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Rated 5 out of 5Â by Garbo58 Plan your work...work your plan and you will LOVE the results!
Start time: 7:00am
Project: 400 square feet
Kit: 2 Â½ car garage stock tan
Finish time: 8:00am
I am a professional decorative painter and tried this product application for the first time today. I read many of the reviews here prior to application and found them very helpful. Thought I would share my experience with the product and help the next person.
Firstâ¦watch the video and then read the directions. Thenâ¦watch the video again and read the directions! Do you get that you need to follow the directions? If you just watch the video, you donât get the full picture of how timing is so important to achieving a professional result.
The waiting time for the paint to cure is very important. Figure out your skill level, and then decide if you need to have a second person to help you. When you wash the surface, time yourself and see how long it takes. That is a benchmark for how long it will take you to roll the paint and throw the confetti chips. Also ask yourself if you can multi task (cutting in, rolling, throwing chips in the air, and mixing paint all at the same time while maintaining a wet edge on the surface). I didnât have a problem doing 400 sq ft by myself (and I had to stop in the middle and prep the second can, and time that for a 15 minute wait time).
I called the Rustoleum help line before I started the project as I was doing a floor that had two different coats of paint and I wanted to make sure my thoughts were correct before going crazy with either a concrete grinder or a floor sander. So after power washing the floor with a degreaser, I opted to rent a floor sander and just gave it really good sanding for a couple of hours to take off the poorly bonded peeling top coat of paint. Finished off the edges (per Rustoleum advice) with a wire brush. Also IF YOU HAVE A PAINTED SURFACE DO NOT USE THE ETCHING CLEANER INCLUDED WITH THE KIT. You will weaken the paint and ruin your project.
Damp mop after that and make sure you have a dust free surface.
I combined the two base cans the day before my project and poured them back into their containers respectively per the instructions to get them ready for the morning application. It is a bit messy and why not start the morning without that headache. Get yourself two paint tray liners and have backup roller and cutting brush just in case something goes awry. Use a kitchen timer to time the wait time for the mixing of the paint. Have some nitrile gloves handy to use when mixing the paint, as you donât want sticky paint on your hands while you are trying to throw confetti chips. Little tips that can make the experience more fun and less stressful.
As for the chipsâ¦put them in separate containers, and go easy at first to see how much they cover. I felt that the included two bags were perfect for 400 sq feet (and do follow the 4âx4â painting pattern to the letter). You will get the feel for how much to throw this way. I also put blue painters tape on perpendicular walls every 4 feet to guide me in the application process of paint and chip coverage. Buy a few extra bags of chips if you want it heavier or if you spill them, etcâ¦ â you can always return them, and nothing says âdo it yourselfï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ more than running out of chips and leaving bare spots.
As for paint coverage of this 400 sq foot project, I had 2/3 of a can left, but the floor was ultra smooth.
Plan out your project well and you will be thrilled with the results.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by bgesmlz Works great
This is a time consuming project but well worth it in the end. I highly suggest putting the clear on top. It will embed the chips and make the finished product look much better. Durability is better as well. I have had it down for about a month now and it's amazing. My wife rolled her eyes when I started the project but when it was complete she was impressed and glad I did it.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Monroe1ATO DIY Epoxy Floor looks Awesome!!!
I just applied this product to my 2.5 car garage over the long weekend. So far I am very pleased with the results. The biggest part of this project is the PREP. This process was 80% preparation (washing/etching/drying), 20% application. It comes with two 1-gallon paint cans that you mix with two small epoxy cans. My garage is 25' x 20' and there was just the right amount for my 500 sf garage. First, you have to clean the garage really well. I rented a floor maintainer/buffer with sand disks (60 grit). I bought a gallon of floor degreaser/etcher and used that first. Scrubbed, washed, squeegeed and dried. Next I used the floor maintainer and then use the concrete etch that is included. Repeat the steps again. Paint the garage in 4' x 4' sections, sprinkle the chips provided, and move to the next section (I bought an extra bag of paint chips). You have to work quickly, because after mixing, you have about an hour to use the epoxy. I put all my stuff back into the garage after 14 hours. Just wait 3 to 7 days before driving on it. I added a painted border and some white trim to make the garage like a normal room. We spend a lot of time in the garage at my house. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase and well worth the money.
October 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5Â by bvilledon Amazing transformation
Took a horrible garage floor and made it something beautiful. You must follow directions carefully to get best results. Do 4 to 6 sq ft at a time then sprinkle chips, they soak right in and look great after 6 weeks. it's been very hot in garage recently, no hot tire pick up. Box said 2 1/2 car garage. I have a 4 car garage 22 ft deep. moved everything over to one side, followed directions to wash etch and wash again, let dry for 24 hours. It did exactly 2 1/2 cars of the floor that was pretty rough in spots. If I did it again, I would buy the extra patch kit just to give a really smooth finish, but it still looks great, and it is used as a garage, not a family room. The wife in charge has decided that I will buy another kit, clean and do the garage left undone, and use the rest on the cellar floor. You do have to work quickly when applying and it does best on a cooler day. You do get a little color change where areas overlap when painting, but it's a garage.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by smarba Impressive floor coating
Used 2.5 Garage package to coat 3-car garage with plenty of paint left over.
Prep work spent filling cracks in advance was well worth it - if anything next time I'd be even more diligent in filling all cracks.
In some areas we placed the color chips a little too late for them to fully adhere: note to other users, place the chips within 5-min of rolling the epoxy coat.
April 22, 2014