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How to Apply DeckOver® Coating

Skill:  Advanced DIY'er

Bring new life to old wood and concrete surfaces with BEHR PREMIUM DECKOVER.

For Best Results:

Best results start with proper prep. Remove old stains and wood finishes with BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper. For mold and mildew stains, and to restore the wood's natural color, use BEHR PREMUIM® All-In-One Wood Cleaner.

Use a 1/2" roller cover to apply stain and start with vertical areas first.

Apply even coats and allow ample dry time before exposing the surface to foot traffic and re-arranging plants and furniture.

Suggested Supplies

  • Bucket
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket Grid
  • Drop Cloths
  • Extension Pole
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Painter's Tape
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • 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

Replace any rotting or unstable boards. You may use a wood filler to fill cracks and holes larger than 1/4".

Step 2

Fill nail holes and cracks up to 1/4", completely fill in with DeckOver® coating using nylon/polyester brush prior to coating. Deep holes and cracks may require additional filling.

Step 3

Using a 2"-2 1/2" wide brush cut in a 2"-3" wide area around the deck floor where the roller cannot reach. Start at a corner and follow the grain of the wood.

To prevent lap marks, only cut in a small area of 2 to 3 board widths at a time.
Step 4

Pour DeckOver coating into a paint tray and work a roller into the tray until it is fully loaded with coating. For best results, use a 1/2" roller cover.

For larger areas consider using a 5-gallon bucket and a bucket grid.
Step 5

Apply a generous, even coat in the same section as the cut in and roll the coating approximately 4' down the boards.

To avoid lap marks, do not roll onto a new section until the previous section has been completed.
Step 6

Reload the roller with coating and continue to the next 4' section. As you go, roll back into the section immediately after the coat is applied. Continue rolling until the first coat is completely applied.

Step 7

Once the first coat is completely dry, fill in any remaining cracks if necessary and roll out the second coat.