BEHR Floor Paint Reviews: Concrete, Garage & Granite Epoxy

No matter how diligently you mop up oil spills, dead leaves, and other debris, your concrete floors can stain or grow discolored with even moderate use. Treated garage floors, carports, driveways, and sidewalks can also chip or peel over time, leaving an unattractive and damage-prone mess on your hands.

Fortunately, the right paint can prevent all this—and leave your surfaces looking more polished, protected, and cleaner than ever.  

In this guide, learn why BEHR epoxy floor paint is such a popular brand among homeowners, which of their products is right for you, and how to apply it to your floors for a lasting and beautiful result.  

In 1947, Otho Behr, Jr. founded Linseed Oil in his garage. The next year, his company moved to a Quonset hut in California, a rather fitting tribute to the innovative reputation the brand would quickly garner.  

By the 1950s and 60s, Linseed Oil Products Company had grown, once again relocated, and changed its name to BEHR Process Corporation. Behr himself invented the first product to effectively combine oil and water, which then led to stains and clear coats for both indoor and outdoor use.  

The Home Depot partnered with Behr in the 1970s to sell his product lines in their stores across America. In the next decade, Behr won Partner of the Year from The Home Depot and shortly after expanded his stains and clear coat lines into paints with BEHR Premium Plus. By 1988, the company had revolutionized the industry with color-matching computer technology.  

During the 1990s and 2000s, BEHR entered the Canadian, Chinese, and Mexican markets, all while introducing new product lines, including specialty paints and the Kilz brand. Further innovations in the following decade included the ColorSmart mobile app, new can and lid designs to make painting easier for consumers, delivery systems, and more—an ever-forward march of creativity and service that continues to this day.  

From its humble beginnings over 70 years ago, BEHR has tirelessly worked to provide customers with high-quality, durable paints in an array of stunning pigments and formulas.  


BEHR Epoxy Floor Paints: Compared & Reviewed 

BEHR Premium Self-Priming 1 Part Floor Epoxy

Features

Container Size 

1 gal. (also available in 5 gal. size) 

Colour/s 

Slate Gray; can be custom-tinted 

Coverage 

500 sq. feet (1 gal.), about 46.45 sq. meters 

Dry/Curing Time 

24 hours dry time; 30 days full cure 

Maximum No. of Coats 

2, with annual touch-ups as needed 

Recoat Time 

Allow at least 24 hours  

For quick concrete and garage makeovers that don’t sacrifice quality, look no further than this 1-part epoxy formula that primes your floors for you. Available in both classic shades and custom ones via BEHR’s precise color-matching program, BEHR Self-Priming 1-Part Epoxy Paint provides a fast and convenient way to cover stains and unsightly marks, improve weather and UV protection, and prevent peeling—even with extensive contact from very hot tires.  

This formula’s satin finish provides an attractive sheen that not only makes cleaning easier; it also helps your garage floors and other concrete surfaces stay cleaner for longer. Application is simple, as well, thanks to BEHR’s no-mix formula.  

Ideal for drivable and high-traffic areas, this 2-in-1 paint and primer resists chemical erosion, fading, mold, and stains exceptionally well for an affordable price when compared to several other epoxy floor paint brands. A single gallon will cover about 500 square feet.  

You can also mix BEHR Floor Finish Additive into your paint for a non-slip texture to protect yourself from icy or slick conditions—an ideal option for some driveways, entryways, and other weather-prone areas.  

Dry time is just 24 hours for light foot traffic, 72 hours for heavy traffic and furniture placement, and 7 days for tire contact. However, a full cure time of 30 days is recommended before subjecting the paint to cleaning and rinsing. Allowing it to completely cure will help ensure your paint’s longevity.  

