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  • Modernization of a 70+ year old concrete floor
  • May 24, 2016
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Ninety percent preparation is the key factor for a good secure finish and this project is no different. Our old garage is mostly used for my working projects. The concrete floor which is at least as old as the building itself (75 years) has always been very hard to keep clear of dust and debris due mainly to the very rough surface which harbors the debris and dirt in the many cracks. Whilst the Rust-Oleum RockSolid 70 oz. Metallic Amaretto Garage Floor Kit was easy and quick to apply, again preparation was the key to obtaining good results. Fill those cracks in the floor using well known concrete filler repair kit and let it be until the required time for curing has elapsed. Do not rush it. Remember the 90% preparation. I then used a gallon of Rust-Oleum cleaner and degreaser first to clear up the old many years of oil spills that was surprisingly removed after only three attempts after using a stiff brush to scrub the areas before clearing away the accumulated sludge. (I did use a Vac after the third time to clear the water away and to see just how dirty/clean the water was before going on the etching) The supplied pack of concrete etch, supplied in each box, and mixed with a gallon of water does work as described and prepares the concrete floor before applying the liquid . After drying it was time for the mixing of the two components is as simple as standing on one side of the mix container and rolling your foot to the other side thus breaking the seal allowing the two parts to mix. Shake the bag well. Cut the bag, pour it into a bucket and add the supplied powder and mix thoroughly (I used a cordless drill with a mixer as the bit) Follow the enclosed instructions and using the supplied roller (a roller holder is not supplied) and within the 24 hours your floor will look as good as it can be and importantly it is properly adhered to the floor and rock hard. After a couple of days I did the first sweep out and it was as perfect a cleanup as it can get. It is very impressive and attractive as well as extremely hard wearing. So, was it all worth it? Absolutely.

Pros Easy to Apply, Easy to Use, Good Protection, Looks Great, Very Adhesive

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Palaranda

Southbridge MA
55 to 64, Male
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  • Awesome product, but will only do 80 SqFt
  • September 29, 2015
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We power washed the garage and then did the citrus acid wash, it took a ton of rinsing but we ended up going back and pressure washing it to rise it, otherwise you will get a white powder residue. The rollers it comes with, throw them away and buy 18'' 3/4 nap rollers and use them. The little ones it comes with leave streaks and dont cover worth a flip. I mixed up 4 kits and lost 2 of them because of the little rollers. We went and bought the big ones and were good to go. I mixed up 4 more kits and re coated the light areas from the previous attempts. The color is great and is not slick at all. the first bucket I dumped 4 bags of anti skid, but it dosent make any difference. Watch out for air bubbles they will stay on the floor coating and pop when they dry leaving a hole. The floor WILL scratch if your drag anything on it. It may be a hard coating but it will show marks just FYI. we did an exhaust system and pulled it out and you can see lines. Over all its a great product, just buy double what ever it says it will do. Oh be prepared to throw away any supplies you use, the rollers and buckets are trash afterwards

Pros Very Adhesive, High Quality of Material, Easy Instructions, Looks Great, Dries Quickly, Easy to Apply, Looks High End Cons Difficult to Clean, Scratches Easily

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bluewave

San Antonio Texas
25 to 34, Male
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  • Project was 975 sq ft rec room. purchased 7 cases and used 4 (8 boxes). We just completed the p...
  • November 29, 2016
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Project was 975 sq ft rec room. purchased 7 cases and used 4 (8 boxes). We just completed the project last night but was easy to work with. Can't stress how important it is to make sure area is clean! In this large of an area we had 4 people working . One mixing, one trim, one spreading and one making design. Please see before and after picx

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Katlong

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By: Katlong
  • I just used this product for a basement floor application. I found that the material is a lot har...
  • April 01, 2017
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I just used this product for a basement floor application. I found that the material is a lot harder to move around with a roller than the video showed. You really have to work the product for a while to cover the floor. Also, while they say each package will cover 100-125 sq. ft. I got less coverage than that. I started with 7 boxes to cover approx. 800 sq. feet and had to run in the middle of the process to get 3 additional boxes to finish the job. I wasn't putting it on very thick either. Over all I do like the finished look right now, but for the price of each package, a little more floor coating would've been nice. I also think using a squeegee to move the epoxy around may have been easier than the roller.

