Painting the Garage: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you’re looking to transform your dirty storage area into a man-cave or increase the value of your property before putting it on the market, painting the garage is a great – and fairly easy – home renovation project.

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There are, however, some differences between painting the garage and painting other areas of your house, which is why we’re here to help! From preparation to completion, we’ll guide you through all the steps in painting the garage.

Cleaning the Floor and the Walls Before Painting the Garage

Before you can begin painting the garage, you will need to clean whatever surfaces you will be working on. Some people choose to only paint the walls, while others like to paint both the walls and floor (or maybe even just the floor).

No matter what your plans are, a good cleaning will be necessary to ensure that the paint adheres properly and that you will not encounter any problems.
Should you choose not to clean, you will find that your paint will easily peel and chip and that stains caused by grease and rust will find their way through.

#1 Step

Start cleaning the floor by sweeping up any dirt and debris and then use a shop vacuum to suck up anything you may have missed.

#2 Step

Next, use a degreaser, a 3-1 bleach and water solution, and/or a Trisodium Phosphate cleaner and scrub the floor with a sponge or a wire brush. If the grease and oil stains are really bad, you could try using a pressure washer to remove them instead.


It is important to rinse the floor when using chemicals so that they do not soak into the concrete and remain there.

#3 Step

If you plan on painting the garage walls, you will want to avoid using chemicals and the pressure washer, as these will only damage the drywall.

#4 Step

Start by using the shop-vacuum once more to clean up any surface dirt, and then use a mixture of water and dish soap to gently clean the walls with a cloth or sponge.

Painting the Garage Floor

Painting the garage floor is a great way to turn the room from shabby to classy. Before you can start, however, you will want to apply a primer or a sealer.

Primer is used in most other painting projects because it helps the paint stick to the surface. If you have problems with moisture in your garage, a sealer will be more appropriate for the floor to prevent future stains and concrete dust from ruining your fresh coat.

A sealer can also act as a primer, so there is no need to use both products if you do choose to seal the floor.

Once the primer or sealer has dried, you can start using an epoxy-type paint made specifically for garages to finish up the job. Start at one end of the garage and work towards an exit to avoid ruining your paint job by walking over it to get out.

You can use a paint roller for painting the garage floor for the most part but switch to a brush to get the corners and any hard-to-reach areas. Let the first coat dry for 24 hours before you apply a second one.

Painting the Garage Walls

Painting the garage walls is a little easier than painting the garage floor. Once again, you will likely need to prime the walls, especially if the drywall is brand new or if there is water damage.

A primer will help prevent the paint from soaking into the drywall and stop future stains from occurring. If the walls had been previously painted, however, you may be able to skip this step as long as you are using the same type of paint (i.e., latex or oil-based) and you have chosen a darker colour to go over a lighter one.

It is best to use latex, interior paint for the garage if you want the fresh coat to last for a long time. Just as you applied the primer, use a roller to paint the garage walls and switch to a brush to get the corners and the edges.

Again, be sure to give the first coat 24 hours to dry before you apply a second one to give your walls a smooth, finished look.

Don’t Think You’re Capable of Painting the Garage Yourself?

If you don’t feel like you have the time or experience required for painting the garage, why not call a contractor instead?

Home Painters Toronto has been in business for more than thirty years, so you can trust us to do a job well done. Contact us to receive a free quote for the cost of painting the garage of your home today.

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 If the work involved in coating paint on walls of garage sounds like it involves too much time and energy to do yourself, call 416.494.9095 or email brian@HomePaintersToronto.com for a FREE quote or visit our website https://www.homepainterstoronto.com/


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