{diy with style} How to Apply RockSolid Metallic Garage Floor Finish

Monday, October 17, 2016

You guuuuuuys! I am so excited to show you our brand spanking new metallic garage floor! Isn't she stunning?! {Yep, I've decided she's a she.} We are well on our way to transforming the garage in to our very own DIY retreat!

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In this post, I have lots of photos and a full tutorial of this shiny, happy metallic floor finish. First though, I have to come clean and admit that this was one of those DIY projects that I really wanted to do, but I was so scared I'd mess it up! Now that it's done, the number one thing I want you to know right up front is that this is not hard! Time consuming, yes, but totally doableAt the end of the post, I have an awesome giveaway so you can create your own retreat as well!

This post is sponsored by Rust-Oleum®, but as always, all ideas and opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that help to make this blog possible. This post also contains affiliate links. If you purchase something I recommend, you pay the same price, but I may receive a small commission.

As you may know, we recently embarked on a major garage makeover. When we started planning the project, we had dual the goals of making the garage both prettier and more functional. But thanks to Rust-Oleum® and their RockSolid® Metallic Floor Coating, we were able to jump right past prettier, and instead we now have a garage floor that is down right gorgeous!

Let's start at the beginning. Just a few weeks ago, our garage - which is detached from our house and accessed from an alley - was nothing but raw studs, bare concrete, and lots and lots of stuff.


I've been admiring the RockSolid® metallic floor options for quite some time, but I couldn't quite visualize how a fancy floor treatment would look paired with our unfinished walls. We contemplated adding wallboard to the garage, but it didn't make sense right now for a number of reasons. Instead, we compromised and painted the unfinished walls white. And what a difference it makes - fresh, clean, and bright.


Once we cleared out the garage, we were ready to get started. I reviewed the instructions, watched a few video tutorials {including this video from Rust-Oleum® that was extremely helpful}, and made a supply shopping list. My two best buddies accompanied me to Home Depot to pick up a few things we needed.


HOW MANY ROCKSOLID® KITS DO YOU NEED?

The packaging states that you need 2 kits per single car garage, so for our three car garage, six kits should have been enough. However, I had read a few tutorials that suggested you might need extra, so we had eight on hand to be safe. 

Our garage is the smallest possible three car garage possible. There is no extra width on either side of the doors, and very little extra depth beyond the length of our mid-sized SUVs. As a result, I expected that 6 kits might turn out to be enough for us, but we ended up having to open a seventh kit because we ran just a bit short at the end. In retrospect, we have a few thin spots here and there, and I wish we had applied the coating a bit more liberally rather than trying to stretch it.

I would recommend buying at least one, and preferably two extra kits. There are a lot of time sensitive steps in the process, so it's better to have extra on hand that you can return if unused rather than coming up short and having to run out to the store in the middle of the project {especially if you are like us, and tend to work at night after the kids are in bed and stores are closed.}

If you decide to apply the optional top coat, those kits each cover a one car garage. I'll talk more about the top coat below, but the coverage seemed to be accurate - we used three kits for our three car garage. 

HOW LONG DOES THIS PROJECT TAKE?

Transforming our garage floor from drab to fab was a three step process {though the third step is optional}. As seems to be the case with a lot of DIY projects, the preparation was definitely the most time consuming part. Each subsequent step took us about half the time of the prior. 

Be sure to plan this project when you have several days available over the course of about a week - ideally with moderate temperatures and low humidity predicted throughout that time. 

