I wanted to do something a little special for my new shop. I went with a painted floor.

Step 1: My Shop

My Shop is 24x24 and it took three gallons of white and one gallon of black (mixed) of garage floor paint to get it covered.

Step 2: What You Need.

1. Paint

2. Paint tape (two plus rolls)

3. Pans, rollers and foam brushes

4. 12" 5 gallon bucket

5. Exacto knife

6. Tape measure

7. AutoCAD LT (free trail available)

8. 2x4

9. Framing square

Step 3: You Need an Idea

Step 4: I Took a Logo Off Line and Measured It Out in Autocad. I Scaled the Head Lights to 12".

Step 5: Laying Out the Negative Stencil

After a couple of coats of white and a few days to dry, I masked off the stencil.

Lay out about ten strips over 12' long.

Center the bucket and trace with a pencil.

Take a 2x4 and set your angle and mark the top edge of the slots and headlights.

Using the framing square mark off your slots.

Tape off the slots.

Keep and eye on your tape diameter, the roll can be use to mark the radius on the slots.(mine was about 4")

Step 6: Cut All the Edges and Remove Tape

The paint tape pulled up some of the new floor. it will either be covered by black or have to be touched up.

I also added a 24" border around the edge of the shop.

Step 7: It's Hard to See, But I Did the Paint Splat Freehand With a Pencil

Step 8: First Coat of Black

I had to freehand paint this part it was too difficult to try and tape.

After you get your first coat on, you can apply the second coat about 30 minutes later.

Step 9: After the Second Coat, It Darkens It Up a Lot.

I painted the border while letting the first coat set.

Step 10: Peel Out the Painters Tape.

Be careful of the edges not tearing the black paint. I had to touch up a lot of the white where the tape peeled it up. I needed to etch my floor better for the initial coat.

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    8 years ago

    awesome lay out! have a drawing a friend did ..... jeep head light and grill smiley face. he was going to do a tire cover with it.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    That's a fun way to add some creative flair to your floor! I see that your original drawing is on graph paper; did you use a chalk line or anything to create a grid to keep the scale, or was it easy enough to do without it? Also, are you planning to clear coat over your floor to protect the design, or do you think that the paint is tough enough that you won't need to?


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the comment. :)

    The scale was out of whack on the grid paper. I just used it for a concept. I laid out the logo in Autocad to get the proper scale. went with 12" headlight outline because it was the diameter of a five gallon bucket and scaled everything around that.
    69.5" from outside edge to out side edge of the logo. 2" from edge of light to first slot, 4" per slot and 2.25" between the slots. slots are 24" long

    once I laid out the 12" circles I use a straight edge (2x4) to draw a line across which is the same for the slots.

    I use a framing square to draw 90 degree lines from the top edge down.
    then it was tape and cut.

    looking at a clear epoxy coat for strength. just keeping it to foot traffic until then. The paint is just 1part epoxy. It s tough but can get peeled up.