First, Nagai-san, the owner of the business, came over in early February, right after the repairs to flatten the floor were made, and we discussed exactly what I wanted. He also provided an estimate and I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable it was. So I immediately made a reservation to get the work done in early March.
Even though the weather wasn't cooperating, Nagai-san and his crew from Hikari showed up as promised on Sunday morning to begin preparing the floor of the garage for the epoxy coating.
After some discussion, I had elected to go with a high gloss white epoxy coating for the garage floor, and a grey anti-slip coating for the parking spot/driveway outside the shutter door. Nagai-san had actually recommended I go with a light grey for the inside because, as he put it, white has a tendency to show dirt very easily and in some circumstances can yellow if exposed to too much sunlight. However, I decided to go ahead and stick with the original plan of gloss white - I'll just keep the garage door closed as much as possible!
The first step was to prepare the cement floor. In order to prevent future peeling, the crew ended up removing the foam cushioning that the house manufacturer had installed between the flat concrete floor slates and the walls of the garage, replacing the foam with an elastic putty like material.
|You can see the grey putty they used|
The second day, a single guy showed up - but he went ahead and prepared the floor of the garage by way of some polishing and then application of primer.
|The polish machine. You can see the dust on the floor.|
|Looks very ugly. I was surprised|
This primer dried pretty quickly, and before he left, he had gone ahead and spread out the middle coat of white epoxy.
He had also gone ahead and prepped a few cm that extended past where the shutter door came down on the ground.
|From the outside. Wasn't quite sure what to make of this actually|
|Hard to tell but there are vague grey patches in the white floor|
|Some more grey patches can be seen here too|
And indeed the next day was very sunny, and even though I had to be at work I watched via my security cameras as the crew finished up the inside of the garage by application of the top coat, which then extended past the floors and up 45 cm to the bottom of the cement walls.
|Was grey before - see the previous photos.|
|But not quite done yet - see how shiny the grey is?|
|Looks like a sneaker to me...|
But when the worker showed up, he reassured me that he could remove it, and further was going to add a quick drying clear anti-fade top coat.
|Look at that masking! Wow!|
|Now I have to figure out how to correct the other uglies around the house, especially that concrete wall!|
|From back looking out to the street-side|
|From the front, looking towards the back. Yes, I have a garage door leading into the yard...|
|Grey anti-slip, meet white gloss. Check out how crisp that line is.|
|Look at that precision! |
And the grey spots in the upper left are reflections of the EV charger and electrical outlets on the wall!
But now that it's dry - it also means I can finally start moving things into the garage from storage areas throughout the house, and can start planning on garage fixtures such as cabinets and tool chests. But first, maybe I should go pick up my GT-R and see how it looks in the new garage...