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Behr Colors: Cement Stain

Behr Colors are not just for painting your house. Last summer I talked about the staining or painting a basement, garage floor or driveway with Behr Cement Stain.

Using Behr Colors

I raved about how even a klutz could make his driveway look like newly poured cement.  I am also the klutz that began driving his car on it before it was fully cured. As for not researching stain paint hues or behr colors that might be better at concealing the wear and tear on a driveway, count me guilty as charged on that count too. Cement Painting is not easy and it requires some preparation. I thought it would be worth a follow up review on how my Behr Paint Stain (without regard to Behr Colors) or cement driveway paint job held up after 1 full winter of Colorado weather.

 

What happened to the Behr Cement Color?

The answer to how my Behr Colors Stain job held up after one full winter in Colorado is that it was a sad, dismal failure. In the beginning, the freshly white Behr Color looked so much like new cement I was just sure I had saved several thousand dollars on a new Cement Job for my driveway. Unfortunately, that is not what I was thinking 4, 5 and 6 months later. The paint began to peel, and the old driveway color underneath looks tragically like a dirt, muddy driveway. Six months after painting it, I estimate that only 70% of the original Behr Stain color is left. Some knucklehead didn’t think to match the Behr Colors Stain with the original driveway color in case it peeled! If there is one bright spot, it is that my Dap Ready-Mix Driveway Concrete Patch job has held up well. I would guess that 95% or more of the patching I did last summer has prevented the driveway from further peeling and chipping. Dap Ready Mix, hooray. Behr Cement Driveway stain, BOO..

Where did I do Wrong?

For one, thing I should have looked into Behr Colors Charts or tried harder to find a color that matched my darker, more naturally-worn darker-colored driveway. The local hardware store could have easily mixed the stain for me to find a stain color that was a more suitable match. Secondly, I should have stayed off the driveway for a couple of days to allow the Behr Stain to cure. It does seem that most of the wear & tear is where the car tire tracks are leading into the garage. Finally, I probably should have looked into better cleaning and preparation prior to staining the surface.

Conclusion on Behr Stains and Behr Colors for Cement Driveways

I’m willing to give the Behr Concrete Stain another try this summer. My driveway surface is in too good of shape to consider paying for a whole new concrete job. hmmm.. Not so fast. There are other brands and ways. Paint Frazee, Paint Duron, Paint Dutch Boy and Paint Dunn Edwards are a few names in stain and paint that I’ve heard tossed around. I may look into those brands first, but one thing’s for sure. Don’t choose such a behr colors stain that is in dramatic contrast to my original driveway!

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