One of the biggest issues I have had in using my garage as a workshop has been the concrete floor. Whether it be dust generated from sweeping the floor or from the concrete starting to show wear and tear in high traffic areas, things were becoming a problem.
After a little research it became clear that results gained from using straightforward “Garage Floor Paint” are mixed. With plenty of negative and critical reviews, this doesn’t seem like the best option. So a bit more digging and I was led to Epoxy based paint for concrete floors.
This paint comprises of 2 parts, the first is a pigment and the second is a chemical hardener. The only draw-back is that the floor that is being painted really needs to be clean and free from grease or debris otherwise the paint won’t stay down.
After picking up some paint from ebay, first step was to clear out the garage and clean the floor.
Once the space had been cleared, it was time to thoroughly vacuum clean the floor. Luckily there was no grease or stains on the floor, so there was no need to use the chemical cleaner that was supplied with the paint.
With the the floor vacuumed as much as possible, I taped up the damp proof membrane that I had installed under the plywood wall liners. At a later state skirting will be installed to give the workshop a finished feel.
The paint comes in three parts, Pigment, Hardener and chemical cleaner. Luckily the cleaner wasn’t needed. The aim is to apply two coats of paint on the floor with around 24hrs between coats and then leave the floor to dry for a minimum of 24-48hrs before using the floor again. As two coats are required, measure out half of both the pigment and also the hardener into another container and mix very well.
Starting around the perimeter of the floor and then working from the back of the garage to the front, using a medium set paint roller, the application was quick and straight forward. Having another person on hand to assist was handy as it meant that one person could apply while the second kept the paint/hardener mix stirring to prevent any settlement.
After each coat I left the garage floor to dry, closing the door and blocking the gap at the foot of the door with bricks in order to try and stop the wind blowing any debris under the door and onto the wet paint.
After two coats and 48hrs of drying time, the floor was finished and looked great. I would say at this stage that in hindsight, I would leave the floor for at leave 7 days to dry before starting to use the garage again, as the tires from a motorbike were able to pull up some of the paint in the first week or so, requiring a small amount of touch up on my part.