Painting or Staining Concrete for a Garage Floor?

Answered by Brendan ~ March 4, 2010 ~ Comments

I want to give my garage floor a new look and I'm considering either painting or staining the concrete. What are the benefits of each method? I'm in California, so it doesn't get too warm or cold.

Mark F. ~ San Diego, California

Brendan Fowler

Both options will provide a dramatic change for your garage floor. There are many color options for paint, but be sure to select a paint specifically designed for garage floors. In order for a paint to look good and adhere well to any concrete floor a significant amount of surface preparation is necessary.

Paint will wear and chip so also take this into consideration. Concrete stains are the result of a chemical reaction with the concrete and will be more permanent. There are water and acid based stains. There are fewer color options with the acid based stains, and they tend to be tricky to get consistent color results.

The water based stains have more color options and tend to be more forgiving during application and can be reapplied to adjust a color or pattern. Both paint and stain will make your floor much more slippery, so consider using final surface treatment with grip in it.

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