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Old 09-02-2008, 06:14 AM   #1
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Anyone have any experience with different garage floor coverings? A few friends and I are all looking to finish our floors. We are looking at the interlocking tiles, U-coat, Racedeck, and the peel-and-stick type. Durability and ease of cleaning are our main concerns.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:41 AM   #2
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I'm in the process of doing my floor. I am still looking for the best most practical option. I'm leaning heavily towards the high quality poly floor paint. They have some at Griot's Garage (Google it) that I will probably go with. I was thinking a light grey color for more lighting and so it's easier to find dropped fastners. I want to get the mats for the bikes and cars after it is painted.

Peel and stick and even tile that you put on with the adhesive will over time start to come up due to hot tires turning wheels on them etc. Even though they can be replaced individually I don't think it is worth the hassle. If you like the tile checkerboard look you can paint the floor and get the interlocking ones that form a movable mat. Let me know what you decide, I'd like to see pics of it.
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My garage has the poly paint guitar man is talking about. Super easy to clean, even after a party when people spill beer/puke on the floor. Just a quick sweep and mop and it's done. Mine is BLUE.

The only thing I will suggest with the painted floor is to put something under the kick stand or you'll tear up the paint. I use the cardboard from a bud light case.
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I used the paint/epoxy stuff you buy at Lowes or Home Depot. It's only like $60 and very easy to do. Mine is tan with flakes. Clean up is very easy like blends said.

If you decide to go this route, make sure you get an extra jar of flakes cause they don't give you enough in the kit.
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My garage has the poly paint guitar man is talking about. Super easy to clean, even after a party when people spill beer/puke on the floor. Just a quick sweep and mop and it's done. Mine is BLUE.

The only thing I will suggest with the painted floor is to put something under the kick stand or you'll tear up the paint. I use the cardboard from a bud light case.
I was leaning toward that until I heard a few people talk about getting tire lift.
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When I moved into my home i used plain old gray flooring paint, it has held up okay considering the abuse I put it through, but I am ready to put something else down.
A few years ago we did some sort of paint on the floor of a commercial garage using an industrial paint from Sherwin Williams that was pretty amazing, it was stuff for factories and other high wear areas that could also be exposed to corrosive chemicals. It held up fine to brake fluid and stuff like that on it. If I can afford that is what I would use next.
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I was leaning toward that until I heard a few people talk about getting tire lift.
what is tire lift?
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what is tire lift?
maybe paint sticking to the tires?

if so it hasn't happened to me at all. only a little bit of dark discoloration where i park the bike in the same place every night, but that mops right up.
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I'm in this process as well. I painted the walls and now want to do the floor. I looked at the kit but didn't want to scrubber the floor down with acid. A buddy at work used the floor paint from Lowes and he likes it.

I think I will Google the brand that Guitar Man suggested.
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tire lift is due to poor prep work most of the time if not always
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Thanks for the input, guys. We are trying to gather as much info as possible so that we can all make our decisions. I was looking at the interlocking tiles, but I'm not sure how well they rinse down, and how much gets trapped between them. I am most likely going with some sort of paint.
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poly paint with the flakes....I did mine a few months ago. It will cut down on the dust and is easy to clean.
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Paint = less than $100

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Have the epoxy in the garage for over 4 years now and you will get tire lift eventually. I got it when i parked vehicles with wet tires.

I want to re do it but with something that will take more abuse
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so once again, what is tire lift? Was Blends correct? Paint coming up with the tires?
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Thats it. If you paint and clear it, it shouldnt happen
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oh, and don't let someone spill jagermeister on the floor and let it dry and then roll a chair with wheels over the spilled jager, then your paint will come up for sure.
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wow! That just shows you how good it is for you. Cleans the pipes
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People can have Jager in my back yard. If you bring the SH&t in my garage, you'll roll home on a wheel chair.

And yes, dbuck, you are correct. the paint adheres to the tires better than the floor. I guess it's all in the prep. Paint will lift off of anything if the prep work is . It's just a lot harder to prep concrete properly than it is to prep sheetmetal.
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