Years of neglect or wear from workshop tools means it’s easy for a garage floor to get pretty unpleasant. Out-of-sight most of the time, it’s often the last DIY project on the list.
Whether the floor’s peeling and flaky or if it simply looks unsightly from grease and oil stains, updating your garage with a coat of hard-working floor paint is a trouble-free weekend DIY job.
So if you’ve decided to tackle those nasty stains, why not transform your garage by painting the floor too. As well as making your DIY area look fresh and clean, it’ll give your car a garage to be proud of.
Our Garage Floor Paint Kit has everything you need. And with our two-part epoxy floor paint, you can be sure of a tough and attractive finish that will look good for years.
Our Product Information Sheets go into a bit more detail, but here’s our 3 step guide:
Before you start, check the weather forecast. Make sure it’s going to be 10°C or warmer (or 50°F) – as it’s almost impossible for epoxy paint to set below that.
Step 1 – a good sweep
Often this is enough for most floors. If the floor has already been painted, scrape any loose paint off and sand any glossy bits to provide a key. Completely clear the floor and give it a good sweep with a stiff broom.
Step 2 – wash and prep
New or bare concrete should be washed with our Concrete Etchant to remove loose cement deposits and provide a key. The etchant also removes general dirt and light oil deposits. Etching bare concrete before painting is the secret to success. Use our Oil & Grease Remover if there is a lot of contamination. This is suitable for painted or bare surfaces. If your concrete is very porous or weak, or is just a mixture of sand and cement, we’d strongly recommend a coat of our Prime ‘n’ Seal to get the perfect base for painting.
Step 3 – mix and paint
Before you start painting, make sure the floor is completely clean and dry. Then mix the two-parts together. Pour the contents from the floor paint resin tin into the larger tin which contains the hardener. Mix them thoroughly together until the colour and consistency is even.
Pour the mixed epoxy paint into your tray and using the brush, cut in along the edges. Then, tackle the floor in sections, using the telescopic handle for hard-to-reach corners. Don’t forget to start at the corner furthest from the door so you don’t get blocked in!
It’s important that you don’t stretch the paint too far – don’t exceed the recommended coverage – to ensure an even finish to the right thickness. As the paint cures, it’ll darken slightly. Don’t be tempted to over-roll it.