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Paint for the shop floor5/22
It's a cabinet shop.
I'm looking for some paint that will have smooth glossy finish (at least when new), minimum friction for the broom and not much affection for the dust.
Don't really care how long it will last, even if I have to repaint it 3 times a year it would still be an infinite improvement over current time wasting with the present situation.
Do you have any recommendations?
Not sure a glossy finish will be good when the shop guys come in with water on their boots on a rainy day. I'd get a price at having a floor finishing company come in and smooth it off, or remove it. How many square feet?
I used an epoxy paint on a part of my floor and it made brooming dust a breeze. But it also is slippery with dust on the floor. I didn't really find that water made it slippery, snow did.
I have an epoxy floor with the flakes sprinkled in on top. It has worn really well and sweeps great. The only down falls are it does get alittle slippery when snowy or wet, and if you drop a screw, you almost have to get down and look sideways across the floor to see it as the flake pattern makes it very hard to see them.
Thank you all for your inputs.
I think I'll rent an orbital sander/grinder, remove existing paint and smooth out the concrete surface.
After that some (simple to apply and reapply) clear glossy concrete sealer/coat, most likely urethane.
We don't have snow here in Florida, and rain... well, only for half a year.
All the best,
An orbital won't do much on leveling concrete, if at all. I suggest a big rotary with diamond pads if you want to do more than remove paint. Something with water cooling will make it a much shorter project than an orbital sander.
We painted a portion of our shop with a simple floor enamel. I would go to a sherwin Williams store. One that serves the commercial accounts. If you ask they will send a rep to inspect the floor and recommend how to prep and paint it.
yes, that's what I meant, just didn't know how it's called; big round metal plate on the bottom with grinding pads arranged in circle like markings on a clock dial. It's around $70 per day for the machine and maybe that much for the grinding pad per day at the orange store.
As for the coat, can't do anything what would require procedures (acid etching, water rinsing, water drying, coat drying...) that take multiple days to execute. Can't spare that much time at the moment.
If you use latex be aware of all the moisture you are going to bring into the shop. If you have supplies or WIP it could cause problems.
Our shop concrete floor was painted with Sherwin-Williams All-Surface Enamel (oil based) which has served us just fine for the past 6 years.
Being oil based it hardens quite nicely and provides a better surface for brooming off dust.
Rolls on easily and is way cheaper than floor epoxy.
However it does not last forever. Low-traffic areas will be fine permanently but anywhere you drive a forklift or do a ton of walking will probably look best with a recoat every couple years.
This product would not have been my first choice, it wasn't my decision, and I can't throw epoxy on top of it. But, it does get the job done.
Also, you can buy fine sand and sprinkle on it (LIGHTLY!) while it's wet for a non-skid surface, which I prefer at our tablesaws.