I'm just doing up my garage/workshop and would appreciate advice on
what sort of lighting to put up. It's a double-width garage, one
smallish window on one side. During daylight that's sufficient but
with the evenings drawing in I'm going to be relying on candlepower
more and more.
I currently have a 100w bulb centrally, and one 40w flourescent either
side. That's sufficient for me to find my way around, but for workshop
purposes I'm wondering about how to improve the lighting so as to be
able to work comfortably.
Have thought about putting a 100w bulb in each corner (as well as the
central bulb), but that adds up to 500w of power consumption - quite a
lot relatively speaking. Perhaps someone has used other types of light
source which they could recommend.
Fluorescent tubes with reflectors are the best sources of light for a
Perhaps more importantly, if your garage is brick built, it is well worth
emulsioning the walls/ceiling with brilliant white paint. Just doing this
will make an unbelievable difference to the level as well as the quality of
light available, as the reflected light will reduce and diffuse shadows.
It is also worth sealing the floor (if plain concrete) with a floor paint.
How timely. I was just thinking about doing this in my garage.
Do I need to undercoat the walls first, to paint on normal house bricks,
or just slap on a couple of coats of emulsion?
Again, I've seen Garage Floor Paint in various guises, and I'm a little
bemused whether it needs a sealer or primer or something, because the
literature I've seen for various brands is contradictory or just plain
It depends on the floor and on the paint.
I used a system of two part epoxy paints. This has a sealer (1 coat)
and a top coat (2 coats). On the basic paints you would probably
find that if a sealer is not said to be required, you will not get the
theoretical coverage and will require more coats.
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You could also usefully contact Max Bone at Decorating Direct. He
posts here from time to time, certainly knows his stuff. The web site
shows a good range of quality products that you don't often see in the
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Their web site is at:
I've just used their product to paint my garage floor. I think maybe
they've made some product changes in the last few weeks as the product
I used doesn't appear to be an option any more (closest match is the
line paint in 5L cans, but the stuff I've got didn't dry in under an
hour, more like a day).
In case it is of interest to the OP, I bought 2 x 5 litre cans.
Painted a double width garage floor completely, and I've got about
half a can left (so about 7 litres to do the full two bays).
On Mon, 8 Sep 2003 14:16:32 +0100, "Christian McArdle"
Following on from a suggestion raised on this forum yesterday I
decided to paint the inside of my garage white.
I did a few feet of wall today (one car bay width). I have to admit
that I haven't had to work that hard getting paint from tin to wall
when painting before!
Actually, getting the paint to the wall with a roller is no problem,
but getting those pesky mortar runs between bricks using a roller,
that's another matter. In the end I made better progress with a large
brush. At this rate I should finish the garage by the end of the week.
I did mine about 12 years ago, single leaf brick construction. Just vacuumed
all the loose dust off and gave it two good coats using a deep pile roller.
Still good as new.
The main reason I put floor paint down was to kill all the dust you normally
get from a bare concrete floor, plus makes it a bit more 'homely'. As I
recall I used a heavy duty polyurethane based floor paint which was
literally poured straight onto the floor and then spread with a rubber
squeegee, one single coat. I think it was made by Leyland paints but can't
be sure. Its still serviceable but has the odd chip where heavy items have
been dropped. Could be retouched if I was fussy. Again its been down 12 odd
years now and has had a *lot* of wear and tear!
Perhaps I've been slightly worried about using rotating machinery (saw
bench, drill, etc) under flourescent lighting. I was led to believe
that flourescent lights were prone to producing strobe effects.
Brilliant idea! Why didn't I think of that.....?
Just finished doing that. I suppose I should have emulsioned the walls
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