How to Stain Siding

BEHR® Stains and Wood Finishes put a durable barrier on vertical wood surfaces like siding, shingles and shakes. With proper preparation and application, you can refresh and renew your old siding!

For Best Results:

Remove old stains & wood finishes with BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper. To remove mold & mildew stains, & to restore the wood's natural color, use BEHR PREMUIM® All-In-One Wood Cleaner.

Apply stains with quality equipment & back brush to ensure even application.

Step 1

Apply BEHR stains and wood finishes with a quality brush, pad applicator or sprayer, following all label instructions. 

Step 2

Always back brush to ensure even application. Apply BEHR stain or wood finish following the grain of the wood. Work from top to bottom. 

Step 3

Repeat these application steps until you have completed your project.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Bucket Grid
  • Extension Pole
  • Nylon Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Paint Tray
  • Protective Apparel
  • Pump Sprayer
  • Roller Cover and Frame
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