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Unread 06-09-2009, 09:23 AM   #46
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i really considered painting the floor of my garage but realized how much it gets beat up and decided against it. dragging a transmission, motor, or axle across the floor would really dig it up. i ended up putting down a patch of vinyl floor where i do messy work and the rest i just sweet real good and sometimes mop.

i really like the way the garage is coming out though. good work.

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Unread 06-09-2009, 09:45 AM   #47
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i really considered painting the floor of my garage but realized how much it gets beat up and decided against it. dragging a transmission, motor, or axle across the floor would really dig it up. i ended up putting down a patch of vinyl floor where i do messy work and the rest i just sweet real good and sometimes mop.

i really like the way the garage is coming out though. good work.
Hi there. Do you know if the epoxy floor coatings can survive stuff getting dragged over them than painted floors? I've never seen an epoxy coated floor...

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Unread 06-09-2009, 10:42 AM   #48
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We did the floor, in a shop I used to work in, with 2 part. That floor held up very well. There was some chipping of the paint where the arms of the lift slid back & forth. We did tractor & lawnmower repair in there, and that floor took alot of abuse. Also there were a few small burn holes where guys had used the torch, the glowing slag pieces will burn through it when they fall off. The acid etching made a huge difference, you could tell when we missed an area. Maybe it's different with new concrete though.

We slid all kinds of metal tractor crates & pallets over it everyday, never did any damage to it with that stuff. It also made sweeping & cleaning faster, as well. The next week after we painted, we replaced every bulb in the shop. For a week or so all of the guys wore sunglasses instead of clear safety glasses!

Good luck, very nice space you have coming together. I am jealous!
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Unread 06-09-2009, 11:11 AM   #49
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That will be a sweet set up! I'm very envious

It's been a dream of mine, but alas ... no space at the existing digs.

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Thanks! You built that red trailer right? It looks awesome! What did you use for your trailer axle?
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Unread 06-09-2009, 11:16 AM   #50
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We did the floor, in a shop I used to work in, with 2 part. That floor held up very well. There was some chipping of the paint where the arms of the lift slid back & forth. We did tractor & lawnmower repair in there, and that floor took alot of abuse. Also there were a few small burn holes where guys had used the torch, the glowing slag pieces will burn through it when they fall off. The acid etching made a huge difference, you could tell when we missed an area. Maybe it's different with new concrete though.

We slid all kinds of metal tractor crates & pallets over it everyday, never did any damage to it with that stuff. It also made sweeping & cleaning faster, as well. The next week after we painted, we replaced every bulb in the shop. For a week or so all of the guys wore sunglasses instead of clear safety glasses!

Good luck, very nice space you have coming together. I am jealous!
Thanks for the pics and info. Do you know what brand of 2 part epoxy was used? Sunglasses, exactly what I'm looking for- literally... If I drop that cotter pin I'll find it on a white floor!
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Thanks! You built that red trailer right? It looks awesome! What did you use for your trailer axle?
Yes, that was me. The axle was a 2500# job with idler hubs from a old generator trailer. SUA setup. I just completed a 2nd one for my brother's JK that was a 3500# idler setup with brake flanges for a future upgrade.

I really would like to someday have a lift in my garage as well. I might someday build a workshop in Colorado that would essentally be a small apartment over a 2-car setup/workshop. Seeing your plans made me realize that your "carport" could be my apartment area. It gets ya think'in!
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Thanks for the pics and info. Do you know what brand of 2 part epoxy was used? Sunglasses, exactly what I'm looking for- literally... If I drop that cotter pin I'll find it on a white floor!
It came from the local Sherwin Williams, I believe. Don't remember the name on it. I know there were 2 price options and we used the cheap stuff on part of the showroom. It was user friendly enough that we did not need the masks & stuff. However, it was peeling & cracking, with just foot traffic, in a couple of months. When we decided to do the shop, we went with the more expensive option. That stuff had us all really loopy after applying it & we had to kill the heaters & pilot lights in the building for 24 hours, because of the fumes.
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My local HomeDepot will special order the 2 part epoxy, just an FYI if you're having trouble finding any.
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My local HomeDepot will special order the 2 part epoxy, just an FYI if you're having trouble finding any.
Thank you for the info. Yesterday I was on the phone with my NAPA buddy and he found white 2 part epoxy and ordered it in with etching solution. The bill may be as high as 250 but I got the white color I wanted...
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Also- I returned the scaffolding this AM... That's nice to be over and done with finally.

Now lighting is the next question??? I can't really imagine using fluorescents. I'm thinking about two or four big overhead lights hanging just below or beside the main beam.

Are these babies expensive or is there a trick to using something for major lighting that won't break the bank?
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Now lighting is the next question??? I can't really imagine using fluorescents. I'm thinking about two or four big overhead lights hanging just below or beside the main beam.
Are these babies expensive or is there a trick to using something for major lighting that won't break the bank?
these lights work pretty good in the shop my family built. They were kind of expensive but only needed three above the bays. I dont remember the price but they were several hundred each
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these lights work pretty good in the shop my family built. They were kind of expensive but only needed three above the bays. I dont remember the price but they were several hundred each
Awesome- exactly what I was thinking- but they may be too powerful... can that ever be the case? Maybe only two? My space is only 22x22.

I'm getting a nose bleed and vertigo looking at your shop pic!! Talk about tall!

BTW- Nice flat fender. My wife knows I'ld like to build one up as my next project.
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Unread 06-10-2009, 11:18 PM   #60
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i know the dealership i worked at had an awesome floor, cost alot of money to do it, after a good number of years there was some bubling and peeling and some burnt spots from torches. it scratched, but it usually took something pretty heavy to do it. it lasted for maybe 10 years though. i can't see that paint being all that much different from something you'd get at sherwin williams or home depot though.

i just couldn't bring myself to do it with all the heavy crap i still drop out from under my rigs while on my back, then drag out from underneath it.
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