Painting Great Looking Garage Floors

Painting Great Looking Garage Floors

Painting Great Looking Garage Floors

Great Looking Garage Floors Add Value To Your Home

Home Maintenance

Eight Good Things An Epoxy Paint Job On Your Garage Floor Can Do For You. (1) — It makes the floor, and the garage as a whole, look much better. (2) — It makes cleaning and maintaining it much easier. (3) — If you collect automobiles or motorcycles or just take good care of your everyday wheels, it adds to their presence and your enjoyment of them. (4) — It is one of those items that makes a home look better when it is put on the market and which most homes don’t have. (5) — At this time in our economy that something extra that a clean, neat and good looking garage adds to a home can help it to sell more quickly. (6) — It will help your home retain more of its’ value. (7) — It can you to get a higher price for your home and put more dollars in your pocket. (8) — Your return on investment at the closing table can be substantially greater than the time, effort and money you spend doing a quality epoxy paint job on your garage floor.

What Epoxy Paint Costs And What To Do Before You Start. There are a variety of stains and paints available for garage floors. The prices for epoxy paint and/or kits range from about $30.00 to $295.00. As epoxy is our covering of choice that is what we will concentrate on — — after giving some thought to the concrete surface of the garage floor itself. If the home is a new one the garage floor needs to be at least three months old before the epoxy can be applied. Concrete needs sufficient time to dry and cure so that the paint, once applied, will adhere to it.

A number of companies make epoxy paints and kits to do the job. They include Seal Krete, Epoxy-Seal, EpoArmor, Rust-oleum and Quickrete. The paint, however, must be one that is specifically formulated for garage floors because it is the only kind that will hold up to the heat of automobile tires. Other materials needed are a bristle broom, cleaning solution, paint tray and liners, paint roller with 3/8 inch nap roller covers (water-resistant and solvent resistant), plastic sheeting, painters tape, a polyester paint brush (about 3), an old paintbrush of the same size and/or sash tool, commercial driveway cleaner or bleach, goggles to protect your eyes and rubber gloves to protect your hands. While etching solution and color-fleck additives may be needed they are usually included with the epoxy paint kit. Finally, a clear epoxy topcoat will be needed to finish the job. That comes in a separate kit. Oh yes, most standard kits only supply enough paint for one coat so it you follow what is recommended in this article you will need enough for two coats. Before starting be certain the work area is properly ventilated. Also, as you will want the paint to adhere for a long time you will want to do the job when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees or the application might bubble or peal.

Preparing The Concrete For Paint. Now you are ready to start so, as John Wayne said in The Cowboys, come with grit teeth and get with it. Sweep the floor as clean as you can. Using the old paintbrush or sash tool brush out the corners and cracks. If there is already paint on the floor a power buffer or floor maintainer with a light sanding pad on it should be used to get rid of the gloss. In either case wash it thoroughly and let it dry. If you have deglossed a painted surface use an all-purpose cleaner to scrub it down. You also want to be certain that there is no clear sealer already on the floor that would prevent the epoxy from sticking. You can tell that it has a sealer on it if the water beads. Another way you can tell is if the etching solution (if you use it) doesn’t foam. If a sealer is present you will need a chemical stripper to get it off. NOTE: Stripping the floor doesn’t clean it. With regard to cleaners for oil and other stains you can buy the commercial ones or you can mix three parts water to one part bleach and accomplish about the same thing. As to commercial clearers, they vary as to their ingredients so check out what is being used and choose the type that is best for your job. They range from degreasers and etchers that are very harsh to organics that are safer but usually less effective.

Before applying your cleaners and to protect your surrounding walls put up your plastic sheeting and secure it with your painter’s tape. After applying your stain cleaner let it stand for a few minutes before attacking the stains with your bristle broom or brush. The age of your back and knees have something to do with this but that is another story. Once you are satisfied that you have gotten the surface clean — not ok but clean — wash it down again. At this point do whatever repair work the surface needs such as filling cracks or patching larger holes. Most folks at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, etc. should be able to supply you with a concrete/mortar repair compound for cracks and/or a concrete patch for the larger ones. If you can stick a pencil in one it’s a larger one.

