Rock Solid Floor Coating
I started overhauling our garage shop at the beginning of the year, when it looked like this:
Guys, I have a thing for organization. This wasn’t terrible – and let’s be honest, I’m a blogger, so I totally cleaned for the photo. What bothered me most at this point was the work flow was not great. It was time for my shop to evolve with me as I grew in my skills and needs.
Also, I wanted it to be pretty. There, I said it. And I have no shame. I like things pretty, clean, and organized.
If you are facepalming and muttering remarks about women in general, just walk away, eh?
But seriously, the greater point here is that being in a place you like to be helps you to be more creative and more productive. Environment is conducive to creativity, to positively, and to energy.
So, I did this:
You can check out that post about building and organizing a DIY workshop here.
There was just one problem. Those floors. Those dirty, painted, stained, abused floors. Witness to years of projects, spills, and general neglect.
When we started looking at solutions the obvious choice was an epoxy floor kit. The good folks at Rust-Oleum agreed, and we decided on the Rock Solid Metallic kit in Silver Bullet.
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This isn’t an instructional post, as there are so many of those out there. But I will give some tips from our experience, the first one being that you’ll need to set aside a generous amount of time for the prep work. If you are going to invest in flooring that you want to last and look good, you’ll need to lay the foundation.
Here are a few tools we found useful in addition to the Rock Solid kit and what it contains:
Rustoleum Rock Solid Kit
long handle scraper (if you have stuff on your floors that needs to come up)
long handle squeegee
hard bristle broom
paint roller frame (get a good one, that epoxy is heavy)
gloves (the epoxy is sticky and you’ll probably get some on you)
drill paddle mixer
The first step was to go through and get everything off the floor – not a small undertaking in a garage that functions as both shop and family storage area! We have some structures in the shop that do not come out – storage shelves, built in workbenches, etc. That meant scrubbing under them as well and then working around them to put in the new flooring.
After cleaning we etched the floors with the solution provided in the Rock Solid floor kit. We used a bit (ahem, a lot) more water in this process than I would recommend. It was melt-your-face-off-hot and dry here when we did this, so drying was not an issue. You know what was an issue? My face melting.
This seems a good time to note that pretty well all of my larger tools are on wheels. I mean, no joke, I spent a fair amount of time cleaning up the shop before this. But when it came to actually moving it all out it was no sweat. I mean, it was a lot of sweat, because it was hotter than Hades outside.
The etching left our floors looking better than they have in a long time.
Our concrete floors were in good shape, structurally, but the person that poured them claimed it was better to break the slab selectively so it wouldn’t do so haphazardly later. I cannot speak to the veracity of that, but it is what it is. (*Fun fact: the slab is newish because my husband purchased our home for a dollar and moved it to its current location on a truck. Sawn in half, people. That’s a story, but not one for right now.)
Enough with the talk. You came for the floors. So here it is, start to finish, in like 2 minutes.
We LOVE our new floors. They are an absolute show stopper and make our little shop feel like a million bucks.
If you are considering one of these floor kits my main tips would be not to skim on the prep work, or on the epoxy itself. The finish should be opaque. Don’t overthink the swirl patterns, and don’t overwork it. We found that the workability time (before the epoxy started setting) was far more than what we needed to get it in place, even with the hot temperatures.
It’s so shiny!
Now to see about hanging a chandelier in there… Just kidding. Sort of.
Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions!