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9 Steps to the Perfect Garage Floor

9 Steps to the Perfect Garage Floor

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May 10, 2010

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 continuing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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 floor.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 ready!

Join the discussion at Ask the Contractor: I want to give my garage floor a new look and I'm considering either painting or staining the concrete. What are the benefits of each method? Read the answer.

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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