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Applying Behr Garage Floor Paint

If you are looking for a quality, water based, one part covering for your concrete floor then Behr Garage Floor Paint is a very good product. It is a water based paint for your concrete floor that resists marring and hot tire pick up. The surface, once it has cured, is resistant to chemicals and oils and makes cleanup of the surface much easier. The product is easy to apply and will last a long time if the surface is prepared properly before hand and the proper cure times are observed. Heavy traffic such as from forklifts is not recommended but normal walking and the parking of cars works fine.

Behr garage floor epoxy works great on most hard, porous, horizontal surfaces such as concrete, masonry, brick and stone. It is not recommended for vertical surfaces as it will tend to run off before it has time to cure properly. It is great for home basements, garages, driveways, and parking areas. It is not an industrial product and thus will not hold up when used in an area of heavy traffic such as where forklifts, trucks, and equipment operate. But at home it will give good results. It also will not seal against hydrostatic pressure, water seeping through the concrete and masonry, so use it in this application.

For application of a Behr epoxy floor coating on a new concrete application the slab must cure for a minimum of 30 days. I would recommend even longer because there can be some variability due to atmospheric conditions. You don’t want to apply the product and then have it peel up within a few months. Before application be sure to use a good concrete paint stripper to prepare the concrete for adhesion.

If the surface already has a coating or covering you have two options. You can completely strip the floor surface using a floor stripper or you can prepare the existing coating to be painted over. Of these two, the complete stripper is better but it is not necessary as long as you get rid of all loose material and then sand the entire surface with a rough grit in order to make the possibility of bonding better. Again you want to use a good floor degreaser in order to get all oils and chemicals off the surface. Next, use an etcher to etch the bare concrete which will help to allow the Behr epoxy garage floor coating to adhere better. Next prime all bare concrete spots.

When applying the Behr concrete paint do not thin the product. It is water based but thinning will remove some of its ability to coat. Apply the epoxy coating with a 3/8 nap roller for ease of application using approximately one gallon for 300-400 square feet. Allow the first coat to cure for 24 hours before adding a second. If a second is needed be sure to apply at a cross direction for better uniformity.

The concrete epoxy will cure enough for light foot traffic in 24 hours but heavy use by people should not be tried until about 3 days time is up. You should not drive on it for at least a week unless you put down cardboard for the tires to drive on. Even at that, I would refrain from turning the wheels are parking hot tires on the surface for a few weeks to be sure the surface cures completely. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Behr garage floor paint is water based you can clean up with soap and water but be sure to properly dispose of any used rags and painting apparatus. Also, if you have any product left over be sure to contact your local refuse authorities in order to find out how to safely dispose of the remainder.


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  2. behr garage floor paint is JUNK I painted it one time, winter came it peeled i painted it with two part epoxy winter came it peeled 3rd time i painted with two part epoxy and laquor over the top winter came it peeled now i’m striping with a torch and scraper and stain the concrete brown I will ever use Behr garage floor paint again. Ice slicer works very well to make it bubble up

  3. Thanks for sharing this Mark.
    Just reading through your comment it seems like the problem only shows up in the winter time. This would indicate to me that you actually have a moisture problem instead of a paint problem. Be sure to check to see that your floor is not being wetted from below. You can do this by placing a clear plastic sheet over the entire floor and then taping it to the walls. In a couple of days look to see if any moisture has collected on the under side of the plastic sheet. If it has, then you will need to deal with the moisture problem of the slab. I had this problem once and so I dug a trench around the foundation and laid rock and drain pipe. The problem went away as soon as I channeled the water to somewhere else. Let me know how the plastic sheet test works.

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