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    My garage transformation (m-very long)

    Maybe I should have sent this to RevHigh when he was looking for info. John, still got that free RF tee shirt....LOL
    My garage (30'x26') was built in 91 and after 14 years the cement floor had settled and cracked to the point it was starting to look like the grand canyon. We decided to jackhammer the old floor and have a new one poured. After 14 years of collecting stuff the garage was full of junk, isn't that where it always ends up?
    Here is what the garage looked like at it's worse point, full of stuff (mostly mine) and me working on my old ride.



    In order to do this everything had to be removed, which was a good time to heave a lot of stuff.
    After the old floor was removed these guys started their thing at 7AM.
    By 4 PM they were done.









    Living in the northeast gets cold in the winter, so a heated garage is nice, as well as A/C for those hot muggy summer days, you never know when you may want to do a few mods or get your car ready for the BMW Concours.

    OK, the cement has cured for 30 days and it's time to start with the epoxy. I used Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield. Each kit ($100) will cover 500sq ft. so I bought 2 kits. This is a water based clean up product that I found easy to use. You mix the A and B parts together, wait ~30 minutes and start painting with a brush and/or roller.





    This kit comes with packages of small colored plastic flakes that you can sprinkle on the floor. Just throw small amounts up in the air and let it fall to the floor. This works much better than just dropping it on the floor, you get a more even distribution. I used about 1/2 of one package for my whole floor.
    You can walk on the floor after ~16-20 hours, but can't drive your car on it for 30 days while the epoxy cures to the cement. This may be a show stopper for some of you, so other floor coverings may make more sense.



    I insulated the lower cement walls and then moved a few things back in.





    So now you have this nice floor that you can easily sweep, anything you spill on it will clean up easily and not stain it.
    Another chore, sweep and wash you new floor. I don't mind it, it's nice to be able to walk on it in your bare feet and not have sand and pebbles stick to your feet.
    And when friends (dons540 car) come over for a Garage Day/cookout/drink beer event, they can drool over your new floor.



    After 8 months, it is still fairly empty....the wife is pleased!



    Now if I only had a 3 car garage!


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    Nice garage. Cold start boiler a plus ($$ saved)


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    Correction....Can't drive on it for 7 days, not 30


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    Love the garage pics, + I have same vac. :o)


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    Thanks. The wife bought a new vac so this is now(m

    the official garage vac. Electrolux wanted to give us peanuts as a trade in so I put it in the garage. It works great. She wanted a new vac and I kept the old, we both won.

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    Cool!



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    Really nice!


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    what did you do to insulate/trim-out the lower

    cement walls?

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    I bought 1" thick foam insulation panels, (m)

    I used the 4 x 8 foot sheets, R value 7, that have a silver foil on both sides. I cut them to fit and used panel adhesive to glue them to the cement. Next I got some primed wainscot at Lowes
    http://www.bead-board.com/products/capecod.html
    and used the adhesive to glue it to the insulation. At the top I used 1 x 6 pine to make a shelf from the top of the sill plate to the top of the insulation/wainscot.
    At the bottom I found some plastic 1" L-shaped 8 foot long material at Lowes to keep the bottom of the insulation and wainscot off the cement, just to prevent it from getting wet.


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    Re: I bought 1 thick foam insulation panels, (m)

    I don't get it, why did you insulate the bottom like that?

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    To keep the cold out and the heat in (m)

    In the winter it can get down to 0°F here and sometimes colder. The foundation is 8" thick and with no insulation on it, it sucks the heat out. I keep it 55-60 during the winter, nice to work on the car without a jacket and gloves on.

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    No guts, no glory!
    Tire smoke, not traction control!
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    27°F outside this morning, the garage is 58°F (m)

    It's nice to hop in a car that's not like an ice cube and drive off.
    The heat comes on in the car before the interior cools off.


    "Drive It Like You Stole It, A Sickness for Quickness"
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    There's a fine line between fear and respect.
    Feel free to drift across it now and again

    No guts, no glory!
    Tire smoke, not traction control!
    450 HP, 540 Ft. Lbs. Torque
    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller
    Dinan S1 download, RevHigh/VAC Under Drive Pulleys
    NGK Iridium Plugs
    DDE Enhanced Angel Eyes, Smoked Lenses
    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
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    How's the floor coating holding up?

    Garage looks great...congrads!

    How is the Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield holding up? I just bought a 20yr old house last year and put the same stuff down. Did 8 intense cleanings (I think the mfg says to do 2 or 3), and it's already peeling. Called Rust-Oleum and was told they don't guarantee anything that isn't new construction. Have 2 friends who've had similar experiences. Yours is about 6-12 months old now (?), curious to how it's been treating you.

    Scott

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    Mine is holding up fine, no lifting at all (m)

    Usually lifting is due to the cement not being completely dry before the exopy was applied. Did you test the floor before to coated it?

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    No guts, no glory!
    Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    450 HP, 540 Ft. Lbs. Torque
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    NGK Iridium Plugs
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    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Royal Purple in Tranny, Redline in Diff
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    HA, forgot to change the Author back to me. I was(

    dumping on Nissens radiators back on the E39 board, they sent me 3 so far and they all leak. Just put in an all aluminum Zionsville!

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    Re: Mine is holding up fine, no lifting at all (m)

    I let the floor dry for 10 days before I painted it, must just be that I didn't get some of the oil up. After reading some of the postings I'm seeing that people are using myriatic acid and other additional cleaning steps above and beyond what Rust-Oleum tells you to do. Too bad I didn't find this site back then!

    Thanks for the pics and advice, and congrads again...definitely have garage envy

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    Re: My garage transformation (m-very long)


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    Re: Love the garage pics, + I have same vac. :o)


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    Clear Coat??

    Hi,
    nice work. I just finished my 1 car garage with Rust Oleum pro garaga epoxy coating kit. I applied 2 coats.
    Color flakes stick to the coat, it does not get dissolve. So it creates little uneven surface.
    I have question to all pros. Do I need to apply clear coat on top of it? Which clear coat to use? I did not find rustoleum clear coat in nearby lowes. Can I use Quickrete cear coat instead of rustoleum clear coat?
    Anyone share exp about clear coat for gloss finish.

    Thanks

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    Re: Clear Coat??

    I didn't use a clear coat. Yes, the color specs do stick to the top coat, an uneven surface is good. When it gets wet it will give you a bit more traction. If it was perfectly smooth it would be slippery when wet, unless your cement had a ruff surface to start with.



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    The Bottle Rocket "King of Spray" 2 Stage Nitrous Oxide
    There's a fine line between fear and respect.
    Feel free to drift across it now and again, just don't forget to come back!

    No guts, no glory!
    Tire smoke, not traction control!
    Zionsville all aluminum radiator to replace the 3 leak prone Nissens Radiators!

    NOS Progressive 2 Stage Controller
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    Dinan Carbon Fiber CAI
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    Koni FSD's/H&R Springs, BAV Brass Caliper Bushings
    Eisenmann Race Exhaust
    ///M5 3.15 LSD
    ///M5 Sway Bars, Front & Rear
    Energy Suspension Polyurethane Bushings
    ///M5 Gauge Cluster Rings ///M5 Lip Spoiler
    ///M5 Mirrors and Switches
    Rogue “Octane” Short Shift kit w/WSR
    Rogue Tranny Mounts
    StopTech Brake Lines Front & Rear
    Axxis Deluxe Plus pads Front & Rear
    Staggered M Parallel 66, Xenons
    Modified CDV, UGDO
    Redline in Diff and Tranny
    Passport 8500 X50, Escort ZR3 Laser Jammer
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