Tired of scrubbing oil off your garage floor or spreading kitty litter to soak it up? Paint epoxy on it, and you can wipe up oil in a jiffy.
- Step 1: Put your protective wear on and mix the epoxy, letting it stand as directed on the label.
- Step 2: Fill in cracks, holes, and mars in the floor with epoxy crack filler using a plastic putty knife. Let it dry for at least four hours.
- Step 3: Apply the epoxy paint to the floor with a paint roller and tray. Use a paintbrush to fill in the corners. Allow it to dry, and then lay down a second coat.
- Step 4: Apply any top coat that may have come with your epoxy. Allow 72 hours before parking a car on the new finish.
- FACT: Did you know? One of the rarest cars in the world, a 1937 Bugatti 57S Atalante, was discovered in the garage of an English surgeon after he died in 2007. It hadn’t been used in 50 years.
- Step 5: Rinse the floor and the broom completely and scrub the floor again before giving it a final rinse. Allow the floor to dry for at least four hours.
- TIP: Starting in the far corner of the garage will keep you from walking on an area you have already completed.
- Step 6: Sweep the floor thoroughly to remove dirt and debris. Use the hand brush to remove dirt from any corners.
- Step 7: Tape the plastic sheeting on the walls, beginning at the bottom of the wall or at the height to which you will apply the epoxy.
- TIP: To make sure the floor is spotless, stick a strip of tape to it once it’s dry. If you peel it and see any dust or particles on the sticky side of the tape, clean it again.
- Step 8: Put on protective gloves, boots, and eyewear; and mix the etching solution into a sprayer or watering can.
- Step 9: Hose down the garage with water and spray the etching solution, starting with a 10 foot by 10 foot area, in the corner of the garage. Scrub the area with the hard-bristled broom, first in one direction, and then in a perpendicular direction.
- Step 10: Tape a plastic bag to the floor for 24 hours, and then check underneath it. If you see condensation, don’t coat the floor with epoxy; it won't take to a moist floor.