TIME ESTIMATES {more details below}
  • Preparation: 6 Hours + 12 Hours Dry Time
  • Metallic Finish: 3 Hours + 24 Hours Dry Time
  • Top Coat (optional): 1.5 Hours + 24 Hours Dry Time

One final note before we get to the tutorial... If you have young kids, this would be a perfect time to call in their favorite babysitter, because many of the steps are time sensitive, making it hard to pause for snack and playtime requests {not to mention that you won't want want tiny footprints in your final product.}


PREPARING THE GARAGE FLOOR
Estimated Time for a Three Car Garage: 6 Hours (starting with bare concrete)
Estimated Dry Time: 12 Hours (at 70 degrees and no humidity)

Before applying the RockSolid® Metallic Floor Coating, we first needed to prepare the concrete floor. We were fortunate that our floor had never been sealed or painted before, and that it didn't have any major cracks of divets that needed to be repaired {the instructions cover what to do if you do have these issues}. For us, the prep just involved cleaning the floor really, really well and etching the concrete to make the floor more porous.

SUPPLIES: 

Garage floor prep supplies

Preparing the garage floor for a RockSolid® metallic finish is a multi-step process, and you'll wind up repeating some of these steps as necessary. 

How to prep garage floor before refinishing

(1) Sweep.  Clean as much dirt and debris from the floor as possible
(2) Spray.  Use a hose to spray any excess loose dirt from the floor
(3) Scrub.  Use a stiff bristled brush to remove any remaining dirt
*We were lucky not to have any oil or grease stains on our floor, but if these are present you will need to use a degreaser like Rust-Oleum Cleaner and Degreaser
(4) Remove Spray Paint.  I've tried hard over the years to always put down cardboard or a tarp when I paint in the garage, but we still had a few spots of spray paint here and there. A chisel worked well to remove most of this paint from the wet concrete, and it turned out that the metallic finish covered what we couldn't remove with no problems.
(5) Squeegee.  Rinse the floor with the hose and remove as much water as possible from the floor with a squeegee
(6) Etch.  Follow the instructions in the kit for mixing the etching powder with 2 gallons of water; prewet the floor with the hose {squeegeeing away any pooling water}; then use a watering can to distribute the etching solution over a 10'x10' area of the garage
(7) Scrub.  Use a stiff bristled brush to scrub vigorously, which should cause the etch solution to foam up a bit. Be sure to keep the entire area wet as you scrub.
(8) Rinse.  As you complete each section, rinse it thoroughly before moving on to etch the next section. When the full garage is complete, rinse again and squeegee.

LET IT DRY.  Then the waiting begins. The concrete floor needs to be completely dry before you begin applying the RockSolid® metallic coating, or else it may not adhere properly. We put three box fans in the garage to help speed the drying process, and after about 12 hours we were confident that it was dry enough. However, we live in Denver where there is virtually no humidity, and the temperatures were very moderate that weekend - in other climates or conditions, the dry time might take longer.


Follow the instructions to ensure the floor is dry enough. Also, rub your finger across the dry floor to ensure that no dust or powder comes up. If you can see powder on your fingers, you will need to repeat the rinsing and scrubbing process to remove any traces of etching powder, and then allow the floor to dry again. We were fortunate not to have to repeat the scrubbing and rinsing.


APPLY THE METALLIC FINISH
Estimated Time for a Three Car Garage: 3 Hours
Estimated Dry Time: 24 to walk on (at 70 degrees and no humidity)

With the floor dry as bone, we were ready to get down to business and start putting the metallic finish on the floor. This was the part of the process that had me really nervous. I've seen so many gorgeous photos of the RockSolid® metallic finish, and I worried we wouldn't be able to achieve the same look. But now that I'm on the other side, let me assure you, this is actually really easy!

SUPPLIES: 

Supplies for metallic garage floor finish

Our cement garage floor extends a few inches beyond the garage doors. Since the RockSolid® metallic floor coating is really only intended for indoor applications, we ended up deciding to tape off the line where the garage door closes rather than also painting the small section that will be outdoors exposed to the elements {but I have a plan to cover up this line, which I'll explain below}.  

taping along garage door line

We were finally ready to mix the metallic finish.


It's important to note that once the ingredients are activated, they must be used within 45 minutes to one hour {depending on the temperature}, so you'll only want to mix one kit worth of floor finish at a time, mixing more only when you are ready for it.

