How to paint your garage walls

Whether you are having a clear-out to create space in your garage or are embarking on a project to repurpose entirely, such as creating a utility or play area, it is always a good idea to take the time to repaint to give your garage a new lease of life.

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This guide will take you through the steps you should take to get a really impressive result.

What paint should you use?

Interior paints are not suitable for garage walls, as they are not hard-wearing enough or mildew resistant. Use acrylic latex exterior paint for a tougher, longer-lasting finish.

How do you prep the garage?

Clear out any junk and move furniture to the centre to give good access to the walls. Remove electrical switch and outlet covers – always seek advice on electrics if in any doubt. Fix any holes and damp patches, cover the floors with dust sheets, and get to work with the masking tape everywhere you don’t want the paint to touch!

Take down shelves and garage racking systems. If you don’t have these and are repainting as part of a decluttering project, it might be worth investing in some at this point to make the most of your finished space and achieve a real transformation. There are many companies that can advise on getting the right spec for your requirements, such as

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Now you are ready to get on with prepping the walls and the painting itself. Use a broom to sweep cobwebs and dirt from the walls before cleaning the walls and skirting boards with a degreasing cleaner. Use a caulking gun to apply a thick bead of painter’s caulk to any cracks and seams.

Mix the paint thoroughly and outline the edges of the walls with a two-inch angled brush. Use the same brush to paint small areas that will not be accessible with your roller. Pour some paint into a roller tray and run your roller through it evenly. Extend your handle if necessary, then place the roller in a corner approximately one foot below the ceiling. Spread the paint to the top and then the bottom of the wall in slightly overlapping, one roller-width strips, reloading with paint as required. Once all your walls are painted, allow to dry and apply a second coat.