The Best Paint For Garage Walls [How To Guide]

You don’t need to shell out big money to paint your garage. You’ll find the process fairly simple and straightforward.

If you’re only interested in the best paint for your garage, I found Valspar Medallion to be a great option.

If you have unpainted drywall, you will need to pick up a primer.

You’ll find exactly how to paint your garage and the best paint your garage walls.

Tools You Will Need to Paint Your Garage

  • Sandpaper
  • Towel
  • Paint scraper
  • Brush (for getting corners/trim)
  • Paint (with primer)
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Tray
  • Tarp (optional)
  • Elbow Grease

How to Prepare Your Garage For Painting

Spend ample time preparing your garage for its new paint job to ensure your garage will not have to be repainted. Your patience will be rewarded when you won’t have to do another coat in a few month’s time.

Step 1

Start by removing everything from your garage. If it isn’t possible to remove everything, put everything towards the center away from the area you’ll be painting.

Step 2

Dust off and clean your garage walls. You can use a towel or a vacuum cleaner to do most of the heavy lifting. Use dishwasher soap with water if you’re having a hard time getting everything clean.

Step 3

Scrape off any cracking or flaking paint with a paint scraper. If you find any imperfections, now is a good time to sand them down with sandpaper.

Step 4

Add painter’s tape to the wall trim to keep the paint exactly where it needs to go. If you’re worried about paint sticking to the concrete floor, put down a tarp so you won’t need to worry.

Step 5

Remove any fixtures around your switches if possible. You’ll paint around them later.

What is the Best Paint for Garage Walls and Ceilings?

You want to be using interior latex-based paint for your garage walls.

If your garage is made out of drywall that has never been painted, you will need to apply a coat of primer. You want to create a barrier between the paint and the drywall otherwise the drywall will soak up a lot of the paint and you’ll be left with a shoddy paint job.

Another option is to purchase paint that has primer mixed in.

Glidden’s One Coat will paint your garage with ease. Your walls will be easily washable after, making it a great choice of paint for your garage walls.

If you aren’t a fan of the fall chill color, you can choose between many dark shades to keep your garage looking excellent.

You’ll want to pick up paint with semi-gloss because it’ll be more durable and easier to clean.

If you find that one coat isn’t enough for your garage, feel free to put another one on. A gallon should be around 3 coats for a normal two-car garage.

What Color Should I Paint My Garage?

What’s your favorite color?

The choice is up to you. If the color exists, you can paint your garage that color. The issue with lighter colors is that the buildup of dirt and chemicals over time can stain the walls.

You’ll hide the damage with darker, neutral colors so you won’t have to constantly repaint your garage walls.

Use a neutral color so you won’t have to repaint your garage every other year.

  • Light Grey
  • Off-White
  • Beige
  • Tan
  • Blue
  • Green

I’d say go with what you prefer most. It is your garage, after all.

How To Paint Your Garage

Now that you’ve picked out your paint, got your garage ready, it’s time to get on with it!

Make sure you have proper ventilation while you paint. Safety first!

Step 1

Start by painting (called “Cutting”) around any light fixtures, switches, or plugs with a brush. You’ll want to do this so you don’t get paint all over your fixtures.

Do the same for any object that’s stuck on your wall. Paint where the garage wall meets the floor and ceiling with a brush so you’ll be able to start painting confidently without worrying about getting paint everywhere.

Step 2

Start painting. Use your paint roller in an up and down motion to cover every inch if possible.

Start from the middle and work outwards. If you’re nervous about messing up, don’t be, it’s easy!

Once you’re finished, it’s time to let the paint dry.

Step 3

Now you need to check your garage’s walls and see if it looks good. If it doesn’t, put on another coat of paint. You shouldn’t have to do more than two coats if you did everything properly.

Step 4

High-five yourself for doing a job well done.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve painted your walls, you can try painting your garage door! It may also be a good time to paint your garage floor as well.

About Roy Cohen

I'm Roy, founder of Hack My Garage. I started out like most not knowing how to hammer a nail, but now I know more than most people about home improvement and DIY. I want to spread my wealth of knowledge with the world and hope to make it a better place.