Elevating the aesthetic appeal of your garage floor has numerous benefits, aside from looking beautiful and feeling like a showroom floor for your car every time you drive in. Not only does it look clean, but it also stays clean, as the epoxy coating is resistant to various stains including oil, high-volume traffic, and it’s extremely easy to clean.
Applying an epoxy coating to your garage floor is an easy and straightforward process – you will only need to set a weekend aside for the project. Here is how you can quickly and effectively bring your garage floor to life with epoxy coating.
Wash and prepare the area
To apply epoxy coating, you will need to clean and even out the surface thoroughly. Start by taping plastic sheeting with painter’s tape along the edge of the walls, starting at the foundation. Alternatively, if you plan to drive the paint up the walls, you want to place the plastic so that it protects the rest of the paintwork.
Next, you want to sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly, and don’t forget to use an old paintbrush or toothbrush to remove the dust and debris from corners and seams. If your floor was painted previously, you want to use a floor maintainer and a light sanding pad to de-gloss it. Scrub down the surface with an all-purpose cleaner and let the floor dry for at least four hours.
Etch the surface
To fix any discolorations and uneven spots, you want to etch the surface of the floor thoroughly. If your concrete floor is new or bare, you want to mix the etching solution with water following the manufacturer’s instructions. These are unsafe chemicals, so be sure to wear protective gloves, eyewear, and safety boots.
Use the garden hose to wet the floor, and then pour the solution. Using a bristle broom, you want to scrub the area in a single direction, and the scrub it again in the opposite direction. After you have etched the floor, rinse it with a hose and let it dry for another four hours.
Choose and mix the epoxy paint
First, you want to choose long-lasting epoxy paint along with an epoxy hardener, and then proceed to stir the epoxy paint gently while slowly adding in the hardener. Make sure you scrape every bit of the hardener into the paint.
You want to stir them together for three minutes until they have blended completely, after which you can place the lid loosely on the can and set it aside in a shaded area for 30 minutes. The chemicals will feel warm as they start to blend, though.
Paint and roll the epoxy paint
Be sure to use all of the epoxy paint within two hours after you have blended the two components, making sure the garage is well-ventilated at all times to let out the fumes. Pour the epoxy into a roller tray and use a 3-inch paintbrush to paint the seams around the area effectively.
Next, use a 3/8-inch-nap roller fitted with an extension handle to roll a 10×10 foot section of the floor with epoxy. Then re-wet the roller and paint over the surface again, only in a perpendicular direction. Repeat this for every section of the garage, slowly working your way to the exit. Leave it to dry for 12-24 hours.
Add the top coat
Finally, you want to add the top coat to the floor. Start by mixing the hardener into a can of top coating, and stir the mixture for three minutes. Leave the mixture to rest for 30 minutes and stir it again for another minute prior to use.
Again, you will only have two hours before the mixture loses its potency. Use a clean paintbrush to cut it into the edges and seams, after which you can use a clean roller to roll a 10×10 foot section working in one direction and then reapplying in a perpendicular direction. Leave it to dry for 72 hours before parking your car. After 24 hours, the floor is safe for human traffic.
Painting your garage floor to increase its durability and improve the aesthetic appeal of the room is not a tiring, or time-consuming task, but rather a short and rewarding project you can do over the weekend. Be sure to follow these essential steps, and you will bring your garage floor to life in no time.