As you may recall from last week’s garage makeover reveal, hubby Mike, finally got his dream come true—a neat, clean and organized garage space. Although I couldn’t understand his obsession with wanting to finish our garage, I finally “got it” once it was complete!
One of the biggest improvements to this space was our newly painted floors. Talk about BIG impact! Every time I come home, I seriously feel like I’m driving into a showroom. These floors totally went above and beyond my expectations.
We used RockSolid Polycuramine Garage Floor Coating System which is the ultimate DIY kit for those wanting to tackle this project on their own. In case you’re wondering what Polycuramine is, it’s a special formula created by RockSolid that combines the best benefits of Polyurea, Urethane and Epoxy to create an indestructible, self-leveling, flexible, fast curing, high gloss coating system. Also suppose to be 20x stronger than epoxy paint!
As you can see, our concrete floors were not in the best of shape. They are about 20 years old, full of old stains, rust and dirt. To further add to the mess, the hubby decided to spray paint our peg board that we used in our garage directly on the floor so this RockSolid Coating System really did have a lot of covering up to do.
Our garage is roughly 400 sq. ft. in total. Each box covers 250 sq. ft., so we ended up using two boxes of RockSolid Garage Coat and one box of RockSolid Clear Top Coat.
So what’s include:
- Citric-Etch Solution
- Foam Roller
- Garage Coat Pouch
- Decorative Chips
Other Supplies Need:
- 24 cm (9.5″) Roller Frame with Extension Handle
- 8 cm (3″) Disposable Paint Brush
- Disposable Paint Pan
- Stiff-bristled Broom
- Garden Hose with Spray Nozzle
- Blue Masking Tape or Duck Tape
- Safety Equipment (mask, gloves, safety glasses, etc.)
To open the pours and clean the concrete, Mike began by mixing the supplied RockSolid Citric Etch Solution with water. He applied the product to the garage floor in small sections scrubbing the solution with a bristle broom. He started cleaning before I had the chance to run out with my camera to take pictures or even witness the process but he said the solution created a sizzling sound. Almost like he can hear it chemically cleaning the floors. To remove the solution, he rinsed the floors with water while still scrubbing.
To double check that the surface is clean, apply a mist of water to the surface of your floor. If all is good, the water should evenly accept across the surface. If the water beads, it means there is still possible contamination (such as oil, wax or tire dressing) in which case, you need to continue scrubbing the floors. We let our floors dry overnight.
The paint comes in this cool soft packaging known as a burst pack that is marked “Side A” and “Side B”. In order to activate the paint, the individual chemicals from Side A need to be rolled into Side B while you have it on a flat surface, sort of like rolling a toothpaste tube. The centre seam then opens up and allows the two sides to mix. Once that happens, you grab the bag and shake it like crazy making sure everything is completely combined. We opened the contents and dumped the paint into a rolling pan (as the boys found this easier to share the paint). However, the instructions do advise you to pour the mixed material directly on floor. If you choose the pouring method, you start about a foot from the back corner wall in 4′-5′ ribbons and continue doing it this way until you reach the end of the garage.
We happened to paint the garage floors during one of the hottest days which does affect the pot life. Normally you have one hour to paint after you combine the two components before it starts hardening. Because of the extreme heat conditions, we had less than that to get paint on the floor.
We began cutting the perimeter of the garage with a paint brush and used the foam roller to apply to the rest of the floor. They suggest using an “M & W” pattern to keep the coats of paint even and uniformed across the surface. We completed small sections at time (4’x4′ strips) and then stopped to apply RockSolid Decorative Chips.
At first, my husband was throwing the chips very scarcely. I sort of went back over what he did and dispensed the chips like I was throwing confetti. They supply you with enough chips to cover the surface and the more evenly spread out, the better it looks.
A few things I should probably note—I sort of assumed that the Polycuramine paint would be thick. I was hoping that it would seal any minor cracks on the garage floor. FYI I assumed wronged. The paint is probably the same consistency of latex paint so it really didn’t fill any cracks in the concrete. Overall, it’s really not that obvious because of the decorative chips but I know it’s there. So if you want a flawless finish, seal the cracks beforehand (I do believe they sell a product for it).
Secondly, we did want to paint the concrete sides in the garage, however, we were unsure whether or not we had enough paint. In the end, it turns out we did have enough but at that point, it was too late. You can’t go back and walk on the wet floors. So make sure if you want to include the sides of your garage or even your stairs, that you calculate it in your total square footage. As an after thought, we just went back to paint the sides white to blend with the walls.
Last but not least, you should tape off the end of your garage where your garage doors meet the concrete. This paint should not be on the exterior of your garage or exposed to weather conditions. We used duck tape to create the straight edge which worked for the most part but we got some bleeding in some areas once we took it off. They advise to use painters tape but I’m not quite sure it’s heavy duty enough to adhere to concrete floors.
The recommended cure time is 8-10 hours for foot traffic and 24 hours for vehicle traffic. Due to our high temperature that day, the paint dried pretty quickly for us. To be honest, it almost looked like it was sealed already due it’s high gloss finish. However, we still had plans to seal the floors and waited about two days before we proceeded with the next step.
Clear Top Coat:
This top coat is very easy to work with. Again it only has an hour of pot life so you do have to work quickly with it. Using the burst packaging, you roll Side A towards Side B and shake. We used a rolling pan and brush to apply.
By the end, I became obsessive and slightly anal about the decorative chips. I noticed when everything dried (after our first coat) that I wanted to add a few more chips to some places where I thought could use more. So as the hubby rolled the clear coat, I sprinkled a few chips in a couple of corners where it needed fixing. This is probably not the ideal time to do it but for the most part it worked! It dried perfectly and I really can’t tell the difference.
We are super happy with the results and look forward to seeing how well this product stands up to all its high expectations!!
Disclosure: I received samples of Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid Floors® Polycuramine Coating System for review purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and based on my experience using this product.