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Things to consider when painting a garage floor
If you are about to embark on the daunting challenge of painting your garage, there are a few important things you will need to think about before you pick up a roller.
Before you set about making a big mess, slow down and think about the different steps of the project first. Learn the best way to paint a garage floor and the products you should consider using with our short guide on painting a garage floor.
What paint do you use to paint a garage floor?
A specialist paint will be required to paint your garage floor, offering a high level of protection against oils and spills. The right garage floor paint will provide you with an easy-on-the-eye finish, restoring the natural beauty of your garage and leaving you with a long-lasting, durable surface.
When choosing a garage floor paint, it’s a clever idea to look about to find the best product that will achieve the look you are going for. Look for an industrial coatings supplier, such as Promain Paints, and ask them to point you in the right direction of a paint that will look good and protect your garage floor at the same time.
Remember – not all garage floors are the same. You’ll need to think about any previous coatings and how they were used. There is no ‘one product fits all’, so it’s not as easy as saying “use this paint” or “use that paint”. There are, however, a number of high quality floor paints that are popularly used for painting garage floors.
Sika Sikafloor 264, PPG SigmaCover 2 and Rustoleum Pegakote Floor Paint are all prime examples of products that might be suitable for coating the floor of your garage. Think about the look are trying to achieve, how much your want to spend and the level of protection required in your garage. This will help you to make your decision.
Removing your old garage floor paint
The best way to remove your current garage floor paint is with a mechanical floor grinder, though you can also remove these types of coatings using the blast cleaning method.
The floor coating currently in place will dictate the best method for removal, though it’s best to seek technical/professional advice if you aren’t confident with any of these techniques.
All successful paint projects start with good preparation. Take the time to clean the surface, dry it and remove any damage or debris before you apply any paint. Consider the floor temperature before you start painting as this will influence how well your coating adheres to the surface and how it dries. If the temperature of the surface is too low then the coating will not bond properly, likely leading to flaking or peeling further down the line. Choose a day with low humidity as this will help to ensure you don’t encounter problems later on.
Line the bottoms of the walls with masking tape and protect any other areas from drips and spills. You’ll want to make sure you don’t get any floor paint on the walls.
Before you start painting, plan your route to the door. The best thing to do is paint from a corner and work your way back out to the door so you don’t get trapped. You don’t want to get stuck trapped in until the paint dries!
How long will it take to dry?
The paint you choose and the conditions you choose to paint in will impact the drying time, so you’ll need to factor this in when working out drying times.
Generally speaking, the coating will be dry in 24 hours if you paint in the right conditions, though we’d recommend not walking on the surface for 2-3 days or driving on it for a week. Some garage floor paints can take up to a week to cure properly so you’ll need to leave it alone until it has. Be patient and your new garage floor will function better if it is given adequate time to cure.