If you are thinking about painting your garage floor, there are several things you will need to consider first.
Before you get started with your garage floor project, take the time to read more about how best to go about painting your garage floor.
What Paint to Use?
You will require a specialist type of paint to protect your garage floor against oil spills and contamination, all the while providing an aesthetically pleasing finish. The right coating will help to restore the beauty of your garage floor, leaving you with a durable surface that will last for many years to come.
When choosing a *floor paint for your garage, we’d recommend you do some digging to find out what the best product is to suit your needs. Find an industrial paint specialist (such as Promain Paints) and speak to their technical support team to establish what coating is right for you.
Not all garage floors are the same, considering previous coatings and the way they have been used over the years, so there is no one product fits all. 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.
How to Remove your Old Garage Floor Paint?
Before you apply your new garage floor paint, you will need to think about removing any old coating first. The best way to remove an old floor coating is with a mechanical floor grinder, though some people prefer to remove the coatings through blast cleaning.
Do some research first to find out what will be the easiest method for you and your garage.
How to Apply Garage Floor Paint
The key to any paint project is preparation. You’ll want to make sure the surface is clean, dry and clear of any damage before you apply any paint. Pay attention to the floor temperature too, as this will impact how well your coating adheres to the surface and dries. If the temperature of the substrate is too low then the coating will not bond properly, which may lead to peeling and flaking further down the line. Choose a day with low humidity to avoid any problems with surface temperature and this will make life easier for you. Air temperature us not necessarily the same as floor temperature so you’ll need to take care when measuring this.
Once your surface is prepped and the conditions are suitable, you’ll want to make sure the surrounding areas are protected from drips, splashes etc. Lining the bottoms of the walls with masking tape will ensure you don’t end up with floor paint on the walls.
The next step involves coating the surface, but don’t start painting until you have planned a route to the door. Start painting in a corner and work your way backwords out of the room to avoid getting trapped in. The last thing you want is to find yourself painted into a corner with no way out until the surface dries.
How Long Does Garage Floor Paint Take to Dry?
Depending on what paint you choose will depend on how long your garage floor takes to dry. Different floor paints have different drying times, factoring in the temperature of the air and the concrete.
As a general rule, your garage floor will be dry in 24 hours if you have taken care to paint in the correct conditions. We’d recommend not walking on the surface for 2-3 days or driving on the surface for a week. Some garage floor paints can take around 6-7 days to fully cure, so the best thing for you to do is to leave the surface alone while it cures. Have some patience and you will benefit from a great looking surface that functions as it should do.