Pros
  • Convenient 2-in-1 formula 
  • Can be custom-tinted 
  • Moderate gloss level 
  • Durable and lasting 
  • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use 
Cons
  • 1 month full cure time 

BEHR Granite Grip Epoxy

Features

Container Size 

1 gal. (also available in 1 quart or 5 gal. size) 

Colour/s 

Gray, beige, and tinted options 

Coverage 

40 to 60 sq. feet, or about 3.7 to 5.5 sq. meters 

Dry/Curing Time 

1 hour dry time; 30 days full cure 

Maximum No. of Coats 

2 to 3, with touch-ups as needed 

Recoat Time 

3 to 4 hours 

If you’re after slip resistance and a more decorative look than higher-gloss concrete epoxy paints, BEHR’s Granite Grip will deliver. Its speckled finish provides friction against ice and rain to reduce slips and falls or skidding tires, while still providing pick-up resistance from hot tires as well.  Like BEHR’s other epoxy paint formulas, Granite Grip protects your concrete from stains. It also fills in small cracks, preventing further damage over time.  

Granite Grip comes in 20 shades, although the range is admittedly limited to variations of gray and beige, with slight tints of blue or green in some shades. However, these classic colors suit most decor styles quite well, especially on the most popular application surfaces: sidewalks and other walkways, porches or patios, or even pool decks. Some base colors can be tinted slightly with additives.   

You can apply Granite Grip to porous concrete surfaces as well as brick or stone, making this epoxy paint a versatile and aesthetically pleasing choice for several home projects. It can be used indoors or outdoors, finishes to a textured matte result, and provides 40-60 square feet of coverage per gallon (with 2 coats), depending on whether your surface is rough or smooth to start.  

This formula has a wonderfully quick dry time of just 1 hour, although it requires 30 days to cure entirely before it can be washed. Ideal application conditions are days with temps between 50-90° Fahrenheit, avoiding direct sunlight, where rain or dew is not expected within 24 hours

Pros
  • Adds texture and grip 
  • Fast-drying 
  • Matte textured finish 
  • Multi-surface, indoor/outdoor use 
  • Stain and traffic resistant 
Cons
  • Limited colors vs. other BEHR products 

BEHR Epoxy Floor Paints Compared To Other Products 

BEHR Self-Priming 1-Part Vs Rust-Oleum Epoxy Floor Paint 

Another notable brand in the paint industry, RustOleum, offers a wide range of comparable products to BEHR epoxies.  However, each product does vary in some significant ways, making it wise to research your options before purchasing so you know which is best for your needs.  

Rust-Oleum Epoxy 1-Part Floor Paint is very similar to BEHR's but does provide a quicker dry time at 16 hours versus BEHR's 24. It also allows for tire contact faster, at 5 days instead of 7.  

Price-wise, RustOleum’s Epoxy can’t beat BEHR’s. It also covers less surface area per gallon: 300 to 400 square feet. With regards to overall quality, both products offer comparable durability, stain resistance, UV and weather resistance, and a lower-gloss satin finish.  

Finally, buyers should consider color options. BEHR offers a highly customizable color system, whereas Rust-Oleum only comes in Armor Gray, Battleship Gray, or Sand (although tint additives can be mixed in before application).  

For large areas, tight budgets, or more color choices, BEHR Self-Priming 1-Part Epoxy Floor Paint is the better choice.  

BEHR Premium Vs Rust-Oleum Rocksolid Industrial Floor Coating 

While BEHR’s 1-Part Floor Epoxy offers a satin finish, RockSolid provides a high-gloss shine many homeowners might prefer. However, its formula does require mixing before application, unlike BEHR’s no-mix 1-part formula.  

RockSolid dries faster than BEHR’s product at just 8-10 hours; you can drive on it after 24, which is much faster than the week recommended for BEHR 1-Part Floor Epoxy. It also protects against stains and erosion, as well as hot tire pick-up, while allegedly providing 20 times the strength of many other epoxies.  

Although RockSolid covers twice as much square footage, it's also more than six times the price. When it comes to color options, customers can purchase gray, dark gray, or beige—unlike the customizable options offered by BEHR. In terms of suitable surfaces, both can be applied to concrete, brick, and masonry—indoor or out.  

