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

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

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 Supplies

  • Bucket
  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)
  • Brush (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

Color Used in This How-To

Slate Gray
C60-33
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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 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 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 300-400 sq. ft and on a smooth surface, 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.