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Sep 17th, 2012 at 12:40pm
 
I took the opportunity to clear out 1/2 of my shop to paint the concrete floor.  (no pics yet, sorry)

At our last home I did this and found that cleanup is VERY EASY on a painted concrete floor!  The dust and chips slide right along compared to a bare concrete floor.  MOST IMPORTANTLY is that you DO NOT have to use those expensive epoxy floor paints smiley=thumbsup.gif.  They are probably the best (but $70/gallon was a non-starter for me), however the next best thing is Oil Based floor paint (if you can stand the odor while it is curing) and then as a 3rd option you can use an Enamel floor paint.

Let the paint fully cure before getting your heavy tools back on it (lathe, drill press, floor standing grinder, roll-around tool chests, tool stands, etc.) 

I purchased a second hand dust collector and modified it to trap more dust in the bottom bag (subject for another posting), so since I was working on that I thought I would paint the floor this weekend too.

An area of 12 x 25 feet took two gallons (two one-gallon coats) and cost me $30 total.  It now looks great and sweeping up is a breeze (no pun intended).

If you have a concrete floor in your shop, I HIGHLY recommend that you take the time to do this.  If the paint does eventually get scratched, simply give it a single re-coating and again it is like new.  I find regular oil based garage paint (at ~$15 / gallon at Lowes) lasts me about 12 years between coats.  I use their standard GREY color.
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Reply #1 - Sep 19th, 2012 at 12:00pm
 
I got photos this morning before work.  Posting them here now.  You can see the difference between the painted and regular concrete.  Much brighter and easier to clean too!


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Reply #2 - Sep 19th, 2012 at 12:32pm
 
Tom.  That certainly does make a difference.  It looks great.
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Reply #3 - Sep 19th, 2012 at 7:42pm
 
That looks REAL nice, Tom.  Do you find it gets slippery with a layer of sawdust/shavings on it?

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Reply #4 - Sep 19th, 2012 at 10:07pm
 
Jeff, I had the same question.  I know my polished concrete floor does.  Can't imagine the painted floor not being pretty slippery with a coat of dust on it too.
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Reply #5 - Sep 20th, 2012 at 11:13am
 
I don't seem to have a problem with the floor getting slippery, even when I lived up north where the humidity is very low.  I do not recommend this for a floor if you come in with snow on the bottom of your shoes/boots. One can put anti-slip (sandblasting sand) in the paint for traction, however that defeats one advantage (easy clean-up) of the paint.

I wear a good pair of comfortable shoes that have a thick rubberized sole.  I have found them to be better than working on a rubber mat, but I have both.

Jeff and Doug, you brought up a very good point smiley=thumbsup.gif and time will tell, but my experience is that I have found (so far) that I don't slip around on this floor. 

I started to work on an order of 35 pens last night (cut the blanks and drilled them).  The quilted maple shavings from the table saw and drilling did not seem slippery underfoot.

I will be sure to pass along any negative results that I have with the floor paint.
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Reply #6 - Sep 20th, 2012 at 5:23pm
 
My epoxy floor paint is slicker than snot when the chips and dust settle.  One of the reasons I keep it quite clean out there.  One thing you can do is to add sand to the paint or epoxy before putting it down to give you a bit of grip.  I'll be giving that a go when it's time to redo it.
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Reply #7 - Sep 20th, 2012 at 6:34pm
 
Dave - you could try softer shoes or get yourself an anti-fatiuge floor mat.  I use some soft soled anti-marking black shoes that have great grip and are more comfortable than tennis shoes.  I believe the maker is Rockport.  Something like these:

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Reply #8 - Sep 21st, 2012 at 2:03pm
 
Looks very nice Tom!
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Reply #9 - Sep 24th, 2012 at 2:32pm
 
Looks good. Did this same thing to my garage floor 4-5 years ago. Wish I had a dollar for everytime my boys have run into the garage after a rain and slid across the floor. They just never listen.
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Reply #10 - Sep 25th, 2012 at 6:31am
 
I'm with Tom on the slippery issue.  Both my garage and the shop have epoxy on the floors.  Both are smooth/polished and never had a problem with them being that slippery----not that I've pushed the issue with any testing.  If anything, the chips and saw dust add a bit of friction I think.  The paint used is a one part semi gloss water based epoxy----whatever that is.  It was the cheaper garage paint I could get at the local big box.
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Reply #11 - Oct 6th, 2012 at 1:34am
 
I used a water based concrete floor paint on my basement floors over 15 years ago. They finally need repainting now. They are much easier to sweep, and there is no longer a problem with the concrete "dusting" or leaving a dirt film on things laying on the floor. I think it is Block tite brand paint. Applied by first getting the floor damp before painting, it soaks in very well and has not peeled, despite the floor being very old and having no vapor barrier. I used a dark red color, which shows very well where any dirt might be, fortunately and unfortunately. It was well worth the minimal effort to do.
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Reply #12 - Oct 22nd, 2012 at 7:15pm
 
That's where I stand right now, I just finished sheetrocking the place and am having a pellet stove installed in a week for winter working, now I have to decide what to do on the concrete floor before the stove comes in??
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Reply #13 - Oct 22nd, 2012 at 7:36pm
 
You might want to leave a square under the stove that is not painted.  Frequently the heat will buckle floor paint.
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