How to resurface your garage floor
For many people, their garage is an extension of who they are. This is definitely the case for the creative types that like to build things or work on projects in their spare time. We all have a mate that has that perfect woodworking setup in his garage where he spends much of his free time. Eventually the floor of your garage, or workshop as it is for some, will show some signs of age. Fortunately, there is a way to add new life to your garage floor. Read on for tips on how to resurface your garage floor and give it new life.
There are different options for sprucing up your garage floor, but they all require some basic prep before you get started. You might choose to apply paving paint, or an epoxy, or maybe you’re just planning to apply a sealer. Whatever approach you have in mind, it’s important to follow basic safety guidelines. When working with industrial strength cleaners you should always have gloves, face mask and safety glasses before you start. It’s also a good idea to wear clothing that covers all exposed skin.
The Right Tools for the Job
Every job is easier when you have the right tools to work with. In this case, it’s easier if you have a power washer for cleaning the floor. For those that don’t own one, they can be rented. Unless you’re lucky enough to know someone you can borrow one from. For applying paint or epoxy, you’ll also need a brush and roller. Some painters tape is a good idea as well to protect the walls from spillage.
Prepping the Concrete
Once you have all the right gear you need to get started. Additionally, the next step is to clean the surface. That’s where the power washer comes in. Firstly, you’ll want to make sure that everything has been removed from the garage. Then you can begin the cleaning.
There’s one more step that’s required before you can begin the process of resurfacing. You have to make sure that there isn’t a sealer on the concrete. If there is, it has to be removed first. It can be detached by physically blasting or sanding the surface, or you can use chemicals for the job that are widely available.
When applying an epoxy, the surface has to be clean of all debris and spills first. The power washer is just the start. It’s also important to clean with an acid solution as well. At this stage, the gloves, mask and safety eyewear are vital. The doors of the garage should also be open. After the chemicals have dried, you’ll be ready to get started.
Down to Business
The last step is applying the paving paint or epoxy. A pole roller makes the application process smoother and it’s easier on the body. Be sure to use that painters tape first so there are no leaks on the wall. After you’re finished, allow 24 hours before walking on the floor again. Remember, when using epoxy it takes time to cure. It will be about a week before you’ll want to drive your car on it. That’s all there is to it. That’s how you resurface your garage.
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