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Old 04-15-2019, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I built a new shop/garage over the winter in northern Minnesota.
The concrete slab was poured late fall early winter.
No sealer was put on the concrete as they covered it with insulated blankets asap to prevent freezing.


Question I have now is what should I do to seal or protect the concrete before I start filling the shop.


Epoxy coating would probably be the ultimate but not sure I want to go that far
I'm thinking just seal it but what about stains?
The shop is for personal use with snowmobiles, boats and ATV's
It will get oils and stuff spilt on it so looking for easier cleanup and not so dusty when sweeping
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Just seal it for stains as you stated. I don't know what kind to use
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When I built my shack I had this question and it led me to garagejournal.com DON'T GO THERE unless you have a lot of time to waste LOL. Its great!!

Then there is this https://www.vseal.com/v-seal-101

Don't waste your money on epoxy IMO. This is all you need.
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I personally prefer epoxy. Do it right and it lasts a lifetime. I did my 2,000 sq ft for $1200.
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Fancier stuff for the attached house garage. Both are awesome for keeping clean. Just hose off and squeegee. No more dust and sweeping. All oils just wipe right off.
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I'm interested in this conversation since I am about to build a garage that will be mostly my workshop. I am concerned about what carbides (or studs) will do to any of these garage floor coatings. I'm thinking about just sealing it since it will be easier to touch up after being scratched than epoxy or any other coating.

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Do you not use Dolly's or a cart? No way I would drive on any concrete I don't need to. Especially my own shop
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Diamond Clear, or Vexcon clear sealer. Its about $125 for 5 gallons. It will protect your floor from stains nicely. I have been doing concrete flatwork since 1990 and thats what i would use. That epoxy looks nice, but is damn near as much as the concrete itself. Use a paintpan and just roll that sealer on like paint. Make sure to ventilate good until its dry
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I personally prefer epoxy. Do it right and it lasts a lifetime. I did my 2,000 sq ft for $1200.
2grand for 1200sq is a steal. Looks very nice
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I'm picturing joe_f7's face when I pull my sled into his shop with my 6" carbides and 144 studs.


I have an epoxy coating I put on 15 years ago on a new floor. It looks close to new. But, I'm more careful with it than the hardwoods in my house.


Kind of a catch 22.
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