Overall, choose the RustOleum RockSolid Industrial Floor Coating kit when you want higher gloss, lower dry and cure times, and don’t mind a limited range of color options. If a satin finish and customizable colors are more your style, go with BEHR.  

BEHR is also the better option for those on a limited budget or who want a more convenient application process than RustOleum’s 2-part mixture.  

BEHR Granite Grip Epoxy Vs RustOleum Rocksolid Decorative Concrete Coating 

While RustOleum and BEHR both offer non-slip additives for their concrete floor products, some projects call for greater texture and grip than any additives can provide. BEHR Granite Grip and RustOleum RockSolid Decorative Concrete Coating provide virtually identical grit levels, although the latter is a bit cheaper per gallon.  

Like Granite Grip, RockSolid Decorative Concrete Coating can be applied to sidewalks, patios, pool decks, and anywhere you need durable finishes with some added slip resistance.

However, RockSolid is much more limited in its color options: Brick, Sahara, and Slate (reddish-brown, beige, and gray, respectively) are the only shades available. Meanwhile, BEHR’s color customization technology allows Granite Grip to be tinted for 20 variations—albeit very similar shades overall.  

Granite Grip dries slightly faster (1 hour versus RockSolid’s 2), although recoating times and surface area coverage per gallon are exactly the same for both brands. RockSolid does have the advantage of a faster full cure time at only 7 days; Granite Grip requires 30.  

Ultimately, the products will deliver the same results, so which one you should choose comes down to whether you'd like a faster dry time or a shorter full cure—along with how critical customizable colors are for your decor preferences.  

BEHR Granite Grip Vs BEHR Self-Priming 1-Part Epoxy  

If you’re stuck between BEHR products, consider the type of activities and traffic your surface will see most. For example, a garage floor would benefit from a slight gloss and smoother surface to better clean up spills, while a pool deck or patio space—prone to slippery puddles or ice—calls for the texture of Granite Grip.  

With all things being equal (meaning either epoxy paint could work for your floor), you might want to consider budget and color in your decision. Granite Grip is more limited in color options and more expensive per gallon. You'll also need more of it for larger areas since it covers 40-60 square feet; BEHR Premium Self-Priming 1-Part Floor Epoxy, however, covers 500 square feet.  


How To Use Epoxy Floor Paint: Step By Step 

Applying floor paint to your garage or basement floor, patios, driveways, walkways, or other concrete surfaces is very simple with BEHR products and the right preparation.  

  • 1
    Strip your floor or other surface of any loose, chipped, or peeling paint. If necessary, sand your surface to improve the adhesion of your BEHR epoxy floor paint. 
  • 2
    Clean the area thoroughly. A mild detergent can be used if necessary. Power wash or hose off grime, leaves, and other debris, then allow the area to dry completely. 
  • 3
    If desired, apply a base coat to improve adhesion, or a separate primer. Allow to dry. 
  • 4
    With a 3/8” nap roller, roll your BEHR floor paint across the surface in thin, even strokes, stopping just at the edges. Cut in with a nylon-polyester paintbrush, and touch up areas the roller may have missed. Avoid overlapping your strokes, and paint in one direction. 
  • 5
    If desired or needed, apply a second coat after 4-6 hours, when the paint is dry to the touch. This time, use a crisscross brushstroke. Consult your product guide for instructions on how many coats to add; usually, two will be the maximum to avoid chipping and cracks later. 
  • 6
    Let your surface dry for 24 hours before walking on it, and only do so lightly/as needed. After 72 hours, you can increase foot traffic, move furniture, and lightly use the surface. Wait 7 days before tire contact and a full 30 days to complete the curing process.  Following those 30 days, your surface can be rinsed or cleaned without damaging your paint. 

