Painting Your Garage Floor — How to Do It Right
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Garage floors aren't all that exciting — especially if yours is stained from car oil, paint, stain, or any other fluids you've used doing DIY projects in there. So, what happens if you finally decide to tidy up your garage, make it a workout area, or something else other than parking your car or painting cabinets? You likely want it to look a whole lot better than it does now.
Plus, painting your garage floor does a whole lot more than just making it look better — it helps to protect it from any further chemical spills, covers cracks and imperfections, makes it easier to clean, and helps improve the value of your home.
So, what are you waiting for? Here's what you need to know about painting your garage floor.
Get the Correct Kind and Amount of Paint
Measure your entire garage before you head out to buy your paint so you can make sure you get enough to paint the entire surface. Talk to the experts at your paint store to figure out the best type of paint for the use you're looking for and how many coats you'll likely need. Latex paint is the less expensive option and will work just fine, while epoxy paint will cost you more but end up being more durable.
Prepare the Area
If you have a lot of stuff in your garage and very little space to move somewhere else, you may want to do half — or even a quarter — at a time. Move everything outside (weather pending), to the other side of the garage, or into another location in your home. This is a great time to purge your garage and sell off or donate things you don't want in your freshly painted garage.
Once you've cleared out part of your garage, make sure your floor is well swept and cleaned. Use a rust cleaner to remove rust and special cleaners to pull up as much oil and other spills as possible. Painting over bumps — even small ones that a few specks of rust or grime can leave behind — can create an unattractive uneven surface. Ask the experts at your local paint store if you need to use a concrete etching product and/or a primer on the floor before you apply your paint.
Ensure you open all doors and windows before you start to apply any chemicals and/or paint to provide you with a well-ventilated space.
Once your area is prepped, it's time to apply the paint. Most people find using rollers work best for this type of job, but follow the advice of your paint experts based on your surface. You'll likely find you need to apply two to three coats of paint to get the coverage you desire. Make sure you allow plenty of time for it to fully dry between coats.
Work in sections and start painting at the back of the garage and work towards the front.
Once you're finished, allow more time than you think before you move heavy objects back in or park your car on top of your garage floor. You don't want to ruin your new paint job!