While some people turn their garages into ‘man caves’, home gyms or at-home offices, painting the floor is an essential – yet often ignored – part of garage maintenance, regardless of what you use it for.
Not only will painting the floor make clean-up and garage maintenance easier, it will also protect the floor from hot tyre marks, oil spills and dropped tools.
One of the key things to consider when painting your garage floor is the use of purpose-designed paint for flooring – with extra points for specific paints made with garage floors in mind. ‘Normal’ paints aren’t formulated to work on concrete or stone, so if you use a normal paint on a surface like a garage floor, not only will it not protect your floor against spills and tyre marks in the same way, it will also start to peel and flake quite quickly, as they’re normally made with wood, metal and plaster in mind.
If you’re thinking about painting your garage floor, there are a wide range of options to choose from. When considering the perfect paint for your circumstances, think about the application method, tools required, time needed and the use of your garage to find the right one for you.
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Below, we’ve outlined some of the best picks in the UK for garage floor paints, to help you find your perfect match.
A heavy-duty paint that’s easy to apply and built with garage floors in mind
At the top of our list comes the Polar Heavy Duty Floor Paint. Made with floors and garage floors specifically in mind, the Polar comes with a hard-wearing formula, perfect for concrete and stone floors.
With its polyurethane finish and chemically-resistant properties, this option is available in 5L, 10L or 20L sizes in three colours: white, light grey or yellow. It also comes with slip protection, which is perfect if your garage is used as a home gym! One key thing to consider with this paint is that it’s not suitable where new rubber tyres are in contact with the floor regularly, as this may cause paint softening and even black marks which will stick around for the long-term.
The key with this paint (and, actually, with all of them on the list) is the prep work beforehand. It’s important to clean all surfaces before you get started, particularly in garages where there is usually a plethora of dust, dirt, grease, oil, nails or loose bits from the garden. If your floor is concrete, don’t rush to paint it until it’s been laid for around 6 months.
This heavy-duty, hard-wearing and solvent-based floor paint is suitable for application with a roller, and the manufacturers suggest that the first coat applied (to concrete or porous surfaces) is initially thinned up to 10% with white spirit.
Touch dry in just 2-4 hours, your second coat should be ready to apply 16-24 hours after the initial application.
- Available in 3 colour options
- Ideal for concrete and stone floors, such as those found in garages
- Gives good coverage to garage floors, slip resistant formula
- Hard-wearing finish and chemically resistant
- Easy to apply with a roller brush.
- Not suitable for garages with hot, new tyres in regular contact with the floor
- Only 3 colour options for customers.
Our value pick for smaller garage surface areas and easy application
Our value pick, the Johnstone’s Garage Floor Paint is another one on our list that’s formulated with garages in mind. The oil-based paint comes in 3 small sizes: 250ml, 750ml and 2.5l as well as 5 colour options: dark grey, black, white, dark green and tile red.
With a semi-gloss finish, this paint is perfect for garage floors and is resistant to oil and grease spills. The best thing about this paint is that the finish can withstand regular cleaning and hot tyre pick up – so you won’t have to worry about any black marks on the floor if you keep your car in the garage.
Because it’s multi-purpose, many customers have found that this paint also works well on kitchen floors, under-cupboards and even porches – so it’s suitable for indoor use as well as outdoor areas.
The 250ml tin covers an area of 3m2 , so we can assume that the 750ml covers 9m2 and 30m2 for the largest tin: 2.5l. The only caveat with this product is that the drying time is around 16-24 hours, but many customers have said that it only requires one coat for a slick finish, so you may not have to wait to apply a second coat!
- Is suitable for garage floors where cars, bikes and motorbikes are stored
- Very cost-effective and multi-purpose throughout the home
- In some cases, only one coat is needed
- A good range of colour options and sizes
- Easy application with a brush or roller.
- Longer drying time than other paints on the list
- It could be difficult to paint most garage floors with the two smaller sized tins – most customers will opt for the 2.5l size for good measure.
An industrial-strength epoxy paint, perfect for a durable garage floor finish
An Epoxy Resin, this floor paint from Ask Coatings is designed with garages, industrial customers and domestic customers in mind. Its finish makes it easy to apply with either a roller, brush or a spray, and it comes in two parts for you to mix together when you’re ready to apply. Manufacturer notes also mention that it’s low odour, which is a huge plus – particularly if your garage is intimately connected to your main home.
