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About 15 years ago I painted my concrete Garage Floor with Floor Paint. Over time the paint has become rubbed off and I am thinking of repainting. However I don't want to spend a huge amount of time on it and don't have access to tools etc to re-sceed the floor etc. Would just painting onontoexisting surface (after cleaning loose material and dust etc) View attachment 388024be reasonably successful ? I don't need a perfect job.
 

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I'd just try and seal it with some PVA and paint on top. There are very expensive trade floor coverings but if it lasts a few years and you don't want a perfect job I bet it will be ok.

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Professionals would surface grind and paint with 2 pack epoxy. Just had 1000 sq ft done £1200. Amazing job, worth the money having painted myself in the past.

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empty all the crap out and sweep the floor. Scrape of obvious loose bits. Then pressure wash with a decent powerful pressure washer. Allow to dry thoroughly, sweep again and apply 2 part epoxy paint. Done properly it will last for years. A bonus is that it is waterproof so any spills just wipe up and a rinse with a hose will keep it spotless

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If you’re just looking for a quick cover up I’d make sure all the exposed concrete is brushed with a PVA after making sure any loose bits are brushed out. Any ‘good’ paint should be sandpapered to make sure there’s a good key for the new paint to stick to or it will just flake off. Mine usually needs redone every 5-7 years which is fine by me!

As others have said....epoxy will last far longer but costs more!
 
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Thanks for all your replies. There is a strong view that epoxy paint is the best solution however I would appreciate some further guidance. I will have to do the floor in two parts i.e. move stuff to one side paint then move to other side. Assuming I clean everything very carefully and remove loose concrete will ordinary floor paint cover well and produce a reasonably flat surface (see my photo above) or will epoxy produce a better coverage on a less than ideal surface. Apart from challenges mixing the catalyst id epoxy any more difficult to apply ?

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The floor paint will only flatten your floor by overloading with paint and allowing it to dry which can take a while on an uninsulated concrete floor. The epoxy floor paint is much thicker and will also self level like any liquid, but dry much quicker, slump less, last longer and dry much much faster. I use it in old houses as a damp proof membrane when one is existing.

it is two pots when you buy it. One pot is a 5ltr container and the other is 2.5ltr. The 5ltr pot is only half full. You open both pots pour small into big, stir, and paint. Easy. ????
 
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Presumably using epoxy I can mix a smaller quantity of the two parts at a time so long as the proportion is correct ?
 
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It might be worth looking at the need for a mask to apply it if you use the epoxy. That being said I'm a big fan of epoxy resins for a lot of jobs.

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Depends how much you want to spend. I was in the same boat as you, did mine 15+ year’s ago and now very tatty. I had a spare tin of International heavy duty garage floor paint left over from the last time (15+ years), so opened the tin with some trepidation and after giving it a stir it looked ok.
So...... cleared one half of the garage into the other, swept it out and painted. Left it for a few days and did the other half. Looks lovely.... if it lasts a few years I’ll be happy. If you go down this route I believe Screwfix sell it. Hope this helps

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Any floor paint and then when it's still wet throw over sharp sand. Sweep up the excess when it is dry.

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When I was working we used rubberized floor paint.All swept clean and loose bits removed.Then we watered first coat down with white spirit. Once dried. Then two cots of normal.Lasted years.I did my garage at home about 15 years ago. It's just about ready for doing again.
 
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Have you considered cheap (or expensive!) vinyl flooring....works a treat.

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Just remember that “modern“ paints are very different to the old stuff that people are possibly mentioning in above posts. These days they contain no nasty stuff, and due to this often don’t work as well or last like they used too.
 
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Have you considered cheap (or expensive!) vinyl flooring....works a treat.
Somewhat unconventionally I actually use my garage for my car :confused:
Indeed it hasn't been out of the garage since 15 March !
 
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I did mine about 10 years ago with some floor paint I bought in Lidls. The floor was getting very tatty in places but I just swept it, filled the worst depressions with mortar and painted it. It isn’t perfect but is 1000% better than it was. It would benefit from a refresh now, but only for the sake of appearance.

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I ran a 3000 sq ft commercial workshop for 25 years. During every winter shutdown, we’d empty the place and paint with chlorinated rubber paint. Virtually no prep needed apart from a good clean up... It’s single pack so easy to apply by roller, but it stinks a bit! Needs to be ventilated until it’s dry....

Hard wearing, we ran pallet trucks and the like over it, as well as welding and fabrication.....?
 
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Thanks again for all your valued contributions.
A bit of an update. After much deliberation I decided to follow the advice of The Big One/Landy Andy. I have pressure washed the entire floor using the high pressure nozzle on my Karcher. It is amazing how much paint and loose concrete has come off but I decided not to take off all the paint just the bits that yielded fairly easily to the pressure. I have also repainted the inside walls in two coats of white masonry paint. I am waiting for epoxy resin paint to come from resincoat and then I will sweep out again and paint. I will post a picture of the final result (unless its a disaster !)
 
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Looking forward to seeing the results. Is it the High Build or water based epoxy you have gone for? I've got a new build garage floor to paint, I contacted Resincoat and they advised that water based would best suit my needs, i.e low foot fall, motorbikes and mountain bikes only etc. Not sure of the difference in terms of finished look though.

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Looking forward to seeing the results. Is it the High Build or water based epoxy you have gone for? I've got a new build garage floor to paint, I contacted Resincoat and they advised that water based would best suit my needs, i.e low foot fall, motorbikes and mountain bikes only etc. Not sure of the difference in terms of finished look though.
It's high build. They suggested that I may need two coats but I am going to try one first and see how that goes. The paint has not been dispatched yet (ordered 20th) so it will be about two weeks before I will be posting anything.
 
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