The floor of a garage is not something that a lot of people pay attention to. However, those who do spend a lot of time there working will know that garage floor paint, while not the first consideration to many, is something that will make the job of cleaning up a lot easier if the right brand is chosen and it is applied in the right manner.
Unlike ordinary paint, the paint applied to a garage floor is subject to more wear and tear than a regular painted surface. In addition to cold, the floor also has a variety of toxic materials that it can potentially come into contact with, such as oil and gasoline. For this reason it needs something extra to deal with that potentially toxic damage, and that extra something is a little material known as epoxy.
Epoxy is a chemical formed by two different polymers, a “resin” and a “hardener”. It’s ability to resist chemicals as well as heat make it an excellent choice for application with garage floor paint, where the aforementioned chemicals and the heat generated off of automobiles requires something that can take a heavy beating over time.
Applying the paint involves a few, albeit easy, steps. Initially the garage floor is cleared, vacuumed and cleaned before the painting begins. Some manufacturers include a concrete cleaning solution before the paint is even applied. In any case the floor is cleaned Garage floor paint thoroughly before the base coat is applied with a standard paint roller. In some cases a knap may be required for rough patches. Once the base coat is applied and while it is still wet the epoxy chips are sprinkled on until they cover the entire surface. After the base coat is dry, the top coat is applied for the final shine and protection of the underlying base coat and epoxy material.
Garage floor paint comes in several different prices from around $30 all the way up to $150 based upon manufacturer, quality, and amount of square feet that can be coated. While garages themselves range in size, 250 square feet is considered standard for a one car garage. Many home owners may not see the need for garage floor paint. But those that spend considerable time and expense around their cars will see this as an invaluable investment in their floor and a time saver in terms of cleaning up after a particularly messy oil change.