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Old 05-15-2019, 06:39 AM   #1
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Have any of you nerds laid down a coating on your garage floor?

I want to do mine but there are a ton of options out there and I know some are easier to apply than others with varying durabilities and looks.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:48 AM   #2
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My friend has Nature Stone, that shiiiit is expensive and will need reapplication over time where your tires contact. I would not get it....
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:46 AM   #3
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Get something that's meant for abuse. Tite-Coat is the way to go.

https://titecoat.com/
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:58 AM   #4
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If/when I do my garage floor, I'll likely do Swiss Trax. I've done a coating, but it was 20 years ago and I didn't know what I was doing, so it did not hold up well. Tons more products and tutorials out there now.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:29 AM   #5
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I went with a RaceDeck floor for my storage garage instead of a coating product. My concrete floor wasn't in the greatest shape so rather than try and patch cracks and level it out this was the easier and cheaper solution in my case

I'm happy with it after about 3 years of use it still looks really good. The floor is dirty in these photos but it cleans up easily. I usually go over it with a mop once a year and it ends up looking like new. Another benefit in my case is that the race deck acts like a barrier to keep moisture from coming up through the floor. This was a significant concern in my case since my car is parked here most of the year.

The website has an online floor designer you can use to make a custom pattern for the size of your floor and determine how much of each color you need. I also got a 10% discount from being a part of the GarageJournal forums.

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Old 05-15-2019, 08:36 AM   #6
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^Those pics are a throwback... is almost like going back in time...
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:07 AM   #7
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^Those pics are a throwback... is almost like going back in time...
I see what you did there.

Here's another picture I found from when I was installing the floor. It was pretty simple to put it all together and only took about an hour.



This was the layout I went with using the online design tool.

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Old 05-15-2019, 09:42 AM   #8
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:58 AM   #9
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You, sir, need to go to a Radwood event.
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You, sir, need to go to a Radwood event.
Oh man, I did not know such a thing existed. That's definitely my kind of car show...pretty frickin rad.
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I went with a RaceDeck floor for my storage garage instead of a coating product. My concrete floor wasn't in the greatest shape so rather than try and patch cracks and level it out this was the easier and cheaper solution in my case

I'm happy with it after about 3 years of use it still looks really good. The floor is dirty in these photos but it cleans up easily. I usually go over it with a mop once a year and it ends up looking like new. Another benefit in my case is that the race deck acts like a barrier to keep moisture from coming up through the floor. This was a significant concern in my case since my car is parked here most of the year.

The website has an online floor designer you can use to make a custom pattern for the size of your floor and determine how much of each color you need. I also got a 10% discount from being a part of the GarageJournal forums.

RaceDeck website floor designer:
I like this idea better than the coating. Less prep, less potential for issues down the road, and more easily replaceable if something does damage a tile or two.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:23 PM   #12
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what was total cost for the racedeck flooring for that garage bay? I'm sure i can find out online but i'm lazy.

Personally, if I had a chance to do it and was building a new garage, I'd probably just do polished concrete and be done with it. But sounds like what is being asked here is more of how do I cover my existing shitty concrete floor with something nicer.

Racedeck sure looks like the easiest option to install with most minimal hassell, but appears to likely be way more costly.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:20 PM   #14
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I did some sample calculations for a larger 2 car garage...

24 feet long by 28 feet wide

diamond pattern inside with border, all XL squares which are 18", found a website that has them for approx $8 for the diamond print.

Tool says I would need 66 in alloy color, 119 in black diamond and 119 in graphite diamond, so 304 tiles in total.

304 x $8 = $2432!!! and no shipping cost which I can assume is a lot due to the weight.

Seems wicked expensive. Then compared it to the cost of a hardwood flooring install for the same area, and it seems cheapish. At least labor is free here, and don't forget this is a much larger area than the example provided here.

but man.. would last forever. How do these tiles hold up against things like jack stands with a car's full weight on them? and jacks?
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Cost for the standard 12" diamonds instead of the XL tiles comes out to 672 total tiles, and at around $3.69 each this totals $2479.68 so about the same price for 12's as for 18's.
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Oh - and Stainless Steel don't care about no silly moisture.
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the racedeck free flow looks nice and pretty easy to maintain

but seeing more pix on the internet, I think I would rather just coat it
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No tiles, want a permanent single colored coating.
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That looks gaudy as fuck.
I have to agree w Stankia. Those snap-together-cheapy-Costco-tiles- bullsh1te are hideous. Look at all the waves/dimples,...

I don't get it....why not just PAINT checkerboard & SEAL it?? Lotsa vids on Youtube to do just that.
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