How to Stain a Deck

Do you want to give your deck an update? Well, you came to the right place to learn how to stain your deck using BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer.

For Best Results:

Take the time to properly prepare your deck before getting started and finish your project right with a second coat. This will help you ensure long-lasting durability for years to come.

  1. Aerial shot of tools needed for a deck stain project

    Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Sweeping wood deck with a broom

    Step 2

    Make sure that your deck is clean. Give it a quick sweep to remove visible dust and debris.

  3. Person spraying down a wood deck with a garden hose

    Step 3

    Using a garden hose, spray down your deck.

  4. Person using a pump sprayer on a wood deck

    Step 4

    Apply BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner with a pump sprayer.

  5. Scrubbing wood deck with a stiff bristle brush

    Step 5

    Wait 15 minutes, then scrub your deck clean in the direction of the grain with a stiff bristle brush. You may notice some bubbles.

  6. Person rinsing a wood deck with a garden hose

    Step 6

    Rinse the deck thoroughly.

  7. Clean and dry wood deck

    Step 7

    Allow your deck to completely dry before you begin staining. This may take about 24 hours.

  8. Person using a stain pad to apply wood stain to a deck

    Step 8

    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.

  9. Stained wood deck

    Step 9

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

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer

  • BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Paint Key

  • Stain Applicator

  • Stain Pad

  • Extension Pole

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)

  • Stir Stick

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Broom

  • Garden Hose

  • Stiff Bristle Brush

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