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How to Paint a Workshop Floor

Not all floor paints are the same. Use these step-by-step instructions to choose the right paint and finish any workshop floor.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Prep the Floor

Glossy finish floor paint looks nice and makes it easier to clean up the shop. But, because sawdust doesn't stick to it, it could become slippery. A matte finish doesn't look quite as nice as the glossy finish, but it provides some traction. A glossy finish with flecks of a special material gives a unique look and provides a secure footing.

If working with an old concrete floor, clean the area thoroughly before painting. If you have a new floor, it will need to be etched so that paint will adhere. Be prepared to paint more than one coat on a new floor.

Step 2: Choose the Paint

Glossy paint (Image 1) is an oil-urethane combination paint.

Matte paint (Image 2) is a one-part epoxy. It seals the floor and gives a durable finish.

Two-part epoxy paint (Image 3) is a glossy finish paint; it comes in two cans.

Step 3: Paint the Floor

One gallon of glossy paint will cover 400 square feet. Paint the entire space at one time. This paint will dry very quickly, so you should be able to paint two coats in one day.

With two-part epoxy paint you have to mix the elements and use them within three hours after mixing. The large can is partially empty so that you can add the activator. This is a one-coat paint.

Step 4: Add Traction

Add small amounts of sand to glossy paint to give it texture and traction.

If you painted the floor with two-part epoxy, add flecks of special paint material to the floor for color and traction.

add flecks of special paint material to floor