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  • Floor Paint, what do you use in your workshop and why?

     Karen White updated 1 month, 1 week ago 9 Members · 14 Posts
  • Chris Wilson

    Member
    July 31, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    I know it’s a bit of topic and not our day job guys and girls…

    But.. has anyone painted there vehicle bay? If so what did you use? Has it lasted? Did you sand the floor back. Was going to order a 2pack resin floor paint and go for it but the more I read the more I feel am going to be splashing £700 down the drain.

    Any website with stuff that worked would be appreciated

    • This discussion was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  Chris Wilson.
  • John Hughes

    Member
    August 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm
    • Jamie Wood

      Member
      August 1, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      We went with Ecotiles after painting for years. I wish we’d done it sooner.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    August 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    I am due to repaint and renovate one of our workshops, I like the idea of these tiles.
    I cannot imagine that it is as competitive cost-wise, against a floor paint finish. but long term it would certainly be more durable.

    does anyone have an idea of a price on these tiles and the grade that is required as i see varying types?

    I think the colours, logo and graphics idea is excellent, but i wonder how durable the print is. i.e. is it just flatbed printed directly to the tile or is there a protective coating for the ink?

  • Chris Wilson

    Member
    August 1, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Spent a wee while looking at them tonight. Not called Ecotile but we are 45 Sq meters and it’s looks like am going to be in the £1,200 bracket from online sites.

    Paint is £759 or something around there off top of my head.

    What are these tiles like to actually clean? I’ve stood on rubber ones before in car garages etc.. and always feels a bit sticky. Am guessing it’s best to mop?

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    August 1, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I’ve seen them in various materials. from soft foam, hard foam to hard plastic.

    I think these ones must be a hard plastic but I imagine there will be heavy-duty ones for car garages etc I cant see engine parts falling on them, trucks driving in and out of bays if they were general plastic grade, and the price varying to suit.

  • John Hughes

    Member
    August 2, 2020 at 6:08 am

    Sorry can’t remember where we got ours from apart that they were from a company based in Ireland. They are very heavy duty and we drive vans, lorry’s in every day and are still good after 3 years or so. Easy to clean as well and yes Chris we mop ours occasionally but def not sticky. No need to glue down unless there is direct sun.

    Rob… re logo you could, maybe CNC cut and lay the logo in as they are quite hard but maybe a water jet would give a better finish.

    John

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    August 2, 2020 at 8:49 am

    CNC cutting these tiles may be problematic.
    Ages ago a flooring company asked me if I can CNC cut logos into their rubberised flooring. I thought it would be a doddle, so I put a sample on the router and fired her up. As the bit approached the rubber, bright sparks started to fly off in all directions! By the time I had pressed the kill switch, the sharpened carbide flutes had worn off the bit and it was ground down to a metal rod. Turned out there was non-slip carborundum powder in the rubber mix, and I couldnt cut it. I referred the customer to a waterjet cutter.

    Just to go off thread for a moment, but I was wondering what gives the tiles mentioned in the thread the title of “Eco” tiles?
    Is there something about the production that is somehow cleaner than other rubber tiles, or is it just, as I suspect, greenwashing?

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by  Simon Worrall.
  • John Hughes

    Member
    August 2, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Hi Simon. Not sure what ours are made from but they are quite hard and easily cut with a jigsaw. We didn’t have a CNC at the time we laid them so any cutting we did by hand. The distributor who we purchased from has gone out of business so can’t track what material they are.

  • David Hammond

    Member
    August 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    We have very similar tiles throughout the workshop, we got our from Big Dug.

    Easy to clean, either mop, use George, or borrow the mechanics floor cleaner, more often than not though just sweeping up is sufficient.

    We’ve had them down for years, no issues, or complaints, my only advice is to get the button top tiles, not the chequer plate, as its not as comfortable to kneel on, things don’t roll as easily on the, and it’s more difficult to clean.

    I think they’re ECO because they’re recycled?

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    September 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    I’m a little late to this party but, as I’ve poked my head through the door… a while back I needed help with a high end R/Rover wrap, bit too much for me on my own so I took it to a company not far away for help, they only do wrapping.

    In their small workshop I was impressed by how warm it was and how they heated it, I could only see one small fan convector type heater… That was actually the only heater. They said it used to be a freezing cold unit and they struggled to keep it warm, then they put the floor down which consists of 18mm plywood screwed down. a 4mm laminate flooring underlay, and then cheap £1 carpet tiles from a wholesale place around the corner, stapled down with 14mm staples. Since then they’ve only needed that one small heater. So comfortable to work on too!

  • Chris Wilson

    Member
    September 7, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    All good Hugh, I’ve still done absolutely nothing about it.

    But I have decided am going to put down tiles up to the end of wall on the left as vehicles won’t go in much further than that and paint the rest navy using a floor paint that’s £48 for 5L. Should save about £300/£400 🤟🏻👌🏻

  • Tim Hobbs

    Member
    September 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Really interested in this subject as we want to do the same thing.

    Been painting our floor for years but really fancy the tiles thing. Waiting for a call from Ecotiles but I’ve also noticed that Big Dug do some good deals. Anybody any experience with the latter?

  • Karen White

    Member
    September 11, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    The tiles with logos and things are great. do you think vinyl will stick to these tiles and last?

    The reason I ask is I bet I could sell my customer packs of tiles that they assemble into their logo on the floor like a jigsaw but then walk, dance, workout on them. lots of possibilities!

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