JW’s Garage Build (Part 2): Paint!

Part 2 of JW's Garage Build

You may not be Picasso, but getting paint on the walls of your garage build is critical. Finished walls are easier to clean, reflect light better, and give the garage a more finished look. This isn’t a complicated process, but the size of your garage may make a paint sprayer a good investment.

Our garage has finished drywall on the walls, which is insulated, and a textured drywall ceiling. We would also recommend insulating any garage in a cooler or hotter climate as it means easier working temperatures and less wear and tear on the cars: those February cold starts aren’t fun!

During Part 1 of our Garage Build Series we put down new floors. Typically you would paint first, but after putting the floors down we realized just how atrocious the walls looked. Everything from basketball imprints to gaping holes had to be patched before garage paint went up. Thankfully, since we just moved in, we had a surplus of cardboard to throw down to protect the new floors. Quick tip: Latex paint also scrubs off the new GarageTrac floor when dry.

After patching the holes and some light sanding, we were ready for paint. We ended up selecting Sherwin-Williams A-100 latex exterior paint. Exterior paint in an eggshell or semi-gloss finish is recommended for an unheated garage. The exterior paint also gives better water resistance for folks that have water spigots and floor drains (like us).

You can see the brutally dirty old paint here

In hindsight, we should have primed before just throwing paint on the dingy, previously painted walls. It took 4+ coats of the white to fully coat the upper parts of the walls. Nearly 8 full hours were spent to prep and paint the 700 square foot garage with brush and rollers. We used three full gallons of white and nearly two gallons of blue for the lower.

Hours of cut-in work on the trim and walls, we went around our existing tire racks

Speaking of the lower walls, we simply measured up from the floor and used a laser level for taping purposes. This involved a roll of blue painter’s tape. Thankfully, the blue covered better than the white and was easier to put on in just a couple coats.

Here is the final!

It’s amazing how much brighter and cleaner the garage looks. The brighter lighting reflects off the clean walls and floors to allow auto detailing and mechanical work easily. It’s amazing what a little garage paint can do for you! Here is our list of supplies:

  • 3x gallons A-100 in white
  • 2x gallons A-100 in a federal blue color
  • 2x 2.5inch cut-in brushes
  • 3x rollers and roller covers
  • 1x paint tray with multiple plastic liners
  • 1x Roll painter’s tape
  • Lots of cardboard to cover the floors

Total cost was around $200 with paint and gear.

Total labor was around 8 hours, but your time may vary dramatically based on how good your wall condition is and how well your paint covers.

We suggest you take this project on and make your garage really shine!

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