DIY Garage Floor Coating

Being on sabbatical doesn’t mean I can’t do projects around the house. Now that I’m back from my adventure in Israel & Jordan, I’ve had a chance to work on several of the things around the house that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but because I haven’t “stopped” regularly – I’ve never given myself the time to do. So, one of the goals of my sabbatical was also to work on some projects around the house that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.

Big project number one? The garage floor.

My dad sealed his garage floor with an epoxy coating a few years ago and I really liked the way that it looked, so I wound up getting a kit for my birthday this year. So, since I had the time to completely empty my garage, I invited my parents over and we made short work of the project.

We started out with an empty garage that looked pretty sad:

After an acid wash & then painting on the epoxy coating, voila:

I was really pleased with the results. If you’re looking for a low-cost and easy way to spruce up your garage, this is definitely the way to go. Other than the time it took to empty the garage, the project only took about 4 hours to complete. Aside from looking lots better, sealing the floor makes the garage easier to clean and maintain. The only downside of the project is that you can’t park cars on it until it has cured for 3 days. Here’s a side by side comparison of what the floors will look like before & after:

For a two-car garage, the project will cost you about $150. Not bad, huh?

Yay for crossing off one major project off the list. Now, on to the next one. . .

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2 thoughts on “DIY Garage Floor Coating”

  1. I’m doing some research on what to do for my garage floor and came across your blog post. Since you did this back in 2012, I’m wondering if you could comment on how the coating has held up nearly 4 years laters. Thanks!

    1. Hey JJ- thanks for asking. I have had great success with the product, actually. Installed it and haven’t seen a knick on the floor and it cleans up easily and quickly each time. I have moved since then and putting this coating was one of the first things I did upon move in. Don’t know that I’ll ever go back to having a bare concrete garage floor. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to make sure you prep your floor adequately. It must be SUPER clean and free of grease/oil or anything that would hinder the paint bonding to the concrete. It’s not a fun part of the process, so it’s easy to gloss over. Don’t. Take the time to do it right and you’ll never have a problem with the floor. Enjoy!

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