Attention Rev Heads: You'll Never Find A Better Garage Floor

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The Family Handyman

Achieve auto showroom brilliance in one long weekend under budget with epoxy flooring paint.

1. Evaluate your garage floor
1. Evaluate your garage floor

Garage floor epoxy flooring is a tough, long-lasting coating that you paint onto the concrete. An epoxy garage floor resists grease, oil and many other substances that would ruin ordinary paint.

Garage floor epoxy cleans easily and can be found in a variety of colours (if you look hard enough), so you can keep your garage floor sparkling clean and attractive for years.

However, the reality of this challenging project is, one, not all concrete floors will hold epoxy floor coatings, and two, preparing concrete for epoxy floor coatings can be labor intensive and tedious.

That said, this story will help you assess your concrete’s condition, show you how to clean and etch it, and demonstrate how to apply an epoxy garage floor coating that will handle car traffic, chemicals, oils, salt and scraping better than any other paint or stain.

As with any other paint job, success with using garage floor paint lies in the prep work.

Plan to spend the first day removing oil spots, cleaning/degreasing the floor, etching it with a mild acid, and scrubbing, vacuuming and rinsing (a lot!).

Day two is for filling cracks and applying the first coat of epoxy flooring, which is followed by a second coat on day three.

This job doesn’t require many special tools.

But to do the best job (and save your back), we recommend that you rent a walk-behind power floor scrubber with a stiff brush attachment.

Brushes work better than scrubbing pads on concrete, but buy two pads if a brush isn’t available. Also, rent a wet vacuum if you don’t own or have access to one.

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