Today we're doing a DIY on Rust-Oleum's Epoxyshield garage floor kits in Canada. Follow along to see the transformation!
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Today's video is not sponsored by Rust-Oleum. We were invited by friends of the show to film their DIY epoxy garage floor process to see how you can do your own garage in the course of a week and save thousands over the cost of a company doing it for you. The steps for this specific product are outlined in this video but for the most part the process is about the same depending on which kit and product you go with.
The most important part is step one, and that's to clear out the garage floor of everything including tires, tool shelves, cars, pets, birds, signage, treasure chests, antique breweries, David Duchovny, and anything else directly sitting on the floor of the garage. We recommend moving everything out that you might need access to, or might get damaged if exposed to water, as this entire process can take up to a week from start to finish.
After the flooring and area is void of clutter you'll need to wash the surface. A regular garden hose will work, but we do recommend a pressure washer if available. In climates like ours here in Québec, Canada, it is recommended to scrape off any salt/de-icing deposits that may be on the surface in order to ensure a proper adhesion with the epoxy. Once the surface has been cleaned and dried you'll need to use the acid etch mixture and cleaner that comes with this specific product in order to wash away any other contaminants as well as to prepare the concrete surface to adhere to the epoxy.
At this time it's important to note that this specific product recommends to only paint when the ambient air temperature is between 16ºC and approximately 32ºC, however if you have a climate controlled garage you can work around that. You must wait a minimum of 24 hours after the acid etch before you can begin the epoxy process, in this case it took about 36 hours before it was ready. Another step if needed is to fill any cracks in the concrete with a concrete repair kit. Hairline cracks might not be a worry, but large ones will need to be done.
The next step is to mix the epoxy solution together. This specific product requires you to complete the painting process 2 hours after you begin mixing the product. As we had approximately 16ºC weather we had to wait 30 minutes after mixing before you could apply the epoxy, warmer temperatures will allow you to start sooner. We recommend having multiple paint rollers available and to mix all kit solutions together for a consistent, even finish throughout the entire garage.
Work in a 150cm x 150cm square area at a time, applying enough epoxy to cover the surface, then sprinkling the eggshell anti-slip pieces throughout. In this case an additional anti-slip solution from Rust-Oleum was mixed into the epoxy.
After painting you must wait at least 24 hours before you can touch or walk on the surface, 48 hours total before you can move lighter items onto the surface, and 3 full days from completion before you can drive on the epoxy.
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