The beginner’s guide to painting a garage floor

Painting a garage floor is not difficult and may turn out to be very rewarding. Painting a garage floor can produce much better results than buying an epoxy paint job.

A possible downside is that the process takes more time, but you will have much better results. If you want to know how to paint a garage floor, then take note of the following steps:

The beginner’s guide to painting a garage floor, Zazzy Home

1) Cover your car or other expensive materials such as tools in their place before starting painting;

2) Next, lightly sand bare concrete using 100 grit sandpaper

3) Sweep and brush thoroughly in order to remove dust and debris

4) Fill any cracks or holes larger than 1/8″ (3mm). Holes less than 1/8″ (3mm) should be filled with concrete patching compound;

5) Use high-quality exterior primer;

6) Apply two coats of acrylic paint to the floor. The first coat must be tacky when it is dry;

7) Allow 24 hours for each coat to dry completely before applying another coat. Once the final coat has dried, you can drive your car back into the garage without fear of getting tire marks on your newly painted surface (this may take up to 72 hours, depending on the climate).

You will need several supplies in order to successfully paint a garage floor: 100 grit sandpaper, broom, drill and bits, epoxy primer, high-quality exterior grade acrylic paint, painter’s tape, plastic sheeting, and shovel. In addition, a floor roller such as the Wagner Power Roller Plus 70500 may be needed in order to get an even coat of paint on your garage floor.

When painting a garage floor, the first step is to cover any items that you do not want to be painted with plastic sheeting and securely fasten them in place using heavy objects such as cinder blocks and bricks.

Next, sweep and brush out the garage to remove all dirt and debris. Finally, use a drill with 100 grit sandpaper in order to lightly sand ridges and high spots where the paint might pool or collect after rolling the paint on the floor.

Fill cracks larger than 1/8″ (3mm) with concrete patch compounds such as Quikrete Concrete Ready Mix. Once the filling process is complete, lightly sand the patched areas using 100 grit sandpaper until smooth before applying primer. Sweep out once more to remove all dust and dirt. Next, apply an epoxy primer. Allow this coat of primer to dry completely (overnight) before continuing on with step 5).

It is important that you allow each coat of paint to dry for 24 hours before beginning to work with it again in order to prevent the streaking or pooling of paint when applying subsequent coats.

The beginner’s guide to painting a garage floor, Zazzy Home

After applying two coats of high-grade exterior acrylic paint in light even strokes, use plastic sheeting and tape off your car in order to keep overspray away from it. If you do not cover your vehicle or other items, the paint will get onto them.

Allow up to 72 hours for the final coat of paint to dry thoroughly before allowing your car back into the garage without fear of getting tire marks on your newly painted surface. You can use a floor roller in order to get an even coat of paint on your garage floor, but this is not completely necessary.

Painting a garage floor will give it a shiny look and protect it from rust. In addition, painting a garage floor yourself saves money compared to having a professional contractor come in and do an epoxy coating job. With paint, you will get better results than the epoxy coating that is available on the market. Painting a garage floor can be difficult, or it can take some time, depending on how much preparation needs to be done. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using products such as paint and primer for your garage floor painting project.

Now to address some questions you may have…

How long does it take for paint to dry on a garage floor?

The paint takes a long time to dry in most cases. However, the type of paint being used also needs to be taken into consideration when considering how long it will require. For example, latex paints tend to dry faster than other types, but there are still many factors that can lead to significant variations in drying times. The temperature and humidity should also be considered because they have a large effect on evaporation rates.

The first coat should require 12 hours or more to fully cure before being sanded and recoated with two coats of high-grade enamel. It should then take three days before doors can be hung or cabinets installed. After this point, additional layers may be applied as needed after 24 hours without disturbance from foot traffic or cabinets/doors.

How long does Ronseal garage floor paint take to dry?

Ronseal does not give a specific time frame as to how long it takes for their Garage Floor Paint to dry. They only state that the drying process can take up to 4 days depending on climate conditions and the number of coats applied.

They recommend using a roller or paintbrush for best results, rolling over the garage floor paint with a second coat once it is touch-dry which usually takes about two hours. Applying three coats of Ronseal garage floor paint will provide an attractive high-gloss finish.

Knowing this, we can assume the drying process would be longer than four days because there are additional steps involved in applying another coat after waiting 2 hours (for each coat). According to Testors model car kits, they say the paint can be ready to be sanded after 10 hours of drying time, but it should be left for at least 24 hours before applying the next coat.

Ronseal recommends that their Garage Floor Paint be used with an exterior oil-based primer for best results. Do not use Rustins Interior Primer, as this will prevent Ronseal garage floor paint from adhering properly to your garage floor.

Do not apply if the temperature is below five °C or above 25°C or if rain is expected within 4 hours of application because dampness can affect the adhesion and may stop the product from working as intended.

Always wear gloves when handling Ronseal garage floor paint and make sure the container is tightly closed when not in use.

The beginner’s guide to painting a garage floor, Zazzy Home

How long does it take Behr concrete paint to dry?

It doesn’t matter which Behr concrete paint you’re using – there are a few different levels. Maybe you’re using a primer/sealer, or maybe you’re doing an update with the one coat version. No matter what kind of paint job you have going on, though, it’s important to know how long it takes for your coat of Behr concrete paint to dry so that you can apply another coat as soon as possible and avoid drips or streaks.

