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Anyone painted their garage floor ?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Amchlolor, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. Amchlolor
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    I can get the paint no problem.
    How clean does your garage floor have to be ?
    I have the usual dust,fluff,feathers,leaves,spiderswebs,grass stains from the mower etc.
    How did you apply the paint ?
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    I'm planning to do ours as soon as I've stopped the problem it currently has with letting water-in; but I'd guess as with painting anything; the trick is you're painting the surface, not what's on top of it.

    If it's not clean when you lay the paint, whatever you 'actually' painted, dust or whatever other contaminent, it'll eventually move (and the air it has trapped with it too), and cause splits or even patches in the paint finish. Obviously with specific floor-paints you don't have to be quite so ruthless in cleaning, because it's thicker and therefore penetrates and covers better; but for the investment in time, I'd say it's well worth getting it as clean as humanly possible; because it'll just mean you don't have to paint it again for longer.

    My plan is to clear everything out, give it some elbow grease with a brush; then go over it with a garden-vac (suction-mode); and then again with the garden vac in exhaust-mode to get the last of the loose dust out through the door; I'm guessing that should be sufficient if I'm laying thick paint in a few coats...

    ...I guess someone else with experience of actually having done it will advise better...

    Regards,

    Rob.
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    If it was me i would get power washer and hose down floor till you got rid of all the crap,you can buy a sealer which you paint on to floor first to stop damp (very thick base paint plaster like)after that has dried, paint on a no slip paint
    Cheers
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    I'd give it a few coats of diluted PVA (about 5:1), never fails, it'll provide a barrier to any chemicals/oil/grease on the floor while also providing an excellent surface for painting. This works for newly plastered walls, loose brickwork, pretty much anything, it's what the pro's use before they do anything.
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    yep, deffo put the sealer down, it will do its job and the paint will cover much easier.
    Apply both with a long handle roller and if poss leave for a couple of days to let it harden properly /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif

    It is so much easier to sweep a painted floor and keep it clean. IMO if it `s a smallish garage use grey paint not the red/brown, it will lighten it up slightly. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    i say pva it first as mentioned by Andymac works wonders at sealing concrete.
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I'd give it a few coats of diluted PVA (about 5:1), never fails, it'll provide a barrier to any chemicals/oil/grease on the floor while also providing an excellent surface for painting. This works for newly plastered walls, loose brickwork, pretty much anything, it's what the pro's use before they do anything.

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    dont think paint bonds as nicley to pva.........but dont quote me on that, ive never tried it, all i know is when ive plastered, any area which may have pva on it doesnt paint as nicely afterwards.... the pva is used to seal the brickwork, before applying a coat of browning plaster or bonding..... i never use it to seal plaster, for that i use 4:1 water and imulsion or size........
    id usr a concrete sealer designed for use proir to masonary paint.....

    like every job in the building trade, preperation is everything.... ...... everything......
    you only want to do this job once, so do it right.
    brush out, brush out again, remove any foreighn bodys, brush out again and id go as far as hovering at this stage..... then paint on sealer, then apply the floor paint.....
    my mate did his in his workshop last year, my advice is do it now before it gets cold..... his took about a week to dry and probably weeks to cure properly.....
    good luck. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile_smoking.gif
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    myzeneye

    doesnt paint as nice? he aint doing no mona lisa.. lol
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    wise guy eh .......lol /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
    what i mean is you get patches of flakeyness and loose bonding............
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    Ummm wonder what sticks best diluted glue, or diluted emulsion?
    Tricky one that.
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    Painted mine with Garage floor paint from Homebase, does what it says on the tin.
    Just swept it out and brushed it on, sealed excellent, have spilt petrol and oil since and has wiped off with no effect.
    Not cheap though, £39 to do single garage, plus brush and a few clothes I ruined!!
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    Ummm wonder what sticks best diluted glue, or diluted emulsion?
    Tricky one that.

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    look... i know.... all im saying is if you mix pva with finishing plaster, as opposed to applying it diluted to the brickwork, or browning coat, it rejects the paint when you try to paint it. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/noidea.gif
    i dont know why, maybe its the carlite or gypsum in the plaster or something, but it does, trust me, ive plastered enough walls to make the one in china look small.... /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/beerchug.gif
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    That's because you don't mix it with the plaster. You roller it on when the plaster is dry, like an undercoat/primer.
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    i wouldn`t apply pva to plasterboard but would to concrete. I sealed my conservatory fllor with pva, fair play i didnt paint it afterwards but it didt have that rubbery texture that u get when you paint fresh plaster with pva.
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    Moved into my new/old house 18months ago, dubble garage and its got carpet down no dust no mess just have to hoover it now and again. I think the the people at the back of me think im mad.
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    Moved into my new/old house 18months ago, dubble garage and its got carpet down no dust no mess just have to hoover it now and again. I think the the people at the back of me think im mad.

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    Same here mate.... Double garage and fully carpeted.... did it myself using carpet from Bedroom and lounge when we replaced it..... It's even got underlay /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    Kids love it..... Rabbits think it's even better....... Very cozy..... And best bit is - Our lass hoovers it..... WINNER !!
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    I wouldn't carpet the garage,but I am also considering putting lino down instead of painting it.
    You can get lino so cheap now that it's really not that expensive to do.
    Nice padded(ish) floor for sitting on when I'm cleaning the bike as well.
    I'm only doing one side of my double garage though.
    The side the bike goes in.
    The other side is for the wife's car.
    My company car sits outside,/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif it.
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    The side the bike goes in.
    The other side is for the wife's car.


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    That was my plan mate when I bought the house..... My tools and stuff at one end and the car in he other end (It's a double garage long ways) How wrong I was...... Tools and stuff at one end - yeah, but kids bikes and toys, garden furniture (thru winter) and general crap (what wont fit in the bin!!) at the other end.....
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    That's because you don't mix it with the plaster. You roller it on when the plaster is dry, like an undercoat/primer.

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    no you misunderstand me , i never mix it with the plaster, i apply it prior to plastering..... but, say when ive pva'd a patch, pva'd the browning say, if the pva should get on to the finished wall plaster ie, outside of the patch area, it rejects the paint alittle when trying to paint the new patch of plaster, even after sealing.....
    but like i said, im not sure, its not somthing ive ever used to seal plaster, for that reason. i only use it as a bonding agent for the plaster, weather it be browning, or re-skimming a wall which already has an imulsion finish......
    jeez this is complicated, i wished id kept my gob shut.
    maybe, it rejects paint if you leave it to cure fully, leaving it shiny and hard ??? i juz dunno.
    ill shut up now. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bang.gif
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