MIXING.  Begin by shaking the pouch and squeezing each individual side to mix the material. Then lay the pouch down on the ground and roll from the Part A to the Part B side, the pressure of which will cause the middle seal to burst and allow two parts to be combined, thereby activating the contents. Continue shaking and squeezing the pouch for another 2-3 minutes.

Once thoroughly combined, cut the corner off of the pouch and pour it into a bucket. Add the metallic tint and use the paddle mixer to mix the Polycuramine® and the metallic tint for 3 to 5 minutes.

Mixing RockSolid metallic coating for garage floor with paddle mixer

APPLICATION. Once the floor coating is mixed, you'll want to start applying it right away, since you have a limited window of time to work with. You'll want to work in 5'x5' sections, but before you start painting the floor, make sure you have a plan so that you don't paint yourself into a corner! 

Start by pouring out a thin, 5 foot long line of the paint directly onto the floor about a foot away from the wall. As you'll see in the photos below - we had some challenges with pouring out a "thin" line. We got better as we went along, but we were able to make it all work just fine, so don't stress about it too much!

How to apply RockSolid metallic garage floor paint

Dip your paint brush in the paint that you poured out on the floor and begin edging along the wall(s) in your first 5'x5' section. Once you have edged, you'll move on to rolling {make sure to delint the roller first so that you don't leave any fuzz in the floor finish}. First roll in the shape of Ms and Ws - pulling the paint back as far as you can before rolling forward toward the wall {this prevents you from creating thick puddles by the wall}. 

Once you've covered an area, you'll then use the roller to create circular patters in the paint. Moving the roller in a swirling motion feels really awkward at first, but it gets easier as you go. It will also work muscles you didn't know you had! This method helps to get a nice even coverage and avoid thin spots, and also gives the floor its showroom look.

This is ideally a two person job, though you could do it alone. Scott and I worked together and found a good rhythm. He poured out the lines and helped me edge, then I did the rolling. After Scott poured the last of the metallic finish from each batch, I would finish rolling while he began mixing the next batch.


LET IT DRY. The instructions suggest that the floor coating will be dry enough to walk on in 8-10 hours, but I wanted to be extra cautious {I wasn't about to mess up all that shiny gorgeousness}, so we waiting about 24 hours before returning to the garage to walk on it for the first time. I first touched my finger lightly to the floor near the doorway to ensure that it didn't feel tacky at all.

FINISHED LOOK.  It wasn't until I finally walked across the floor that I was finally able to appreciate our new Gunmetal metallic floor for all of its beauty. I feel like we either need a show car to park in here, or we need to host one heck of a dance party!

RockSolid Metallic Garage Floor Gunmetal

DURABILITY.  But with all this talk about how pretty it is, I don't want to ignore the function. After all, the garage needs to be a really hard working space! This RockSolid® Metallic Floor Coating should be super durable. Its Polycuramine® formula is said to be 20 times stronger than a standard garage epoxy floor coating, and it can stand up to harsh chemicals, including salt, oil, and gas.

My four year old was in awe of the floor as well, and thought it was so cool that he could see his own reflection!

Reflection in gunmetal metallic garage floor

IS IT SLIPPERY? The only concern I had was whether this high gloss finish would make the floor extra slippery. Since the owner of those cute toes will be running around in the garage, he and his younger brother's safety are my number one concern. I had read about RockSolid® has an optional clear top coat that you can apply to the car, and a anti-slip material {with a texture similar to fine sand} that you can add to the top coat. The floor was soooo pretty {have I mentioned that yet?!}, so I really worried about how the anti-slip additive would change the look of it, but at the end of the day, my number one concern was the safety of the boy with the cute toes, and the safety of his little brother.

Living in Colorado, during the winter we often pull into our garage with snow on our car that will then melt off as it sits in the garage, causing the floor to be wet. So to test it out, I poured a small puddle of water on the floor and walked around in it barefoot and in several different pair of shoes. My very unscientific test concluded that the metallic floor coating didn't seem to be any more slippery than our bare concrete floor. 


