My Behr Premium Granite Grip follow-up review

My Behr Premium Granite Grip follow-up review

Four weeks after my initial review, here’s my Behr Premium Granite Grip follow-up review. Despite having a few problems with bubbles and stains which I discuss in this follow-up review, I’m really happy with this product.

It’s important for me to note that my review and follow-ups are impartial observations. I did not receive free products, nor was I compensated to recount my experiences.

All I am is an inexperienced DIYer. This is the first time I prepped a concrete surface (that was a lot of work). It was also the first time I applied Behr Premium Granite Grip, and the first time I attempted to solve the minor problems I experienced along the way.

So far, Granite Grip looks good

Overall, I’m really happy with how Granite Grip looks. I’ve received lots of compliments on my front sidewalk, and my backyard patio looks much more inviting and pleasant.

However, while I’m basking in the warmth of a job almost completed (I still have at least one more coat to apply), I have to note some unexpected problems.

Unexpected problems

Localized bubbles

As I noted in my initial review, I was seeing bubbles. The bubbles inflated as the days heated up to over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, we’ve had a couple of days with 101 degree temps.

Of course, during our Phoenix, Arizona summers, we will soon see week-after-week of 110 degree days, so ‘we ain’t seen nothing yet’ as far as intense heat is concerned.

That’s why I decided to wait to put down a fourth and fifth coat. I want to be sure I have all the bubbles fixed before proceeding.

Thankfully, the bubbles appeared only in a few specific, localized areas on my back patio. I didn’t have any bubbles appear on my front sidewalk.

To fix the bubbles, I first popped them open with a utility knife. Then, I peeled back the layers that weren’t attached to the concrete.

In those localized areas, I guess I peeled back the layers in 1×3 foot areas. I’m not exactly sure what caused the bubbles, but I have some theories.

localized bubbles appeared
As the temperatures approached 100 degrees F,
bubbles appeared in localized areas

photo by Doug Martin

Problem #1 (bubbles) and my fix

In one area, I had applied the second and third coats in direct sunlight. That’s a no-no, and I believe that prevented the second coat from adhering properly to the base coat. In that area, the base coat was still firmly attached to the concrete.

For the fix, I peeled back the loose layers. Then, I reapplied the second and third coats in the early morning hours when the sun was still low on the horizon.

Problem #2 (bubbles) and my fix

In another area, I had applied the base coat directly on top of some concrete that had deteriorated. It was mostly sand and crumbled easily.

I had the mistaken notion that if I applied the Granite Grip on top of the crumbly areas, they would all magically get bound together. I was wrong.

To fix that area, I peeled back the loose layers. Then, I removed all the loose sand and crumbling concrete. I patched the area with paintable caulk and brushed on a few layers of Granite Grip. Of course, I allowed each coat to dry for 24 hours.

removed loose layers
I used a utility knife to pop the bubble,
then peeled back the loose layers

photo by Doug Martin

patched with caulk
I applied a base patch of paintable
caulk over the problem areas

photo by Doug Martin

Problem #3 (bubbles) and my fix

The third area where I had a problem is one that puzzles me. I’m not sure what I did wrong, but I do have a theory about what caused the bubbles.

This localized area was right beside an expansion joint. Prior to applying Granite Grip, I had applied caulk along all those wide joints. This was also where the slabs had heaved over the years.

My guess is that there was still moisture underneath the slabs. As the atmosphere heated during the day, the moisture-laden atmosphere expanded and lifted the base layer off the concrete.

Just like the other fixes, I peeled off the loose layers and patched it with caulk. After the caulk had cured for 24 hours, I applied Granite Grip and allowed each layer to dry in 24 hour intervals.

Bubbles have been fixed (I hope)

Since I applied those fixes, it looks like the localized areas that produced bubbles have been fixed. However, I plan to wait to apply the final coats until we get through our intensely hot southwestern summers.

I want to be sure the bubble-problem is corrected before I spend any more time and any more money.

Problem #4 (stains) and my fix

Recently, we received about an inch of rain. Despite having used self-leveling concrete to fix a few low spots, there were still two spots that had accumulated puddles of water.

At the edges of those puddles, the dye from the Granite Grip created an unsightly stain. Fortunately, I was able to wipe off the stains with a wash cloth soaked with warm water.

water stains
Water stains appeared after a rain
but I wiped them off with wash cloth
and warm water

photo by Doug Martin

I’m not sure how I can prevent these unsightly stains in the future. Maybe I can apply a clear coat, although I’m not sure it will work with Behr Premium Granite Grip.

I’ll let you know if I find a workable solution in my third follow-up at the end of this long, hot summer. If any more-experienced readers have a solution to my Granite Grip water stains, please share in the comments section below. Thanks.

Summary of my Granite Grip experiences so far

Despite a few localized and hopefully minor problems, my overall experiences with Behr Premium Granite Grip have been good. In fact, I’m very happy so far with how the non-slip surface looks.

It’s been over four weeks since I first applied three coats. I’ve gotten compliments on my front sidewalk and my formerly bare concrete outdoor living area in the back looks very nice.

I think I’ve fixed the areas that have bubbled. The areas I patched are still noticeable. However, after I apply the final two coats this fall, they should completely blend in and look beautiful.

I’m still not sure how to prevent stains after rain puddles accumulate. My hope is that after time goes by and it cures more completely, it won’t stain anymore. Either way, the stains are easy to remove with water.

Third and final update will be posted this fall

This fall, after the oppressively high southwestern temperatures have dissipated, I’ll post my third and final update on Granite Grip. By then, I will know if it survived the summer heat and torrential monsoon rains.

If everything looks good, I will also apply a fourth and maybe even a fifth coat. As I’ve noted in my initial review, two coats are definitely not enough.

If you have any suggestions or comments about your own experiences with Behr Premium Granite Grip, please share them in the comments section below.

By Doug Martin, Opportunity Muse.

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