To etch or not to etch. That is the question.. Sprinkle (I do mean just lightly sprinkle) some water on the floor. If the concrete absorbs it rather quickly you can choose to get on with painting it or you can purchase a commercial etching agent and follow their instructions. When you have completed the application let it dry. If you don’t have a large electric fan borrow or rent one. If the weather allows leave your garage door open over-night with the fan on. At this point you apply the primer. If you have done the previous steps well the primer coast will determine how well the paint will stick and how long. Most companies recommend that you allow the primer to dry at least eight hours before you apply the paint. I think twelve hours is better but that’s up to you and how anxious you get to get the job done.

Painting The Garage Floor. Now that the surface is clean and ready for paint, stir according to the manufacturers directions, fit your roller tray with a liner, and pour the epoxy paint into it. The first paint chore is that of using your 3 paintbrush to paint a border around the area you are going to cover. Then, using your 3/8 nap paint roller (fitted with an extension unless you are into pain or under 40) paint areas of 8 x 8 or 10 x 10. Work vertically first and then across it. Be certain to feather each section as you go. When you do the top coat section (whether that be one coat only or after a second coat) apply your color flakes (assuming you have decided to use them) to each section while you go and while the section is still wet. How much should you use? Well, for a light covering about one pound per 250 square feet. For a medium covering about 2 pounds and for a heavy covering about 3 pounds. If you want your floor to have a granite type look you will need to think in terms of 4 or 5 pounds. I suggest you do some Google homework and check out the information the various manufacturers provide for their products. You not only learn about their products and how to use them BUT some include photos of finished floors that will give you some very good and different ideas about how you may want your floor to look. Now, as you are sprinkling on the flakes do it slowly and casting the flakes easily so you don’t get clumpy areas of chips. You will get the hang of it quickly and by the time you finish one section you should know how to get the look you want. Most companies have cans with a shake top you can use to fan the flakes out with. I think you will find doing it by hand gives you better control. A word to the wise! Dad, I suggested that you can get some good ideas about how you want the floor to look by looking at manufacturer adds. HOWEVER, don’t go hog wild! The look you go after should be in keeping with the rest of your home. Should you decide to go wild now and if mom agrees to it, remember that you may need to strip the whole job and tone down the effect when you want to sell.

Should you use one coat or epoxy paint or two? I think two is better. The first one should be thin and allowed to dry for 24 hours. Then, apply the second coat and allow it to dry 24 hours before walking on it. Allow it to dry 72 hours before parking a car on it. LISTEN UP! When you have mixed the epoxy paint and the hardener don’t go to lunch or watch the ballgame before starting the application. You only have about two hours to work with it so plan accordingly. For future cleaning purposes, if the garage foundation is above grade at the walls bottom you should coat several inches of the vertical surface. Use the 3/8-inch nap roller covers to apply your epoxy paint and your clear topcoat. You will need at least three of them if you plan to do the two coats recommended plus one for the clear coat. When applying a clear coat pour the hardener into the clear top coat and mix until completely blended. When you are ready to apply the coat stir again for about 60 seconds. Use the same painting proceedure you used for applying the paint first coat and, as with the paint, plan to get the job done within two hours. The coating will have a white, milky appearance to it at first but as it drys it will dry clear.

Whose Paint or Kit Should You Use and Should You Use Color Chips? As mentioned, there are several good epoxy paints and kits available to help you do your painting chore. A good one is Quickrete’s Epoxy Garage Floor Coating Kit. All the goodies for cleaning and etching are therein as well as some color chips. As mentioned, they give the floor a very jazzy and textured finish. However, some people like them and some don’t. It’s your call. The base colors you can use are tan and grey. However, other colors are available. You can order more color chips if you need them. Be certain to measure the floors square footage. While I suggested one pound per 250 square feet (above) check the manufacturers covering specs to determine how much they suggest.

Parting Shot. I have read a number of articles and been to a couple of high priced seminars by staging experts where the subject of the garage was either never mentioned or where it was simply stated that it should be neat, any junk removed and all clutter put in good order. The lady of the house may not be into garages but the overall effect of a well painted garage floor will not be lost on her. I have talked to too many buyers of homes where it has been done properly not to know that it matters.

