How to Apply BEHR PREMIUM® 1-Part Epoxy Concrete & Garage Floor Paint

BEHR PREMIUM 1-Part Epoxy Concrete and Garage Floor Paint is a high-performance, ready-to-use, water-based epoxy floor paint that resists hot tire pick-up and marring.

For Best Results:

Before you apply the coating to any concrete surface, it is essential to have a properly cleaned and prepped surface.

For new or uncoated surfaces, refer to: Preparation of Uncoated Concrete for Paints & Stains

For previously coated or weathered surfaces, refer to: Preparation of Coated Concrete for Paints & Stains

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Bucket

  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)

  • Brush 5.1 - 6.4 cm (2"-2½")

  • Bucket Grid

  • Chemical Resistant Gloves

  • Extension Pole

  • Hose

  • High Pressure Nozzle

  • Mop

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Protective Apparel

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Rags

  • Roller Cover

  • Roller Frame

  • Stir Stick

How to Coat a Garage Floor

  • Step 1

    Once the surface is cleaned, prepped and primed, apply the epoxy floor paint. Make sure to stir the paint before applying. Apply a thin, even layer using a 9.5 mm (3/8") nap roller cover, a pad applicator or a nylon-polyester brush.

  • Step 2

    Cut-in using a brush to coat the perimeter of the surface area that is next to the wall.

  • Step 3

    Apply the stain, using long even strokes. Apply in one direction to avoid lap lines. Apply the stain when air and surface temperatures are between 10 - 32 degrees C (50-90 degrees F). Since concrete varies in texture and porosity, 2 coats may be required for uniform appearance.

    Tip: The spread rate on a rough surface is approximately 28 - 37 sq m (300-400 sq. ft) and on a smooth surface, 37 - 46 sq m (400-500 sq. ft.).

  • Step 4

    Allow the first coat to dry for at least 4-6 hours before re-coating, if necessary. Apply the second coat in a criss-cross direction for uniformity of appearance. Do not apply more than 2 coats.

    Tip: Use soap and water for any clean-up.

  • Step 5

    The surface must be fully cured before use.

    Allow 24 hours for light foot traffic.
    Allow 72 hours for heavy foot traffic and furniture.
    Allow 7 days before subjecting to automotive tires.
    Allow 30 days before rinsing or cleaning with a mild detergent.

    Tip: Premature heavy traffic will cause paint failure which will require spot re-coating.If necessary, corrugated cardboard may be placed under auto tires after 72 hours.

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