• In this video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor assists epoxy-coating expert Doug Fasching in creating a good-looking, hardwearing, stain-resistant garage floor.

    Steps:
    1. Use a garden hose to spray water onto the garage floor, then check the porosity of the concrete surface.
    2. Scrub biodegradable degreaser into the floor, then rinse with a garden hose.
    3. Don chemical-resistant rubber boots, rubber gloves and eye goggles, then use plastic sprinkling can to apply acid to damp floor.
    4. Scrub acid into floor with scrub brush.
    5. Rinse the floor clean with a garden hose.
    6. Use wet/dry vacuum to clean floor of all grit; allow floor to dry.
    7. Thoroughly mix together two-part epoxy; wait 30 minutes.
    8. Cut in around the floor perimeter with a 3-inch paintbrush.
    9. Apply epoxy with paint roller attached to an extension handle. Allow epoxy to dry overnight.
    10. Roll down a second epoxy coat, sprinkling color flakes into the wet epoxy as you work your way across the floor.
    • 6 to 8 hours to epoxy a two-car garage floor
    • $300 to $500 to epoxy a two-car garage floor
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      no special skill required, but you must be careful to mix and apply the epoxy as directed by the manufacturer
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      Tools List

      • garden hose
        Garden hose, used to rinse floor clean during surface-prep process
      • watering can
        Plastic sprinkling can, used to apply acid
      • long-handled scrub brush
        Long-handled scrub brush, for cleaning floor
      • 3-inch wide paint brush
        3-inch paintbrush, used to cut in epoxy around floor perimeter
      • paint roller with extension
        Paint roller and extension pole, for applying epoxy to garage floor
      • wetdry vac
        Wet/dry vacuum, for cleaning floor

      Shopping List

      1. Two-part garage-floor epoxy with color flakes

      2. Biodegradable degreaser, for cleaning oily stains from garage floor

      3. Acid, used to acid-etch concrete floor surface

      4. Chemical-resistant rubber boots, rubber gloves and eye goggles, required when acid-etching the floor