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Old 05-11-2011, 01:10 PM   #1
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Default Solutions for Slippery Epoxy Floor?

I had my garage floor coated with a 3-coat solid color epoxy last week. The floor looks great, no complaints there.

This morning I nearly killed myself when I walked outside to get the paper and stepped into some sprinkler runoff water, then walked inside. My feet totally flew out from under me, I was surprised that I did not hit the deck. I can only imagine what would have happened if I was carrying something, reaching for something, or if this was one of my elderly parents rather than me.

Question is, before I contact the installer, what can be done after the fact to add some skid resistance? Will it involve adding another coat with some anti-skid material in it? Something else? I don't see any sign of any anti-skid in the coating now.

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Old 05-11-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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You'll need another coat with non slip added to it. There is no other way
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:24 PM   #3
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You'll need another coat with non slip added to it. There is no other way
That's what I suspected, thanks. What should I ask for regarding the anti-slip, aluminum oxide or polymer grit? I am wondering how effective each one of these is, and what other considerations might there be, so as to avoid having yet another revisit by the installer?
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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The $20 solution is to buy a big rubber backed entry mat from Sams and put just inside the door.
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Old 05-11-2011, 03:53 PM   #5
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Epoxy floors are a safety hazard ...i'll never have one......i knew that the first day working in an epoxied hanger..
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:04 PM   #6
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The $20 solution is to buy a big rubber backed entry mat from Sams and put just inside the door.
True, but that will not help me when I walk in from the outside on a rainy day, or when a car drives in with wet tires and leaves some water on the floor...

I'd prefer a more robust solution .
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Epoxy floors are a safety hazard ...i'll never have one......i knew that the first day working in an epoxied hanger..
That's not true at all!!
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:45 PM   #8
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Unfortunately, a clear coat with nonskid in it is the best solution!
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Old 05-11-2011, 06:24 PM   #9
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Unfortunately, a clear coat with nonskid in it is the best solution!
Can you explain why a clear with nonskid is better than a color with nonskid?
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The clear coat (in our case) is a less expensive fix. You can definitely put the non-skid into another colored coat.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:58 AM   #11
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The clear coat (in our case) is a less expensive fix. You can definitely put the non-skid into another colored coat.
Ah, thanks for explaining, Christine. What non-skid would you recommend, aluminum oxide or polymer grit? Would one clear coat be enough? Would your clear coat work with the color coat that I now have (he wouldn't tell me what brand it was, I just know that it's 100% solids epoxy)?
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:37 AM   #12
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Epoxy floors are a safety hazard ...i'll never have one......i knew that the first day working in an epoxied hanger..
I disagree. Slick flooring regardless of what it made from or coated with is the safety hazard. A properly installed and finished coating can add safety to raw concrete by making spills easy to see and properly clean up.
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Would your clear coat work with the color coat that I now have (he wouldn't tell me what brand it was, I just know that it's 100% solids epoxy)?
IMO that's pretty brazen of a contractor to not tell you what type of product he's putting in your home/garage. What if there is some sort of odd product "recall" but you'll never know because of his super-secret. Personally I wouldn't have hired the guy because for all I know he may have used a cheapo kit from Wally world, doubtful but it could happen.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #14
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IMO that's pretty brazen of a contractor to not tell you what type of product he's putting in your home/garage.
It bothered me too a bit, but I think he did not want to tell me because he thought I'd go out and get the stuff and do it myself, which was not my intent. He did say he buys his supplies from http://www.garagecoatings.com/, which to me looks like a quality product source.

The coating he applied is quite good, I have no complaints with it - other than the slickness.
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Old 05-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #15
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So here is what he wrote to me:

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The only thing we would be able to do for you at this point would be to add another layer to your floor, and add a silica sand to it. The biggest problem with this is that the coating wears off the sand granules. With the solid floor, we will get a complaint if it is to smooth or I get the complaint when someone has us add sand that the floor is to rough. It is the nature of the beast.
is it true that I have to live with either a floor that is too slick or a coating with sand granules sticking through the paint?
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No. There are alternative to sand/quartz, like polymer grit.
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Not looking to hijack this tread.


With all due respect for the floor covering folks.

I have worked on urethane painted floors. Clear coat in the shop, colored in the service drive. (1988 - 2000) We stripped the shop floor as it was unsafe to work on. We had to buy runners for the service area to keep the customers standing up!

My histroy.

I like the looks, I just don't want the problems or rugs.

What's the fix today to keep a painted floor from being a slip hazard.

I know that some, add sand or a type of grit. But they seem to looks dirty or bad fast as the paint wears off the high spots/grit.


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Old 05-12-2011, 04:50 PM   #18
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No. There are alternative to sand/quartz, like polymer grit.
And can that be used with either another color coat or a clear coat? Or does it have to be used with a color coat?
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YUP!! The only way.
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your best bet is to add a protective clear coat over the floor mixed with silica sand. i have a epoxy floor and i mixed the silica sand in with the epoxy when i did the floor then i clear coated over it but i dont see a problem with mixing the silica sand with the clear coat . but i would definately check with your floor guy before doing.i will tell you the silica sand is not a cure all but it will definately help.
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