Our Garage Floor Makeover: Part One

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ahhh, our garage. Our wonderful garage that we love. Especially in the harsh New England Winters. When we first moved in, we were crazy excited for the garage but it quickly became a pain in the bum. Let me be more specific...the floors...covered in paint and dust...were a pain. You can tell from the picture below, that there was an impossible layer of dust to get rid of from the build. On top of the dust, there was also white paint that would stay on our shoes and track onto our dark hardwood floors. Every day, I was cleaning the hallway and entire bottom floor so the dust and paint wouldn't settle into our floors. We started researching how to get all of it up (yes, we tried spraying and sweeping it up) and decided we would paint our garage floors.

We went to Lowes and started looking at kits and researching which product would be the best fit for us. We went with the Valspar kit in tan. We were very excited to get started and jumped right into it!
So we cleared the entire garage and kept the tools we needed on the stairs.

Here are the steps via the Valspar website. We followed the directions to a T!

1. Use Valspar® Fast Prep All-in-One Concrete Cleaner to clean, etch and degrease concrete surface before applying concrete coating. Make sure you read and follow all the instructions on the package label, and keep children and pets away from the area while you are using the product. If your surface has tough oily stains, clean them first with Valspar® Oil Stain Remover before using Fast Prep.
2. Pour Fast Prep into a plastic watering can so you can sprinkle it evenly over your concrete. Do not use a metal watering can.
3. Use a garden hose to wet the surface first. Then, apply Fast Prep from the watering can in a sweeping motion until you have completely covered the surface. Scrub with a stiff bristle brush or broom. Fast Prep will fizz and bubble as it cleans, degreases and etches the concrete.
4. Rinse thoroughly using a garden hose until the water runs clean. Use a squeegee or wet-vac to remove rinse water.
5. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly (4-12 hours or overnight) before applying coating.

It took about 48 hours to dry. We also did a test spot by taping a piece of saran wrap to the floor to see if there was any moisture that came up. Thankfully there wasn't any, so we moved on to step two!

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