Painted floors will improve durability and create an easy to clean surface. Floor paint will also seal the concrete surface, reducing dust.
What you'll need
- Protective clothing & dustsheets
- Outdoor broom
- Medium/stiff bristled hand brush
- Household detergent & bucket
- Medium & course grade sandpaper
- Masking tape & newspaper
- Pressure washer or hose
- Small 2 - 3" synthetic paint brush
- A large masonry paint brush
- An extendable roller and paint tray
- Concrete sealer
- Floor paint
- Brush cleaner or solvent
Cleaning solutions and paint products may contain harmful chemicals. In addition, cleaning painted surfaces can create a lot of dust, so be sure to wear protective clothing including goggles, gloves, and a face mask at all times.Shop protective clothing
Step 1: Clean the area
Ensure the garage is well ventilated by opening any doors and windows.
Use an outdoor broom to brush the surface to remove any debris and surface dirt.
Remove dirt, grease, and stains using a medium - stiff bristle brush and a driveway cleaning solution.
If the surfaces have a build up of fungus, algae or mildew, scrub them with an anti fungal solution.
Rinse with a pressure washer or, alternatively, a hose with good pressure then allow to dry.
Always read the instructions of the products prior to use.Shop treatments & cleaners
Step 2: Repair damage
Repair cracks in the concrete surface using a concrete repair compound or epoxy patching mortar. Fill the cracks and smooth with filling knife or decorating scraper.
Rub down with coarse grade sand paper when dry.Shop floor levelling compounds Shop sand paper
Step 3: Apply the sealer
Use a concrete sealer to prepare the concrete ready for paint. Use a small to medium paintbrush to paint the edges and the hard to reach areas. Use a long handled roller and paint tray to paint large flat surfaces. Check the product's instructions for the correct drying time, don't rush this stage.Shop primers and undercoats
Step 4: Apply the floor paint
Mix the paint thoroughly, and then apply a thin first coat. Use a small
to medium paintbrush to paint the edges and the hard to reach areas.
Use a long handled roller and paint tray to paint large flat surfaces.
Follow the instructions on the tin for the number of coats required. LeaveShop brushes, rollers & accessories
each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next.
Heavy traffic areas will likely need recoating approximately every year.
Last step: Finishing up
Remaining paints, stains and oils should be stored or disposed of
according to their individual instructions. Do not empty down drains.
Remove as much of the product from the brushes, rollers or paint pads
If you have used water-based paints, simply wash with water. Work a little
soap into them, rinse them clean and leave them to dry.
If you have used oil or solvent-based paints or stains, simply clean withShop treatments & cleaners
a solvent such as white spirit.
Resting brushes in a jar for any length of time is certain to ruin them, so suspoend the brush, or use a specifically designed cleaning tub.