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Best Garage Floor Paints: Upgrade and Protect Your Garage

Protect your floor with these high-quality garage floor paints

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PUBLISHED ON October 21, 2019

The garage is one of the most common entrances into a home, and keeping it clean should be a priority. Over time, the floor can crack due to weather or stained from oil leaks and other vehicle fluids. Ensuring the floor is protected will make it last longer and prevent further damage to the foundation. Coating or painting the floor is one of the best ways to keep it fresh and make it look new. Here are some of the best garage floor paints currently available.

  • Best Overall
    Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
    Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
    Summary
    Summary
    This fast-drying garage floor paint prevents stains from fluids and other chemicals from ruining your garage.
    Pros
    Pros
    The semi-gloss finish looks professional and easy to clean. The formula is super adhesive and covers up to 500 square feet. Plus, it has next to no odor.
    Cons
    Cons
    You may need two boxes to cover a two-car garage effectively. It is a thick paint and may be difficult to spread.
  • Best Overall
    Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
    Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating
  • Best Value
    KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
    KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
    Summary
    Summary
    This is a water-based paint that is resistant to staining from chemicals, oil, and gasoline. It can go on uncoated or coated concrete.
    Pros
    Pros
    It dries quickly and provides a clean satin finish to make the floor stand out. One canister covers up to 500 square feet.
    Cons
    Cons
    If you order multiple cans, double-check that their colors match. There may be slight variations in color from can to can. You will need multiple canisters to cover a three-car garage.
  • Best Value
    KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
    KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint
  • Honorable Mention
    Diamond Brite Garage Floor Paint
    Diamond Brite Garage Floor Paint
    Summary
    Summary
    This compound resists scuff marks, fading, cracking, and peeling. It even holds up to extreme heat and intense cold without peeling or fading.
    Pros
    Pros
    Its versatility allows it to be brushed on, rolled on, or sprayed on. Plus, it comes in a wide variety of colors and shades.
    Cons
    Cons
    It will take a while for the paint to dry. This extends the amount of time you must wait to park a vehicle on top of the paint. It also has a strong odor.
  • Honorable Mention
    Diamond Brite Garage Floor Paint
    Diamond Brite Garage Floor Paint

    The garage is one of the most common entrances into a home, and keeping it clean should be a priority. Over time, the floor can crack due to weather or stained from oil leaks and other vehicle fluids. Ensuring the floor is protected will make it last longer and prevent further damage to the foundation. Coating or painting the floor is one of the best ways to keep it fresh and make it look new. Here are some of the best garage floor paints currently available.

    Best Overall

    The Rust-Oleum EPOXYSHIELD covers a 500-square-foot garage, workshop, or basement floor in one coat. It's designed to protect floors against antifreeze, chemicals, gasoline, oil, and salt as well as cracking and peeling and hot tire pick up. The kit comes with a two-part, water-based epoxy coating; a concentrated cleaner; decorative chips; a stir stick; and instructions.


    It takes 24 hours for the surface to cure for foot traffic and three days before it can accommodate vehicle traffic. It produces a professional-looking, semi-gloss finish that is easy to clean and provides long-lasting protection. The formula is five-times stronger than one-part floor paint.


    However, there are some downsides with the paint. First, if you have a larger garage floor it may take more than one box to provide enough coverage. Also, the paint is a little thick and can be a little challenging to spread.

    Best Value

    This one-part concrete and garage floor paint is water based and designed especially for basements and garages and surfaces such as masonry, stone, and brick. The paint is durable, easy to clean, and won't blister, crack, fade, or scuff very easily. It protects against stains from chemicals, gasoline and oil.


    The paint produces a satin finish that looks even and smooth on horizontal surfaces but is not intended for vertical surfaces. It requires a second coat after four hours and covers up to 500 square feet on smooth surfaces and up to 400 square feet on rough surfaces.


    Unfortunately, there may be slight variations in color from one can to the next, so it's a good idea to double check that the colors match if you purchase multiple cans. In addition, if you have a larger garage you will need several cans for complete coverage.

    Honorable Mention

    This durable gloss enamel is oil based and designed to remove stains and resist mildew. It protects both interior and exterior surfaces from abrasion, rust, and chemical damage. It dries hard and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, such as brick, concrete, wood, plaster, masonry, hardboard, and metal.


