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How to Apply BEHR PREMIUM® Solid Color Concrete Stain

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

This durable, weather-resistant, solid color stain is designed to help protect and enhance both exterior and interior, vertical and horizontal concrete surfaces.

For Best Results:

Be sure the surface is properly prepped before applying the solid color concrete stain.

If you have a new or uncoated surface, please refer to our how-to: Preparation of Uncoated Concrete for Paints & Stains.

If you have a previously coated or weathered surface, please refer to our how-to: Preparation of Coated Concrete for Paints & Stains.

How to Coat a Concrete Surface

Step 1

Once the surface is properly prepped, you are ready to apply the concrete stain.  Make sure to stir the stain before applying. Apply a thin, even coat using a 3/8" nap roller cover, pad applicator or nylon-polyester brush.

Step 2

Cut in with your brush to coat the perimeter of your surface, 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.

The spread rate on a rough surface is approximately 400-500 sq. ft and on a smooth surface, 500-600 sq. ft.
Step 4

Allow the first coat to dry for at least 2-4 hours before re-coating, if necessary. Apply the second coat in a criss-cross direction for uniformity of appearance.

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 14 days before subjecting to automotive tires.
Allow 30 days before rinsing or cleaning with a mild detergent.

If necessary, corrugated cardboard may be placed under auto tires after 72 hours.