Garage floors undergo a lot of mistreatment. Tools and other implements are dropped upon them, water in various forms constantly puddle upon them, and cars leak chemicals onto them. This can result in floors that are discolored, pitted, scratched, and otherwise damaged. Especially if your are planning on converting your garage into a more usable living space resurfacing your garage floor can make it more visually appealing, and protect the structure from future damage. While it may seem like this is a huge undertaking, it is entirely possible to do it yourself if you are prepared with the right materials and a bit of forethought.
Preparing Your Garage Floor
The first step in resurfacing your garage floor is to prepare it. This will ensure that the resurfacing material will stick properly and will achieve the final look that you desire. Begin by using sandpaper and a handheld scraper to remove existing paint. When you have swept away the debris use a grinder to remove any remaining paint and other imperfections, as well as etch the floor. This etching will create a rough surface on your existing floor so that the resurfacing material will adhere properly. This can help you to not have to repair spots frequently.
Cleaning Your Garage Floor
After you have prepared the garage floor you will need to clean it thoroughly. A clean garage floor is the only way that your resurfacing material will adhere properly and maintain its integrity. Use a high quality degreaser to remove oil spots or grease. Scrub the floor thoroughly and then rinse. The next step is to actually clean the entire area. Generally a resurfacing kit will come with a concentrated cleaner created for this purpose. Mix the cleaner according to instructions and clean the entire floor thoroughly. Make sure that you scrub the floor carefully to ensure that all dirt, grease, oil, or remaining paint has been completely removed. Rinse carefully. Use a long-handled squeegee to remove any standing water then allow the surface to dry completely. This can take 24 hours or more, but it is crucial to wait until the floor is totally dry in order for the resurfacing material to work properly.
Apply the Resurfacing Material
Only mix the concrete resurfacing material when you are ready to apply it. Mix it carefully according to instructions to ensure that you are using the correct ratio of ingredients. Begin by applying a primer coat that will fill in any damage spots or cracks. Apply until these areas are filled and then cover the entire area with a uniform layer. Ensure that the entire floor is coated, and if needed, apply your second coat. For an added decorative touch you can utilize decorative chips to add color and a bit of shimmer to the floor. These chips are available in a wide range of colors and you can mix and match them to meet your decorative needs. These chips should be scattered while the resurfacing material is wet. Wait until the surface is totally dry before applying a sealer.