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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How to Paint a Garage Floor

Painting can revive a stained and tired garage floor with a little money and some elbow grease.
These instructions are for latex concrete floor paint. Choose a color that will reflect light, rather than
absorb, unless your aim for the floor is to pack a decorative punch.

Step 1 - Read the directions on your product. This is vital, especially concerning the surface
temperature and preparation process. If these two factors are not handled properly, the paint may not

Step 2 - Clean the floor. Vacuum the garage floor. Remove grease with a degreaser and a stiff
brush. For very tough stains, a pressure washer may be needed.

Step 3 - Fix problem areas. When the floor is dry, repair any cracks. Use a compound made for
concrete or mortar repair, and apply according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 4 - Etch the floor. Etching may be needed to ensure that the paint absorbs into the
concrete.  Sprinkle water on the floor. If it is absorbed quickly, then etching is probably not needed. If the water stands, you'll need to use a concrete etching product. Follow the instructions, and make sure the floor is dry before continuing.

Step 5 - Prime. Using a long-handled roller, apply a good quality primer to the entire floor. This is
a crucial step and will ensure an enduring finish.  Allow the primer to dry for at least eight hours.

Step 6 - Paint. Follow your manufacturer's directions. Some call for the first coat to be thinned
with water to allow for better absorbability and to be applied with a brush. When the first coat is
applied, allow it to dry, and then use a roller to apply the second coat. The paint will be dry to the touch within a few hours. For best results allow it to dry for 24 hours before walking and one week before driving on it.

Enjoy your new floor and the life that you have breathed into your garage.

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