DIY Refinished Garage Floor

I am currently in the process of overhauling our garage for my husband, Evan.  Last August, we refinished the garage floor (yep, I’m a little behind in posts…).  Here’s what the floor looked like midway through our garage transformation:

Fortunately, our garage floor was in great shape when we moved in.  For the overhaul, however, not only did I want to make the floors to look spectacular, but I wanted to protect and preserve the concrete as well as improve the value of our home by doing so. 

To complete the job, we bought two boxes of QUIKRETE 2-Part Epoxy Garage Floor Coating. Two boxes were needed to complete our two-garage garage, and the total came out to be approximately $150.00.  (Well worth the investment, and still it was a much cheaper solution than the alternatives.)  A great thing that came with this set was an instructional DVD that explained exactly how to complete the process step-by-step.  It really took the guess work out of a potentially daunting and major home project.

The first step:  Clean out the garage!  We shoved everything that we could into our mudroom and outdoor shed, and piled everything else on top of and beneath the built-in work bench.  We then swept the floors several times to eliminate any dirt and debris.

Then we hosed the whole thing down.  The most important part about refinishing the floor was the prep work.  Though all of the prep work was time consuming and tedious, we made sure not to skimp on any of the next steps to ensure that this new floor was going to last.

Paint and epoxy alone won’t bond to a concrete surface — the concrete will need to be etched.  To do so, we brought out a large watering can and mixed the concentrate featured below with three quarts of water.

Using the watering can, we sprinkled the cleaning and etching solution onto the garage floor, letting it sit and permeate for several minutes.  It’s best to wear rubber boots when you do this because this stuff is toxic.  

Then, we used a stiff floor brush to scrub the solution into the concrete.  It was a good arm workout, to say the least!

After scrubbing the floor, we hosed it again and used a squeegee to dry up the puddles.  We let the concrete dry overnight since it was still pretty damp.

The following morning, the concrete was ready to paint!

There were two cans for this step.  One was part A, the actual concrete paint; the other was Part B, the hardener, which was a type of epoxy. In order for the paint to stick to the concrete, both of these cans had to be mixed together.  Upon mixing, the chemicals in the paint and epoxy activate appropriately so that it’ll adhere to the concrete.

We painted the floor in sections, first by starting at the edges, and then working toward the middle.  The paint itself felt a little thicker than usual, almost like a glue.  It is meant to cover the concrete using only one coat.

An extension rod with a roller made it easy to paint the floor in rectangular sections.

To add a little interest to the floor, the kit came with a bottle of color flakes.  
To apply, we liberally sprinkled these flakes over each section before it dried.

We then continued throughout the garage, painting it section by section.  Faint lines could be seen between these coats, but once the paint dried, those lines weren’t noticeable.

Here’s a closeup of the difference between the original floor versus the freshly painted floor:

Almost done!

The paint is waterproof, oil-proof, and weatherproof.  That’s why we chose to paint the “apron” of the garage, too.

By nightfall, we were done!  We had to wait 24 hours for the floor to dry before it could handle light foot traffic, and then a full 72 hours before we could park our cars in the garage.

Here it is a few days later!  Not only is it beautiful, but it’s durable, and all spills can be cleaned up using a single paper towel.  

We’ve been living with this floor for several months now, and it looks just as beautiful as the day we painted it.  I’m confident that it’ll hold up in the years to come, as well.

Our cat likes it, too.  I think.
There’s plenty more of the garage to be revealed!  Stay tuned.  🙂

12 thoughts on “DIY Refinished Garage Floor”

  1. Ohh…I've been thinking of doing this to my garage. I've heard that sometimes the hot tires can make the paint “pop” or bubble. Have you noticed anything like that?

    PS you make it look REALLY simple!

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  2. Thank you, Annie! I haven't noticed any popping or bubbling in the paint yet, and we've lived with this floor for a good six months now. The only thing that shows is if you pull a wet car into the garage, the water will drip onto the floor and leave a yellowish stain. That stain can be cleaned up with a wet paper towel really easily, though. I really recommend it, and hope you do something similar to your garage!

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  5. That was a lot of work! Glad you guys were able to pull through exceptionally. How is it now? Make sure you take good care of your floor, okay? You can always check with trusted sellers for tools and other items to help you maintain a good floor. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Wow! fantastic job!
    i have already purchased my “new flooring” and wanted to get it done prior to me moving into a brand new home, however as luck would have it, it did not work out like that. So next week after I bulid my shed , move garage items to shed , then the PARTY BEGINS.
    Thank you for the photos and step by step commentary. I was dreading on renting a concrete sander to “etch” my. floor…after viewing your proces I believe the “liquid” etch is going to be my blessing in disguise.
    Look for my AWESOME GARAGE FLOOR. in about 2 weeks

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  7. I have thought about polishing the concrete in our garage. I know that not many people care about what the garage floor looks like but I would love to have a nice garage. Do you think it was worth it to paint your garage floor? I'm also a little scared to do it because one of our car leaks and I don't want to ruin the polish right away if it happens to leak on the floor.
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