CommunityGarage Floor Paint Option: Three Options Offer Protection and Style

Garage Floor Paint Option: Three Options Offer Protection and Style

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What garage floor paint finishes do you recommend? I just reorganized my garage, and after getting everything up off the floor, I now notice how grotesque my floor looks. It's a cement garage floor that seems to have been treated by the previous owner to help prevent staining. I filled in all the cracks, but the garage floor is not very easy on the eyes.

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You've got great garage floor paint finishes to choose from. Now that you've tackled the big task of organizing your garage, consider one of the following garage floor finishes to complete the transformation.

Epoxy Coatings: These garage floor paint finishes are usually sold in kits, and come with a variety of products and easy-to-follow steps. The first step is usually a cleaner, followed by a primer and a topcoat mixed with epoxy which is going to dry to a very durable coating. The color is embedded in the coating so it will wear well, and some kits even come with a sprinkle mixture you can add to give the floor a kind of speckled, retro look. Manufacturers offering garage floor epoxy coating kits include Abatron, Rustoleum, Quikrete and Behr.

Paint: A concrete garage floor can be painted as well. Be sure to thoroughly clean the floor and get rid of any stains. TSP (trisodium phosphate) is an excellent cleanser and usually in the paint aisle of your local home improvement center. Let the floor dry after cleaning and then apply a concrete coating primer. Finish with a paint made specifically for use on a concrete garage floor, which will usually contain epoxy in order to ensure good adhesion.

Floor Tiles: There are many types of floor tiles that are specifically made for garage floors. Some are oversized rubber tiles shaped like puzzle pieces in a variety of colors, and others are made of a rigid plastic that interlocks and can look like anything from diamond plating to a smooth surface. Check out www.AmericanGarageFloor.com to see a range of options in tile-style garage floor paint finishes.