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Old 29th August 2019, 06:23   #1
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Not sepcifically car related -but close. I have had a painted floor in my double garage since I bought the house 20+ years ago. They left the concrete surface rough rather than smooth and over the years I have had various floor paints on, all of which peel off fairly quickly. I used a concrete sealer to try and seal the surface before painting, which helped, but the paint still either flakes off or rubs off easily.

So.... I have decided I am going to do it properly, so that I can go in there and work (car or other related) and feel comfortable. I am either going to go for a professional 2 part epoxy / resin based flooring OR the PVC snap together tiles.

I just wanted to ask if anyone out there has done either of these and what is it like in use afterwards?

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PS if you have any pictures you can post up; that would be helpful.
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Old 29th August 2019, 06:56   #2
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I have the same problem. What are the snap together tiles you mention? Thanks.
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After several goes I gave up and purchased some interlocking plastic flooring. It can stay in place when I jack a car up. I suggest if you go this route you buy the edges so there is a smooth transition onto it. There was a deal on at the time and if my memory serves me correctly it was just over £200 and I had spent nearly that on paint.

Even the two pack paint does not seem to stick as it should, I tried acid etching and degreasing but within a few months it was starting to lift.
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I think the problem can start with the sealer, not all are suitable for painting.

Only found this out when I did mine. For the most mine has lasted 15 or so years
and has only come off if chipped.

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Interesting this - as I need to do mine. In my previous house I used a stuff that I am sure was called “workshop floor paint” that I bought in B&Q.

The instructions were to de-grease and wash out to remove all dust etc.

And I think this is the most important bit as it was easy to do drainage wise. A friend who liked the look of my floor did his but only swept it out had the paint coming away in less than a year.

Mine was still firmly fixed 20 odd years later. Only wear was where the floor had little raised bits and where we walked these wore away to leave little pin-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD-NAUGHTY WORD- holes. But not a problem as the surrounding paint was firmly bonded to the concrete floor.

I think the issue with the stuff flaking off is where the paint has been applied to a dusty floor. Bit like painting over rust.

So - preparation is everything. Old Concrete creates a huge amount of dust- not good when dealing with car “bits” - so painting is a good idea.

But clearing a garage to do it is a pain.


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I have the same problem. What are the snap together tiles you mention? Thanks.
These are the tiles I am thinking about if I dont go for paint. https://duramat.co.uk/category/garage-flooring/
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But clearing a garage to do it is a pain.
Tell me about it. Everyone dumps everything in the garage! I also can't throw anything away, so the place is full. I recently had an infestation of mice as well, so I am in the process of clearing the whole place out, disinfecting, and putting it back cleaned up. I am going to throw a whole load away as well.

While I'm in the process, I thought it would be nice to do the floor.
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If floor paints constantly peel off an interior floor, then I'd suggest the floor is slightly damp. A dry concrete floor, protected by a full damp proof membrane, will not do that. Using a plastic covering like those tiles looks like a good way to get a stable surface.


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Tell me about it. Everyone dumps everything in the garage! I also can't throw anything away, so the place is full. I recently had an infestation of mice as well, so I am in the process of clearing the whole place out, disinfecting, and putting it back cleaned up. I am going to throw a whole load away as well.

While I'm in the process, I thought it would be nice to do the floor.
Nice to know there is someone else with the same “garage issues”!!!
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These are the tiles I am thinking about if I dont go for paint. https://duramat.co.uk/category/garage-flooring/
My mate did this to replace the old Lino in his garage a couple of years back. From memory he had to do it twice as the first tiles he bought dented and split when putting anything heavy on them or jacking up the car. He ended up buy some better tiles, about 10mm thick, which give a good strong floor. Worst thing he found then was laying them. Had to use a bandsaw to cut the tiles down to size.
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