Project Garage, Part 3: New Flooring

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The second coat should be applied no more than 48 hours after the first. You should be able to indent the paint with a fingernail but unable to leave a handprint. If the paint has dried too much, use some 80 grit sandpaper or steel wool to roughen the surface lightly. Sweep or scrape away any debris that has gathered on the primer coat. Mix together parts A and B the same way and paint the second coat. A damp floor is not needed for painting the final coat. To avoid any discoloration, use a wet edge, only painting a small amount of trim at a time so the edges will dry the same time as the adjoining spaces. Let the paint dry untouched for 48 hours and cure 4 days before parking a car on it.

Unless you apply a non-slip abrasive finish, floor paint is slippery when wet!  Just ask my ass after a snowstorm this past winter… To create the non-slip surface, apply quartz crystals to the first coat of wet paint. Evenly distribute about 5 granules per square inch to the floor and walk over the wet paint wearing spiked shoes. However, non-slip floors are harder to clean and sweep up and must be mopped so we skipped this option. To take care of your floor paint, don’t drag or drop heavy objects or tools onto the surface. Remember, it is paint and can chip. Keep it clean using a mop, shop towels, broom, or squeegee.

Before floor paintafter floor paint
Before and After: this is what happens when your garage is too big- you have to do one side at a time!  I taped up the painted side to prevent the acid etching and prep from ruining the finish when working on the unpainted half.

Griot’s Garage floor paint is awesome. The floor looks great and fluids can be cleaned up quickly and easily. The directions were detailed and easy to understand and while cleaning is an arduous task, the paint is easy to apply. The garage is now starting to resemble a real shop.

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Griots Garage

Sarah’s Blog

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