So much time and so little to do. Strike that. Reverse it... The dream garage is mine and I haven’t spared anytime. What to do with 1700 sq ft, 9’ ceilings, and three doors? It’s time to fill it with toys and tools, but what shall I choose to grace these floors?!!!

Proof that hardwork and luck has its benefits.

The Dream. It Is Alive.

This is now mine. I went from a barely 2-car garage to a mammoth three bay, double deep dream that theoretically (emphasis) could fit six cars if they were well... smaller in size.

Approximately 30’ x 32’

The garage has two bays opening into one large room and one door (left side) going into a smaller room. The dividing wall has a small water closet (read: bog only) and electrical outlets on the smaller side only.

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Approximately 17’ x 32’

Now as you can see it’s empty, and pictured in floor cleaning mode. I shoved everything into the attached garage. Yes you read that right. There is also an attached two car garage with 14’ ceiling but that will be reserved for the wife. Happy wife. Happy lift. Plus why argue when I can be left to my devices in 1700sq feet?!

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I decided to keep my garage empty and instead packed the attached garage with all the belonging. Why? If I put anything in there I’d never move it back out. Empty is what I needed to epoxy coat the floors.

Several hours of scrubbing with the pressure washer later.

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Feng Shui Floors

The first step with any epoxy job is of course blowing it out, which I did with my trusty Stihl BR-600 backpack blower. Secondly, the pressure washer was recruited with the surface disc cleaning attachment. It looked clean before I did anything. Boy was I wrong! A muddy river expelled itself from inside courtesy of the Riobi wash job.

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Naturally the water wouldn’t move much during a week of atomospheric river conditions.
Ponding water also showed all the low spots.

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I chose to purchase the Rustoleum products for this job. Three gallons of concrete etch, four solvent based paint kits, and three clear coat kits, plus all the accoutrements (brushes, buckets, pans, rollers, etc.)

Highly recommend this kit.

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The concrete etch was potentially the most physically demanding part. It took about two hours to methodically spread the etch, and scrub with a shop broom. The floor appeared in good shape so I wasn’t worried too much about being too concerned. It was just enough etch for the entire floor.

Remember not to get too far away to throw chips evenly as you continue along.

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The paint kits come with two gallons in each box. One can of paint and one can of activator. Both needed mixing in their cans to convince them to pour out in whole. We ended up taking all four paint kits, mixing together in one 5 gallon bucket to make sure the color would perfectly match when spread.

My one and only recruit for this mission. Good friends are difficult to find these days.

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I decided against using all the chips as provided with the kit. It’s just too blue. Lots of blue chips. I mixed in 5 pounds of black, white, and grey chips with only two of the one pound kits containing blue to make sure we had enough to throw.

Of course finding a bolt or nut on the floor will be impossible now. Fashion over function...

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The results speak for themselves! Look it! Just look!

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I decided to roll the paint to the edge of the slab and under the door. Some people choose to stop at the door on the inside, so you can’t see paint when the door is closed on the outside. I think it doesn’t look as good and could lead to more issues with peel in the future.

More Work?!!!

Was I done? Nope! After all the work, scrubbing, washing, rolling, and cutting (with my back killing me), it was time for clear coat.

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Three clear coats were needed but I could have been less stressed had I purchased four. These are incredibly easy to roll on heavy without realizing it. I would recommend buying one more kit than you’d think you’d need.

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The room was under 50F, outside of their recommended painting temperature... nothing a little heat from a forced air propane heater and 8 gallons of propane couldn’t fix.

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There ended up being a couple thin spots of clear coat and two totally missed places. Luckily the total are of thin and missed isn’t much bigger than a dinner plate - over 1700sq feet. I’d say for a first timer, I did okay. Thankfully my buddy had done four garages before. He’s done it enough to buy some spikes to walk back over the painted surface!

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So there it is... two days of work and a total cost of around $1,000. I’m sure glad I waited to fill the garage and get the floor coated. I didn’t add any of the sand to the clear coat. The high amount of chips has prevented it from being too slippery when dry. I haven’t had the opportunity to spill anything thus far so maybe I’ll regret not putting the sand in once I fall on my tush.

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Now I need to fill it with stuff! I’m thinking maybe some New Age cabinets from Home Depot or Lowe’s... maybe a used Snap On box? The Hardcore Camaro is gone... time to buy the Viper? GTR? Or maybe just four 10k value toys?

So many toys so little ideas. Strike that. Reverse it.