Check out a visual step-by-step guide to applying BEHR Premium Self-Priming 1-Part Epoxy Floor Paint here 


Tips and Tricks for Painting Garage Floors with BEHR Epoxy Paint 

  • If you can’t wait the full week before parking on your floor, place some corrugated cardboard under your vehicle tires to protect your paint job.  
  • For a glossier look, consider adding a shimmer topcoat. This would be best suited for interior concrete floors, like in an entryway, mudroom, or kitchen where messes and clean-ups are frequent.  
  • To increase the grip of your paint, like in a workshop or garage, consider adding a non-skid additive to your paint before applying.  
  • The best time to apply your BEHR epoxy floor paint will be when the air, as well as your surfaces, reach temperatures between 50°F and 90°F. Avoid painting on days there will be rain or moisture within 24 hours, and try to keep your surfaces out of direct sunlight if possible.  

People Also Ask (FAQs)

How long do epoxy floor paints last? 

When applied correctly, you should expect your paint job to last 2 to 3 years with moderate foot or vehicle traffic. High-traffic, outdoor, or commercial areas will see fading or chips sooner. In general, you should expect to touch up your paint annually and repaint after three years or so. Regular touch-ups can extend the overall life of your paint job by several years, however.  


What is 2-part epoxy paint? 

2-part epoxy paints, such as the RustOleum RockSolid Industrial Floor Coating kit, require you to mix your epoxy resin into the paint before application. While 2-part formulas can sometimes provide more durability, they also aren’t as easy to mix and use as 1-part paints.   


Can I mix paint with epoxy? 

Acrylic paints tend to mix better with epoxies than other types of paint, although it's imperative to get the ratio correct—1 part paint to 10 parts epoxy.  Using more paint will result in clumps and uneven application. Generally, it's best to use a floor paint specially mixed or pre-measured for you that states it's meant for concrete surfaces.  


How much does it cost to epoxy a basement floor? 

Professional epoxy coatings will cost anywhere from $3 to $12 per square foot in a basement. Doing it yourself will cost much less—about $30-$200 for 300-500 square feet, depending on the kind of epoxy or epoxy paint you decide to use.  


Do epoxy floor paints scratch or scuff easily?  

One reason epoxy coatings and paints are so popular is because they’re more durable than other materials. For example, a typical red oak hardwood floor has a tensile strength of 1,290 PSI. Concrete coated with epoxy or epoxy paints, meanwhile, has a strength of 10,000 PSI. That said, they can get scratched, scuffed, and damaged with enough force, especially as the paint degrades over time.  


Will applying epoxy paint level an uneven garage floor?  

It’s a common misconception that you can level a garage floor by applying epoxy or epoxy floor paint. Although epoxies and epoxy paint will often “self-level,” this simply means they will distribute themselves across a surface evenly (assuming you’ve applied them as evenly as you can, first).  


What if a recently painted garage floor isn’t drying?  

There are two common causes of slow drying or cure times for epoxy floor paints. First, consider the air temperature—and the surface temperature. Perhaps the air is the minimum 50 degrees, but your concrete is still very cold. If this is the case, try raising the temperature in the room.  For exterior areas, you might have luck with a heat gun or outdoor heater.  

 

The second reason your paint is drying or curing slowly is improper paint or surface preparation. If using a formula that required mixing, you may not have mixed the components thoroughly. Alternatively, you might have accidentally left dirt or debris on your floor before painting. To fix either of these, remove the current paint and apply a new coat after properly mixing your paint and prepping your surface.  


Can you use BEHR products on exterior sidewalks? 

Yes, BEHR concrete products can be used on sidewalks, stone or brick walkways, and even driveways.  In fact, BEHR offers a stain-blocking 2-in-1 concrete primer and paint in a flat finish specifically for sidewalks, although any of their exterior epoxy floor paints will work as well.  

Conclusion

Epoxy floor paints can completely transform the look, feel, and durability of your garage, patio, and other concrete surfaces. BEHR offers a wide range of epoxy floor paints in various colors and textures, each formulated to the company’s high standards to provide lasting and beautiful results.  

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