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Bubba

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  • What an amazing product!!! Our carport was a disaster. Stained, oily and just plain ugly! This pr...
  • November 24, 2017
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What an amazing product!!! Our carport was a disaster. Stained, oily and just plain ugly! This product is a godsend. We used the Rust-oleum cleaner and degreaser for concrete surfaces to start out and it did an amazing job in prepping the surface. Next we mixed and rolled on the sealer . The whole application was super easy. It dries with a shine like glass but is not slippery to walk on. We were a little worried about the color as this is a carport and can be seen easily but It is not as yellow as the picture on the box. it is truly a burnished metallic gold color. The instructions say it will cover 100 sq ft and it does that but don't try to stretch it any further. When we drove our cars up onto the new drive after the appropriate drying time. the tires left dirty streaks. These hosed right off!! Now we can wipe off or hose off any dirt or leaks which is wonderful as both our cars are older. Oh, it's safe for plants too. Didn't harm out jasmine vine which is planted right beside the carport at all.

Pros Dries Quickly, Easy Instructions, Easy to Apply, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Even Application, Good Coverage, Good Protection, High Quality of Material, Looks Great, Looks High End, Modern, Very Adhesive, neutral burnished color

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greenthumbah

Tempe, AZ
55 to 64, Female
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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By: greenthumbah
  • Doesn't cover nearly what it says
  • June 24, 2016

Very disappointed in the coverage, I used double of what the box quoted in order to cover my floor and could have used more but was already in for double of what I wanted to pay. Once on the product is nice but expect to buy a lot more then expected.

LsuGuy

11 out of 11 people found this helpful
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By: LsuGuy
  • A two weekend project
  • May 10, 2016
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The first thing I would like to point out is that this is a clear coat product with metallic flakes. In the Rust-O-Leum videos they have a colored floor before applying the rock solid metallic. Another thing is that if you have any small cracks or pits in your concrete the rock solid will not fill those, not a big deal for a garage but would be very disappointing for an interior room. Garage has six inch concrete wall on each side. I used Sikaflex SL to fill in the un-level crack between the floor and wall, then ruffed it up with a grinder. For the cracks, I used the Rust-O-Leum concrete patch. Important point: for the contractor cracks, I used a two part self leveling epoxy after first inserting a 1/2 foam round strips. Unless your floor is completely level the self leveling epoxy will run out of the contractor cracks and not allow you to overfill and be sanded level. I had to go back and fill in with more of the Rust-O-Leum concrete patch then sand to even. Even though I have the rock solid on very thick, you can still see the patches in certain locations when you are standing on top of the patch. Make sure you clean the concrete floor, don't take that step lightly. Make sure to have extra boxes of the product and put on thick.

Pros Dries Quickly, Easy to Clean, Looks High End, Modern Cons rollers tend to fall apart

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KB

Tucson, AZ
45 to 54, Male
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By: KB
  • Couldn't be happier with this product. Applied it to the floor of a basement remodel job. The flo...
  • October 23, 2017
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Couldn't be happier with this product. Applied it to the floor of a basement remodel job. The floor prep was the most time consuming as I chose to take a hand grinder vs renting an upright from HD. Next time I will rent as my time is worth more. Three of us did the whole job ~300sqft in about an hour with 2 mixing up the product and 1 applying it. We used a squeegee to help spread it out BEFORE using the roller......DO THIS!!

