9 Steps to the Perfect Garage Floor
Your pristine garage floor won't stay that way for long without
a protective coating. Epoxy coatings help keep your garage floor beautiful by protecting it from
oil stains, gasoline spills, and more. Epoxy coatings are also
available with anti-skid additives that can be your best friend
during a rough winter.
Applying Epoxy to Your Garage Floor
Putting an epoxy coat on your garage floor is easier than you
might think. These simple steps can be done in a weekend and can
give you a garage you're happy to show off!
- Prepare the garage floor very carefully. Repair all
cracks, potholes, and other imperfections. Make certain the floor
is scrupulously clean in order to have the perfect epoxy coating
when you're done.
- Apply plastic sheeting to the lower sections of the
walls and seal it with painter's tape. Check the floor one more
time to make certain it is completely clean.
- Use an etching solution on new or bare concrete.
Work in small sections, and take the proper precautions around the
chemicals. Allow the solution to dry thoroughly before
- Blend the epoxy paint and epoxy hardener according
to package directions. Be aware that the chemicals heat up as they
react; this is normal. Set the can in a cool, dark place for 30
minutes or so.
- You must use the epoxy within two hours, so work
quickly to paint the garage floor. Use a wide paintbrush to cut
into seams, edges, and corners. Keep the area well-ventilated!
- Roll the paint onto the floor, covering small
sections at a time, just as you would paint a wall in your home.
Let it dry for 12 to 24 hours before you apply a second coat.
- As you apply the final coat of paint, pause after
every section to apply the colorful flakes. Sprinkle them evenly
through your fingers as if you were spreading seed on the
- Mix the topcoat just as you mixed the hardener and
epoxy. Let it sit for 30 minutes before use. If you want to use
anti-skid additives, mix them in with the topcoat.
- Apply the topcoat in the same way you applied the
epoxy paint. It has a chalky color when wet, but don't worry--it
dries perfectly clear.
Wait for up to 72 hours before walking on your new garage floor. When the
topcoat has finished curing, your garage floor is gorgeous and
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About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near
Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair
and renovation have become her hobbies.
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