Paint Your Garage Floor to Protect From Oil Stains While Enhancing Appearance
You can protect your garage floor from oil stains and update the entire space’s appearance with just a couple of coats of epoxy paint. All you need is a weekend to get started.
Part-time workshop, storage center for outdoor equipment, shelter for the family cars, and more, the garage is a do-it-all-space.
One easy way to update your garage and preserve it is by painting the floor. Good for more than just coloring, epoxy paint can make the surface easier to clean and act as a shield against grease and oil stains, both of which are common garage spills. Some of the materials you need include a dusk mask, safety goggles, stiff-bristled broom, metal-bristled scrub brush, and a pressure washer.
To ensure good ventilation in the garage, make sure the work area is well-insulated since you will be working with epoxy paint and bleach because both products have strong fumes. Open a window or your garage door and wear old clothes you can discard and use the safety articles mentioned previously.
Clear the floor of dust and dirt, which may prevent epoxy paint from sticking. Sweep the floor and wash away all stains using a mixture of bleach and water so that it’s completely clean and clear of dust and dirt before you start painting. Follow product instructions carefully. For tough stains use a scrub brush or one with metal bristles.
Fill in any imperfections in the concrete floor. If you notice any cracks in the floor, you will want to fill them in before painting over the full surface, otherwise they will leave noticeable dents in your renewed floor. Use a concrete filler to take care of smaller cracks and a concrete patch for larger ones.
Apply concrete etcher to prep floors for epoxy. After everything has dried…both the bleach solution and any filler you may have used…check to see if you’ll need to etch the floor’s surface by sprinkling a few drops of water onto the floor. If it absorbs quickly, you’re good to go.
Prime before you paint. Next, just as you would on walls or furniture, apply a primer coat of paint to your dry garage floor. To take the back-breaking bending out of the application process, swap a standard paintbrush or roller for a long-handled paint roller instead. Let it dry for six to eight hours before moving onto the topcoat.
Lay down two coats of epoxy for extra protection. Mix the epoxy paint well and apply the first layer using a nylon brush and a water-resistant roller cover. Give the first coat 24 hours to dry before applying the second one, then wait at least five days before walking or driving on the floor’s surface.