Garage Floor Sealing Tips
LESLIE: Roger in Michigan has a question about his garage. What can we help you with?
ROGER: I have a new house and I do want to seal my garage because it’s probably the first heated garage we’ve ever had and we’re coming in now with the snow and everything and it’s – you know, water is [in it] (ph) just laying there and I’ve got to push it out and then it freezes and all that stuff. So, I do want to seal the floor. The garage is 28×25 and what do I need to do; what kind of preparation do I need to do to do this so – having listened to you guys over the years – to do it right so it lasts?
TOM: I think the best finishes today for garage floors are the epoxy paints.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, and the good news is a lot of these products come with their own sort of preparatory step product either built into phase one or as a separate, stand-alone product on its own in the kit.
LESLIE: (overlapping voices) Mm-hmm, both are great.
TOM: Both work very similarly. They’re two-part epoxies, Roger, so that you have the base and then you have the activator. It’s all inside of the same can. So you have a gallon that’s like short-filled. It looks like it has about three-quarters of a gallon in it and then you have this quart which is like the activator. You mix the two together and then you have, you know, a couple of hours to work with this. Before you do that use the cleaning product to clean the floor and get it ready to go. And I’ve found that those epoxy paints can really last a long time. I’ll tell you, we used it at the Boy Scout house. We have a concrete floor there. And man, those kids, as you can imagine, put it through its paces; much worse than any car or road salt could and they – it really stood up very well.
LESLIE: Now since Roger is probably going to need to buy two kits because he’s dealing with 700 square feet of floor surface, is it best to sort of put both components; like both of the epoxy and the resin compound into a five-gallon bucket and mix it all together?
TOM: No. Nope, nope, nope. Not unless you work really fast.
LESLIE: OK. (Roger chuckles)
TOM: No. (Tom laughs)
ROGER: You know me. OK, alright. (chuckling)