As the weather continues to get worse and worse heading into winter, any good do-it-yourself guy or gal is going to be looking for inside projects to keep themselves busy on the weekends. If you run out of things to do then why don’t you think about a concrete floor paint project in your garage. All the work can be done indoors as long as you have good ventilation and a heat source to dry out the dampness.
There are several reasons to apply a paint to your floors including the aesthetic aspect of the results. Covering all those cracks and divots with a quality epoxy paint can really make your garage look cared for.
Of course looking nice is a good reason but the main reason to install floor Concrete paint paint is for safety reasons. You may not know this, but a large majority of the slip and fall accidents that occur in the home actually happen when people slip and fall on the concrete in the garage. This is especially a problem as the weather turns wet and cold like now.
The most important aspect of any painting job is the prep work. Painting the floor in your garage is no exception. If you don’t take the time to prepare the concrete to accept the layer of paint then all your hard work will be for naught. Usually, within a year the paint job will be peeling and you will have to do it again. It is never any fun to have to do the same job twice especially if your mate is the kind to never let you forget a mistake.
The garage poses a special problem in that more than likely you will have some oil spots or even large stains from where oil spilled. If you don’t get this contamination completely cleaned off the surface there is no way the floor paint will stick. Petroleum will not allow the paint to adhere to the concrete like it is supposed to. Even a water based paint will not stick. This is true even though you should be using an epoxy based product for long life.
In order to clean the floor the first step is to use a power washer or steam cleaner to remove all the dirt and grime. It will also get up some of the petroleum but not all so don’t try painting yet. Instead, use a good quality degreaser to remove all the stains and oils drips. When you think you are done, spray a light fog of water on the concrete surface and check how the water reacts. Anywhere there are beads of water you need to degrease again. If the water appears to soak into the surface then you are good to go after drying the floor overnight.