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BEHR Premium 1-gal. Concrete and Masonry Cleaner and Etcher

The Behr 1-gal. Concrete and Masonry Cleaner and Etcher helps prepare surfaces prior to staining. The multi-purpose cleaner helps remove rust, red clay, oil and grease stains inside and out of your home.
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previous painted surface

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dino
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February 10, 2015
can I use this product on a previous painted surface of behr 1 part epoxy .so I can repaint with the same
paint only different color
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February 10, 2015
Hello and thank you for your question. To recoat over an existing coating, remove any loose or peeling paint and scuff sand the surface. Use a product such as BEHR PREMIUM No. 990 Concrete and Masonry Degreaser and Cleaner to clean previously coated surfaces in sound condition. Then, use a product such as BEHR PREMIUM No. 991 Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher to clean and etch any bare concrete area. Spot prime all bare concrete areas with a product such as BEHR PREMIUM No. 880 Concrete & Masonry Bonding Primer to increase adhesion of topcoat to the surface. Be sure to follow all label instructions. Hope this helps and best of luck on your project!
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Can I leave it on for more than the recommended 20 minutes

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Neuromancer
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January 28, 2015
A reviewer said they wished they had left the etcher on longer as they had to re-apply. Is it ok to leave it on 30 or 40 minutes? What would be the downside to doing that?
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Behr
January 29, 2015
Hello and thank you for your interest in Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. We recommend allowing the product to stand for 10-20 minutes before scrubbing as this is the time the product is effective. The downside to leaving the product on for 30 to 40 minutes would be the concern of the product drying, making it more difficult to thoroughly rinsing away and removing all remaining residue. Dense and smooth surfaces, such as garage floors, may require addition applications. Please follow all back label directions to ensure proper surface preparation and application. Hope this helps and best of luck on your project!
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Can I use a combination soft and hard bristle broom to apply

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Neuromancer
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January 28, 2015
The instructions on the bottle say to spread using a stiff bristled broom. I have a nylon broom that is half stiff bristled on the inside, and surrounded by soft bristiles on the outside. Will this broom work? Or should be broom be all still bristiles? If so why? Do the soft bristles push the cleaner away without leaving any behind?
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Behr
January 28, 2015
Hello and thank you for your interest in Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. For this product we recommend a stiff bristled, non-metal brush or broom to spread. Stiff bristles are suggested for greater scrubbing and cleaning the surface if needed. Please follow all back label directions to ensure proper surface preparation and application, and we wish you the best of luck on your project!
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When done sweep into basement drain?

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Neuromancer
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January 25, 2015
In the instructional video on youtube for this product it says "prevent all rinse solution from entering storm drain". But if I'm applying this in the basement and rinsing it off with a hose, I was assuming I could squeegee it down the basement drain. Would this damage my plumbing because it is an acid, or is it ok for me to rinse squeegee it down the drain when I'm done? Should I neutralize the acid with something beforehand? If so, what? Is the warning because it will harm the environment?
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January 27, 2015
Hello and thank you for your interest in Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. We recommend removing excess rinse solution with a wet/dry vacuum. This is to prevent the solution from entering storm drains. Please follow all back label directions to ensure proper surface preparation and application. Hope this helps and best of luck on your project!
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how much time to allow between using the cleaner/etcher and painting?

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djanak
Texas
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October 25, 2014
How much time do I have between applying the cleaner/etcher and painting. I have a sun deck about to be installed. I want to apply the cleaner/etcher before this is done to prevent damage to the sun deck. I'm not ready to paint because I have alot of construction going on in my back yard (having a pool put in). Would it be ok to apply the cleaner and then paint maybe 2 weeks later?
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Behr
October 27, 2014
Hello, and thank you for your interest in our BEHR PREMIUM® Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. Please allow new concrete to cure for a minimum of 30 days. There is no maximum time after you etch your surface as long as you have the correct profile. Your surface should be completely dry before topcoating. The 2 weeks will be plenty of time. Please follow all back label directions to ensure proper surface preparation and application. Hope this helps and best of luck on your project!
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b1barnes
Idaho, USA
December 30, 2014
Followed the instructions and let it dry over night. Just made sure no wet spots were present.
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My front porch is concrete and has glue stuck to it from where I removed a carpet. Can I use this to remove the glue?

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Monique
Baltimore, Md
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September 1, 2014
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Behr
September 2, 2014
Hi Monique,

Thank you for your interest in our Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. This product is not designed to remove carpet glue. We would suggest using a product that is specifically used as an adhesive remover. The friendly associates at your local The Home Depot can help you find a product that will work.

Hope this helps and good luck on your project!
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b1barnes
Idaho, USA
December 30, 2014
This product did not remove any previous glue present. I used a carbide hand scraper to remove the glue and retreaded the area after. On other areas I made sure any old paint drippings or glue was removed before using the product.
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Will this remove any concrete sealer so that I can restore the same stain?

