Monday, 05 February 2007 18:00

How To Paint A Garage Floor

So you want your garage to look like a showroom floor?  If this is what you expect simply by painting your garage floor, think again.  Showroom floors at car dealers, specialty shops and garages are applied by professionals who use professional products.  Painting your garage floor will give your garage a face lift and may make your floor easier to clean but it will not make it look like a glossy showroom floor.  Remember to be careful, because painting your floor with a full gloss paint will make it slippery when wet.   

Preparation

 

Newly poured garage floors should be allowed to cure at least 60 days before any coating is applied.  Unpainted concrete should be acid etched using muriatic acid.  If the surface has been previously painted, the coating should be sanded down to the bare concrete.  After etching or sanding make sure the floor is thoroughly rinsed with water and allowed to dry.

 

Materials Needed

 

Garage floor epoxy or paint, rollers & brushes, extension handle, painter's tape, paint tray, decorative flecks or silica sand (optional).

 

Steps

 

  1. Apply the first coat of your garage floor epoxy/paint using a roller.  Let the coating dry according to the manufacturer's directions.
  2. Apply a second coat using the same application technique.
  3. If you chose, you can sprinkle paint flecks into the second coat of product while it is still wet.
  4. Silica sand may also be applied to the areas of the garage that you want to make less slippery.  However, sand should not be placed where vehicles will drive. The grains of sand are abrasive to even the toughest coatings and will increase the chances of peeling.  Only spread sand in walkways where tires will not be driven.
  5. Most garage floor paints do not require a topcoat.  Simply let your paint dry and do not drive on it for at least 72 hours, sometimes longer depending on which product is used.
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Tuesday, 03 February 2009 19:27

How To Paint a Basement Floor

    

 

Painting a basement floor requires little preparation work and can give your basement a whole new look.  It will also seal the floor which will make cleaning easier.

 

Preparation for painting a basement floor 

 

If your floor has been painted already:

 

 

  • Simply clean your floor with TSP (tri-sodium phosphate).  It is a heavy-duty cleaner that will remove dust and dirt from the floor.
 
If your floor is bare concrete: 
 
  • You need to etch the floor (open the pores of the concrete) by cleaning it with muriatic acid or a similar solution.  I recommend Clean & Etch by Krud Kutter, as it is easier to use than muriatic acid. 
  • Once the floor is etched, it must be rinsed to deactivate the etching solution.
 
Choosing not to etch bare concrete before painting can result in premature failure of the paint because it will not bond to the surface as well.
 
 
Materials Needed
 
Paint tray, paint roller, paint brush, extension pole
 
 
Basement Floor Painting Tips
 
Floor painting is very much like wall painting.  It helps to have someone cutting in around the outside of the wall with a paintbrush while the other person is painting with a roller.  Make sure to use an extension pole on the end of the roller frame so you can stand while painting.  
 
Floor flecks, like used in garages, can also be used in any floor paint.  They must be sprinkled on the floor while the paint is still wet so they will adhere.   
 
Apply two coats of a good floor paint to achieve the most durable finish.  
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