OPTIONAL STEP:
APPLY TOP COAT WITH ANTI-SLIP ADDITIVE
Estimated Time for a Three Car Garage: 1.5 Hours
Estimated Dry Time: 24 to walk on (at 70 degrees and no humidity)

If I could have, I would've liked to live with the floor for a few months before deciding whether to add the anti-slip top coat, but the top coat must be applied within 7 days of the metallic finish being put down. Otherwise, you have to sand the entire floor before applying the top coat {which not only sounds like way to much work, the idea of sanding the gorgeous floor made me feel twitchy}.

At the end of the day, I decided that if there was something I could do that might make the floor safer for my family, I had to do it. So a few days after finishing the metallic finish, we were back out in the garage, ready to get to work again. 

The instructions that come with in the Top Coat Kit are very confusing! The box says that the kit contains a package of the clear top coat and package of the anti-slip additive. I found two pouches in the box - the top coat in a silver burst-pouch, and an unlabeled white gritty material. But the instructions inside the box include a section talking about concrete preparation {I imagine some people might put this clear coat down over a bare concrete floor just to seal it}. The concrete prep section of the instructions stated that etching powder was contained in the box, and the top coat instructions talked about pouring the clear coat directly from the pouch onto the floor, with no directions for mixing in the anti-slip additive. This made me start questioning whether that white powder was actually etching powder or anti-slip. 

Fortunately, I still had one extra metallic kit in the house, so I was able to open that box and compare the appearance of the etch powder to the white material in top coat box. It was immediately clear that they were not the same, so I could rest easy that the unlabled white powder in the top coat kit was, in fact, the anti-slip additive.

SUPPLIES: 

Anti-Slip garage floor supplies

ADDING THE ANTI-SLIP  MATERIAL:  I had done a lot of research about the top coat with the anti-slip, and time and again I read that it was it could be added, but I couldn't find any tutorials where any explained the process. Since the instructions didn't talk about how to add the anti-slip material, we decided to just use the same process that we used for mixing in the metallic tint in the prior step - the paddle mixer. This seemed like the best way to ensure that the additive was mixed evenly throughout the top coat {just be sure not to over-mix or you can add to much air into the product}.

Using paddle mixer to mix anti-slip top coat

APPLICATION: Just like the metallic coat, once the ingredients are activated, they must be used within 45 minutes to one hour {depending on the temperature}, so you'll only want to mix one kit worth of floor finish at a time, mixing more only when you are ready for it.

Once we were ready to put the top coat down on the floor, the instructions said to follow the same process as the metallic finish - pour out thin ribbons, edge with a brush, and then roll backward and then forward, in M and W patters to evenly spread the finish. The only difference is that this time, we didn't need to do the swirling wax on-wax off pattern - which made the application much faster - about twice as fast!

rolling clear top coat with anti-slip additive onto metallic floor

LET IT DRY.  We were once again conservative, and waited a full 24 hours before attempting to walk on the floor, but check out the new view! That is quite a transformation from the wood studs and dirty concrete of the week before!

Finished garage metallic floor

DOES THE TOP COAT CHANGE THE LOOK?  As I mentioned, I has really worried about how much the anti-slip top coat would change the look of the floor. I'll be honest... it didn't! From some angles you can see just a bit more texture in the floor, but overall the floor looks just the same... stunning!

Anti-slip clear top coat for metallic garage floor

TOP COAT BENEFITS.  I should also mention that, even if you decide you don't want/need the anti-slip finish, the clear top coat alone has some benefits that are worth considering. This clear coat is said to make the floor more durable and provides a protective layer that prevents the metallic finish itself from getting scratched. From what I've read, if, down the road, the floor starts looking scratched or dull, you can sand the top coat and apply a new clear finish to make the floor look like new again. 

Even with the anti-slip material added to the top coat, the metallic floor still produces reflections for days! And even thought we picked the dark, gunmetal color, the floor bounces around the the light, helping the garage to feel brighter than ever!

metallic garage floor with anti-slip top coat

I mean, seriously!!!