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PaPaBob
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August 7, 2014
Existing stained concrete, worn and dull
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Behr
August 8, 2014
Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your interest in our Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. This product is used to provide a suitable profile on your bare concrete for your topcoating. To remove a previous coating we would suggest a product such as Behr Premium No 992 Paint Stripper. Please follow all back label instruction to ensure proper surface preparation and application.

Hope this helps, and best of luck on your project!
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Will this product damage or stain a concrete driveway/asphalt street from the runoff after rinsing off the garage post application?

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Chris
Florida
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March 4, 2014
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Behr
March 4, 2014
Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your interest in our Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. Use of this product may also etch your concrete driveway. It should have no effect on asphalt. Our suggestion would be to use a wet vac to collect the etching solution in your garage. If a wet vac is not available, saturate the driveway with water before rinsing the garage to dilute the effects of the etcher. Please be aware that certain communities do not allow runoff to enter storm drains. Please follow all label instructions. Good luck with your project!
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How do I dispose of the left over product?Will it hurt drains ?

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Tony
Rochester Ny 14622
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August 13, 2013
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Crete
Oregon
August 14, 2013
I hope you are not really considering putting any product down a drain! Take it to a recycle center or a landfill that excepts it!
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Behr
August 14, 2013
Dear Tony,

Thanks for using our Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. For proper disposal of empty containers and unused product, please contact your local household refuse collection service. We do not advise disposing the Cleaner & Etcher through drains.
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Is this product safe to apply in an area that animals will be later using?

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pmazz
portland, OR
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August 12, 2013
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b1barnes
Idaho, USA
December 30, 2014
I used this product in a basement where our dogs and cats are frequently. Only made sure that they could not walk on the surface until it was dry. No issues were had as the floor was exposed to the animals for about a week until the new flooring was applied.
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Behr
August 13, 2013
Dear Pmazz,

Thanks for your interest in our Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. Our Cleaner & Etcher is designed to prepare concrete surfaces for painting or staining. Once the surface is prepped with the Cleaner & Etcher, it can be primed then top-coated. The top-coat will be the layer that comes in contact with foot traffic and animals. Additionally the product label instructs you to thoroughly rinse the Cleaner & Etcher off the surface. Once thoroughly rinsed, no Cleaner & Etcher residue should remain on the surface. Also please protect adjacent grass, soil and nearby plants by dampening these areas with water and covering with plastic drop cloths.
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I am wanting to paint my garage floor

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Steve
Texas
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July 13, 2013
I have some oil and auto fluids to clean off and a little paint. Should I use the Cleaner @Etcher or the degreaser @ cleaner before painting?
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b1barnes
Idaho, USA
December 30, 2014
I found that old paint had to be scraped off 1st. For areas with oil I had to treat twice to get all the oil out. If this was done again, I would use acetone 1st, (as long as there is plenty of ventilation) to get most of the oil and greases out.
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Behr
July 15, 2013
Dear Steve,        

Thanks for including us in your garage floor project. Based on your project area description, you'll need to do the following;

1. Scrap any loose or peeling paint. If necessary use Behr Premium NO. 992 Concrete & Masonry Paint Stripper to remove any loose or peeling paint.
2. Thoroughly clean and degrease the project area with Behr Premium NO. 990 Concrete & Masonry Degreaser/Cleaner.
3. Etch the surface to improve topcoat adhesion with Behr Premium NO. 991 Concrete & Masonry Cleaner/Etcher

We also have detailed "How-To" videos available through YouTube. For example, if you would like to use our Behr Premium 1-Part Epoxy Concrete & Garage Floor Paint, go to the YouTube Behr Channel and search for Behr Premium 1-Part Epoxy Concrete & Garage Floor Coating. There are three videos specific to you project. List are the search names.
        - How To Prep Uncoated Concrete For Paints & Stains. This video will walk you through the process of surface preparation for the uncoated areas.
        - How To Prep Coated Concrete For Paints & Stains: This video will walk you through the process of surface preparation on the previously coated areas.
        - How To Apply 1-Part Epoxy Concrete & Garage Floor Paint: This video will walk you through the process of applying 1-Part Epoxy.        
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BEHR Premium Concrete and Masonry Cleaner and Etcher: remove mold/mildew from concrete???

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tnukie
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June 20, 2013
Have a concrete deck--no rust, oil, clay, etc. but tons of mold and mildew. Does this product remove mold and mildew? Want to follow up cleaning with Behr Deckover paint
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Jay_HD_CHI
June 21, 2013
Hi tnukie,

This product is more meant to prepare the surface by means of etching when you are using the DeckOver product on a previously uncoated area. If your area is coated already, such as a paint or old stain, then you will simply want to use the Behr Premium No. 990 product linked below to clean the surface prior to using the DeckOver product.

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Behr
June 21, 2013
Hi Tnukie,

Thanks for your interest in our Behr Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. The Cleaner & Etcher does not remove mold and mildew. For your situation, we recommend using the Behr Premium All-In-One Wood Cleaner NO.63, which will help remove mold and mildew stains.
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I wish to use this on my concrete porch. Will the etcher damage my vinyl siding or Azek wrapped porch columns if it comes in contact with them?

