How to Paint Your Garage Floor

One of the best ways to beautify your garage is to paint your garage floor.

There are certain facets of our home that we take for granted. While the garage has much potential far beyond a mere storage area, we have a tendency to overlook the great value that can be derived from properly maintaining and even beautifying a garage.

One of the most overlooked aspects of the garage is its floor. Without proper maintenance it can slip into a state of neglect. While problematic, this situation can be corrected provided one takes the proper steps to improve the situation.

Now, some may wonder if this would be a complicated process. Actually, the process is much less difficult than most people assume. So, let's take a brief look at how to paint a garage floor.

The first step should be cleaning out the garage completely. Yes, this can be a little arduous particularly if you have a lot of items stored in the garage. But, you really cannot paint around the various boxes, furniture, and other items that may be residing in the garage.

Instead, it is best to clean the garage out completely and then concentrate on getting it into the proper order for painting. This will make the painting process easier and much safer.

A little pre-preparation work will need to be performed on the garage floor. Pouring a little water on it to test absorbency is the first step. If the water does not soak into the floor, then it is not a floor that can be effectively painted. If it does, you are ready to move onto the next step which is, essentially, cleaning the floor.

Cleaning entails scrubbing to remove any grease spots or stains that may be present since these stains will inhibit adhesion. In some cases, industrial bleach or cleaners will need to be used to eliminate the stains.

Once you have eliminated any stains, it is best to take a broom and sweep the floor as thoroughly as possible. This will eliminate any dirt or dust that may be present on the floor. Painting over such dirt will do little more than, well, paint the dirt! This will lead to a very haphazard and sloppy end result which is best avoided. So, sweep and clean the floor as best as possible prior to painting it.

Are there any cracks in the concrete of the garage floor? If so, they will need to be filled and repaired prior to commencing any painting. Upon fixing these cracks, the next step will involve covering the garage floor with a primer solution. This can usually be applied most easily with a roller brush. Be sure to prime the entire floor and do not leave any parts of it untouched.

Once the primer has dried, you can then start to paint your garage floor. This can be achieved with both a roller and a brush. The brush will come in handy in corners and by the walls since you do not want paint touching the wall. Following these simple instructions will ensure the end result will be a quality one.



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