Tackling a DIY Garage Floor Project During Quarantine

Tackling a DIY Garage Floor Project During Quarantine

Like many people, John Gwinn is tired of sitting at home, doing nothing. He decided to invest his time in home improvement projects, starting with a new garage floor.

“With the corona virus, our lives were just put on hold,” says Gwinn, a resident of San Diego, Calif. “I decided this is the perfect time for home projects. I needed something to transform our sealed concrete floor so I started researching epoxy floor coatings online.

DaiHard 100, from Daich Coatings, is a significant departure from water-based epoxy floor coatings. Unlike weaker water-based epoxies, DaiHard is a “100% solids” epoxy formula that withstands heavy-duty forklift traffic – but at a cost similar to common water-based offerings.

Garage Transformation

“I wanted a finish with no hot tire pickup,” says Gwinn. “Plus our three-car garage needed a transformation. We used the tan coating and added the flakes. It’s got a great finished look. In addition, it’s impressive that the surface now resists water, salt and chemicals.”

After prepping the surface, Gwinn easily rolled on one coat of the DaiHard product. The industrial strength epoxy coating locks onto interior concrete floors with exceptional adhesion capabilities, plus impact and abrasion resistance.

Easy Application

The low-odor, zero VOC epoxy delivers professional-grade, heavy-duty performance on all types of concrete surfaces, including garage and workshop floors, laundry rooms, basements, cellars and more.

The DaiHard 100 kit (which is cost effectively priced below $90 on the Daich Coatings website and through The Home Depot online, both with free shipping) includes a cleaner to loosen dirt on the floor before applying the epoxy. The kit also includes 2.7 quarts of DaiHard epoxy resin (part A of the formula) plus one quart of DaiHard epoxy hardener (part B of the formula). The two parts are combined and then applied to the surface with either a roller or squeegee application. One roller-applied coat generally covers an area of 250 square feet.

One Kit Does It All

To add to the overall appearance of the finished floor coating, the kit includes optional decorative vinyl flakes that may be sprinkled onto the wet surface. A light and uniform layer of the broadcasted flakes will also create a slip-resistant floor. If desired, a second optional layer of available DaiHard 100 Industrial Strength Epoxy Clear Coat can also be applied over top of the broadcasted flakes the following day for a high-gloss showroom finish and even greater durability.

Rolling on RollerRock®

Challenge: What do you do when you have two different concrete pours in your driveway that do not match?

Solution: Apply Daich Coatings RollerRock® stone coating.

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From Dark to Bright!

Nick Pennell took a leap of faith. And it successfully brought him from a dark kitchen to a bright, welcoming kitchen!

            “I had a Forest Green countertop with an oak wood trim,” says Pennell, a resident of Davisburg, Michigan. “It made the entire kitchen dark and I couldn’t stand it.

“I researched all types of counter top kits and found the SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit on the Home Depot website. I liked the idea of ground-up stone in the Natural White coating. I’m really pleased with the results.”

Easy and Fast

            A big reason Pennell selected the Daich Coatings product is because of how easy it is to use.

“I’m not an artistically creative person,” says Pennell. “The idea of creating swirls and adding paint chips that were required in other products had me nervous. However, I can use a brush and roller, which is all that was needed with the SpreadStone kit. That definitely fit my comfort level.”

            The Natural White countertop kit arrived with all application tools and required coatings to transform up to 40 square feet of surface. The finishes are essentially odorless and come pre-mixed and ready to apply immediately, with no harsh chemicals.

           Application of the product can be done in three simple steps — a stone base coat, a decorative stone coat and a stone clear top coat. The coatings create a lasting and elegant upgrade for countertops.

Planning More Projects

“This is a product I strongly believe in,” says Pennell. “I’m now looking into the

SpreadStone Wall Tile Refinishing Kit for another project. I’m so impressed with the Daich Coatings products that I’m actively searching around my house for projects.

            “In the meantime, my kitchen transformation is terrific. It’s no longer a dark area of the home. The Natural White countertops give the room a more open and inviting feeling. This was a terrific and cost effective project for our home!”

Tips from Nick

            From his experience with the SpreadStone Mineral Select Countertop Kit, Pennell offers these tips to people tackling their own countertop revival:

  • Take your time to prep well and carefully apply the painters tape. Don’t speed up this process because it’s really important to the final success.
  • Sand, sand, sand. Make sure the surface is clean of dust between every coat.
  • Give the clear coat plenty of time to dry before removing the tape. Also, score the corners gently with a knife before you remove the tape. Then take the tape off slowly and carefully.

