The simple act of painting your garage floor can make a rundown or dingy space feel bright, clean and welcoming again. Garage floor paint is relatively cheap and easy to apply, as long as you follow a few basic guidelines. Here are the best garage floor painting tips.
Prepare Your Surface
The finish you achieve will depend almost entirely on the time and effort you spent preparing your surface. First of all, you will need to check if your surface has had any other coatings applied previously. Not all garage floor painting products are compatible, for instance, latex paint and epoxy products do not work well together.
Next, check for any stains. Lubricants, Oil spills, and grease are all common problems in a garage and must be removed with a purpose made solvent cleaner before any paint is applied. Also, look for rubber residue from your car’s tires. Any scuffing may need to be sanded down, as solvents tend to be ineffective. read post here!
Etch The Floor
Most garages have a smooth concrete floor, which does not make a suitable surface for applying paint. Ideally, the floor needs to be a little rough, like sandpaper. Therefore, if you want the paint job to last, you should etch or key the floor before painting it. Equipment can be hired to undertake this process.
To do this, first pre-soak the floor. You can just use a garden hose for this.
Next, mix muriatic acid with water (approximately four parts water to one part acid). This will need to be spread as evenly as possible over the entire surface area. Use a stiff brush or a broom to work the acid into the floor.
Once you have finished etching the floor, rinse it with plain water and allow it to dry completely. If you paint the surface too soon, you may end up with an uneven or flaky finish. It may take up to a week for the floor to fully cure, depending on your climate. See post at http://www.fayobserver.com/news/business/business-spotlight-garage-force-product-floors-its-customers/article_4ea91ed6-dc8a-5b15-ac73-4b87299dc564.html
Paint The Floor
Most garage floor painting products are specially formulated so that you do not need more than two coats to achieve a good finish. For the best results, apply the paint with a quality brush. This is more able to get into little cracks and uneven surfaces than a paint roller.
Allow to dry for 24 hours before applying a second coat, even if the paint feels dry within a matter of hours. Most manufacturers recommend that you leave the flooring to dry for at least a week before resuming use of your garage. This will ensure a hard and durable finish.