BEHR PRO® High Build Interior Primer No. PR40

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BEHR PRO High Build Interior Primer is recommended for new and previously coated drywall and plasterboard walls and ceilings. It is a primer that combines skim coating and priming steps into one spray application over properly prepared new drywall. It helps hide minor surface defects, minimizes joint banding & photographing and improves the appearance of the topcoat.

5 Gallon BEHR PRO High Build Primer PR40

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7-9 m2 per 3.79 L.

  • Use on new and previously coated drywall and plasterboard walls and ceilings.
  • Ideal for use where rough and/or uneven surfaces prevent uniform coverage and application of the topcoat.

Surface Preparation

  • All surfaces must be clean, free of dust, chalk, oil, grease, wax, polish, mold and mildew, loose and peeling paint, rust and all other foreign substances.
  • If washing is necessary, use a non-soapy detergent or TSP substitute, rinse well and allow to dry.
  • Mold or Mildew Covered Surfaces: Wash the area with a mildew remover, rinse with water and allow to dry before priming.
  • Masonry, Brick, Stucco & Plaster: May be used on clean, dry, aged masonry surfaces. New masonry must be allowed to cure (dry) at least 30 days before applying BEHR PRO™ High Build. Remove all curing agents prior to priming.

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  • Eye protection is recommended.
  • DO NOT THIN. Product is formulated for use at package consistency only.
  • Only apply if surface, air and product temperatures are between 10º-32ºC. Stir thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Apply using an airless sprayer.
  • Brush/Roll – Not recommended
  • Airless Spray - .019 to .021 inch tip with any gun and inline filters removed.
  • Prime the entire surface to ensure a uniform appearance of the topcoat.
  • Coverage is approximately 7-9 m2 per 3.79 L at 16-21 mils. Spread rate will vary depending on surface texture, porosity and application technique.
  • Two coats recommended.
  • Stainblocking: Not formulated to block stains - For stainblocking, use KILZ® ORIGINAL, KILZ ODORLESS®, KILZ COMPLETE®, KILZ 2 or KILZ PREMIUM primers.

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Dry Time

  • Dries to touch in 1 hour.
  • Recoat after 4-8 hours.
  • Full Cure: 2 weeks.
  • Lower temperatures, higher humidity, poor ventilation or heavy application can significantly increase dry and recoat times.

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Clean Up & Disposal

  • Clean equipment and paint splatters with warm, soapy water. If spilled, contain material and remove with an inert absorbent. Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container and unused product in accordance with all current federal, state and local regulations.
  • Do not dispose of this product down a drain. Please consider donating any unused product. For recycling or disposal information contact your local household refuse collection service.
  • To consult with a Behr Certified Coatings Professional, call BehrPro Hotline Toll Free number at 1-877-776-3961 (U.S.A. only).

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For one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process LLC warrants to the original consumer purchaser, (1) that the product meets Behr Process LLC’s manufacturing specifications, and (2) the performance of this product when applied according to the label instructions and specifications. If this product is found not to perform as specified on the label within one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process LLC will, at its option and upon presentation of proof-of-purchase (the original receipt), either furnish an equivalent amount of new product or refund the original purchase price of this product to you. This warranty excludes (1) labor and costs of labor for the application or removal of any product, and (2) any incidental or consequential damages, whether based on breach of express or implied warranty, negligence, strict liability or any other legal theory. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.​ To the extent permitted by applicable law, any implied warranties including the implied warranties of merchantability and of fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to the duration of this express warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.​ Note to residents of the State of New Jersey: The provisions of this warranty, including its limitations, are intended to apply to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the State of New Jersey.​ To obtain warranty service, call 1-800-854-0133. Behr Process LLC reserves the right to inspect any and all application of the product prior to processing your claim made under this warranty.

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