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Tools & Materials Tools Pressure Washer Push Broom Paint Brush Paint Roller Frame and Covers Extension Pole Materials Cat Litter Concrete Cleaner Epoxy Paste Garage Floor Epoxy Kit Product costs, availability and item numbers may vary online or by market. Missing anything? Shop Online Remove Oil and Grease Spots Before you power wash or paint/seal your garage floor, you’ll want to attack any oil, grease or rust spots. Cover grease stains with a layer of sawdust or cat litter. These materials absorb excess oil remarkably well. Leave the sawdust or cat litter on the floor for at least one day. Use a push broom with rigid bristles to sweep up the sawdust, cat litter and dirt. Pour dry dishwasher detergent or a concrete cleaning agent on the stain. Let the detergent sit for 45 minutes, then pour boiling water on the area and vigorously scrub the stained section with the broom. For stubborn stains, use muriatic acid in combination with your pressure washer set to at least 1200 PSI. Apply the acid according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow it to soak for a few seconds and rinse. Use baking soda on the cleaned area to neutralize the acid, and rinse. Remove Rust Stains Combine an ounce of trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a gallon of hot water. Wet the concrete and use a push broom with rigid bristles to scrub. Let the solution soak into the concrete for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Fill the Cracks Small cracks can be filled with an epoxy paste. Once you’ve filled the crack, scrape excess epoxy so that it’s flush with the floor. After the repair dries completely, do some light sanding for a smooth finish. For larger cracks, overfill with an epoxy paste. Let the repair dry. Then grind the area so it’s flush with the floor. Prep Your Floor Moisture TestIf you think that moisture issues might prevent paint or sealer from bonding, here’s a simple way to find out: Cut out a 3-ft x 3-ft square of plastic sheeting and tape it down completely to your garage floor. If after a day or so, water collects on the underside of the plastic, you’ll need to put down a good vapor barrier before the primer coat. Sealant/Etching TestIf you’re unsure whether your garage floor has previously been sealed, you can pour water on it to perform a simple test. The water should soak into the concrete relatively quickly. If it beads up or just sits there for a long time, the cement has been sealed before and probably needs to be etched before you can re-seal or paint the garage floor. Etching the FloorTo etch the floor of your garage, apply a commercial concrete etcher, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If the etcher fizzes up as it’s applied, you know that it’s working. Let the floor dry overnight. The concrete will now have a grainy texture, which offers a better surface for the paint to grip. Seal the Floor To prevent future staining, to minimize concrete dust, and to make it easier to sweep, you can seal your garage floor. If you are planning to also paint your garage floor, applying sealant can act as a primer. Priming prior to painting can help achieve better adhesion if moisture is an issue or if the concrete is dusty and “weak.” Choose a product that is either a water-based floor epoxy or a solvent-thinned epoxy. Use a nylon brush along the edges of your garage and use a roller — lint-free, all-purpose, solvent- and water-resistant with a medium nap — to apply the rest of the sealant. Apply sealant liberally but be sure to roll it out evenly. If you’re going to paint the garage floor, allow the sealant/primer to dry thoroughly (at least 8 hours). Paint the Floor When selecting paint for your garage floor, make sure to choose an epoxy paint created especially for garage floors. Mix the paint well and apply a thin, even first coat. Cut in along the edges of your garage with a brush and then use a roller with a medium nap to apply the rest of the paint. Let the first coat dry thoroughly (about 24 hours). Good to KnowAn extension handle on your roller will make for easier application.

Garage Floor Painting

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Garage Floor Painting

Step One // How to Epoxy-Coat a Garage Floor Floor Finish Overview Illustration by Gregory Nemec Floor Finish Overview Applying an epoxy coating to a concrete floor is as easy as painting walls, but as with painting, the success is in the prep work. Once the calculations, color choices, and cleaning are taken care of, the actual application will seem like the easiest part. To bond well, epoxy requires an even, slightly rough, and totally clean surface. That means patching any potholes and cracks and allowing them to cure fully. Concrete must be at least 60 days old and not sealed for the epoxy to adhere. You can tell if your floor already has a sealer if water beads on it or if you get to Step 2 in this process and the etching solution doesn’t foam; if that’s the case, you’ll need to take off the sealer with a chemical stripper or a special machine. (Painted floors can be recoated if there’s no peeling.) Stripping the floor, however, does not clean it. Any grease or dirt will compromise the epoxy adhesion, so cleaning and etching is a step that should not be rushed. Different manufacturers offer different types of cleaners, so check out the ingredients before you choose what type is best for you. Chemical cleaners vary widely, from harsh degreasers and etchers to safer but less effective organics. You can cut down on the elbow grease by renting a machine called a floor maintainer for about $40 a day. Epoxy coatings typically come in kits with everything you need. Once you choose one, determine if you’ll need to order extra supplies. Manufacturers may suggest two coats of the epoxy paint and top coat, but most standard kits only supply enough for one coat. If you choose to add color flakes, which will help hide concrete’s inherent imperfections, determine how heavily you’ll broadcast them across the floor so you don’t come up short. Also, if your garage’s foundation rises above grade at the bottom of the walls, you may want to consider coating another few inches up the vertical surfaces to make cleaning the garage easier. Then decide if you want to include an antiskid additive, granules that give the finished floor a sandpaperlike surface. This may be a good option in rainy or ice-prone regions. Once the floor is clean and ready for its coating, it all comes down to timing. Choose a day to do the work when the concrete won’t be damp from rainy weather and when the temperature is between 50 and 80 degrees; otherwise the application can bubble and peel. Then, once you mix the epoxy paint and hardener, you only have about 2 hours to work with it, so you’ll need to plan out in advance how best to paint yourself out of the garage, starting in a back corner. The hardest part is waiting: The typical drying time between each step is 12 to 24 hours. And once the whole floor is done, you still have to hold off parking the car on it for another 72 hours.

Garage Floor Painting

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Garage Floor Painting
Garage Floor Painting