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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 Apply Stain

Staining your deck is easier than you might think. We will walk you through a few easy to follow steps to get staining today.

For Best Results:

Properly prepare your deck prior to starting your staining project. Use BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner to get the job done right.

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    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Person applying wood stain to a deck with a stain pad

    Step 2

    Using a stain pad apply the stain evenly in the direction of the grain, two or three boards at a time, moving from end to end. Continue to the exposed ends.

  3. Deck stained with BEHR Exterior Stain

    Step 3

    Allow the stain to dry for one to two hours before applying a second coat. 

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR® Exterior Stain

  • Stain Applicator

  • Stain Applicator Pad

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner 

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