Easy DIY Countertop Transformation

If you think tackling new countertops as a DIY project is too hard for you, think again. Take it from influencer Michelle Felux with Breaking Down the Box. She was surprised at how easy it was to transform her countertops with our SpreadStoneMineral Select Countertop Refinishing Kit.

“I expected the application would be a lot more challenging than it was,” says Felux. “When I actually started tackling this project, it was really easy to achieve the look I was going for!”

The “look” she wanted was to transform her old Formica countertops into true accents for her refurbished kitchen. Out of the 10 colors available, Felux selected the Natural White stone color. The SpreadStone is a dynamic multi-colored decorative stone finish that provides mineral accents and color highlights found in natural mined rock. So, along with the white base, Felux now has real stone accents in her countertop.

“On a DIY scale, I’d say this is a ‘1 or 2’ for the entire project,” says Felux. “It was really very easy. I love the shimmering mineral accents that stand out and make this countertop so unique. This product immediately changed the look of my kitchen.”

Standing Up to Family Life

For Felux, who wrote about the project in her blog, it wasn’t just about getting a new look for her countertops. It was about getting a surface that could stand up to the constant demands of family life.

“I have a toddler,” says Felux. “Sometimes she is not the nicest with our kitchen counters. However, the countertops have not chipped or warped in any way during the past few months. The Daich Coatings surface is holding up really well — to heat, liquids, stains and rough treatment!”

Easy Steps

Because Felux has a full house, she decided not to take her entire kitchen out of commission to do the project in one weekend. Instead, she tackled half one weekend, allowing the family to use the other half. Then she switched the next weekend.

Application of the product can be done in three simple steps — a stone base coat, a decorative stone coat and a stone clear top coat. The coatings create a lasting and elegant new upgrade for any room. As a bonus, the cost effectiveness of the product (priced at $125 or less on our website) makes it easy and inexpensive to change the color whenever you like to suit changes in your home’s decor in the future.

Tips from Felux

“Having some counter space available for our on-the-go family to still be able to use was critical for us,” says Felux. “In a household that’s less active, the entire project could definitely be tackled in one weekend.”

One final tip from Felux: wear a respirator when you sand the surface during the prep stage. “The dust masks do an OK job,” says Felux. “However, a respirator gives you the best fit and cleanest breathing air for the fine dust. Otherwise, you’ve got everything you need in the kit to easily transform your countertop!”

Try your hand at this easy DIY project. See the instructional video that shows how easily you too can change the look of your home’s countertops with real stone coatings!

Can’t Get Enough of SpreadStone™ Finishes

They’re at it again! Recently we shared with you how Cynthia and Dan had created their beautiful driveway surface with our SpreadStone Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Kits.

Now they’ve taken it a step further and moved indoors!

Stepping Inside

The DIY duo didn’t stop with their driveway and walkway. A few weeks later they decided to tackle the interior of their two-car garage and a side access room.

“We were so impressed with the SpreadStone product outside, that we decided to bring it indoors,” says Cynthia. “We used the same Cold Gold Slate coloring but we reversed our pattern from the outside. This time we did the base coat, then the light gray coating. We added diamond shapes down the center during the last coat.”

The couple decided to finish their handiwork off with three coats of clear finish. Then, like outdoors, they added personal touches by hand painting sea animals on the steps.

“We love our new garage floor,” says Cynthia. “The SpreadStone product was very easy to work with and provided us with tremendous results. In just five days our garage area was beautifully transformed!”

Cynthia’s Tips:

  • For an overall project like this, do the garage floor first. This way you can power pressure the garage floor before the driveway so that you don’t put the cleaner on your new driveway surface.
  • If you have steps in your garage, plan to do those with a paint brush.
  • Go back and revisit the online directions repeatedly to keep you on track.
  • Be creative. We reversed colors in different rooms to give each space its own unique look.
  • We may have overdone it with the clear finish coat, but we really like the look it gave to the garage floor.

Out with the Ugly — in with the Impressive!

Stains. Lots of them … that’s what Davina Bell kept finding on her white Formica countertop. It was those stains that finally led her to explore options for redoing her kitchen countertops.

“I’m a ‘cosmetic DIYer’ in my house,” says Bell, a resident of Colorado. “I’ve painted my home interior walls, laid flooring and tiled. When I located the SpreadStone Mineral Select countertop kits online I knew this was the perfect project for our kitchen.”

Cost-Effective Countertop Solution

With a limited budget for her makeover, Bell did her research, ordered the kit and epoxy coating. Then she watched the Daich video showing installation tips. Within one weekend, she got rid of the ugly Formica counter and replaced it with a Volcanic Black SpreadStone countertop.

