One often overlooked aspect of your garage is the floor. You may have the fanciest garage around with the best tools, great wall art and a couple of nice cars parked in it, but a ratty bare concrete floor can bring the look of the entire room down. An easy way to remedy this is with paint, but paint can chip, crack, peel or bubble, so you want to make sure you opt for the right product before applying it.
Not all garage floor paints are created equal and not all are intended for the same use. Some have a latex base, while others will have an acrylic base. There are also garage floor coverings made of epoxy, which aren’t technically paint but rather protective floor coverings. These epoxy products are two-part solutions, usually coming with a base and a hardener. Once dried, epoxy coatings will leave behind a surface that’s more durable than a painted surface, although these products can be a harder to work with for DIYers.
In this article, we’re going to show you some of the best concrete floor paint and epoxies on sale today and explain the differences between them. We’ll then go over frequently asked questions about garage floor paint/epoxy, explain how to prepare your garage floor for painting and address other concerns in regards to these products, hopefully leaving you with a good idea of where to start your shopping process.
Table of contents
- 1. Editor's Pick: Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
- 2. Best Overall Paint: KILZ 1-Part Epoxy Acrylic Concrete & Garage Floor Paint
- 3. Valspar Premium Clear Epoxy Kit
- 4. Quikrete Garage Floor Epoxy Kit
- 5. UGL Drylok Concrete Floor Paint
- 6. UGL Drylok Epoxy Semi-Gloss Floor Paint
- 7. Supercoat Epoxy Floor Covering
- 8. Epoxy-Seal Concrete And Garage Floor Paint
- 9. ColoredEpoxies Epoxy Resin Coating
- 10. RTG Concrete Floor Paint
- What Are the Different Types of Garage Floor Paint?
- What Tools Will I Need to Paint my Concrete Floor?
- How Long Will it Take to Dry?
1. Editor's Pick: Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
Our first product on this list also happens to be among the best – the Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating.
This product is an epoxy-based floor covering that provides an extremely thick, durable protective surface. It will bind to your garage floor well and is fast-drying, leaving behind a surface that’s dry and ready to walk on in just 72 hours. This product will cover up to 500 sq ft of flooring, but you may want to apply two coats to ensure you end up with the best-possible finish.
As with all epoxy coatings, you will want to carefully read the instructions when using this product. Epoxy coatings can be tricky to work with, as the hardening solution leaves you with limited time to apply the product. Compared to paint, prepping this product takes a very, very long time. You’ll also want to thoroughly scrub and clean your garage floor before putting it on.
So long as it’s applied properly, Rust-Oleum’s EpoxyShield will leave you with a strong, durable surface that will last a long while.
2. Best Overall Paint: KILZ 1-Part Epoxy Acrylic Concrete & Garage Floor Paint
This 1-part acrylic-based paint from well-known floor coverings company KILZ is one of the best concrete floor paints for the price.
With an acrylic base, this concrete paint will go a long way, covering a large surface area with less product than comparable concrete paints. This, along with the low price, makes it perfect for applying two or three coats of paint. You’ll also want to apply more than one coat of this paint – it leaves something to be desired in regards to durability, especially compared to epoxy coverings.
While not very durable, this grey-colored garage paint is inexpensive and well-suited to areas that get less foot traffic, such as an area you will park a car overtop of.
3. Valspar Premium Clear Epoxy Kit
This product from Valspar is another epoxy-based floor covering, but instead of being a solid color, it’s a clear coating.
This clear floor covering can be used to cover and protect your existing concrete floor, giving it a nice shine, or to cover your garage floor once you’ve already painted it. You can also use it to cover up an already applied opaque epoxy, giving you an additional layer of floor protection.
The manufacturer says this product is 2x stronger than an untreated concrete floor and features bonding agents that ensure it will stick to your floor with ease. You can also easily apply it with a roller, although you may want to apply more than one coat. One can will cover about 500 sq. ft.
4. Quikrete Garage Floor Epoxy Kit
Quikrete’s grey epoxy garage floor covering is a lot like Rust-Oleum’s EpoxyShield in that it is extremely durable, but perhaps a bit difficult to apply.
This product can be hard to apply because it is self-levelling, making it a bit runny in comparison to other epoxy floor covering products. That also means it doesn’t go as far as many other products and you’ll want to buy a lot of covering if you opt for it. That makes this large format size a good option.
This epoxy based floor covering is also extremely glossy, so if you want your garage floor to have that shiny look whilst also being durable, this product is definitely worth considering. The manufacturer suggests applying this product to a damp, clean floor and we’d suggest you properly prep your floor before trying to use it.
While this product is considered of good quality by us, it is a bit expensive – especially since it doesn’t go as far as some other epoxy coverings.
5. UGL Drylok Concrete Floor Paint
This grey colored concrete floor paint from UGL is perfect for DIYers with limited experience.
It’s easy to apply, extremely fast drying and applies thick. The manufacturer suggests applying more than one coat, mixing one part water and one part paint for the first coat. You’ll want to use a roller to apply this paint, just like you’d use when painting a wall.
This consumer-grade floor paint probably won’t hold up well in areas with extremely high foot traffic or other places where cars might be driven over it often, but is perfect for a home garage, basement or concrete deck.
6. UGL Drylok Epoxy Semi-Gloss Floor Paint
This is another floor paint from UGL, however, this is an epoxy-based product that will roll on a bit thicker than a regular paint and leave behind a solid, rubbery surface.
