A garage floor coating is almost a necessity for anyone who owns a garage, or at least ones that aren’t filled to the ceiling with spare furniture or old junk. That’s because these coatings not only make the floor look better but also protects the floor of the garage as well. Some of them not only are water-resistant but also resist the damaging effects of road salt that may fall off the vehicle. Before using one of these products, however, the user has to find the best garage floor coating possible. Which is an area I can be helpful. Below are some of the best garage floor coating products currently available. These are products that look good and will do a good job at protecting the floor of your garage.
9. Floor Tex Clear Satin Sealer-1 Gallon
Suitable for a variety of different surfaces, including both indoor and outdoor masonry or concrete surfaces, this product can be used as a protective coating for any garage floor. Each gallon covers approximately 300-square feet of the surface if two coats are applied, and will dry to the touch in about 4-hours and will be suitable for foot traffic in approximately 24-hours. While it goes on milky, this coating will dry to a clear finish and will go a long way towards hiding stains and imperfections in the surface treated. When dry, this product provides resistance to both chemicals and UV rays.
8. Epoxy Floor Coating Kit
This kit not only contains the epoxy necessary to cover the floor of a garage but also contains all of the equipment needed to complete the job. Some of the things which can be found in this kit include gloves, brushes, a squeegee, etching solution, and flecks. When the product is applied to the floor and cures, it provides a surface that’s durable and is slip-resistant. The coating is also anti-microbial and should be a coating which protects the floor against chemicals and oil for many years. Since it contains everything needed to put a new coating on the floor, it’s an easy solution for people with limited time to shop for individual tools.
7. Rust Bullet Metallic Gray Floor Coating-1 Gallon
Designed not only to improve the look of concrete but also to provide a protective coating against chemical spills and wear, this product is a good product for garage floors. This 1-gallon container will coat approximately 300-square feet per coat cures quickly. Once dry, it creates a metallic gray coating that will protect it against oil, grease, various chemicals and make it not only moisture-resistant but also resistant to impacts and abrasions. It can also be used to coat surfaces other than garage floors including walking paths and other concrete surfaces.
6. Black Diamond Wet Look Stone Sealer-1 Gallon
This water-based sealer is a good choice for use on unsealed and unpainted concrete and stone surfaces. It not only protects the surface that it coats but it also creates a beautiful wet look that doesn’t darken the surface the way other products darken. This low-odor formula goes on smoothly and dries in only a matter of a few hours. It can be sprayed, brushed or rolled onto the surface and provides professional level results each and every time. This product is made in the USA and is VOC compliant.
5. Rust-Oleum 292514 Premium Series Clear Coating
This premium series floor coating kit will cover up to 250-square feet of bare concrete and will dry enough to be driven on in approximately 3-days. When dry, this product creates a clear coating with a high-gloss finish that is designed to be a showroom finish. If desired, users can add their own stain additives to this coating, as long as they follow all of the product’s instructions. Overall, this is a low VOC product that is also low odor and provides a durable high-quality finish that will last a long time.
4. Supercoat Epoxy Floor Coating
Available in a number of different shades including ivory, slate gray, emerald, and stone gray, this product is sure to match the style of any garage. When applied it creates a professional-grade floor covering that is resistant to oil, antifreeze and is also resistant to abrasions and impacts. It adheres well to not only concrete but also wood and is easy-to-use by just about anyone. The user doesn’t have to acid etch the flooring before applying this product, they simply have to clean it with a degreaser first and then apply the product using a roller.
3. Rust-Oleum 203373 Professional Floor Coating Kit
Providing up to 200-square feet, this epoxy floor coating is suitable for use on garage floors, basements, and workshops. It not only provides a semi-gloss finish but also provides resistance to chemicals, impacts, abrasions and even water. Once applied, it will take about a day to dry and about four days before it’s ready for vehicle use. After this time period, however, it will have complete adhesion to the floor surface. This product comes with the two-part solvent-based epoxy, detailed instructions on how to use it and decorative color chips.
2. Rust-Oleum 251965 Garage Floor Kit
This product will cover approximately 250-square feet, depending on the number of coats applied, and will dry within 16-hours for foot traffic and about 48-hours for vehicle traffic. This kit consists of a 2-part epoxy floor system, decorative chips, instructions, an instructional video and a concentrated cleaner. While being applied, this product produces low odor and the product can be cleaned up easily with soap and water before it’s dry. When completely dry, it provides a professional looking coating that protects the floor from wear. All of which makes this product suitable for anyone looking to create a showroom quality floor.
1. Rust-Oleum Rock Solid Metallic Floor High Gloss Coating
This high-quality premium floor coating is not only low odor and VOC-free but it also creates a beautiful professional looking floor surface. It’s designed to be twenty times stronger than normal floor epoxy and to have a high-gloss coating that’s sure to impress just about anyone. It can cover approximately 125-square feet, with most garages requiring at least two kits to adequately cover its floor. This kit not only comes with the floor coating but also comes with metallic tint, concrete etcher and instructions on how to use the product. And best of all, once this product is applied, it can be walked on in about 10-hours and able to be driven on within 24-hours.
