I’m still irritated when marketing materials lie to me, but it is so frequent that it no longer makes me angry. Instructions that lie, on the other hand, piss me off.
Instead of just painting the garage floor, Rustoleum’s RockSolid coating caught my eye.
- 80 fl. Oz. Kit Cover up to 100-125 Sq. Ft
- 2 Kits needed for 1 Car Garage
For certainly definitions of “up to”, no doubt. This is two kits and approximately 140 sq feet:
It looks shiny, I’ll grant you that. It’s mostly a camera artifact; it looks horrible IRL. Note the “gritty” texture on the right – and of course the bare concrete at the bottom, which continues under my feet. That vertical mark is strip of painter’s tape at the halfway point. So, about two more to get a single coat down. Did I mention that the two kits were over $300?
The white splotches on the right are drips from painting the walls – not much caring about drips was one of the points of doing the walls first. The dark spot is some random stain on the floor. The grey shimmery bit to the left of it is more of what I expected, everywhere.
It may work better – “fine” even – on perfectly smooth, brand new, interior concrete, BUT IT DOESN’T SAY THAT. It’s shit on old concrete. Do NOT buy it. If I could remove it and paint, I would. There is no way paint will stick to that shiny surface, so I’m screwed.
The local Knecht Ace can get their hands on three more kits in this color, relatively quickly (a week). My plan is to use one kit to very thinly coat the rest of the floor, let that dry, then use two to give the whole thing a second coat. I really hope this stuff sticks to itself – that glossy finish makes me very nervous.
My expectation is that will result in a very ugly, peeling up within the year $750 garage floor. There is no way that stuff is coming up neatly, so the only option will be to double-down and buy even more of the gunk to get a slightly ugly, peeling up within the year $1200 garage floor. Stay tuned for next week’s update.
Update: I’ve declared victory (with an “after” picture).