Paint Garage Walls for a Warmer Welcome

It might not be common to paint your garage walls, but if you use your garage as a secondary entrance to your home, maybe it should be. 

It’s not unusual for most people to keep their front door freshly painted.  After all, it makes an all-important first impression on visitors.  But with so many of us using our garages as a second entranceway into our homes, allowing friends and other visitors to pass through, it’s ironic that we pay so little attention to its appearance. 

Even if you don’t let outsiders in through the garage, why not make it a more pleasant place for those you love most – your family?

A fresh coat of paint on your garage walls is an easy way to improve its look – but for a painting job well-done, be sure to follow these easy steps:

painting garage wallsUse the Right Paint.  Garages typically aren’t temperature-controlled, since they act as a buffer between the warmth of home and the harsher outside world.  As temperatures fluctuate between extreme cold and blistering heat, walls and woodwork may expand or contract.  For this reason, you want to choose 100% acrylic latex interior paint for your garage walls.  It provides superior adhesion. 

100% acrylic latex is formulated with an acrylic binder that tightly grips your prepared surfaced.  It withstands the kind of temperature changes you’d expect in a garage environment.

Prepare the Paint Surface.  Most garage walls are...well, they're just plain dirty.  And that’s normal in an environment that commonly sees dust, exhaust fumes, grease, kids and pets.  Before you paint, be sure to give all paint surfaces a thorough cleaning. 

If you find your garage walls are plagued by stubborn stains, you may have to conceal them by first applying a stain-blocking primer before your color.  Even without stains, however, quality drywall primer will help give painted walls a more uniform appearance – especially if you're working with unpainted sheetrock.

Sheen Cleans.  If your garage walls are in good shape, consider using paint with a high sheen.  It resists stains and it’s easiest to clean. 

However, if your garage walls are marred by dents, dings, and sloppy joints, go with eggshell, satin, or low-luster paints.  Gloss tends to call attention to imperfections in a wall.

A fresh painting job on your garage walls is a simple way to warm your welcome towards garage-door guests, and to make family feel even more at home, both coming and going. 

For more information on interior and exterior painting, including painting a garage, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at www.paintquality.com.