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td
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June 14, 2013
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Behr
June 17, 2013
Hi TD,

Thank you for your inquiry into Behr Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. This product will damage painted or finished surfaces. In case of contact, rinse immediately. You can protect adjacent surfaces by covering with a plastic drop cloth.

Thank you,

The Behr Team
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monty3465
Davisburg, MI
July 2, 2014
Yes and yes. Make sure you use some form of covering to protect your vinyl siding. This stuff is caustic and will certainly cause issues with vinyl.
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Does this etcher work on a hard troweled finished concrete floor?

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pawprints
Moultrie GA
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July 1, 2012
The concrete floor has almost a glass finish look. I really don't want to use acid to etch. Is this an acid based etcher? Should I use a solid or semi transparent stain after etching? Thanks
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July 2, 2012
Hi Pawprints

Thanks for your inquiry on our BEHR Premium Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher. The BEHR Cleaner & Etcher is designed to help etch the surface to provide the ideal profile for the top coat to be applied. The BEHR Cleaner & Etcher should work on dense trowelled concrete however in your case you mentioned it had a glass finish look which could indicate that is was sealed with some type of clear sealer or polished. In this case, you may need multiple treatments of the BEHR Cleaner & Etcher with the combination of scuff sanding any other method of abrading the surface. To ensure the surface is no longer sealed, perform a water drop test. Test the surface by dripping a small amount of water onto the surface. If water beads and does not soak into the concrete, it indicates that a sealer is still present and additional treatment is necessary.

The BEHR Premium Cleaner & Etcher uses Organic Salts as the active ingredient in its formula, which is less hazardous than traditional acid base cleaner/etchers in the market which commonly uses Hydrochloric acids (considered highly acidic and hazardous).

After properly preparing the surface, you may choose to apply BEHR Premium Solid Color Concrete Stain or BEHR Premium Semi-Transparent Concrete Stain. The BEHR Solid Color Concrete Stain will provide a decorative opaque solid finish, while the BEHR Premium Semi-Transparent Concrete Stain will provide a variegated natural stone type finish that allows some concrete to show through. Please refer to the BEHR Premium Concrete & Wood Floor Coating color card to see sample images of the finish looks.

Thank you.
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b1barnes
Idaho, USA
December 30, 2014
Yes, our basement floor was hard troweled and the etcher did an excellent job creating the surface needed to paint over.
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does behr masonary cleaner and ectcher remove sealer applied over a laytex stain

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john r
abilene texas
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May 18, 2012
a sealer was applied 3 years ago to a lawtex stain, behr product. I now want to change the color. will the masonary cleaner and ectcher take off the sealer. I pressure washed the deck already and is very clean but sealer is still present.
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Behr
May 18, 2012
Dear John R,

The proper product to remove the sealer is the BEHR Concrete & Masonry Paint Stripper. The Cleaner and Etcher product is not a stripper but rather a prep product for the concrete surface prior to coating. You will need to completely remove the sealer in order to change the color of the concrete stain. The stripper will also remove the previous stain color.

Thank you for the inquiry!
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How many sq ft does this product cover?

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cougarpaw222
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March 16, 2012
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March 19, 2012
Dear Cougarpaw222,

This product will cover 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon at full strength and 300-400 sq. ft. per gallon diluted. Use full strength on hard to clean interior/exterior stained surfaces and smooth concrete. For new and lightly stained concrete or to etch galvanized metal, use a diluted solution of 1 part BEHR NO. 991 Concrete & Masonry CLEANER & ETCHER to 1 part water (1:1 dilution).

Thanks for your inquiry!
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Jules25
Clarksville, VA, USA
April 22, 2012
The specs say 300-400 square feet for lightly stained smooth concrete. I recommend buying 2-3 times the amount called for since it can absorb pretty fast and is supposed to stay wet during application.
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Does Behr Concrete and Masonry Cleaner and Etcher remove paint

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Debbie
Chandler, AZ
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January 10, 2012
I was just sold the cleaner, where they said it would remove paint, but don't see in the specs that it does...does it remove paint from concrete?
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Behr
January 11, 2012
Dear Debbie,

You'll need a paint stripping product such as the BEHR Concrete & Masonry Paint Stripper in order to remove paint from concrete. The product you purchased, the BEHR Concrete and Masonry Cleaner and Etcher is the product to use as proper preparation prior to applying a coating on concrete for optimal adhesion and performance, it is not formulated to remove paint. Your local Home Depot store should have the BEHR Paint Stripper in stock. Attached is a link to the Paint Stripper that you'll need which is located on the Behr.com site. Thanks for your inquiry on our BEHR products.

http://www.behr.com/Behr/home#vgnextoid=07ba536658689110VgnVCM1000006f1010acRCRD;view=17;channel=PROJECT_CENTER
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Jules25
Clarksville, VA, USA
April 22, 2012
Not intended to remove paint. If the entire surface has paint, I believe you may need a paint stripper and a good power washing. If you just have a few spots of dried paint, Goof-Off works great. Power washing alone can blast off a lot of old paint.
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