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How to Prep Uncoated and Coated Wood for DeckOverTM Coating

Skill:  Advanced DIY'er

Whether your wood surface is uncoated or coated, BEHR PREMIUM PREP PRODUCTS will allow the newly applied coating to fully adhere to the wood surface, & ensure a longer lasting, more durable finish.

For Best Results:

Use BEHR PREMIUM All-In-One Wood Cleaner to remove dead & loose wood fibers from an uncoated wood surface.

Use BEHR PREMIUM Stain & Finish Stripper to strip old wood finish & follow up with BEHR PREMIUM All-In-One Wood Cleaner to clean & neutralize the surface prior to coating.

Suggested Supplies

  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)
  • Chemical Resistant Gloves
  • Extension Pole
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Hose
  • High pressure Nozzle
  • Pressure Washer
  • Protective Apparel
  • Pump Sprayer

WoodSmart by Behr

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

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Preparing an Uncoated Wood Surface

Step 1

Wet surface with water prior to cleaning. Using a pump sprayer, apply BEHR PREMIUM All-in-One Wood Cleaner No. 63 to the wood surface. Keep the surface completely wet with solution for 10-15 minutes.

TIP:
Most deteriorated finishes will start to lift after 15-30 minutes.
Step 2

Scrub surface using a stiff bristle broom or brush. Reapply the cleaning solution as needed to keep the surface wet.

Step 3

Thoroughly rinse the surface area with clean water using either a garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle or a pressure washer.

Step 4

Continue the process until the entire project area is complete. Allow the area to dry completely.

Preparing a Coated Deck Surface

Step 1

Using a roller or nylon/polyester brush, apply BEHR PREMIUM Stain & Finish Stripper No. 64 to a small section of the coated wood deck surface. Reapply the stripper as needed to keep the surface wet for at least 15 minutes. Do not allow the product to dry.

Step 2

Using a stiff bristle broom or brush, scrub the section after the finish begins to lift.

Step 3

Thoroughly rinse the surface area with clean water using either a garden hose with a high-pressure nozzle or a pressure washer.

Step 4

Repeat the process of applying product and scrubbing in small sections until all peeling coating has been completely removed.

Step 5

Apply BEHR PREMIUM All-In-One Wood Cleaner No. 63 to clean and neutralize the surface prior to coating.