Well, this is one of those reviews, like many others, that is a bit of a double-edged sword. A couple of months ago, while we still had a little sunshine up here in the Pacific Northwest, I set about to coat my garage floor with epoxy. It’s important to do this job while the sun is shining so that you can have your stuff outside for a few days. Make no mistake, unless your garage is barren, you’re going to have to keep a few things outdoors while your flooring cures.
So, I got all set up. Tool bench outside. Bikes and other sporting equipment outside. Everyone is well aware that there will be no cars parked indoors till Tuesday. I went to the hardware store to pick up a couple of cases of Quikrete’s Epoxy Garage Floor Coating based on relatively strong reviews from friends, both online and real. And, having used epoxy quite a few times in the past, I was pretty familiar with how things should work. I’ve always found that the devil is in the details with epoxy work, and that one of the most important things you can do is proper prep work before hand. In this case, that meant giving the garage floor a good cleaning. It almost felt unnatural given how I’ve abused that poor floor in the past.
Anyway, floor swept and even mopped. Oil and grease stains removed and I’ve ready to go. Honestly, following the directions wasn’t terribly difficult. Mixing was a breeze, and application was relatively painless. Just knowing that patience is the greatest virtue when applying epoxy is the biggest obstacle. It took a few projects to figure that out, but it’s made all the difference for me over the years. Back to the directions – they were a snap. Let’s get to the meat and potatoes here. Why the double-edged sword?
Well, as I’ve mentioned, I took my time to properly prepare for the project, and followed Quikrete’s instructions to a tee. And it came out beautifully. So, what’s the rub? The rub is that the product itself is really quite nice, but there isn’t enough of it. I know how to calculate square feet, and I was well within their recommended usage statistics. In the end, I ended up heading back to the hardware store a couple of days later to buy two more Quikrete Epoxy Garage Floor Coating kits, doubling my initial cost estimates for the project. All in all though, I think the end result came out better by letting the first coat cure and then applying the second. So, the verdict? Great product, just expect to buy more than you think you’ll need.
Here’s a link if you want to check this stuff out, and at a better price than what I got it for, too!