Disclosure: Rust-Oleum sent me their RockSolid and EpoxyShield kits, free of charge, to use in this project.
A few months ago, I coated my garage/workshop floor with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® And EpoxyShield coatings. I was very pleased with the results, and even after a few months of workshop floor abuse, the finish looks just as good as the day it was finished.
Coincidentally at the same time, a very good friend of mine was in the middle of turning his garage into a mother-in-law apartment. He was interested in simply painting the concrete floor, so I invited him to come look to see how my finished garage floor looked. Aside from preferring a different color, the Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® And EpoxyShield coatings were exactly what they were looking for.
Read on to see another awesome concrete floor transformation!
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Recommended Tools and Materials:
- Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® Garage Floor Coating Kit
- Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield
- Rust-Oleum 24 oz. Concrete Patch and Repair Kit
- 9 in. Metal Paint Roller Tray
- Wooster 9 in. x 3/4 in. Roller Cover
- 9 in. 5-Wire Heavy-Duty Roller Frame
- Wooster 4 ft.- 8 ft. Sherlock Extension Pole
- 2.5 in. Trylon Oval Angled Sash Paint Brush
- Husky 2 in. Flexible Putty Knife
- Rubbermaid 10 in. Rugged Deck Brush
- Firm Grip Trade Master Gloves
- HDX Disposable Nitrile Gloves
- HANDy Paint Pail
Concrete Floors Prep
The concrete floors in this old garage were as you’d expect. There were lots of old grease and oil spills, holes, and even portions of rebar sticking up out of the concrete.
Once the drywall and painting were completed, we also dealt with having to scrape up paint spots, joint compound and removing rebar. You want to make sure the concrete floors are completely clean and free of dirt, grime, and all foreign materials.
Using the concrete etch that’s included in the Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® kit will help clean up your floors. Be sure to fill any holes and cracks with a concrete patch.
Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® And EpoxyShield Application
Rust-Oleum has created a great how-to video on applying the Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® Garage Floor Coating Kit (shown above), and I definitely recommend watching it. I followed the steps as shown in the video and was able to achieve the same success.
ROCKSOLID® Garage Floor Coating Quick Facts:
- 20X stronger than epoxy.
- Walk on in 8-10 hours and drive on 24 hours.
- Extreme high gloss.
- Impervious to chemicals.
- Low odor and VOC free.
- No hot tire pickup.
- Self-leveling & buildable.
- Easy-mix burst pouch.
The Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield kit features a similar application method. This kit also includes an optional anti-slip additive, which gives the floor a sort-of sandpaper feel.
EpoxyShield Quick Facts:
- Suitable for use on interior concrete surfaces: garages, basements, workshops and more.
- Covers up to 250 sq. ft. over bare concrete and 500 sq. ft. over coated concrete.
- Gloss finish provides a beautiful, show-room quality floor.
- Long lasting results, no hot tire pick up, resists chemicals and cracking.
- Roll-able formula allows for easy application.
- 24 hour walk on time, vehicle ready in 3 days.
- 100% Solids Epoxy Formula, Low-VOC with low odor.
- Clean up with Acetone.
- Unique burst pouch allows for easy mixing and reduces waste in landfills.
- Kit contents include: 2-part epoxy clear coating and anti-skid additive.
Not surprisingly, these concrete floors turned out as fantastic as my garage floors. If you’re looking to simply coat your concrete floors instead of covering them with flooring materials, you should check out Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID® And EpoxyShield floor coatings!
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