Are you looking for a way to spruce up your garage door floor? Many homeowners consider painting their concrete to cover over imperfections and give their garage a fresh look. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Tulsa, OK has a few tips on what you need to know to paint your floor.
1. Pick The Right Paint
You can either go with a latex based paint, oil-based or epoxy, depending on the type of floor you have. Be sure you have the right type of paint remover for whatever you choose to use. Water is only good on latex based paints. You will need turpentine for an oil-based paint. Epoxy will require a heat gun.
If you want the longest lasting surface for your concrete floor, you should use an epoxy. Proper ventilation is key for using an epoxy paint.
2. Prepare Your Garage Door Floor
Prior to applying any type of coat on your floor, you need to prepare the surface. Clean the floor as well as you can. You may even consider renting a buffer tool to really get the surface clean. The less dirt, grime, and oil on the surface, the longer lasting your paint job will be.
Fill in holes and small cracks with a concrete patch compound. Allow the product to completely cure before starting your project.
Make sure everything is dry and there isn’t any moisture on the floor. Even if there is a small amount of water on the surface, it can mess up your project.
Epoxy requires the floor to have an etching formula poured on the surface before laying down the epoxy.
3. Apply Your Choice of Paint
Each paint has a different type of process for the actual painting. Latex and oil based paints are pretty standard and just require a roller to lay down the coating. If you are working with epoxy, you will need to work fast, because once it is mixed you have about two hours to get it down.
If you are using latex or oil, allow it to completely dry and then go over the surface with a second coat. It may not need a full coat, but it might need to be touched in certain spots. Take a good look at the surface to figure out which is best. Epoxy won’t need a second coat.
4. Allow Paint to Fully Dry
Before you put your items back in the garage or park in the area, you need to let the paint cure completely. Most paint takes up to 24 hours to dry. It may seem like the coating is dry after a few hours, but that doesn’t mean it is dry all the way down.
Call Us For Other Updates to Your Garage
After you paint your garage floor, you might want to update your garage even more. consider having the team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Tulsa, Oklahoma install a new garage door. Our team can get a basic new door together for you in a few days. If you want to fully customize your door, it can be ready in 3-4 weeks. Call us now and we can help you with a new door. Our team looks forward to hearing from you.