Reflections in metallic garage floor finish

After spending 6 hours cleaning the garage floor to prep it for this finish, I realized just how much dust and dirt comes in the garage. To help keep the fancy new floor cleaner, and to cover up the line where the metallic finish meets the raw concrete, we plan to affix a vinyl threshold barrier for each garage door.


Now I just hope that the rest of my garage makeover plans can live up to this floor! The goal is to turn this space into our "DIY Retreat." We will park our two cars on the double door side of the garage, but that third bay will be dedicated to storage and workshop. We'll be installing new shelves and drawers on the side wall, and we are now the proud owners of two gorgeous new work benches that we bought at Home Depot {one stationary and one mobile}. 

Workbenches on gunmetal metallic garage floor

Yay for style and function! Not only do these new workbenches provide a ton of new storage, the Husky workbench on the right is on casters and can be rolled out the middle of the garage, which will make it much easier when we are trying to cut long boards or maneuver large projects. Plus the top of the rolling workbench is adjustable. 

UPDATE: I'm so excited to show you how the garage turned out once we got everything back into the space and organized! Be sure to check out the full garage makeover reveal post for all the pretty details and my best garage organizing tips for the functional side of the story!


And don't forget to pin the image below so that you can find you way back to this tutorial when you're ready to give your garage floor {or any other concrete floor} a shiny and pretty new look!

DIY your way to a professional-quality garage floor

Now the question is, are you ready to create YOUR VERY OWN ROCKSOLID RETREAT?! Whether you want to turn you give your garage that showroom like feel, create the ultimate man cave in the basement, or even create a metallic floor in a less expected space, like a bedroom, Rust-Oleum and I want to help! Enter below for a chance to win RockSolid® Metallic Floor Coating and a $500 Home Depot gift card to create your retreat!



101 comments :

  1. OK, now you make me want to re-do my garage! It is SO SO bad that it would be a major transformation! Yours turned out great!

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    1. Oh my gosh, Jess, you would love it! I can't believe how much brighter and cleaner our garage feels now!

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  2. I too live in denver and planning to re do my garage floors for long time. your transfrmation looks fabulous. time to do minE ASAP

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  3. I would love to have a metallic floor in the garage, its always what I wanted but everything I've always seen has been that diamond tough kind of pattern that is more industrial than pretty. thank you!

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  4. Awesome. My fiancee would love this garage floor!

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  5. My cave would look less like a cave and more like a retreat.

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  6. We have the ugliest floors in our garage, so I would love this! But I want it in blue, because of course I do. It looks great, by the way.

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  7. I would LOVE to do this in our garage!

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  8. We have a couple if floors we would like to do.

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  9. I would love to do this to our garage, but I feel like our VERY humid climate may mean it takes me a week to do! Still better than oily and old and ugly.

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  10. It would look awesome with our black car!

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  11. Awesome, I want to try this in Pakistan

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  12. Thank you for the great step by step instructions. I really like the metallic style, it looks awesome. This is definitely on my to do list.

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  13. I never thought I could get excited about a garage, but your reno is o-la-la! I can't wait to see the finished room!

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  14. this is the second blogger i follow that did this and it makes me want to try to spruce up my single one car garage! Problem is i live in TN which is VERY humid, so it needs to be timed just right.

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    1. You can probably rent a dehumidifier, or buy a small one for a few hundred bucks, and then use it in the house when it's really humid but not terribly hot. We do this to keep the AC from having to run when it's 74F and 80% humidity so that it's not so swampy in the house, but not cold and damp after running the AC. My small dehumidifier is smaller than a dorm fridge and sucks 5+ gallons of water out of the air inside in a day.

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  15. This would be great on our new garage floors!

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  16. OMG my husband would LOVE this in our garage!

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  17. I WANT MY FLOOR TO LOOK LIKE THAT! SO AWESOME!!!