You’ll want to apply two coats of this product at the very least, with the first coat typically going on very thin. It’s easy to apply, especially compared to some of the other epoxy floor coverings above, but may not prove to be as durable over time. As is true for many epoxies, you may want to consider applying a layer of clear coat epoxy overtop of this product for an added layer of durability.
This is a quality 1 part epoxy that’s inexpensive, easy to work with and fairly durable.
7. Supercoat Epoxy Floor Covering
The Supercoat Epoxy Floor Covering is a high-quality epoxy coating that’s well-priced, durable and available in a wide variety of colors.
This product is a two-part epoxy that can be a little tricky to work with, but it produces good results when applied properly. To get the best result, you’ll want to properly prep the surface beforehand, cleaning it will and sealing up any cracks or blemishes in the floor.
If you are intending on covering a two-car garage or a larger surface area with this product, you may want to purchase two units. You’ll want to put more than one coat on and it’s better to have a little extra material than to come up a bit short.
8. Epoxy-Seal Concrete And Garage Floor Paint
This concrete and garage floor paint from Seal Krete is a 1-part acrylic paint with epoxies blended in.
The manufacturer suggests applying this product with a roller and says a one-gallon can should cover approximately 300 to 500 sq. ft. It’s also available in sand, gray and slate gray colors and sold as a white or deep white base primer product.
Because this paint is of a lesser quality than some other products on this list, you’ll want to apply at least 3 coats when using this product. It should prove to be durable once on, however, as long as the surface was prepped properly beforehand.
This is another simple 1-part floor paint to use that will leave behind a good-looking finish. it could be more affordable, however.
9. ColoredEpoxies Epoxy Resin Coating
The ColoredEpoxies Epoxy Resin Coating is a pricey product but is considered professional grade and can, therefore, be used in professional mechanics shops or your home garage, among many other applications.
This two-part resin epoxy will cover about 125 sq. ft to 170 sq. ft per one gallon can, so the coverage isn’t very great, but each coat will go on thick and leave behind a very durable surface material. The end product will also be extremely glossy.
While this product can be harder to work with and will require more extensive preparation than a normal paint or consumer-grade epoxies, ColoredEpoxies’ floor covering will likely leave behind a surface that’s superior compared to a less expensive product.
We’d highly suggest this epoxy to anyone looking to overhaul their garage floor – just be sure to properly prep the surface beforehand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
10. RTG Concrete Floor Paint
This concrete floor paint from RTG is another 1 part acrylic paint that is easy to work with and will dry fast.
This paint has good adhesion, binding to concrete surfaces quickly and easily. If you’re looking for an easy to use paint that you can quickly apply to your floor with minimal surface prep and limited tools (you just need a roller and a paint tray), then this product is ideal for you. It’s also well-priced.
This paint is also low-odor, so you don’t have to suffer with a foul smell when applying it. This makes it good for use in garages that are attached to a home or in basements.
What Are the Different Types of Garage Floor Paint?
Typically, garage floor paints will be made of an epoxy, acrylic, latex, polyurea or other urethane solution.
An acrylic floor paint is usually less durable than a typical latex floor paint, but are the cheapest garage floor or concrete paints and are also very common, making them easy to find online or at your local hardware store.
Epoxy based floor paints technically aren’t paint, but rather protective floor coverings. An epoxy solution will be thick and durable, giving your concrete floor a strong surface that will protect against cracks and damages and also grease or oil stains. Epoxy products are also relatively cheap. One downside is that they take a long time to dry – sometimes nearly a week.
Urethane products are also used as concrete floor coverings, but these products don’t adhere to concrete all that well, so are less commonly used on bare concrete floors. Polyureas, by comparison, bond better to concrete and dry extremely fast, but these coverings are typically expensive and only installed professionally.
What product you use depends on how you use the space you are painting/covering, but it’s most likely that you will want either an acrylic or latex paint or an epoxy paint if you are an at-home DIYer.
What Tools Will I Need to Paint my Concrete Floor?
Having the right tools and properly preparing your concrete floor are two very important aspects of the paint application process.
Whether you are painting your floor or applying an epoxy coating, you’ll probably want a pressure washer to clean the floor surface. If you don’t have a pressure washer a scrub brush and a bucket should do the trick – just be sure that any grease, oil, stains or debris that may be on the floor is cleaned before you get to work.
Must-have tools for painting your floor also include a paint roller, a paint tray and a brush for applying paint to the edges of the floor. You may also want to purchase a primer to seal your floor before laying down the floor paint or epoxy, as moisture can sometimes cause the paint to bubble or peel if a primer is not applied beforehand. Spike shoes another useful tool in this scenario, allowing you walk on the floor as you apply the product without ruining the paint or epoxy.
How Long Will it Take to Dry?
How long garage floor paint or epoxy takes to dry depends on the circumstances and the product.
Some paints will be ready to walk on within 24 hours, whereas other products, such as epoxies, may take up to a week to dry and cure completely. You’ll probably want to wait at least a week before you park your car on a recently painted or epoxied surface too, as the heat from your car’s tires can cause the paint to peel off onto the tires themselves.
It’s likely that your floor will take at least a few days to dry and cure properly, but the manufacturer of the paint or epoxy should provide a more specific estimate in the instructions included with the product.
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