How To Apply A Garage Floor Coating
The best garage floor coatings not only produce a surface that beautiful, but it also produces a protective surface that protects the concrete from oil drips, chemicals, and other things that could harm the garage’s floor. Another benefit of applying these coatings to a garage floor is that many of them can help to increase the surface tension of the floor, so it is less slippery and less likely to cause accidents.
For the coating to do its job, however, it has to be applied properly. If the consumer doesn’t apply it properly, then they can end up with less than stellar looking floor surface, but could potentially create uneven spots that allow oil, water, and chemicals to damage the floor underneath. And that’s not a good situation at all.
Fortunately, these coatings are easy to apply, so most people shouldn’t have any problems using them. To show our readers how to do it right, and to illustrate how easy these products are to use, we’ve provided the following DIY tips that will enable anyone to put a great epoxy coating on their floor and do it like a professional.
Inspect The Garage Floor First
One of the most important things the consumer can do before they apply an epoxy coating to their garage floor is to properly inspect the floor itself. The consumer should go over every inch of the floor and make sure that there aren’t any problems that could result in the epoxy failing to adhere to the floor. For example, if the garage floor is painted or sealed, then an epoxy coating isn’t going to adhere to it. And if a cure had been applied to the concrete after it was poured, then most that will also cause a problem with the coating adhering to the floor. That doesn’t mean a garage floor coating can’t be used; It only means the paint, sealant, or cure is going to have to be removed first. And that usually involves grinding it off with a floor grinder.
It’s also important to make sure that water isn’t coming up through the concrete floor. Although many garage floor coatings can stand a little bit of water coming up through the floor, it’s not generally advisable to coat such a surface. As is always the case, be sure to consult with the floor coating’s instructions and find out what it has to say on the subject.
Make Sure The Garage Floor Is Clean
Once the consumer has determined that the floor is a suitable candidate for the application of an epoxy coating, it’s time to make sure the surface is free of dirt or contaminants that could cause the failure of the epoxy coating application. This means making sure that the floor is thoroughly swept or vacuumed to remove any debris off of it and making sure it’s free of oils, grease or chemical agents. If the garage owner has used a tire dressing on their vehicle’s tires while it was parked in the garage, the consumer must make sure that the floor is especially clean. That’s because tire dressing acts as a water repellant and will prevent the epoxy from properly adhering to the floor’s surface. So the consumer should do themselves a favor and make sure that the garage floor is clean enough to eat off of before they continue.
Read The Floor Covering’s Instructions
Before continuing, we can’t stress enough how important it is for the consumer to fully read and understand the epoxy’s instructions before you proceed. They should make sure what the coating says can or can’t be done before proceeding. And if any of the instructions we have listed here conflicts with the instructions on their product’s label, then they should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and not ours. After all, not all products are used in the same way, so the instructions should be what the consumer follows to get the best results possible with their garage floor coating.
Etch The Concrete Floor’s Surface
If the epoxy coating came with a concrete etching kit, now is the time to use it. During this process, the consumer needs to wear all of the manufacturer’s recommended safety gear. This usually includes wearing waterproof boots, long sleeve pants, safety goggles, a respirator, and gloves. As directed by the manufacturer’s instruction, the etching solution should be mixed with water in the proper proportions. This solution is then poured onto the floor and worked into the pores of the concrete using a broom or a stiff brush. As the product works, it will begin to hiss, fizz, and foam. That’s how the consumer can tell it’s doing its job. Once the entire surface has been abraded, it’s then usually rinsed with a garden hose. It’s should then be allowed to dry for a few days before proceeding.
Get The Garage Properly Prepared
Now that the floor has been cleaned, etched and finally dried, it’s time to prepare the garage for applying the floor coating. Using wide painter’s tape, make sure to go along the bottom of the walls where it meets the concrete floor. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the bottom foot of the walls are coated in plastic sheeting to prevent the epoxy from accidentally getting on them. If necessary, remove any baseboard that might exist, so the entirety of the garage floor can be coated.
Mix & Apply The Garage Floor Coating
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, make sure that you mix the epoxy coating properly. Once it’s been thoroughly mixed, it can then be applied to the floor. As soon as the coating has been mixed, it should immediately be applied to the floor. It can be applied using a 3-inch paintbrush or a 9-inch roller as the consumer sees fit. The user should make sure to go over the entire floor to make sure that it’s even. Once they’ve finished applying the coating to each small section, the metal or decorative chips that came with the kit can be added. Before applying the second coat of epoxy, it’s generally advisable to wait for at least 12-hours. After that, once the floor has been thoroughly dried, the consumer can now enjoy their new garage floor. As we said, these kits aren’t hard to use, as long as the consumer follows directions and takes their time.