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How to Stain a Composite Surface

Skill:  Novice DIY'er

Whether you want to compliment the trim or siding of your home, BEHR® has the right solution to refresh or change the color of your composite deck.

For Best Results:

Prepare your surface by cleaning it with BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner.

Apply stain with quality equipment and start with vertical areas first.

Apply even coats and allow ample dry time before exposing the surface to foot traffic and re-arranging plants and furniture.

Suggested Supplies
  • Bucket

  • Bucket Grid

  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)

  • Brush (2"-2½")

  • Chemical Resistant Gloves

  • Drop Cloths

  • Extension Pole

  • Hose

  • High Pressure Nozzle

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Paint Tray and Liner

  • Painter's Tape

  • Plastic Sheeting

  • Pressure Washer

  • Protective Apparel

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Rags

  • Roller Cover and Frame

  • Stir Sticks

WoodSmart by BEHR

Learn about product selection, preparation, and how to's for your stain project with WoodSmart by BEHR.

Start WoodSmart >>
  1. Step 1

    Protect plants, furniture and other items with plastic sheeting or drop cloth.

  2. Step 2

    To effectively remove mold, dirt and grime from composite surfaces, use BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner . Follow all label instructions.

  3. Step 3

    Apply BEHR PREMIUM® Solid Color Weatherproofing All-In-One Wood Stain & Sealer using a quality pad applicator, brush, roller or sprayer directly over clean, dry composite decking to give a whole new look. Make sure to follow all label instructions.

  4. Step 4

    For weathered composite surfaces use BEHR PREMIUM DeckOver® to bring new life to old composite decks. See our how-to's "Prep Your Wood: Weathered Wood" for guidelines on properly preparing your composite surface.

  5. Step 5

    A quality pump sprayer may be used when applying wood finishes.

  6. Step 6

    When using a brush, always back-brush to ensure even application.

  7. Step 7

    Apply to vertical surfaces first, being careful not to drip onto any horizontal areas. Work with entire board lengths-including the ends.

  8. Step 8

    Apply even coats and allow ample drying time before exposing the surface to foot traffic and rearranging plans and furniture.