How To Paint a Garage Floor

by TaylorDoorCo on December 5, 2013

easy way to paint your garage floorHere are six easy steps to paint your garage floor:

1. Make Sure the Work Area is Well Ventilated- This project will involve paints and cleaners that may produce harmful fumes. Make sure that your work area is well ventilated. Wear eye protection and gloves to protect against chemicals.

2. Clean the Concrete Floor- Sweep and clean the floor thoroughly before you begin painting. Use a 3- to-1 water-to-bleach mixture or a concrete or driveway cleaner to remove stains. After you’ve scrubbed the floor, rinse the entire area well with water- starting at the back of the garage and moving forward.

3. Repair the Cracks- Once the floor is clean and dry, repair any cracks in the concrete using a concrete/mortar-repair compound for smaller cracks or concrete patch for larger ones. Make sure the cracks are very clean and dry before applying the compound.

4. Etch the Surface- You may need to etch the surface of the concrete- a process that opens the pores of the concrete surface so the paint is absorbed better. To check if you need to etch, sprinkle some water on the surface of the concrete. If the water is absorbed into the concrete quickly, the floor doesn’t need etching. If it doesn’t absorb quickly, apply a commercial concrete etcher.

5. Apply the Primer- Apply a primer coat with a long-handled paint roller. Allow the primer to dry for at least 8 hours before apply the paint top-coat.

6. Apply the First Coat of Paint- There are many choices of paint and primers for this job. Make sure the paint is well mixed and apply a thing even first coat. Allow the first coat to dry for about 24 hours before deciding whether you want to apply a second coat. Be sure to use nylon brushes and lint-free, all-purpose, solvent-and water-resistant roller covers.

Avoid applying more than two coats. Wait 24 hours before walking on the newly painted surface, and wait about a week before driving on it.

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