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Old 09-27-2012, 06:09 PM   #131
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the rustoleum stuff works ok in small traffic areas... the issue is that they are almost 50% water, which evaporates when the epoxy catalyzes. a good 100% solids epoxy will literally cover twice as much area (good) or cover twice as thick (better).

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:49 PM   #132
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Yeah i think I'm set on the epoxy-coat stuff if I do anything. The real question I'm still grappling with is why? I've read the benefits of epoxy, and it seems to really come down to this: it's easier to wipe up spills, and it looks pretty.

This floor is going to get abused once I'm done with slag from a welder, sunlight from the two skylights and 3 large windows, dropping heavy things, etc.

I'm already over budget and behind schedule on my garage, and I kind of like the untreated floor. Is it really worth the time, money and energy?

I respect the opinions of everyone on here, and I'td be awesome to have a pretty shiny floor, I'm just not sure that it's worth it.

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Old 09-27-2012, 06:55 PM   #133
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I used the epoxy coating in my shop over ten years ago and it still looks good today. We have over 500 cars a month drive back and forth on it and it is just starting to show a little wear by the main door. I know it feels as if your hard earned money is flying out your a** faster than you can make more but like some have said this is the time to do it.

This is how it looks today
Then again, that does look awesome. Do you have a larger version I can take a look at?
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:18 PM   #134
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epoxy is all about pretty and easy to clean. it's true i don't weld in the garage now that the floor's done to keep it pretty, and there are a couple dings in it from dropping heavy things... but overall it's much easier to brew on and looks killer. you can also pick colors and add traction material to keep it from being so slick.

if you aren't going to epoxy i would suggest at least polishing. the downside to polished is it will still stain and discolor, and you have zero traction when wet. and not sure how you polish if you have insulation in it.

not saying any of this is required... but if you have any interest in doing it, now is for sure the time.

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:16 PM   #135
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I've decided that being subscribed to this thread is costing all of us money.

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:23 PM   #136
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You could always polish the concrete to help with clean up and it will resist sparks and slag much better than epoxy. Just an idea, I myself was thinking about this method as well being I weld in the garage allot too.

http://www.ehow.com/how_7628284_poli...ge-floors.html

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:25 AM   #137
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build a separate house to brew in...my dream.

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Not a lot of progress to report in photos anyway, but work continues in the brewhouse. I found a short in the wiring to the hot water heater that resulted in no hot water, and a bit of a dangerous situation. I've half a mind to yell at my electrician..but I can't be too hard on myself.

The stainless is back on the wall, over the top of the cement backer board behind the stand. In the photo it looks pretty much identical to how it did before, so not too exciting. It makes me feel a lot better knowing that extra layer of heat shield is back there though.



Mudding and taping is just about done. One more coat is required on the brewery side, so I'll have to move some stuff around to get to it. Looks like I'm on track to paint next week though. I can't wait for this to be done and to be able to move in.

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any plans to cover the exhaust tubing? a simple frame and a some drywall scraps could add some style. either just over the tubing or perhaps the same size as the hood? or possibly even shelves or a cabinet to store some things?

the cement backer board certainly is great insurance! looking good!

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I like shelves over the hood. If we all keep this up, the OP will never be able to brew in his building b/c it will never be finished. Our jealousy will sting less that way... moooohahahahaha

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