Garage floor paint is a great way to revitalize the floor of your garage and even transform the space into something more than just a parking spot for your vehicle. However, before you start you should note that garage floor paint is not exceptionally durable. Putting it on properly will help but it is still only a matter of time before it starts to flake and show signs of wear.
Epoxy coatings are made by mixing a resin and hardener together, resulting in a tough and durable surface that looks great.
Choose your Floor Paint
Garage floor paint is available in a wider variety of colours, you’ll need to decide which colour you like and which is most appropriate for the garage floor. This depends on your style and what you use the garage for.
It’s worth noting that there are garage floor paints that are tougher than your standard floor paint, there are even some capable of withstanding oil, petrol, and even grease spills.
Prep The Floor
You need to remove dirt, debris, and stains from your concrete floor before you can apply the garage floor paint. If you don’t they may come through the paint or simply create darker patches that ruin the overall look of the space.
The good news is that your concrete floor doesn’t need to be roughed up to accept the paint.
If possible you should start by pressure washing your garage floor. This is effective at blasting out ingrained dirt. It can also dislodge a variety of chemicals and other potential issues. Once this has been done and the floor has almost dried, you can brush it with a stiff brush.
This agitates the dirt, making it easy for you to scoop it up.
At this stage, you’ll want to vacuum the floor to remove all traces of dirt and debris. Be methodical with this as it makes a big difference to the finished look.
Applying The paint
You are now ready to apply the garage floor paint although you may wish to use masking tape around the base of the walls, this makes sure the paint stays on the floor and not the walls.
It’s best to use a roller to apply your garage paint. Make sure you give the tin a good mix first and then start using your roller to apply the paint. The longer the roller run the better for consistency. Of course, you need to make sure you get the paint into every nook and cranny.
Start at the furthest point from the door and slowly work your way toward the door. This will ensure you are not stepping on the newly painted floor.
If you don’t want to keep repainting your garage floor it could be a better option to invest in your preferred choice of epoxy floor coatings.
It should be dried and ready to use within a couple of hours but check on the tin to make sure before you start walking on it.