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  18. My garage would look so clean and awesome! Plus it would force me to get it cleaned out and organized!

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  19. my garage floors would look shiney and silver i mean that is awesome

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  20. Nice tutorial. Love it.

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  21. This would make our garage look so much better. thanks

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  22. I just showed my hubs your post and I've been asked to duplicate! Lmbo!!!! Thanks Angela!

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  23. WE have been thinking about doing our garage for a while now. I love the look of that floor!

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  24. Wow! It looks amazing! I wonder if this would work for countertops?

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  25. I am so jealous. This looks amazing!

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  26. I am so impressed by your floor. It looks awesome!

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  27. I absolutely love your flooring! Eventually we want to make our garage floors look nice, but the idea of clearing everything out is pretty daunting. Congratulations!

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  28. It's looking So good, Angela! I have GOT to get around to our garage... right now it's a hot mess!

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  29. That looks awesome Angela! I can't wait until I can start making my new workshop pretty. Those Husky benches are on my wish list.

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  30. OMG!! She is amazing!! I can't even get over it!! You are so so good- definitely can't show this to my husband - all the heart eyes!

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  31. This is so beautiful!! i would love to do our basement floor with this product. it looks so elegant!

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  32. Beautiful job! I could use this not only in our garage, but also I our basement.

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  33. Ooooo- that would make our garage look so finished!

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  34. Such a dreamy floor now! It's like jewelry for your feet!

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  35. What a great turorial/review! Rocksolid would dedinitely make our garage less embarrassing and encourage us to remodel it like you have done! Love your overall plan and right now we use our garage as our DIY retreat as well! Rocksolid would definitely add a little glam to those long garage projects!

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  36. Thanks so much for you review. This would be great project and something my husband would love so much (me too). We are constantly in and out of the garage between car repairs, projects and kids trampling in the garage. I would sure love the look. I think I would spend even more time in the garage!!

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  37. You make it sound so easy! Our garage is a dark place with cinder block walls. I have wanted to paint it white for a long time, and I think adding such an amazing floor would help brighten it up even more. My grandma had a painted garage floor when I was little and I always loved it but never got up the courage to try. Maybe hearing how easy it really was, this is the push I need! The garage would look amazing with this!

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  38. My cave would be a great hang out for sure!

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  39. We just had professional metallic epoxy floors done in our house. I would really love it in our garage too :)

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    1. I would love to see these pictures somewhere like Pinterest, etc. I can't see a reason why it can't work inside rooms as well & I've been able to find a couple of examples so far. My dad being a concrete expert for the US Corps of Engineers, I've followed the whole concrete decor movement since the beginning. OP above mentioned countertops. I would say yes if they're concrete or finished over w/quick dry concrete first. The reason why is the etching. I think that would be the step that would interfere with another surface like formica, etc.

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  40. it would definitely give us the inspiration to stay organized

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  41. It would look fantastic!

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  42. We live in a cold climate so it still probably wouldn't be used for a man cave, but we would have one good looking garage floor.

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  43. I would absolutely LOVE to put this in our new house. We are building and it is 3 cars. I'm just worried if i feel like i can really justify to cost

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  44. I love yourGarage floor products

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  45. The orange red color option is to die for! Bold choice but I'd do it!!!

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  46. Very pretty flooring. You did a fantastic job and your step by step directions will make it so easy to do my own garage floor♡

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  47. Wow,yours looks great, I would love to do our basement like this! It just looks more like somewhere you would want to ha g out.

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  48. I would love to be able to give this awesome garage floor as a gift to my husband! Looks great!

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  49. My cave would be so nice looking. I really love your floor now it's very nice looking. Holly Wright

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  50. Hopefully it would look like yours!

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  51. It would look so nice! We have been wanting to do this to the floor in our garage!

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  52. This is soo amazing it would look bomb! I love the clean look!

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  53. It would totally transform our garage to apply RockSolid! I know my husband would love it and I really like how it looks!! So much nicer than a plain, old, boring concrete garage floor!