Yours for good garage floor painting and quality living -

Painting Great Looking Garage Floors

Great Looking Garage Floors Add Value To Your Home

Home Maintenance

Eight Good Things An Epoxy Paint Job On Your Garage Floor Can Do For You. (1) — It makes the floor, and the garage as a whole, look much better. (2) — It makes cleaning and maintaining it much easier. (3) — If you collect automobiles or motorcycles or just take good care of your everyday wheels, it adds to their presence and your enjoyment of them. (4) — It is one of those items that makes a home look better when it is put on the market and which most homes don’t have. (5) — At this time in our economy that something extra that a clean, neat and good looking garage adds to a home can help it to sell more quickly. (6) — It will help your home retain more of its’ value. (7) — It can you to get a higher price for your home and put more dollars in your pocket. (8) — Your return on investment at the closing table can be substantially greater than the time, effort and money you spend doing a quality epoxy paint job on your garage floor.

What Epoxy Paint Costs And What To Do Before You Start. There are a variety of stains and paints available for garage floors. The prices for epoxy paint and/or kits range from about $30.00 to $295.00. As epoxy is our covering of choice that is what we will concentrate on — — after giving some thought to the concrete surface of the garage floor itself. If the home is a new one the garage floor needs to be at least three months old before the epoxy can be applied. Concrete needs sufficient time to dry and cure so that the paint, once applied, will adhere to it.

Painting Great Looking Garage Floors

A number of companies make epoxy paints and kits to do the job. They include Seal Krete, Epoxy-Seal, EpoArmor, Rust-oleum and Quickrete. The paint, however, must be one that is specifically formulated for garage floors because it is the only kind that will hold up to the heat of automobile tires. Other materials needed are a bristle broom, cleaning solution, paint tray and liners, paint roller with 3/8 inch nap roller covers (water-resistant and solvent resistant), plastic sheeting, painters tape, a polyester paint brush (about 3), an old paintbrush of the same size and/or sash tool, commercial driveway cleaner or bleach, goggles to protect your eyes and rubber gloves to protect your hands. While etching solution and color-fleck additives may be needed they are usually included with the epoxy paint kit. Finally, a clear epoxy topcoat will be needed to finish the job. That comes in a separate kit. Oh yes, most standard kits only supply enough paint for one coat so it you follow what is recommended in this article you will need enough for two coats. Before starting be certain the work area is properly ventilated. Also, as you will want the paint to adhere for a long time you will want to do the job when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees or the application might bubble or peal.

Preparing The Concrete For Paint. Now you are ready to start so, as John Wayne said in The Cowboys, come with grit teeth and get with it. Sweep the floor as clean as you can. Using the old paintbrush or sash tool brush out the corners and cracks. If there is already paint on the floor a power buffer or floor maintainer with a light sanding pad on it should be used to get rid of the gloss. In either case wash it thoroughly and let it dry. If you have deglossed a painted surface use an all-purpose cleaner to scrub it down. You also want to be certain that there is no clear sealer already on the floor that would prevent the epoxy from sticking. You can tell that it has a sealer on it if the water beads. Another way you can tell is if the etching solution (if you use it) doesn’t foam. If a sealer is present you will need a chemical stripper to get it off. NOTE: Stripping the floor doesn’t clean it. With regard to cleaners for oil and other stains you can buy the commercial ones or you can mix three parts water to one part bleach and accomplish about the same thing. As to commercial clearers, they vary as to their ingredients so check out what is being used and choose the type that is best for your job. They range from degreasers and etchers that are very harsh to organics that are safer but usually less effective.

Before applying your cleaners and to protect your surrounding walls put up your plastic sheeting and secure it with your painter’s tape. After applying your stain cleaner let it stand for a few minutes before attacking the stains with your bristle broom or brush. The age of your back and knees have something to do with this but that is another story. Once you are satisfied that you have gotten the surface clean — not ok but clean — wash it down again. At this point do whatever repair work the surface needs such as filling cracks or patching larger holes. Most folks at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, etc. should be able to supply you with a concrete/mortar repair compound for cracks and/or a concrete patch for the larger ones. If you can stick a pencil in one it’s a larger one.