The SpreadStone Mineral Select Kits can transform existing countertops of laminate, cultured marble, Formica and other solid surfaces. The result is a dynamic multi-colored decorative stone finish that provides shimmering mineral accents and color highlights found in natural mined rock.

With the proprietary stone technology from Daich Coatings, homeowners can get exciting decorative option for enhancing their home interior. In just one weekend, worn-out vanities, bartops, countertops and tables can be turned into luxurious stone surfaces.

“Family members are surprised and jealous about my ‘new’ countertops,” says Bell. “My son and his wife just spent $8,000 for quartz countertops in their home — and he was really impressed with the results of this kit. The very reasonable cost of the Daich Coatings kit was totally worth the results.”

Finishing Off the Kitchen

  Bell’s “new” countertop was the final piece in her kitchen remodel. She had previously redone the floors with peel-and-stick planks and repainted the room.

“My new countertops are amazing,” says Bell. “The transformation from the ugly white Formica to the sleek new black countertops is so impressive. I just can’t stop running my hands over them whenever I walk into the kitchen!”

The SpreadStone Mineral Select kit comes in 10 decorative colors: Onyx Fog, Oyster, Canyon Gold, Mantle Stone, Natural White, Coriander Cream, Sundance, Volcanic Black, Iron Stone and Lodestone.  Each cost-effective kit (available for $125) includes application tools and required coatings to complete 30 to 40 square feet of space. The three-step process includes applications of a stone base coat, decorative stone coat and stone clear top coat.

Davina’s Tips:

  • Follow the directions and take your time.
  • Try using 180 grit sandpaper on your last pass to get the finished product as smooth as possible.
  • Be generous with the epoxy on the top to get a mirror smooth finish.

Before You Begin- Surface Prep Tips

BE CAREFUL If debris is in the pores of your wood or concrete it may effect the anchoring of your Daich Stone coating. Surface Prep Tips Ensure all your surfaces are clean, dry and clear of debris.

Surface preparation is the most important part of the the job.

Achieving a successful and lasting upgrade comes down to making sure your surfaces are clean, dry, clear of debris and ready to be coated. Use the tips provided below to get the maximum value for your investment! 

  • Concrete Surfaces
  • Wood Surfaces
  • Synthetic Surfaces

Is the surface suitable for coating?

Take an honest look at the surface you want to coat and choose the best path forward. A decorative stone coating like RollerRock®, SpreadRock® or SpreadStone™ will only be as dependable as the quality of surface that’s beneath it.


If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

Bad - Do not coat

If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

Fix structural issues before you coat

If there are holes or cracks, now is the time to patch them up. A little time spent now will make a big difference in the final appearance and long term performance of your newly finished porch, steps, patio, and more.

Cracked Concrete

1) Hairline cracks usually do not require patching and can be coated normally when the decorative finish is applied.

2) Minor cracks can be filled with cement patch or ElastoLock Cement Patch or lastly a generous brush-applied coat of ElastoLock®.

3) Larger cracks will need to be filled with a suitable crack repair mortar. If the slab is still moving, the crack may reappear later on.

Heavily Pitted Concrete & Holes

Extensive surface pitting and unsightly large holes could transmit through your final finish. For ideal results, they should be skimmed smooth or filled with an adequate cement-based filler and allowed to cure fully before top-coating.

If your concrete is new, very smooth or powdery than etching is recommended

Just pour Daich Cleaner/Etcher onto wet concrete, scrub lightly and move the solution around with a stiff deck brush and let it fizz for a few minutes. After etching, thoroughly rinse away any residues. If the project is outdoors, follow with a good pressure wash for easiest, ultra-effective cleaning.

Clean your exterior concrete using a pressure washer

This is absolutely the most effective cleaning tool there is. Use at least 1700 p.s.i. with a “turbo nozzle” or “orbital tip” a few inches from the ground. Be sure to move slowly in a uniform SWEEPING MANNER.

DO NOT wave the washer back and forth quickly like a leaf blower. This will not clean properly in result in bonding issues. 

Is the wood suitable for coating?

Take an honest look at the surface you want to coat and choose the best path forward.


If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

Bad - Do not coat

If your concrete is in reasonably good shape – even with a few cracks or small holes – it can be easily prepared for a DAICH overlay coating.

Don't coat wet plywood

If any portion of the plywood surface needs to be cleaned, do not use large amounts of water, which will soak into the wood. A damp sponge for quick wipes is acceptable.

Otherwise sanding is recommended to “shave off” problematic areas and avoid water use before coating.

A wood moisture content of about 15% is ideal.

