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What sheen do I need?
8 Oz. Sample
1 Gallon
1 Quart
5 Gallon
The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
Required product
The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project. Only available in store at Home Depot.
Required 3rd party product
The 9 in. x 1/4 in. Polyester Adhesive Roller Cover has a hard texture, making it ideal for applying all types of adhesives to smooth surfaces. It can be used for stippling and applying sand paints.
The following product(s) is recommended when stripping is needed.
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How to Prep a Stain

Before starting your next project, it is important to properly clean and remove any stains from the surface you are painting. Here is how to remove any stains with just a few easy steps.

For Best Results:

Using a stain-blocking primer will help seal the area prior to painting.

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    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

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    Step 2

    Remove vents using a screwdriver. 

  3. Person painting over a stain with a BEHR Stain-Blocking Primer

    Step 3

    Find the stains you want to paint and simply paint over with a BEHR® Stain-Blocking Primer. 

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Stain-Blocking Primer

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Screwdriver

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