Someone once told me that there is only two types of concrete in this world….the type that has cracks in it and the type that is GOING to have cracks in it. That always stuck with me. Today I want to share a quick tip on how to fill those cracks for good.
Our garage has several cracks in the floor and it definitely needed some repair before we could use the epoxy coating on top.
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OK so drama and clarification aside….back to cement cracks.
My garage is all banged up and to get it ready for the epoxy finish, I needed those cracks to disappear. If you are looking to do a simple repair like this, it is really inexpensive and there are different products for the size of the crack you have. Make sure you know what size crack you have!
We used Rust-Oleum’s Concrete Patch & Repair.
It is a super fast and super easy process. It has two parts that you mix together to get a crack filler. Basically you use one ‘serving’ of Part A and two ‘servings’ of Part B and mix them together on a piece of cardboard.
I eyeballed it and did a serving about the size of a tablespoon. I simply wiped and swirled and mixed till the mixture looked shiny and then made sure the cracks were clear of dust and any debri.
Using a drywall knife, you simply push the mixture into the crack and scrape off any excess. It’s super simple.
I also discovered some low areas in our floor and some divots that needed a tiny bit of filler and so I just kept on making sure the entire floor was really smooth. This particular product is shiny and stays shiny even when it is dry so that is something to keep in mind. It may not look dry but if you waited the full time….it most likely is rock solid.
Bada boom bada bang. Easy peasy. About four hours later, ours was ready to go. If you are looking for a nap time project – this is a really, really easy one. We have used other cement fillers so I am eager to see how this one holds up! I am also hoping that no future cracks pop up. But if they did, we still have PLENTY left over in this container. In fact, we used about 1/4 of the container and it covered a LOT of cracks….so one package goes a long way.
So there you have it people. Another crack project. I think I have posted about a dozen different posts with crack in the title…so be sure to check those out 🙂 I have a big painting post for you tomorrow about how we finished the floor!