Hello to all the handy people out there!
If your garage floors look tired and beat up…
and if you want your garage to look like the one on the picture above…
and you don’t mind all the cracks, gaps, holes, etc… or you’re ready to patch them…
and you’re anxious to play with some acid and epoxy…
well, then Garage Floor Epoxy Paint is what you want and I’m gonna show you how You Do It!
Painting your slab, most definitely, is the first thing that comes to mind, when considering Garage Improvements… and at a first sight, it sure seems like a decent option- just a few hundred bucks in supplies for every 400 square feet or so… You’re thinking: “How hard can that be? I’ve painted before… I can do this on my Lunch-break!”
If that’s the case… I hate to say it, but you’re gonna have to hold your horses right there! Before you paint, you must Etch your Concrete Slab with Acid that is used to eat into the smooth surface of concrete, so the paint sticks or bonds to it properly. Otherwise it will stick to your hot tires. If your garage floors are painted already, you must remove old paint, because you don’t want your new paint to just start lifting with the old one, right?!
So you have to wear rubber boots and gloves, and scrape your garage floor with acid solution really good, then wash it with a hose and a squeegee mop… Twice. Then let it dry thoroughly for a day or two at least. I gave it 3 days to be sure.
Before you do all that, of coarse, you should fill all your cracks and holes with caulking, cement or concrete patch, and make it look pretty so it doesn’t show thru the paint.
Another important thing to consider here: your slab, just like millions of other slabs, will continue cracking in those very same spots forever, so in most cases those cracks will come back within the first year… I know!
But wait! I’m not done ruining your plans just yet! 🙂 If you do decide to paint, You wouldn’t be able to use your garage for about a week: 3 days to etch, scrape, wash and let dry plus 3-4 days to paint and let dry, as the garage floor paint is ready to walk on in 24 hours, but to drive on- in 72 hours or more.
Alright, no need to panic, ladies! There is another option- garage floor Tile that clicks together. I was done with this 400 square feet garage in 4.5 hours, which included patching only the worst spots really-really quick with some Thinset in like 15 minutes, and filming the whole thing.
The down-side of Garage Tile is that it costs over $2/sf, and that you would need some tools like Table Saw and Rubber Mallet. The up-side is that you can drive on it while putting it in! 🙂
In this post here, I show you how You Do It with Interlocking Garage Tile… You can watch another garage being covered with click-together plastic squares, and so do compare both options, and weigh out the costs of materials vs the time required to complete the project.
And do consider the end result: Which look do you prefer? What would last longer? The tile comes with a 10-year warranty and epoxy paint comes with none. Slab will definitely continue cracking… only under the free-floating tile you don’t have to keep taking care of it indefinitely.
Now… If you’re still reading this, if none of my scary tactics made you change your mind, then there’s nothing else to say here really, but to jump into our rubber boots, put our rubber gloves on and go play with some epoxy paint! Yeee-Haaa!
Then, let’s quit with all this chatter so I can show you how You Do It!
Tools you need: Stiff Push-Broom. Squeegee Mop. Paint Roller & Brush. Painter’s Mask. Utility knife.
Supplies you need: Epoxy Garage Floor Paint KIT.
P.S. You can substitute a Squeegee Mop with Wet Vacuum. You can use a Hand Brush to scrub your Slab instead of a Push-Broom. You can go completely old-school and do the whole thing with just a Paint Brush, too! You Do It!
This is the Epoxy Shield I used to paint Garage Floors with in this Episode of You Do It!
Unless you’re trying to get an Epoxy High or something… Maybe you should get this.
Good Shop Vac is a Must-have on any given Project. I prefer compact ones.
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