BEHR® Oil-Base Semi-Gloss Enamel No. 3800

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BEHR Oil-Base Semi-Gloss Enamel provides a tough, easy-to-clean finish on multiple vertical surfaces. It is fast-drying and will help protect both interior and exterior surfaces from scuffs, rust and household chemicals.

Semi-Gloss Finish
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Use on properly prepared interior and exterior walls, cabinets, doors and trim
350-550 Sq. Ft per Gallon depending on the application method and substrate porosity. It does not include the loss of material from spraying.

Read important application instructions to ensure optimum paint performance.

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4-5 HR Dry Time
24 HR Recoat Time

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350-550 Sq. Ft.
Coverage per Gallon

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Properly prepared Interior or Exterior surfaces such as: Wood, Drywall, Plaster, Masonry, Metal, Well-bonded Wallpaper, Brick, Stucco, Aluminum and Cinder Block. Do not use on horizontal surfaces.

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Proper surface preparation is required

  • Allow new stucco, plaster and masonry to cure for 30 days.


  • For interior and exterior surfaces, remove dirt, oil and grease stains with a concrete & masonry degreaser and cleaner product.
  • Remove mildew stains with a mildew stain removing product.
  • Remove all loose and peeling paint; scuff sand glossy surfaces; caulk; repair imperfections and sand smooth.
  • For exterior surfaces, power wash to remove chalk.
  • Etch galvanized metal with a concrete & masonry cleaner & etcher product.


  • Use a product such as BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® No. 436 Exterior Multi-Surface Primer & Sealer. Follow all label instructions.
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  • DO NOT THIN. Stir before and during application.
  • When working with more than one can of the same product, intermix to ensure color uniformity.
  • Use adequate ventilation during application & drying process.
  • Certain colors may require more than one coat to achieve complete hide and coverage.
  • Use product when air and surface temperature are 40-90˚F (4-32˚C).
  • Apply a thin coat using a high quality china bristle brush, 1/4”-3/8” nap roller or an airless sprayer (.013”-.015” spray tip).

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  • Longer dry time required in cooler temperatures and higher humidity.
  • Wait at least 7 days before rinsing or cleaning the surface with a mild, non-abrasive detergent.
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  • Properly dispose of all soiled rags.
  • For disposal of empty containers and unused product contact your household refuse collection service.

