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How to Prep Your Weathered Wood

Skill:  Advanced DIY'er

If no previous stain or finish has been applied or it has worn away, you'll usually have a weathered wood surface that has aged and darkened in color. Rejuvenate and prepare your wood for coating with BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner.

For Best Results:

Use BEHR PREMIUM® All-In-One Wood Cleaner to remove stains caused by mold and mildew, while also restoring the wood's natural color.

Once the surface has completely dried, coat with a BEHR Stain or Finished product.

Suggested Supplies

  • Bucket
  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket Grid
  • Chemical Resistant Gloves
  • Drop Cloths
  • Extension Pole
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Hose
  • High pressure Nozzle
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Painter's Tape
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Pressure Washer
  • Protective Apparel
  • Pump Sprayer
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Stir Stick

WoodSmart by Behr

Learn about product selection, preparation, and how to's for your stain project with WoodSmart by Behr.

Start WoodSmart »
Step 1

Wet the wood surface and apply the BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner with a pump sprayer. 

Step 2

Wait 15 minutes then scrub the wet surface with a stiff bristled brush. 

Step 3

Rinse the wood surface thoroughly.

Step 4

Once the surface has completely dried, you're ready to coat with a BEHR stain or finish product.