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  54. What a great idea for the ORC, the garage!! You've motivated me!!

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  55. we aare totally considering this now!! Thank YOU!

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  56. I love this!! I have been wanting to redo my garage floor FOREVER. My fiance is a car guy, and I love that we would be able to more easily clean up oil with this type of garage floor than just plain old cement! Thanks for the idea and the confidence that I can do it! Now just to win the supplies! lol

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  57. Oh wow this is amazing. I never realized how just changing the floor could change the look! It would be awesome in our garage.

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  58. I have seen this a few times during my many trips to Home Depot and now I know I definitely need to buy some!

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  59. Can this be applied to wood surfaces?

    The floor is beautiful nicely done:)

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    1. I do not believe so. This product is made specifically for application to propery prepared concrete floors.

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  60. I do this for a living. You did a WONDERFUL job and you explained and documented the process so well. You made it look so simple, even a caveman could do it. VERY WELL DONE

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  61. Very nice job! Any updates about the quality of the product? How is it holding up?

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    1. It's holding up great 6 months in, even after winter with lots of snow melt chemicals being carried in by our tires. I'll update again after more time has passed.

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  62. Looks great! I've been shopping around and will be doing my garage floor this weekend. I've been unsure if I should do the gunmetal or the silver bullet color. I can see the pictures but how would you describe the gunmetal? Does it look more black or like an updated more polished version of a concrete floor? Any tips or things you'd do differently if you did it again?

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  63. Looks great! I've been shopping around and will be doing my garage floor this weekend. I've been unsure if I should do the gunmetal or the silver bullet color. I can see the pictures but how would you describe the gunmetal? Does it look more black or like an updated more polished version of a concrete floor? Any tips or things you'd do differently if you did it again?

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    1. The gunmetal color is definitely a dark charcoal gray - not black, but much darker than regular concrete. BUT the shiny metallic finish is so reflective and bounces around the light in a way that it makes our garage look brighter rather than darker. All of my tips are detailed in the post - specifically making sure you have ample time with good weather predicted throughout, and buying extra so that if you run short you can keep working without having to stop and run to the store (since the process is time sensitive).

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  64. I have a concret huge room in a house we are flipping. This may be just the answer to that room. Has anyone tried it on anything other than a garage?

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    1. Yes! Check out how Leigh Ann used it in her son's bedroom: http://houseologie.com/rustoleum-rocksolid-retreat/

      I've also seen photos of it used on basement floors!

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  65. Nevermind a garage floor...I want to do my kitchen floor.

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  66. Will this work on tiled flooring too?

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    1. It's made to be applied to properly prepared cement, so I don't know if it would stick to tile properly.

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  67. I have been considering this type of flooring. I have heard good & bad about epoxy flooring and this product when cars with hot tires are parked on it. That the hot tires wear the floor down. Do you park your hot cars on it and how is the floor holding up?

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    1. Yes we park our cars in there and haven't had any issues. We've had the floor down for about 6 months now, but I have friends who have had the same floor product down for years with no problems - floor still looks great!

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  68. Curious as to how long it will last. Painting professionally for forty years I have done many garage and basement floors. After doing all that extensive prep and paying top dollar for the coatings I would want at ten years out of the effort. Rubber tires and the dirt they carry in to the garage along with road salt and oil from the autos destroys most finishes in two or three years. Commercial epoxy was the only product that seemed to last- I hope this coating stands the test of time. Keep us posted.

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    1. So do you highly recommend commercial epoxy i worry about 2 to 3 years of the in and out of the cars how it would hold up

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    2. This finish is specifically designed to withstand things like road salt and oil from cars - so it's made to last much longer than 2-3 years. Its not standard epoxy - it's a Polycuramine formula that is said to be 20 times stronger than a standard garage epoxy floor coating, and it can stand up to harsh chemicals, including salt, oil, and gas.I'll update my experience overtime, as we've only had this finish for 6 months in our home. But I read a TON of reviews that indicate that it will be a long-lasting solution for us.