To etch or not to etch. That is the question.. Sprinkle (I do mean just lightly sprinkle) some water on the floor. If the concrete absorbs it rather quickly you can choose to get on with painting it or you can purchase a commercial etching agent and follow their instructions. When you have completed the application let it dry. If you don’t have a large electric fan borrow or rent one. If the weather allows leave your garage door open over-night with the fan on. At this point you apply the primer. If you have done the previous steps well the primer coast will determine how well the paint will stick and how long. Most companies recommend that you allow the primer to dry at least eight hours before you apply the paint. I think twelve hours is better but that’s up to you and how anxious you get to get the job done.

Painting The Garage Floor. Now that the surface is clean and ready for paint, stir according to the manufacturers directions, fit your roller tray with a liner, and pour the epoxy paint into it. The first paint chore is that of using your 3 paintbrush to paint a border around the area you are going to cover. Then, using your 3/8 nap paint roller (fitted with an extension unless you are into pain or under 40) paint areas of 8 x 8 or 10 x 10. Work vertically first and then across it. Be certain to feather each section as you go. When you do the top coat section (whether that be one coat only or after a second coat) apply your color flakes (assuming you have decided to use them) to each section while you go and while the section is still wet. How much should you use? Well, for a light covering about one pound per 250 square feet. For a medium covering about 2 pounds and for a heavy covering about 3 pounds. If you want your floor to have a granite type look you will need to think in terms of 4 or 5 pounds. I suggest you do some Google homework and check out the information the various manufacturers provide for their products. You not only learn about their products and how to use them BUT some include photos of finished floors that will give you some very good and different ideas about how you may want your floor to look. Now, as you are sprinkling on the flakes do it slowly and casting the flakes easily so you don’t get clumpy areas of chips. You will get the hang of it quickly and by the time you finish one section you should know how to get the look you want. Most companies have cans with a shake top you can use to fan the flakes out with. I think you will find doing it by hand gives you better control. A word to the wise! Dad, I suggested that you can get some good ideas about how you want the floor to look by looking at manufacturer adds. HOWEVER, don’t go hog wild! The look you go after should be in keeping with the rest of your home. Should you decide to go wild now and if mom agrees to it, remember that you may need to strip the whole job and tone down the effect when you want to sell.

Should you use one coat or epoxy paint or two? I think two is better. The first one should be thin and allowed to dry for 24 hours. Then, apply the second coat and allow it to dry 24 hours before walking on it. Allow it to dry 72 hours before parking a car on it. LISTEN UP! When you have mixed the epoxy paint and the hardener don’t go to lunch or watch the ballgame before starting the application. You only have about two hours to work with it so plan accordingly. For future cleaning purposes, if the garage foundation is above grade at the walls bottom you should coat several inches of the vertical surface. Use the 3/8-inch nap roller covers to apply your epoxy paint and your clear topcoat. You will need at least three of them if you plan to do the two coats recommended plus one for the clear coat. When applying a clear coat pour the hardener into the clear top coat and mix until completely blended. When you are ready to apply the coat stir again for about 60 seconds. Use the same painting proceedure you used for applying the paint first coat and, as with the paint, plan to get the job done within two hours. The coating will have a white, milky appearance to it at first but as it drys it will dry clear.

Whose Paint or Kit Should You Use and Should You Use Color Chips? As mentioned, there are several good epoxy paints and kits available to help you do your painting chore. A good one is Quickrete’s Epoxy Garage Floor Coating Kit. All the goodies for cleaning and etching are therein as well as some color chips. As mentioned, they give the floor a very jazzy and textured finish. However, some people like them and some don’t. It’s your call. The base colors you can use are tan and grey. However, other colors are available. You can order more color chips if you need them. Be certain to measure the floors square footage. While I suggested one pound per 250 square feet (above) check the manufacturers covering specs to determine how much they suggest.

Parting Shot. I have read a number of articles and been to a couple of high priced seminars by staging experts where the subject of the garage was either never mentioned or where it was simply stated that it should be neat, any junk removed and all clutter put in good order. The lady of the house may not be into garages but the overall effect of a well painted garage floor will not be lost on her. I have talked to too many buyers of homes where it has been done properly not to know that it matters.

Yours for good garage floor painting and quality living -


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