Often homeowners want to dress up their garage by painting the floor. Perhaps you have done this in the past, only to have the paint blister and peel. While your goal was to make your garage floor look better – the end result was that the floor look worse than ever!
Is there some secret to using garage floor paint that will make it last?
It is easy to understand why homeowners want to improve their garage floors. Often they are stained by motor oil or other liquids that have leaked onto the floor. In addition they are frequently littered with dirt and grass from lawnmowers and other garden machinery or tools. When your floor ends up chipping and peeling on top of it, it doesn’t make you feel very good!
It is fortunate that new technology has been developed over the years in concrete sealers, including garage floor paint. In addition, there are ways to clean and properly prepare concrete to ensure that the new paint will adhere. The end result can be a shiny new garage floor that looks great and stays that way for decades!
Types of garage floor paints
It might be important to mention the different types of garage floor paints. For instance, what is the difference between epoxy paint and other types of garage floor paints?
Today epoxy is generally considered superior because it is weather resistant. It stands up extremely well to any type of moisture – including rain and snow. Epoxy paint is made up of two different liquids. One is a catalyzing liquid, commonly referred to as a hardener. When the two liquids are combined, they dry into a nice solid.
The more traditional type of paints are made up of colored pigments carried in a base made up of either solvents (oil based paints) or water (latex based paints). The problem with these more traditional paints is they are not as durable. For instance, if one of the carriers (either a solvent or contaminated water) is spilled onto the painted surface, it may cause the paint to dissolve back into a liquid. This will result in a large stain on a painted surface.
Sometimes spills, like the ones mentioned above, will dry out. Instead of staining, they will manifest themselves by causing peeling, blistering and chipping.
Obviously you want a garage floor paint that is resistant to this re-dissolving problem. For this reason, oil based and water based concrete paints are not as durable as epoxy based paints.
The reason is because water, and even most solvents, will not have the same effect when they are spilled on surfaces that have been sealed with an epoxy based garage floor paint. Like the other paints, the epoxy is put on in a single coat. This means there are no seams to make the surface weak or vulnerable to leakage. Your finished floor is covered by a single membrane that provides a very permanent seal.
Epoxy concrete sealers have been used successfully for many decades. In fact, many industries, like the food industry, have used epoxy floor sealers for more than fifty years. Once color was added, the result was epoxy paint.
When you seal your garage floor with an epoxy paint, mildew, mold and other contaminants will be unable to penetrate the surface. As a result, they can easily be removed by hosing them off or by mopping or otherwise washing the floor.
Today epoxy paints are available in many different colors. Because of their versatility, designers frequently use them on patios. When done correctly, the flooring in the room leading out to the patio can be covered with a similar color. The finished result is that the room and patio have the appearance of a single surface. It is a very attractive and unique effect.
Due to the durability and water proof qualities of epoxy paints, beautiful patios are not be harmed by snow, rain, hail, wet leaves or any other weather related problems. And, of course, the same is true for your garage floor.
Preparing to paint your garage floor
When you are preparing to paint your garage floor, it is important to understand that preparation is of vital importance. Obviously you cannot paint over cracked or chipped concrete and expect your surface to last. If the floor underneath is cracked, or the concrete is crumbled, no paint will correct the problem. The epoxy garage floor paint you choose will come with specific instructions on how to properly clean the floor and make it ready for painting.
Special attention should be given to newly poured concrete or garage or patio surfaces in newly constructed homes. Why? Newly poured concrete creates dust on the surface during the first few years of its life. It is important to prepare the surface and remove the latent which creates the dust. If this is not done, the dust will break free from the surface and contaminate the paint.
Because you want your floor to last for decades, you need to follow expert advice. Don’t simply follow the advice of the clerk who waited on you at the big box store, such as Home Depot or Lowes. Instead, carefully read the instructions from the factory and follow them to the detail. Most of the major coating manufacturers even provide help lines that are available seven days a week.
Wide array of colors
Most of the better manufacturers offer a wide array of colors. You can even choose a high gloss floor finish, a matte finish, or a flat finish. Many of the epoxy garage floor paints provide things you may add to the coating to make it less slippery.
An epoxy finish is much like the clear coat finish on your automobile. True, it may get little nicks or scratches from time to time. But these can easily be touched up and made to look brand new again.
Search online for epoxy based garage floor paint
Why not go online and do a search for epoxy based garage floor paint? Many companies provide material on how to go about the job. They will normally even be willing to send you a kit which will provide detailed information on how to use both epoxy and urethane (plastic) paint coatings. If you follow the instructions carefully, you can create a garage floor that will not only look great – it will stay in great shape for years and years to come.