Follow these steps to creating a showroom-like garage floor.
Cindy’s happy with her new garage floor, a bonus with her garage door makeover. Epoxy looks great and is easy to clean. It resists oil stains and water beads up on it. Epoxy’s surface is perfect for high foot or car traffic, but it also can look as good as another room in your house. It’s easy and fun to have and maintain an epoxy floor, as long as you follow a few rules for keeping it even and gorgeous:
- Start with an even, clean surface. That means you have to patch holes or cracks in the floor and wait for them to cure. Epoxy won’t adhere to a new floor or to one that has a sealant. Your epoxy kit should include a cleaning and etching solution. Cindy bought her kit at a big box store.
- The etching solution opens up the pores and prepares the cement to receive the epoxy. It’s sort of like a facial for your garage floor. Wear goggles and rubber gloves when working with the etching solution and tape plastic around the garage floor perimeter about two feet up on the wall with blue tape.
- Two-part epoxy can dry quickly and smear if not mixed correctly, so preparation is key. You’ll need a paddle blade and an electric drill. The paddle blade is a drill attachment that looks like a long stick with a propeller at the bottom, or sort of like a giant hand blender blade. It will mix part A and part B of the epoxy.
- You’ll also need a brush and a couple of three-eighths-inch nap paint roller covers and a roller with a long handle. If you don’t mix the two parts well, your mix will look like marble brownies, and that’s not the look you want on your floor.
- This is a two-person job because the epoxy can harden in about two hours. Work in sections, each about 4 foot by 4 foot. Be sure to start in a back corner so you can work your way out of the garage, and not into, well, a corner!
- One person can cut the edges with a brush first and the other begins rolling the section. Always leave a wet edge where the finished section will meet the next section to prevent ridges or color variation in the surface.
Now celebrate each perfectly painted section with some fairy dusting. Sprinkling colored flakes is fun, but requires a little technique and flick of the wrist. Cindy became an expert with her softball technique that circles out, up and back. If you let go of all of the flakes at once, they’ll clump on the damp floor. It’s better to throw them like confetti so they spread and make your finished epoxy floor look like terrazzo.
Be sure to watch Cindy’s fairy dust technique and see more photos of her floor and complete garage makeover.