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  69. Is this product available in South Africa?

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  70. I LOVE YOUR GARAGE FLOOR! This blows my mind. I've never seen such a shiny floor. I want to know if they make this product in different tints because I can picture in my mind how beautiful this floor cover would look so nice in my kitchen.

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    1. It does come in lots of different colors/tints. You can find all of the options here: http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/rocksolid/garage-floor-kits/polycuramine-metallic-garage-coat-kit

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  71. I have a quick question. It looks like you cleared everything out of your garage to do this. I don't have that luxury. I'd have to rent a storage space and move everything to that so I can clean the entire floor and prep it. If I moved everything to one side and did one half and then do the other half, would that be a reasonable thing to do? Or should it all be done at once?

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    1. I totally understand the dilemma - we had to rent a storage unit as well. I think you could do the actual painting in two parts without a problem if you concrete slab has divider joints in it (creating a good place to stop and start). HOWEVER, I'm not sure how you would be able to go about doing the concrete prep in two parts. Cleaning and prepping the floor requires using a concrete etching solution and rinsing it with lots of water. I just don't know how you could etch the second side without damaging the paint on the first side... Maybe your could rent one of those storage pods that they deliver to your house for just a week or so? That might be more cost effective than a storage unit that probably has a month minimum rental? Honestly, I would send a message to Rust-Oleum using this link and ask their advice: http://www.rustoleum.com/pages/help-and-support/product-support/product-question

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  72. Hello, great review. Can you tell us how the floor looks now? I have read many people had issues with scratches on this floor. You added the top clear coat, so I'm curious if yours is scratching a lot? Thanks

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    1. Our floor still looks great more than 6 months later, even after a long Colorado winter with our cars tracking in lots of snow melt chemicals! I don't know how much is attributable to the top coat, but we aren't seeing issues with scratches.

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    1. Maintenance has been so easy - we just sweep on occasion and use the hose to stray down the floor when needed.

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  74. This may be a dumb question but, can this be applied to a a wood or particle board floor? We had water damage in our bath this winter and I've been looking for something that creates a complete seal over the old floor boards including waterproofing to some extent. We've been told by professionals that the base floor boards are still fine to use, but I'd rather have a seal over them, plus I'm not fond of the tile and flooring I can find, but I like the way this looks.

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    1. My understanding is that this can only be used on properly treated concrete floors. I would send a message to Rust-Oleum using this link and ask their advice on other products that might meet your needs: http://www.rustoleum.com/pages/help-and-support/product-support/product-question

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  75. This is awesome. My inlaws got this done in a basement and they paid someone to do it. I now have the confidence to do myself. I will try in my basement utility room and get wife's approval to try in our garage. Very sweet project!!!

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  76. Hhhhmmmm, Wonder if this would work for a kitchen counter-top?
    (Diy'ing a kitchen re-do & looking for something fun, but affordable)

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    1. I reached out to my contact at Rust-Oleum to ask whether the Rocksolid Metallic could be used on countertops, and they responded that it is not recommended because the product has not been approved for food preparation surfaces. Rust-Oleum does offer two products specifically for countertops though (I've got a tutorial for the granite-look countertop transformations kit here: http://www.blueistyleblog.com/2016/03/diyRollingBarCart.html

      Countertop Transformation Kit (affiliate link): http://amzn.to/2u3SqLz
      Countertop Paint (affiliate link): http://amzn.to/2sFIWSX

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  77. Hi Angela,

    This is just a great article and extremely helpful.

    Question on the topcoat: When applied over an existing Rocksolid floor it will allow you to cover more than just on bare concrete itself.

    How did you know how thick to roll it on in comparison to the original floor?

    Thanks, Mitch

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    1. The coverage over the metallic finish was about one box per one car garage. We poured it out onto the floor in lines, and then just spread it around until it was evenly distributed.

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