From oil stains to tire marks, a typical garage floor can suffer more wear and tear than any other room in your house. A simple paint job on your concrete garage floor can uplift the whole look and feel of your garage and protect against future spills and marks.
If you’re using water-based paint soak your brush in an inch of water for 10-15min, then remove and spin in between your hands to remove excess water. If you’re using oil-based paint, follow the same steps using turps instead of water.
Whether you’re using water-based or oil-based paints, rinse your roller in running water and run your hand up and down the roller to get rid of excess lint. Shake the roller to remove most of the water then attach the roller to the frame and spin it quickly off a wall or other flat surface to remove the extra water.
Etching is an important process to prepare your concrete surface before you paint. Mix water and quality etcher to make a solution to etch the concrete surface with a stiff broom. This will ensure that the paint adheres to the concrete. After etching, pressure wash the entire concrete floor and let it dry before painting.
When using oil-based paint on something like a concrete floor, it is essential to add a quality non-slip additive into your paint to make the concrete surface safer and give it more grip. Make sure the additive is well mixed through and the paint is smooth before you use it.
Now you’re ready to paint!
When painting a large area, always plan your project by dividing your area into smaller, more manageable portions. Use a Monarch Razorback Nytec Angled Sash Cutter to cut in the edges of your smaller areas with your first coat of prepared concrete paint, and roll the larger areas with a 270mm Rough & Textured Surfaces roller cover on the end of an extension pole. Once the first coat is dried, repeat the above process for the 2nd coat.
TIP: While painting a concrete floor, a thick nap roller cover is vital to get into all the nooks and crannies, get greater coverage and hold more paint to get the job done fast.
Congratulations, you’re done! Scrape any leftover paint back into the tin for re-use. Wash your brushes and rollers thoroughly so you can use them for your next project. Remember to wash out in turps if you used oil-based paint, and water for water-based.