Step #1: Prep Your Space
How do you prep your garage floor for an epoxy paint? Creating a clean, tidy workspace is key. Step one for garage floor preparation before painting is to remove all items from your floor. Be sure to sweep the area just outside of your garage to prevent leaves and other debris from getting in while you’re working.
Consider weather when it comes to painting your garage floor: a warm, dry day is ideal for best results. The optimum climate is less than 70 percent humidity and no lower than 10° C (50° F).
Secure good ventilation in your garage: Open windows and keep the garage door open about 46 cm (18 inches) for proper air movement.
Wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when mixing epoxy compounds.
Step #2: Clean Your Garage Floor
With everything off your garage floor, let’s look at how to clean your garage floor before painting. Start by sweeping and mopping the floor. Remove any grease stains by scrubbing with Corotech® Oil & Grease Emulsifier. Rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry completely.
- If you’re using Corotech® Oil & Grease Emulsifier to clean your floor, be sure to mix the concentrate with water before applying. Read all product instructions before use.
Step #3: Mix the Epoxy Primer
You should always prime your garage floor before you epoxy, as primer provides a solid foundation for your top coat. To prime your garage floor with Corotech® Moisture Tolerant Quick Set Epoxy Sealer, you’ll need to first mix the primer’s two components together. Pour Part B into Part A and use a drill mixer on a low setting for three to five minutes until completely blended. See the product’s Technical Data Sheet for detailed instructions.
- Make sure the mixture is incorporated fully after first mixing by pouring the mixed material into another bucket and mixing again.
Step #4: Apply the Epoxy Primer
Once your epoxy primer is fully mixed, pour it onto your garage floor in a ribbon. Using a paintbrush, cut in the borders of your floor by applying the primer to the floor around the edges of the garage.
Switch to a squeegee or a roller to spread the primer onto the rest of the floor, working toward the exit of the garage so you don’t paint yourself in. Allow the primer to dry completely.
- If you’re wondering how long to let your garage floor dry before you paint, Corotech® Moisture Tolerant Quick Set Epoxy Sealer has about a 4-hour dry time—depending on your environment. You should be working on a day that is below 70 percent humidity. If not, it could take up to 7 hours to dry completely.
- You’ll know that the primer is dry because it will change from a milky white-yellow colour to clear.
Step #5: Mix the Top Coat
Mix your top coat according to the instructions on the can or the product’s Technical Data Sheet. When it comes to choosing your top coat: