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Now that I have everything moved to one side and painted my garage wall white, I'm thinking of painting the floor.
Home Depot has an epoxy for concrete (after the etch prep) but it is a slate grey.
I'm wanting something lighter to reflect light rather than slate grey.

Any suggestions?

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Colour is not as important as making sure the painted floor does not become slippery....

A light grey would be OK. Slate grey is a bite darker, right?

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Color is important to brighten the otherwise dark garage as much as possible.

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Hi, Ralph; have you tried any of the brand name trades outlets (where the painting contractors shop)? You should be able to get epoxy floor paint in basically any colour you want. Don't know where you are in the 'States but here's a few companies to try...
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The other avenue is the fibreglass/epoxy resin wholesalers.
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I'm sure that you can get concrete paint in different colors but I'm not sure about an epoxy. Whatever you use I would add this to it. It works and its cheap. Home Hardware - 227g Anti-Skid Compound

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Hey Ralph, the epoxy product you speak of is intended for garage floors that must stand up to the heat of tires fresh from the highway. For simple foot traffic you could get good use from 3-4 coats of a quality porch paint. Then the color choices increase.

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Have you thought about staining the concrete comes in many different colors

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Hey Ralph, the epoxy product you speak of is intended for garage floors that must stand up to the heat of tires fresh from the highway. For simple foot traffic you could get good use from 3-4 coats of a quality porch paint. Then the color choices increase.

Just a thought.
The painted floor needs to stand up to the tools that are on wheels.
Band saw, jointer to name to most used.

And I still need to be able to park my car in the garage if I want to.

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Ralph, further to what I said earlier, what you need is white base, to which you add the appropriate colourant. It's highly unlikely that you'd find a ready mixed tint (that you like) on the shelf. I agree with you on the epoxy finish being the right choice.
You're going to have to hurry if you live in the North US...evenings are getting colder and you really don't want to have an electric heater going in there once you get the finish down. That epoxy floor paint is temperature sensitive as I recall.

Try these guys...their product is waterborne. Custom tints available!
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Now that I have everything moved to one side and painted my garage wall white, I'm thinking of painting the floor.
Home Depot has an epoxy for concrete (after the etch prep) but it is a slate grey.
I'm wanting something lighter to reflect light rather than slate grey.

Any suggestions?
Check out www.ArmourGarage on the internet. Lots of colors and a grainy surface. VERY expensive, but is industrial grade.
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