With each layer, keep in mind that this kind of product is SUPER water-resistant from the moment it goes onto the surface. Still, if put on too thickly, it won’t cure properly and will peel off easily for a very short period following application. The longer it takes to dry, the better it will hold up in the long run.

Here’s a general guide:

(This seems like a really short amount of time.)

You can paint a primer/sealer on this coat and wait anywhere from one hour to 12 hours before applying another layer. One hour is usually standard for most concrete painting jobs (with or without decoration), but increase that to two hours if you’re doing detailed work. On average, plan on waiting six hours between layers of primer/sealer.

One-coat Behr concrete paint – use this when creating an entirely new surface or working with very porous concrete such as that found in driveways and garage floors. Let it dry for no less than eight hours before applying a second coat when using this product.

Two-coat Behr concrete paint – this product is meant to create a stronger surface with more protection and durability against weathering, etc. A two-coat application takes 24 hours to prime and to cure completely, so you should plan on painting at the earliest after that time period.

Can I paint my garage floor with regular paint?

There’s a good chance that you could paint the floor of your garage successfully without issue. If possible, try to cover an area roughly 10×10 feet and make sure it is well ventilated before starting this project; if you don’t have adequate ventilation, go somewhere else until the fumes dissipate.

Ensure the surface is dry and clean; many people will power-wash their garage floors, but any loose debris should be removed before painting. Once the floor is dry and clean, apply one thin coat of primer onto the floor. Make sure not to apply too much or too thick of a coat, or it may cause problems in adhesion later on when applying layers of paint. Let this layer completely cure before applying your topcoat. If you used a primer, do not apply this top coat until the next day.

Once your floor has completely cured (usually at least 24 hours), it’s time to lay down the paint; make sure you use any recommended primers or adhesion promoters before applying your paint. You should also look for paints that are specifically formulated for garage floors and sometimes come with a warranty like Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield Garage Floor Paint. Keep in mind that regular latex house paints aren’t made for garages; they may contain chemicals that will eat away at your flooring or attract dirt and grime.

The beginner’s guide to painting a garage floor, Zazzy Home

If you have an epoxy-coated garage floor already, then painting over it with another type of epoxy is possible; however, it may not look as good. Suppose you’re looking to get more of an epoxy-coated floor feel on the paint that you put down (such as with a polyurethane coating). In that case, there are alternatives such as using this kit from 3M, which has 2 gallons of epoxy and comes with a roller cover specifically designed for garage floors.

Keep in mind that painting your floor is unlikely to be tough enough if you need to apply thick coats; it can work for small touchups like filling in cracks or scratches, but not much more than that. It’s also likely that any moisture will eventually seep through, so make sure you have adequate drainage in place prior to applying paint.

To answer the question directly, yes, you can paint your garage floor with regular paint. However, if it’s not a good idea or there are better alternatives available, make sure you consider all options before starting this project.

Is concrete paint waterproof?

The vast majority of manufacturers claim their paint is 100% waterproof – but read their warranties carefully before deciding whether this meets your standards. Some say the product ‘protects’ or ‘hides’ rather than being a total barrier against rain and sun exposure damage. Others offer a limited warranty just covering peeling or chipping from the front side of the treated piece only. If water-resistant properties will be important in your application, look closely at the product’s warranty or ask the manufacturer directly how long they recommend their product list(s) with typical outdoor exposure.

It is safe to say that if you plan to use concrete paint on an object which requires full-time protection from exterior elements/conditions, then you will probably be happier with a product that is at least guaranteed as completely waterproof.

Is it better to paint or stain concrete?

First, determine what you want to accomplish with your concrete. Then, use commercial grade paint to create patterns or life-like scenes on the surface of your concrete. This can be done using stencils and brushes, rollers, or sprayers. The only time it’s appropriate to use aerosol paint is if you are trying to achieve a solid color; the sprayer gives the paint better coverage than other methods.

Use water-based stains instead of paints when you want more subtle coloring like sun-bleached wood or worn stone. Water-based stains soak into the concrete’s pores for more natural results than paints, which sit atop the slab-like plastic wrap; however, supplies for this technique are not always available at home centers. You’ll need to use a water-based stain if you want matching wood siding, brick, or stone for your outdoor project.

For maximum adhesion and more vibrant color, both paint and stains require the surface of the concrete to be slightly rough. Lightly sandblast the surface with an air nozzle attached to a compressor until it’s dull in appearance. Fortunately, many paints are now formulated for application over concrete without prior priming or sanding by using special primers filled with fine aggregate particles that adhere to the slab. These types of paints are also very durable once dry.

If you’re planning on applying either type of paint/stain during cold weather, don’t worry about having to put off your project until spring; under certain conditions, both types of products can be applied to concrete at temperatures well below freezing.


Meet Jeff. For the last 10 years, he's been repairing and fixing problem homes - from leaky roofs to faulty wiring. He started blogging about his experiences as a way to help others who might be struggling with home repairs, and he's become something of an expert in the field. Jeff is always up for a challenge, and he loves sharing his tips and advice with others. When it comes to home repairs, Jeff knows what he's talking about. So if you're looking for some help and guidance, be sure to check out his latest guide!

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