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    I cant believe this article suggested EPOXY for garage floor repair. Any reaction on this?

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    It is probably the most durable finish coat available for concrete, non porous, hard wearing, long service life. Kits available locally in car and hardware stores with a variety of colours, or you can do custom swirls etc if you want to go to the effort. Some of the brands have metal flake etc as well. A typical 6m x 4m single car uses a few litres of epoxy overall, and gives a nice smooth finish in the selected colour, or you can add a texture for a non slip surface.

    Hopefully will be starting on our new home soon, along with putting my American Barn back up, will probably do the conc floors for the garage and barn this time around because they are much easier to clean when sealed this way. Paving paint is probably the next option, but it takes in dirt of tyres etc, absorbs oil, and has a short service life compared to epoxy.

    Application in the right weather is not really an issue as the stuff has a high surface tension to make it pretty much self leveling. Basically mask the joint btwn walls and floor, etch to clean the pores and surfaces of floor, then mix and apply the coating, leave for 24 hrs to cure.

    PPE required breathing mask with carbon filters, boots (you may end up walking through it in places, doesn't affect the finish as it self levels), nitrile gloves. Tools, fresh cheap house broom and a floor squeegee to push it around.

    I would consider it a finish more than a repair product though, if you need to repair the floor, that can be a different kettle of fish completely, depending on issues that it has. Some things like big chips, holes etc can be fixed with self levelling compounds, but major slumps or cracks need specialist repairs like underpinning first.
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    As said above very common, there companies that do nothing but restore concrete floors in this way

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    There are epoxy mortar patching compounds for repairing damaged concrete and are used frequently to repair concrete cancer. Epirez is one brand commonly used but there are many available.
    Likewise there are plenty of options for epoxy floor coatings of various grades and qualities from roll on to self levelling trowel types. They come in solvent and water based as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malb View Post
    Hopefully will be starting on our new home soon, along with putting my American Barn back up, will probably do the conc floors for the garage and barn this time around because they are much easier to clean when sealed this way. Paving paint is probably the next option, but it takes in dirt of tyres etc, absorbs oil, and has a short service life compared to epoxy.
    I don’t know if it interests you or not but an alternative to epoxy is a concrete surface hardenerer / sealer. They get used on factory floors a lot particularly if running forklifts on them, they seal the floor and stop them from dusting.
    Cement Aids does one that I have used several times called Diamite or Rokite, you just broom it on or use a knapsack sprayer.
    Bunnings warehouses use a similar product but I think they trowel it in when finishing the concrete to give more of a polished finish. I am not certain but I think they use a Fosroc product for theirs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beardy View Post
    I don’t know if it interests you or not but an alternative to epoxy is a concrete surface hardenerer / sealer. They get used on factory floors a lot particularly if running forklifts on them, they seal the floor and stop them from dusting.
    Cement Aids does one that I have used several times called Diamite or Rokite, you just broom it on or use a knapsack sprayer.
    Bunnings warehouses use a similar product but I think they trowel it in when finishing the concrete to give more of a polished finish. I am not certain but I think they use a Fosroc product for theirs
    Thanks for the suggestion, might do at least some of the barn floor that way, will look into it.
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    I could be wrong, but I'd say this user is a bot and/or simply trying to drive traffic to his/her website...

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