Getting Ready for a Garage Floor Coating

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Apr 16, 2014 3:15:00 PM

Last fall, we got our blacktop driveway re-sealed.   We have a long driveway with woods on each side.  So, we had to figure out where to park our vehicles for several days.    Pre-planning where to stage the vehicles and lawnmower made those four days nearly painless.

This project reminded me how often our Stronghold Floors’ team encounters homeowners who want to have a garage floor coating installed, but don’t know what is or should be involved before our crew arrives to begin the garage coatings process.

Determine where the Garage’s Stuff is going

Garage Floor Coating MachineMany options exist for your garage’s contents, such as:

  • Move to the back porch or basement
  • Donate useful items to charities or non-profit organizations
  • Throw away useless items
  • Sell items in a yard sale or community sale
  • Place items in rental storage (PODS, U-Haul, storage locker)
  • Move items across the street to the neighbor’s garage
  • Place items in driveway under the big blue tarps sold at hardware stores

NOTE:   Just ensure that if you move a refrigerator or freezer outside, that the appliance is locked or secured so that no children can gain access.

Get new Drain Caps and Floor Cover Plates

Drain Caps for Garage FloorsIf you have drains in your floor, ensure the caps are still serviceable.  If cracked or rusted through, seek out replacement caps at a hardware store or construction supply.  

If there are any cover plates and would like them coated with epoxy, ensure the plates are clean and rust free.    Large plates can often be sand or bead blasted at a local powder coating shop.

PVC caps can be stained or scratched. Our crews prepare the drain caps and coat them so that the drains are extremely hard to see, but still fully functional.

Update or Replace Garage Door Seals

If your garage has door seals attached to the floor, ensure they are still serviceable and the correct look for your soon to be enhanced garage floor.    Our crews can work around these seal strips.   Seals can be added over the coatings, if desired after the coatings are complete.

Remove any Fixtures that are Movable

It’s always best to ensure the coatings cover as much of the floor as possible.   That often requires removal of:

  • Deep Sinks:   These often have removable legs and can be quickly unhooked from the plumbing at the quick connects.  
  • Storage cabinets:   If it’s not built into the wall, get it out.   Because, when the time comes to throw out that cabinet, you don’t want a big, bare spot on the floor.

Garage Floor Coatings Lawnmower Ensure NO Yard or Home Maintenance occurs during Coatings Installation Dates

The following activities must not occur during the days of the garage coatings installation anywhere within 75 feet of the garage doors:

  • Mowing the grass
  • Application of mulch
  • Use of leaf blowers
  • Trimming of trees or bushes
  • Sanding or painting
  • Blacktop application or sealing
  • Pressure spraying or cleaning of siding, brick or stone

Garage_Floor_Coating_PreperationRemove or wrap any electronics that cannot be removed

If any electronics or sensitive items must stay in the garage, those should be wrapped in plastic to ensure they are protected from dust or chips.  

Turn off HVAC units located in the garage

This item needs to occur for the two days the coatings are installed.  It ensures no dust or odors are pulled into the system and the home.

What Don’t You Need to Do

Things you don’t need to do are:

  • Clean or scrub the floor – just cleaning up any debris off the floor is sufficient
  • Fill the cracks or joints - most repair materials available to homeowners will not allow proper bonding of the coating or hold up to the surface grinding employed to prepare the concrete
  • Sand off paint – the grinding process will remove any floor paints or epoxy paint kits
  • Remove sealers – the grinding process will remove any sealers or waxes
  • Remove wall mounted items - if not bothered by minor dust or decorative chips, unless the items are within 36” of the floor (as these may impede our grinders or crew members preparing the concrete along the wall)

If you have any questions about the process, be sure to check out:

Our Garage Coatings

Our Coatings Process

Or just give us a call at 888.577.0452.


Mike Mincemoyer is the President & Business Development Manager at Stronghold Floors.    He has worked with over 1,000 homeowners in central and southeastern Pennsylvania on garage coatings and complete garage enhancement projects.


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