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Old 01-15-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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Hi guys

I'm thinking about buying a 9x20 rubber mat I see on eBay. Anyone have one?
They good for an easy cleanup of the black gold our cars drop?

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Old 01-15-2017, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi guys

I'm thinking about buying a 9x20 rubber mat I see on eBay. Anyone have one?
They good for an easy cleanup of the black gold our cars drop?

Thanks Andy
Andy.......I went to eBay and typed-in "garage mat". The link below shows the 9X20 mat that was offered more than once. If it's the same one, do you realize that it's only 0.055" thick? That is LESS than 1/16". If that's it, I can only imagine it bunching-up and moving around, or curling-up and even stretching on the edges. I believe I would steer clear of that thing. YOUR mileage may vary. Besides, that's crazy money for something that wimpy. Click the link below! DD

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-Large-...#ht_1544wt_908
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:53 PM   #3
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Yup DD that's it, glad I asked

Appreciate your advise.

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Old 01-15-2017, 03:44 PM   #4
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My son turned me on to a technique that works for me. Cardboard. My many Amazon etc. boxes now get opened flat and laid on the garage floor. It's quite surprising how comfortable they are to work on.

I do have a creeper but my concrete is so bumpy the wheels don't roll but get caught making it worthless. The cardboard shuffles a bit for me to move around more easily, and I'm not on the cold uncomfortable raw concrete. Plus those drips are soaked up by the replaceable boxes material. And it really doesn't look that bad or out of place.
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:43 PM   #5
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We replaced our linoleum in our house and I saved the old piece for my garage.
Moving an engine stand with engine on it will make it wrinkle some. However this makes for easy oil spills to be cleaned, better than raw concrete to lay on. Like mentioned above by v8coopman, it does roll up on the edges and probably has shrunk. I like it!
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:44 PM   #6
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I use large pieces of old Carpeting. People change carpets around here frequently. I think I have better Carpet in the Garage
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:39 PM   #7
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Check out Cosco,they have a nice grey one.
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:50 PM   #8
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Tractor Suppy near you ?

Sale ends today:

@ http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pro...t?cm_vc=-10005

I put a something like this in my enclosed car hauler trailers to protect
the wood floor - you can remove & replace a section if it is damaged
by gas or oil spills.


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Old 01-15-2017, 08:26 PM   #9
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I do the same as Paul above - save all the cardboard that I get big thing in and use that for rolling around the floor underneath the car.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:21 PM   #10
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Oil eventually soaks through the corrugate.
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Old 01-16-2017, 07:47 AM   #11
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i had the floor mats in my shop for a few years, found that mildew grew under them. I pulled up a corner and it was black underneath.

Pulled them out after that.
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:11 AM   #12
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Ok thanks for all the feedback. I agree cardboard moves and will leak through, matts same. Guess my only good option for oil is to paint the concrete floor.

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Old 01-16-2017, 08:16 AM   #13
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I use cardboard, two layers under the rear main and change it as needed. I also put down a layer of plastic sheeting under the cardboard. The cardboard holds the plastic in place. The down side is during the winter if I put the jeep in the garage to work on it the melting snow soaks the cardboard but I just put the old wet stuff in the garbage and put down new dry pieces.
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I've bought one of those hard rubber mates at Tractor Supply they use it in horse stalles, it must be about 5x9 and about 1in. thick , I use it in front of my bench, it will roll an engine stand loaded, I've built a lot engines on it and a lot of oil on it, just sprinkel speedy dry on it, It's heavy, takes 2 guys to get it out of the truck and lay in front of the bench, it's easyer to stand on and build an engine than the cement floor, It's about $40 bucks. Walt
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Ok thanks for all the feedback. I agree cardboard moves and will leak through, matts same. Guess my only good option for oil is to paint the concrete floor.

Thanks Andy
Be careful what paint you use, my floor was painted when we moved in, I tried driving my car up a pair of steel ramps and they squirted out from under the car and slammed against the back wall of my garage, it was some kind of shiny epoxy. Use a paint that has some kind of grit in it.
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Ok thanks for all the feedback. I agree cardboard moves and will leak through, matts same. Guess my only good option for oil is to paint the concrete floor.

Thanks Andy
How about the good ole' fashioned galvanized oil drip pans? They are about 30" side by 40" long - and work really nicely under our old cars. I have two of them under my 32 - one front, one back. Now that I've redone the 39 trans with new shafts and custom 'end covers', doesn't leak a drop - may not need the front pan.

The big pain in the butt problem with paint is that it only looks good when you first put it down - it is only a matter of time before the drama starts. It always seems to come loose someplace - and things like hot rubber tires . . . just love to pull it up. Then - there is no nice looking way for fix it. You'll be cussing the decision the rest of your time in that house. Ask me how I know such a thing! LOL
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I used to use cardboard, and sometimes still do. When I use cardboard, I cut open a large plastic bag and staple it to where it is over laping an inch or 2 on the other. this way if the cardboard does get saturated , it still does not leak out onto the floor. Most of the time I now use the drip pans that Bored & Stroked talked about. they are available at O'Rielly's and I think they are also available at Tractor Supply. The are relatively inexpensive, less than $20, maybe less than $15. seems that with my discount, the last one I bought was only about $13.----Jim
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Old 01-16-2017, 06:01 PM   #18
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Try Fastenal. They have access to a ton of mats. Check these out before.
https://www.fastenal.com/products/details/1067922?term=mat&r=~|categoryl1:%22600616%20Safety %22|~%20~|categoryl2:%22600789%20Matting%22|~%20~| categoryl3:%22603231%20Safety%20Floor%20Mats%22|~% 20~|sattr04:^%22Open%20/%20Flow%20Through%22$|~
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I've tried just about all of the aforementioned methods to catch the drippings from my Flatheads. When I built my garage, I opted for the epoxy paint with the small plastic flakes in it, to provide traction. The epoxy is excellent for wiping up oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, grease, blood, beer, soda, etc. however, if you drag anything across the epoxy painted floor (like lift ramps), you are likely to scratch the paint off the concrete... That's been my experience.
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X2 on the metal oil pans that you can buy from places like autozone. One in the front and one in the back. Work great!

https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-FloTo.../dp/B000F5XQMO

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