Garages are often dull, uninspiring places, full of stuff you’ve hoarded over the years, breezeblock walls and a rough concrete floor.
It doesn’t take much to get some semblance and order with a day spent tidying up, but why not smarten up the whole thing?
Instead of a dark, dreary spider-infested place, a lick of paint can almost turn it into another room, a workshop, or even you know, a place for your actual car to live during the winter months.
Along with painting the walls – exterior masonry paint will do, white usually brightens and smartens the easiest, painting the floor is one of the best ways to smarten your garage.
Ideally, you want to use a resin epoxy; this will give you the best, hardest wearing finish. One of the easiest places to buy all you need is from a UK based company called Resincoat.
Coming in a kit form, you can select from a primer of your choice; this will vary depending on the current finish/state of the floor you wish to paint.
If it’s a new concrete floor, then it’s a good idea to use Resincoat’s Damp Tolerant Primer, for an old dusty floor their Deep Penetrating Primer would suit it better.
It doesn’t even have to be a decent surface, if the concrete floor is a little weak, Resincoat make a Stabilising Primer to help harden the floor before painting.
In a home garage environment, you could have oil or grease on the current flooring, but there’s an Oil Tolerant Primer to take care of that.
Any finish you may already have in your garage has been been thought of, enabling you to get the perfect finish.
After that you then need your actual epoxy floor paint, this comes in 14 different colours. 1KG of paint is good enough to cover a 3-4m2 area, while 2.5kg will suit 8-10m2. You’ll need enough for two coats.
Naturally, you get all the tools you need, epoxy roller, paint scuttle, roller head, and a paddle for your drill to mix the epoxy with.
Workable time in the tin is 20 minutes, so you need to get your first coat out and onto the floor within that time. Actual workable time on the floor is 40 minutes before it starts to cure chemically.
The great thing about a resin garage floor is that it’s a one-time thing, do it the once, and it’s good for many years to come.
Comparing the price to plastic floor tiles and it’s on par, but the high gloss finish you get with epoxy looks second to none – you also won’t have the worry of jacking up that you get with plastic flooring.