How to Stain Wood Furniture

Protect your investment on your outdoor wood furniture. Restore and maintain its beauty with long-lasting BEHR stains and finishes.

For Best Results:

Best results start with proper prep. Remove old stains and wood finishes with BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper. For mold and mildew stains, and to restore the wood's natural color, use BEHR PREMUIM® All-In-One Wood Cleaner.

Apply your stain with quality equipment and follow label instructions.

Always back brush to ensure even application.

Step 1

Place plastic sheeting or a drop cloth on plants, patio surfaces and other objects to protect them from any spills, splashes and drips.

Step 2

Lightly sand any rough or uneven areas and wipe the furniture clean.

Step 3

With your brush, apply the stain, brushing in the same direction as the wood grain.

Step 4

Repeat the process of applying the stain until your project is complete.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Drop Cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Gloves
  • Brush (Nylon/Polyester)
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Stir Stick
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