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For one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process Corporation warrants to the original consumer purchaser, (1) that the product meets Behr Process Corporation’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 Corporation 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 Corporation 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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BEHR® Oil-Base Semi-Gloss Enamel is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 68.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Went on easy and stayed mixed I bought this to refresh some woodwork around windows, doors, and baseboards. Went on smooth, easy to clean and looked good with just one coat.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this oil-based paint My deck has been painted (water based paint), stained, sanded, new boards added, and it always looked sad and droll. My painter suggested I use an oil-based paint which is not very popular, but I did so. My deck gleams with beauty and I admire it every day when I come and go. The paint lasts, looks great, and was very easy to apply. I am going to use my rebate check to buy more of this paint for my garden shed. Very happy customer.
Date published: 2018-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Paint! I bought this for project at work. I needed to paint wooden letters and make them stick out from a large exhibit. I needed them to be glossy and be seen from a long distance. So purchased the semi-gloss black, gave the letters the proper drying time, and they came out perfect. I will definitely be using this paint for future projects.
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow dry and stinky - but great finish once dry The can says 4-6 hours dry and 24 hours recoat, it drys a lot slower than that and it will outgas for for 24+ hours stinking up your house (72 degrees with airflow). Once cured it is great. I have been applying enamels for 20+ years and this is the slowest curing enamel I have ever used, I think they overload it with pigment for coverage.
Date published: 2020-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Used to paint front door. Let dry for 3 days there were wrinkles in the pain. Sanded out the wrinkles, paint still a little tacky, and put in a second coat. The paint wrinkled again. I really don’t want to have to strip this and start over. What to do to get wrinkles out without having to start over.
Date published: 2020-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I used this paint oak cabinets! I love the results.
Date published: 2020-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not dry! Went to homedepot and asked for paint for a crib after (talking to an outside expert for recommendations he said use oil based paint of this brand) and the homedepot employee was clueless as what to recommend. I bought this thinking paint is paint and oil based will stick better (lead free) and my baby will not be able to scratch or chew this paint off her crib. This paint has not dried after 3 days. It easily scratches off and the smell in my house is horrible!!!! Even with the door closed in the baby’s room (where she can not sleep now) the smell sneaks all over the house. My windows have been open and fans blowing and no luck.
Date published: 2020-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic finish Painted an old wooden desk. Went on very smoothly with roller (orange peel texture). Excellent application thickness and coverage. Needed only a couple of touchups after one coat. Dried sooner than expected. Very durable and attractive finish.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long lasting Used Firecracker red to paint our new henhouse last year and the paint held up through heat, snow, rain, and sleet. Very happy with the results.
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I use Behr paint all the time I can truly see this product WORKS!!! I'm a contractor and this this all I use it works great never had one complaint with any of my residents and I have been painting for over 15 years I highly recommend ANY Behr paint I have tried them all from Sherwin Williams to all the rest and after further use Behr beats them all I will continue to use THIS product no matter what comes out thanks guys ..
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I've used behr paints for 30+yrs First time using this enamel paint and I love the finish
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I've used behr paints for 30+yrs First time using this enamel paint and I love the finish
Date published: 2020-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results Painter suggested I buy Behr brand. We wanted oil based paint for its longevity. Turned out great!
Date published: 2020-05-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible Paint! I really wish I’d read the reviews before I purchased this. I figured paint was paint but was I wrong! This is garbage. It will not dry! And I understand it’s oil based, but I just finished painting some other cabinets with another brand satin oil paint and it’s fabulous. I’m going to have to strip what I’ve done so far and start over. Luckily, I started with some shelves to double check the color so I don’t have to strip my entire kitchen island!
Date published: 2020-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Drying time I have used Behr paint for years and it's always been the best. However, the Behr oil base enamel paint really disappoints me. It's been over 8 hours and the paint is still very tacky. Application is within the manufacturer's required requirements.
Date published: 2020-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Drying is taking forever! Painting my teenage daughter's bedroom. This paint covered well with one coat, but drying is taking forever! I have to keep animals (and my daughter) away from it until it is cured and that is proving tough with it taking DAYS to dry! And, HOW IN THE HECK DO YOU EXPECT MINERAL SPIRITS TO "TAKE OUT THE TACKINESS"? Please explain. I will be asking for a refund and using another product from this point forward.
Date published: 2020-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Drying is taking forever! Painting my teenage daughter's bedroom. This paint covered well with one coat, but drying is taking forever! I have to keep animals (and my daughter) away from it until it is cured and that is proving tough with it taking DAYS to dry! And, HOW IN THE HECK DO YOU EXPECT MINERAL SPIRITS TO "TAKE OUT THE TACKINESS"? Please explain. I will be asking for a refund and using another product from this point forward.
Date published: 2020-03-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to work with. Doesn’t dry. Worst oil based paint I have ever worked with. Very difficult to apply. Drying takes forever. Will have to trash this paint and go with another brand. I do not recommend. It was a waste of money.
Date published: 2020-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr I got this myself as a true DIY guy and it turned out to be such an easy thing to do and it looks even better than I imagined.
Date published: 2019-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Log cure time leads to surface damage I had to use this paint because the customer already sprayed his entire house with it and hired me to finish the doors and cabinets. The cure time on this paint is at lest 7 days+. I ruined the first set of interior doors because I figured the paint would be hard enough to move the doors from the spray booth. I was wrong and had to spend 16+ hours fixing the mistake. Plus you can’t even sand the paint for 7+ days after painting because it’s still to soft. Any error in painting takes 7+ days to correct. My advice is to Just spend the extra money and buy a high quality paint that has a short cure time. i would not recommend this product.
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantasticly smooth finish paint i have used this paint in my home in several rooms and its fantastic. it dries even and looks so smooth with a nice clean finish it dries evenly and is even easier to keep clean. it has beautiful look and wipes clean . plus the smell is so lgiht and faint that it doesnt even bother my daughter who cannot tolerate the smell of paint fumes as it makes her sick, yet this paint she can tolerate indoors i was so extremely excited when i found this as i could easy paint indoors at any time now i love it !!!!!
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The worst paint This paint is HORRIBLE!!! It completely ruined my front door. First of all, it is NOT dry enough to recoat in 24 hours. In fact, I waited 2 WEEKS and it was still sticky and smelled so bad!! It completely ruined my door. We had to buy a heat gun and paint stripper to take all this paint off and repaint it with a better brand. It was a waste of money and 3 days work for my husband and I ! It does not even deserve 1 star. Here are some pictures of what it did to my door.
Date published: 2019-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Good quality will recommend to friends and family .
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful color Used on my front porch and have nothing but complements.
Date published: 2019-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my chosen color I painted all my shutters and love the quality and color
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from paint Its great color lasts and durable. Need more to finish.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great coverage The coverage is great. I would give 5 stars except I could not buy the satin in the store. The color chart showed the satin was available but in the stores it is not. I had to buy the semi-gloss instead.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Forever To Dry! This does not dry as fast as the manufacturer says it goes. It's difficult to work with because it's so sticky. I painted a door and left it overnight in this morning it is still sticky! This is going to take me forever.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for those high wear areas I purchased the oil base pair to repair some doors in my home. Although I have always used water based paints in the past I realized that for the high usage areas it just won’t hold up to the abuse. This paint is super now you need patience and must use high quality brushes or rollers but it’s worth it! As always Behr is unbeatable for quality and price! Thank you for your great product!
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy application I purchased my paint at home Depot, I wanted a durable paint that would go on easy and last a long time. The associate in the paint department advise me to get this particular paint, not only did it do exactly what I needed, it went on very very easy and covered and just one coat. The next time I have to buy paint I will be buying this brand again, I am not a professional painter so need something that is easy to use, and this paint did all of those. I would advise anybody looking to buy paint to buy this brand.
Date published: 2019-07-17
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