My winter project is going to be to finish off my garage. It is
presently heated, insulated and drywalled. What kind of finish should
I have put on the walls? Plaster? Kalkote? Is there something I can
put on, then paint with at good paint so when I want to clean the
garage I can come in and just hose the walls down without damaging
them? I had my kitchen updated a couple years back and they used
kalkote. Fiberglass tape on the joints, spread the kalkote over the
tape and any small imperfections in the drywall, looked less labor
intensive than filling and sanding seams.
Generally, that's a Very Bad Idea.
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You could probably put on two coats of good semigloss alkyd paint, seal
up all joints along the bottom and have it reasonably "waterproof". I
certainly wouldn't hose it off, though. One of those wide "mop"
thingy's for washing windows - shaped like a squeegee - would probably
work very nicely for quick cleaning and rinsing without using so much water.
I've wondered this as well. I want to do it cause I would like to be able
to wash the car in there in the winter. I also thought about using the
drywall that is used in bathrooms, then tape it up really well. Then paint
with good quality semigloss paint. Then line the bottom half of the wall
with thin Pexiglass to resist "most" of the water, sealing the joints with
clear waterproof chaulking.
That should be a good protection against rot.
Anyone see anything wrong with that setup?
There is a reason carwash bays are made out of concrete or sheet metal.
There is No Way to perfectly seal a wooden-frame garage wall to make it
suitable for doing wet work in there. The water-resistant garage
finishes are for occasional splashes of rain and snow, and high
humidity, not actual streams of water. You will get mold, and the wood
The only way to do what you want would be to backer-board the walls and
apply tile or waterproof panels, like a gigantic shower stall. Even then
it is unlikely to be waterproof for long, since a 20+ foot long wall
flexes a lot more than a 3-foot-square shower stall.
Let's assume you could seal everything up watertight, which IMO from a
practical standpoint, would be next to impossible. Now you have a
garage all full of water in the middle of a cold winter. I don't
know about you, but most people have all kinds of stuff in their
garage. Things like tools, bicycles, parts, God only knows what.
How about your car? Do you want your cars sitting in a garage bay
that's going to be wet for how long till it dries out? If it's
heated it will dry out sooner, but with today's energy costs, that
doesn't sound like a very good idea either. You'd have to vent it or
use a dehumidifier to get the moisture out and that means more energy
out the window.
You can get your car washed for $10 bucks at the car wash, which
sounds like a much better idea to me.
Yes. You are inviting moisture problems. How about hosing the car in
the driveway on a sunny day, or at the carwash? Garage is heated so
that the water doesn't freeze? Nothing in the garage that would be
bothered by damp? Probably will stay damp or wet all winter.
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