What you need to know about floor paint
If you're dissatisfied with your existing garage or basement floors, there are some simple floor paint techniques you can use for do-it-yourself refinishing that looks great and wears well. The two most common products for painting concrete floors are concrete stain and epoxy concrete paint. Both can be applied by anyone in a matter of two or three days, making them perfect for so-called home renovation weekend warriors.
Staining Concrete Floors
An easy way to renovate your utility floors with minimal work is to use a product called concrete stain. Just as wood stain colors wood while maintaining its natural grain and texture, so concrete stain adds a light coat of color to your existing concrete floor. A wide variety of different colors are available, and you can even mix your own tint if you're not satisfied with the standard products on the market.
As an added bonus, most concrete stains are also water and stain repellent to protect your floor. To enhance the protection, you can also add a clear, waterproof gloss after staining.
For best results, conduct a thorough floor cleaning prior to applying any seal or paint. Sweep the floor to remove as much dust and debris as possible, and use a concrete-approved floor cleaner to remove any stains. Then, follow the directions on your concrete stain and clear coat carefully and ensure that you allow adequate drying time between applications.
Applying Concrete Floor Paint
If you're looking for an all-in-one solution that allows you to fix, color, seal and protect your floors, check out garage and basement floor paint, which usually contains epoxy. This provides the some of the benefits of an epoxy floor — resistance to heat, acid, salt, rust and water, for example — while maintaining the texture of concrete.
Read and follow the instructions on your basement or garage floor paint carefully for the best looking, longest lasting results. Be sure to leave ample drying time between coats, and also note any curing time required after the final application. Most epoxy paints take several days to set to their maximum durability, so you'll need to find another place for your car or any heavy furniture items until then.