Over time, stains, pits, cracks, and unattractive flaws will start to appear on a heavily used garage floor. If you want to restore the original appearance of your garage or even completely renovate it, you will need to resurface it. While there are several garage floor resurfacing ideas to choose from including concrete sealers, epoxy, paint, and stains, there are a few steps that you may need to take depending on what formula you choose.
1. Clean the Concrete
While you might have hoped that you would be able to just layer a new finish over your stained, cracking concrete, this is not the case. Some options like concrete sealers and stains only apply a thin layer of color or simply add an attractive gloss to your floor, so you will see any remaining stains and marks underneath. Also, lingering dirt and oil can make it more difficult for the resurfacer to stick.
You will want to use a pressure washer to do the job, but a hose can be used if necessary. Also, you can pick up oil removers or other products designed to clean garage floors and use a tough brush to scrub your floors. Don’t forget to do a thorough sweep ahead of time as well to remove any dust or debris. If your garage floor has been sealed in the past, you will need to start the process with a stripper before starting the cleaning process
2. Repair the Surface
Your next step is to repair the cracks, pits, and holes in your concrete. You will need to get ahold of concrete mixer powder, water, and a trowel. A grinder and a flat disk will be helpful as well. Simply mix the powder with water as the instructions detail and use a trowel to fill in blemishes. The grinder and flat disk can be used to make it as smooth as possible.
3. Mix and Spread
Now you’re ready to prepare the formula you’re using and mix together the resurfacer. It is helpful to have one person mix while another spreads the formula using a squeegee.