    The paint is available in several colors, including battleship grey, tile brown, and black, and you can brush, it roll, it or, spray it on. It takes six to eight hours to dry and requires a second coat after 24 hours. One gallon covers 300 square feet. The paint produces a tough surface that won't crack, fade, peel or scuff.


    One issue with this paint is that it takes a while for it to dry, so you have to wait some time before you can park your vehicle on top of it. Also, it has a strong odor that some users may find offensive.

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    Best Overall
    Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating

    The Rust-Oleum EPOXYSHIELD covers a 500-square-foot garage, workshop, or basement floor in one coat. It's designed to protect floors against antifreeze, chemicals, gasoline, oil, and salt as well as cracking and peeling and hot tire pick up. The kit comes with a two-part, water-based epoxy coating; a concentrated cleaner; decorative chips; a stir stick; and instructions.


    It takes 24 hours for the surface to cure for foot traffic and three days before it can accommodate vehicle traffic. It produces a professional-looking, semi-gloss finish that is easy to clean and provides long-lasting protection. The formula is five-times stronger than one-part floor paint.


    However, there are some downsides with the paint. First, if you have a larger garage floor it may take more than one box to provide enough coverage. Also, the paint is a little thick and can be a little challenging to spread.

    Best Value
    KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint

    This one-part concrete and garage floor paint is water based and designed especially for basements and garages and surfaces such as masonry, stone, and brick. The paint is durable, easy to clean, and won't blister, crack, fade, or scuff very easily. It protects against stains from chemicals, gasoline and oil.


    The paint produces a satin finish that looks even and smooth on horizontal surfaces but is not intended for vertical surfaces. It requires a second coat after four hours and covers up to 500 square feet on smooth surfaces and up to 400 square feet on rough surfaces.


    Unfortunately, there may be slight variations in color from one can to the next, so it's a good idea to double check that the colors match if you purchase multiple cans. In addition, if you have a larger garage you will need several cans for complete coverage.

    Honorable Mention
    Diamond Brite Garage Floor Paint

    This durable gloss enamel is oil based and designed to remove stains and resist mildew. It protects both interior and exterior surfaces from abrasion, rust, and chemical damage. It dries hard and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces, such as brick, concrete, wood, plaster, masonry, hardboard, and metal.


    The paint is available in several colors, including battleship grey, tile brown, and black, and you can brush, it roll, it or, spray it on. It takes six to eight hours to dry and requires a second coat after 24 hours. One gallon covers 300 square feet. The paint produces a tough surface that won't crack, fade, peel or scuff.


    One issue with this paint is that it takes a while for it to dry, so you have to wait some time before you can park your vehicle on top of it. Also, it has a strong odor that some users may find offensive.

    Tips

    • To further prevent damage to your garage floor, consider setting parking mats underneath each tire.
    • Garage floor paint can dry quickly after opening the can, so act quickly and apply it immediately.
    • Consider investing in protective paint gear when applying the coating. This includes clothing you don’t mind getting paint on, a respirator, and goggles.
    • You can test the color and finish of the paint by applying it to a small piece of concrete first. If you don’t like the look, you can always paint over it with another coating or a different color.

    FAQs

    Q: How much paint will I need to cover a garage floor?

    A: That will vary depending on the size of your garage. Most manufacturers claim 500 square feet is enough to cover a two-car garage, but you may need another box just to be safe. Keep in mind, if you want to apply a second or third coat you will need another box or kit as well.

    Q: How long should I wait before parking a vehicle on the paint?

    A: Typically, it’s a good rule of thumb to wait around 72 hours before driving vehicles onto the painted surface. This will give the paint time to dry effectively.

    Q: What can I do to speed up the drying process?

    A: Leaving the garage door open is one of the best ways to ensure the paint dries evenly and effectively. This will also prevent you from getting lightheaded due to any paint smell. You can also point a fan at the ground to dry the paint and help air out any lingering smells.

    Final Thoughts

    The Rust-Oleum EpoxyShield Garage Floor Coating is a strong coating that can prevent stains and cracks from appearing on your garage floor. The more budget-friendly KILZ Epoxy Acrylic Interior/Exterior Concrete and Garage Floor Paint provide a satin finish to protect your floor and keep it clean.