Interior Plywood Floors

1) Tap down any nails or tighten screws. If the head of the nail or screw looks rusty, it should be replaced with a new galvanized one.

2) Scuff the surface with 100 grit sandpaper to add surface tooth for better bond.

3) Vacuum all sanding dust CAREFULLY. Good vacuuming, means good performance.

4) Treat the seams between plywood sheets with DAICH ElastoLock Rubber Membrane Coating and Elastolock Seam Mesh.

Exterior Plywood Floors

1) Tap down any nails in the boards or tighten deck screws. If the head of the nail or screw looks rusty, it should be replaced with a new galvanized one.

2) Scuff the surface with 100 grit sandpaper to add surface tooth for better bond.

3) Vacuum all sanding dust CAREFULLY. Good vacuuming, means good performance.

4) Plywood must be at least 5/8 exterior grade on 16 joists. Posts should be installed to a depth below the frost line. Caulk all holes and gaps before proceeding with application of ElastoLock.

5) Treat the seams between plywood sheets — and then the general surface with DAICH ElastoLock Rubber Membrane Coating, and ElastoLock® Seam Mesh and Reinforcing fabric. This will create a highly durable, resilient, water-proof base upon which you can install your desired Daich decorative stone coating.

Cleaning Pressure Treated Lumber Boards

1) Wet a section of the deck with water and then pour on Daich UltraWash™ Pressure Treated Wood Cleaner. Give the planks a scrub with a deck brush to remove any dirt, surface residues and old gray wood fibers.

2) Rinse the surface thoroughly with a pressure washer to remove all wash residues.

3) Repeat these steps on remaining sections of the deck surface and then allow the boards to dry out thoroughly for a few days. (Moisture level in the wood can be accurately confirmed with a moisture meter. A reading of about 15% is ideal for long-term coating performance.)

Pressure Treated Lumber Pre-Coat Preparation

With the surface clean and dry, the following should be performed:

1) Tap down any nails in the boards or tighten deck screws. If the head of the nail or screw looks rusty, it should be replaced with a new galvanized one.

2) If the planks are very smooth, scuff the surface lightly with 80 grit sandpaper to add some surface profile for better bond. Thoroughly vacuum any dust created by scuffing.

3) Fill larger cracks, holes or “checking” in the boards with ElastoLock® Water-Proof Rubber Spackle for a flexible waterproof plug that will move with the surface.

4) Roll on a uniform, generous coat of ElastoLock® with a 3/8” roller. Brush ElastoLock in between the deck boards to waterproof those surfaces as well. Also, be sure to generously coat all cut ends of the planks to block water intrusion. (If possible, coat the underside of the deck with ElastoLock too, for ultimate water protection all around.)

ElastoLock will fill minor cracks and checking and create a more uniform, waterproof and resilient surface. It will also function as an intermediate coating and adhesion promoter for coatings that will follow. Allow 24 hours to dry before proceeding with the desired coating system.

Waterproofing wood is super easy

Sand to create a bond where there is none

The main challenge when applying any coating to synthetic or “man-made” surfaces, is the lack of surface texture and porosity. Unlike concrete and wood, which have pores in the surface that invite penetration and anchoring of the coating, synthetic surfaces are often very smooth.

The simple way to overcome this is to rough up the surface thoroughly before coating to give your new finish something to grab and lock on to. As well, the installation surface must be clean and in good condition. The excellent bonding power of the DAICH spreadable stone products will do the rest.


1) Vigorously scuff with 40-grit sandpaper to add profile.

2) Wash the floor to remove any dirt or debris.

3) Glue down lifting or separated seams. Patch any tears or holes with ElastoLock® Spackle or cement patch.

4) Where seam movement between linoleum parts is significant, ElastoLock can be used in combination with ElastoLock Seam Mesh Tape to create a flexible join.

Ceramic Tile Floors and Countertops

1) Scuff with 40 grit sandpaper to break the glaze.

2) Wash the floor or countertop to remove any debris.

3) Roll on a uniform coat of ElastoLock as an adhesion promoter for coatings that will follow. Let it dry until the following day before proceeding.

4) If the existing grout line pattern will be used on the floor, roll on a coat of Daich Textured Primer. After the primer has dried fully, mask off the grout lines with Daich Grout Line tape before applying your desired floor finish.

5) If a new grout pattern (or seamless application for your floor or TILE SURFACE) is desired, skim coat the surface with polymer enhanced thinset. This will eliminate all previous grout lines for a new, flat surface.

6) Proceed with the decorative Daich Coatings floor or countertop finish of your choice, as directed.