If you’re new to all things epoxy, epoxy paints were originally created with industrial use in mind, rather than for domestic customers. They contain latex acrylic which add a tough additional and protective coating to paint. In terms of garages and floors, it’s an ideal paint solution because of its natural chemically-resistant properties – helping your paint finish to stay slicker for longer.
The manufacturer mentions that it’s touch-dry within 4-6 hours, and will be fully cured in 5-7 days. It comes in 11 different colour options from the typical dark grey, black and blue hues to some brighter yellow, white and red options. The epoxy finish of the paint makes it hard-wearing and durable, and its 5L size will be suitable for the large majority of domestic garages.
- Can be applied with a roller, brush or spray
- An epoxy paint with a hard-wearing and durable finish
- A wide range of colour options
- Low-odour – perfect for homes with a garage as part of the home.
- The most expensive product on the list
- Comes in two parts which will need to be fully mixed at home when you’re ready to apply.
A heavy-duty floor paint with a hard-wearing finish.
If you’re looking for a floor paint with a hard-wearing and durable finish, look no further than the Leyland Trade Heavy Duty Floor Paint. With a specialist coating and built with industrial use in mind, this paint is ideal for concrete and wood floors. For garages, its (note: mild) chemical resistance makes it ideal for use, and its protective satin finish will add a sheen to your garage floor.
Coming in three colour options of red, slate and frigate, this paint can be applied easily with a solvent-resistant roller for a high-quality finish. With its 5L size, it can cover around 11m2 per litre, giving you an overall coverage volume of 55m2.
Customer feedback says that it’s a very effective paint with fast-drying properties, with some even saying that one coat was enough for their garage floors.
- Might be suitable for one coat only
- Chemically-resistant with a protective finish
- Easy to apply with a roller
- Large size makes it suitable for domestic garages of all sizes.
- Not suitable for application with a paint sprayer
- A small range of colour options
- Some feedback mentions that it can smell for up to a week.
A durable garage floor paint with added protection.
Made with concrete and stone garage floors in mind, the Ronseal Diamond Hard paint comes in several colour options: blue tile red, slate, steel blue and green. Suitable for cars, the durable and chemically-resistant formula provides the ultimate protection for garage floors, and means it can be washed regularly without ruining the finish.
This garage floor paint can be applied with a brush or roller, and it takes around 2 hours to dry. It’s available in 2.5l and 5l sizes, with a coverage of approximately 12m2 per litre.
- Suitable for garages: for cars, bare feet and oil and grease spills
- Large coverage area and tin size
- Provides a washable surface for garage floors
- Can take up to 72h to dry
- It’s a water-based solution, so can feel a little thin when applying
- Some customers have disputed the suitability of the paint (when it should be dry) with paint coming off on customers’ car tyres.
How To Paint A Garage Floor
Painting your garage floor can be a fun and worthwhile DIY task, but it does require some planning and essential prep work before starting to ensure that you get the best possible finish.
To start, clean and prep the floor. Garage floors are normally covered in all manner of things including grease, tyre tracks, grit and dirt, and it’s important to get started with a clean floor surface. You can use a pressure washer for this, a degreasing solution or even a plain old brush and soapy water combination – it’s your choice. The next part is it’s really important to let it dry well, even if drying in full takes several days.
The next step is to line your walls and anything else nailed down to the floor with painter’s tape or a protective covering. Once your floor is definitely dry, you can add your primer or sealer (after giving it a good mix!) to get the floor primed before painting. This will seal the often powdery feel of the concrete floor, and will ensure a good bond between the paint and the floor.
Once the primer is finished, start painting from a far corner of the floor (ideally the opposite side to your intended exit) and, if you’re using a roller, add an extension to it to keep your feet and shoes away from the paint. The typical hard-wearing paints as outlined in this article will be very difficult to remove from shoes because they’re designed for durability, so protect your feet in the process!
Next, leave it to dry according to the instructions on the tin, and go back in with a second coat and leave to dry. Remember that the second coat generally takes longer, and that manufacturer’s instructions are an average, but not written in stone, so make sure to check for yourself whether or not the paint is still tacky before putting everything back in your garage, walking on the paint or putting your car in there.
Once the second coat is 100% dry, that’s it, you’re done! Happy painting!