Painting your garage can be a daunting task for homeowners. Other parts of your house may be easy to see as either definitely indoors or outdoors, but the garage occupies a gray area. Is a place where you park your car and keep all of your outdoor supplies truly indoors? Are you okay putting up indoor paint, or should you try to use something a little bit heavier and more protective? Read through this guide to figure out who exactly you should tackle the complex issue of painting your garage.
You shouldn't use eggshell or satin-sheen paints on your garage surfaces. Although the garage itself isn't directly exposed to the elements, it is still vulnerable to the effects of mold and sun. At the same time, using weatherproofing paint is unnecessary. You don't need to lay down something that is going to push off direct rainwater or months worth of direct sunlight.
Using an oil or latex paint is a valid option, especially if you are in the middle of changing your garage storage system, however, you'll want to make sure to match the paint on the walls. If you have an oil-based paint on already, you'll want to stick with it. Once a wall has oil-based paint on it, it requires scuffing with sandpaper and etching with trisodium phosphate to get latex paint to adhere.
The best kind of finish to use in a garage is a gloss finish. This will be the easiest to clean in the long term and can lead to a sleek, industrial look. You'll definitely want to avoid a flat finish, because that is easy to scuff and hard to buff out, and there will be manymarks in most garages. Further, flat finishes tend to fare poorly against that scourge of the garage, mold.
If you're painting over a covering like drywall, you'll need to prime it with a PVA primer, which will seal it and allow the top coat to bind. Any paint can be used on top of primed drywall, but it must be treated before applying . Wood paneling will require similar attention using a shellac-based wood primer. Finally, cement and brick walls will need a concrete primer and masonry paint in order to hold their new paint jobs.
Following these tips can give you the insight you need to make your garage look great.