All Weather Floors Polyurea Garage Floor Coating Gray & Clear
TrueLock ANti-Skid ANti Wear
B310 Color Flakes
I wholeheartedly endorse this product for individuals at any level of proficiency.
Background: I am a relatively new homeowner and a novice DIY handyman.
Given my experience level and the fact that being single, I did not have an available second set of hands, I was looking for a product that did not require industrial preparation and could be applied alone. As my garage is only for parking and light woodwork, I was looking for something that wouldnâ€™t just protect, but keep its appearance for years.
A normal polyurea/polyaspartic system was straight out as there was no way I could finish my floor in under an hour. Interlocking tile was interesting and doable, but very expensive for just aesthetic purposes. I decided against vinyl tiles, floor paint, and water based epoxy due to many reviews of hot tire pickup, low quality, permanent staining, etc. Tile wasnâ€™t a great option as my floor was too uneven and Iâ€™d have to relevel the entire slab. My only remaining choice was a multi-coat epoxy system, and I resigned myself to renting a floor grinder, organizing helpers, and securing alternate parking for a week and a half while I worked on the garage.
Along came AWF flooring, a new polyurea formulation. Compared to a multi-coat epoxy system, it was actually less expensive. Furthermore, itâ€™s so much easier to prepare and apply. I didnâ€™t need to grind the floor – in fact, the ideal profile is an acid etch. I didnâ€™t need multiple hands to finish the painting before it dried (infinite pot life! I came back the next day and there was still liquid product in my paint buckets under a dried film) – and while I call it painting, it was actually at least twice as fast and smooth as painting walls or the ceiling. The estimated coverage was on the dot, so I didnâ€™t have to worry about spreading the material thin, I didnâ€™t even end up with roller marks despite the cheap $1 rollers I used. Last but not least, this product only needed two coats, which could be applied only hours apart. I could do this entire project in a single weekend!
Which I did. I even ordered additional flakes, because I figured I was going to mess up and use the extra flakes to cover up my mistakes and to prevent running out, but honestly there wasnâ€™t even that much to cover up. The few problem areas I had were due purely to my own mistakes, although I will admit the product feels a little strict regarding how much to put on at once(my mistakes all came from over applying or dripping the clear coat). Furthermore, unlike any other flooring system, because I still had material left over, I could just sand out the problem areas and redo it again, which I did (this material is very tough so expect to use a ton of sandpaper). The repair turned out so well that I put all my leftover material in a box, ready to be used if I ever mess up the floor.
Yet, despite the peace of mind this backup plan provides me, I donâ€™t expect to. I parked my car with high performance wheels on the compound and could not find any marks at all despite close examination. I dripped a glob of polyurethane permanent construction adhesive on it and didnâ€™t notice until the next day – it wiped clean off with a spot of acetone. I started using the floor on day 3 with heavy machinery and I left no marks at all.
Overall, this is a great product. Itâ€™s comparable in price to a mid-range epoxy system but is at least top-end epoxy quality and applies so much easier. Iâ€™ve had the garage door open for a day and Iâ€™ve had no fewer than a dozen neighbors and a half dozen strangers come by and comment on how beautiful the result is – and my garage doesnâ€™t even face the street! Product is definitely bookmarked for when I purchase my next house.
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