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Ted

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By: Ted
  • I have always wanted to treat my garage floor and finally got around to doing it. While this take...
  • October 10, 2017
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I have always wanted to treat my garage floor and finally got around to doing it. While this takes a lot of effort, the results are worth it in my opinion. First, you need to remove everything that sits on your garage floor. Next sweep/vacuum the floor. I found that a vacuum works best here as it gets up a lot of the dust particles. Then use a cleaner/de-greaser (such as Rust-Oleum 301243 Cleaner and Degreaser, 1 gallon. This is sold separately from the kit) to scrub the most dirty/greasy spots on the floor, using a brush attached to an extension pole (or on your hands and knees if desired). I used 2 gallons for cleaning my 2-car garage floor. Then hose it down completely (I used a pressure washer), ensuring that all the cleaner and dirt is gone. Then wait for the floor to dry. This can take a while depending on how humid it is outside (I happened to do my garage floor over a 3 day weekend right when it started raining out for 2 days straight). I recommend at this point taking a putty knife and scraping any area that has protrusions or bits of concrete sticking up. Now vacuum the entire floor again. Next you are ready to "etch" the floor. The kit provides you with an etching solution (powder) that you mix with 2 gallons of water and scrub using the same scrub brush as before. I recommend a plastic scrub brush. My floor took 4 packets (8 gallons) to completely etch. Once you have finished etching, you need to spray the floor off completely (I used a garden hose for this). Again, wait for the floor to completely dry. Finally, you are ready to apply the paint. The instructions are pretty clear, but basically you shake the two-part bag and then roll one part (A) into the other part (B) and it breaks the seal that was separating the two parts. You must then shake the package to completely mix to the two parts for about 2-3 minutes. You then cut a corner open and pour the thick material into a paint bucket. You can slowly fold the package towards the cut while pointing it into the bucket. Keep folding it over itself until you reach the cut corner. Then you can twist the package "tube" to get the final amount into the bucket. I found this to be the best method of getting nearly all of the thick mixture out of the thick plastic bag. Now pour in the coloring tint and stir the tint into the mixture for about 2 minutes using the provided stirring stick (you can also use a paddle on a drill but that is just one more thing you have to clean). You are now ready to paint. Start by painting the border/edges of your floor using a 3" brush (I recommend wearing knee protectors for this part). Then pour about 5' long x 4" wide swaths of the paint about a foot away from the border and using a roller and the provided roller cover, paint the floor in sections. Completely cover one section before moving on to the next. I used 4 packages (4 kits) to paint my floor. I then put large fans outside my garage to help dry the floor faster. I shut my garage doors over night and the next morning the floor was dry enough to walk on with no stickiness whatsoever. However, I noticed a number of spots that I had not covered quite as well as the rest of the floor, so I used a 5th package of the mixture and repainted over those spots. The end result worked out nicely (see photo). You should wait at least 1.5 to 2 days of low humid weather before you drive your car onto the garage floor. You are not going to be able to clean out the bucket, roller cover, or paintbrush so expect to discard those items when finished. Note that each kit contains a stirring stick and a roller cover, and I found that one roller cover was good for at least two kits worth of painting. I started with 6 kits so I have one left over that I can use in the future should any spots need touching up.

Pros Dries Quickly, Easy Instructions, Good Protection

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DougB

Leesburg, VA
55 to 64, Male
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By: DougB
  • Super Durable, 2 person job that ends with a High $$$ finish
  • April 26, 2016

This is my second time using the RockSolid garage floor kits. Things I learned from the first time I used this kit... 1) The coverage is listed at 125 sq. ft per 70 oz kit, but I feel like the coverage per kit is about 100 sq ft. 2) It is extremely helpful to have a second person helping you with the applications. As you complete rolling out the first 5' x 5' section they can be following right behind you putting the swirl pattern into the floor as described in the "how to" videos 3) Also, one person can trim along the wall while the other one is using the roller 4) Make sure your floor is completely clean of even the smallest dirt and debris before applying. This will give you a much better final product In conclusion...watch the "how to" videos, buy an extra kit...just in case . It is a beautiful finish that will be glossy. Oh.... and it is a little pricey.

Pros Dries Quickly, Modern, High Quality of Material, very unique Cons poor coverage
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AverageDude

Linglestown, PA
45 to 54, Male
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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