot of area and you definitely don’t want to mix up enough product to do this area all at once. If you did you would end up with the epoxy starting to cure in the bucket and this is a big mess. Only mix enough product to do thirty or forty square feet at a time. This would be a big project in one day so you may want to get some help or apply the product over two days. It can work well having one person rolling and one mixing for the next section. Don’t forget to spread the anti slip medium as you roll the epoxy mixture out and before it skins over. If you are going to spread it out then put your seem between the stalls at it will be less noticeable if at all.

  5. Its August but we have a break in the temperature about 76-80 degrees and its inside a new garage so nothing has been driven on it or anything. I will give it about 2 days before i have a guy coming to install a garage door opener and at least 3 days before I drive on it. Do you think that will be OK?

  6. Hi Zak,
    With a temperature of 80 deg, I would give it a week before driving on it. Also, make sure the garage door installer protects the floor when using a ladder. After it is completely cured it is very tough but he could scratch it before it is completely cured. I would recommend placing his ladder on a sheet of plywood.

  7. Completed this job yesterday. Its about a 4 car garage. Noticed a swath across the floor where the color looks different. Size of the area is about 10’x24′. Its been about 27 hours since the job was completed, I thought I would walk over to the area to check it out. I was clear until I stepped on the first area we placed and there is where my foot stuck to the floor? How is it that the oldest area was still sticky? Do you think the colors will ever blend and do you think I can get the “dirty footprint” from the floor where my foot got stuck?

  8. Hi Chris,
    I sounds to me like you had a problem with the mixture. The fact that the color is different and it didn’t set up properly would indicate that either there was not enough hardener or it was not mixed up enough. I would let is set for a week and see if it cures. I am not sure it will. As far as your foot print goes, if it is into the coating then you will have to grind it out and reapply.

  9. Andy, you know my brother in law and I did this. He has done 2 others prior to this. We thought that since there were two of us and we were working out of a 5 gallon bucket, that we could mix 2 gallons separately and then pour them together in the larger bucket. We were sure to go pretty quick. Anyway, it’s the very first area we painted that hasn’t set up yet. There are some areas within the area that are not tacky, yet the tacky areas will catch a leaf.

  10. I don’t know for sure Chris, but the mixing may have had something to do with your problems. A couple of possibilities are:

    1. The hardener percentages weren’t the same for both batches.
    2. When the two batches were mixed together there was some of the epoxy in one container that was not mixed as well as the other. This often happens at the bottom or the sides of the mixing vessel. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the container as you are mixing so you don’t get resin with no hardener. If this gets poured out then it will not cure properly.

    As far as a fix goes, your best bet is going to be to scrape up all the mixture that did not cure, re-prepare the surface and then coat again. This will probably not match perfectly but if you feather the edges into the cured parts of the floor it may not be noticeable. If you don’t like the results, you can apply an epoxy coat over the entire floor again with a thin layer. This should make it more uniform. Be sure to “rough” up the surface of the cured epoxy so the top coat will adhere to your original.

    I hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

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