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The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
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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.
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BEHR PREMIUM ALL-IN-ONE WOOD CCCC
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 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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