Cost to Paint a Garage Floor – 2021

| Last Updated: November 26, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 696

$ 215

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 60% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Paint a Garage Floor noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to paint a garage floor? The contractor cost to paint a garage floor is $696 vs. doing it yourself for $215 and saving 69 percent.

A garage doesn’t have to be a man cave to have an attractive floor finish. A new epoxy finish on a rough cement floor will upgrade an otherwise ordinary garage while at the same time providing a durable long lasting surface. The most time-consuming phase of this job won’t have anything to do with drying time; it will be the process of removing everything in the garage – no small feat for most of us. But the payoff is worth it because you’ll get rid of a lot of unwanted stuff, find things you’ve been looking for and enjoy an easy-to-maintain surface for years to come.

Depending on the condition of the floor, you may need to do extensive preparation work before applying the finish. For example, if the surface is in less than perfect, you will have to repair any loose or chipped concrete, remove any poorly bonded paint or sealers, and eliminate excessive moisture.

To apply an epoxy finish to a one-car cement garage floor that’s clean, dry, free of any grease or oil spots, and in good condition, a painting contractor will charge $696 which includes the labor and the material. You can buy the materials for $215, apply the finish, and save 69 percent.

The materials include a two-part water-based garage floor coating such as Epoxy Shield by Rustoleum, a paint roller with 1/2-inch nap roller, a screw-in extension handle and wide masking tape to protect the base of the walls. When you’re choosing a paint roller, look at its edges. Beveled edges are the best choice to prevent the tracks or outline of the roller in the paint on the surface. Keep in mind that the cheaper the roller, the more likely it is to shed its fibers which also will be left on the surface in the paint. The bottom line is: you get what you pay for with painting gear so buy the best you can afford.

You can also considering using a paint sprayer instead of roller for faster application. Just remember to mask off everything you don’t want to get sprayed on.

You can also consider using a sprayer instead of a roller for faster application. Just be sure to mask off everything you don't want to get sprayed on. For more on this, see our guide on paint sprayers and how to use one for indoor application.

Lowes has directions here to Cleaning and Painting Garage Floors.

The average price to paint a garage floor noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. 

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