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What sheen do I need?
8 Oz. Sample
1 Gallon
1 Quart
5 Gallon
The following product(s) is required to properly prep and pre-treat wood prior to any stain project.
Required product
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.
Required 3rd party product
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 Table with BEHR® Advanced Formula Oil-Based Wood Stain

Got a table that needs a fresh start? We can help. BEHR® Advanced Formula Oil-Based Wood Stain does the trick for a variety of wood surfaces, so we’ll use this product to bring out the table’s inner beauty.

For Best Results:

Start your interior stain project by cleaning the surface and lightly sanding the wood.

Apply BEHR® Oil-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to prevent streaks and blotches.

  1. Person sanding a wood table with a sanding block

    Step 1

    Using a sanding block and 220 grit sandpaper, give the wood a gentle sand, then wipe away the remaining dust with a lint-free cloth.

  2. Person applying pre-stain wood conditioner with a paint brush

    Step 2

    Apply the BEHR® Oil-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and let it penetrate the wood for 20 minutes.

  3. Person wiping wood stain with a lint-free cloth

    Step 4

    Allow the stain to penetrate for 3-5 minutes, then wipe with a lint-free cloth. Repeat steps to achieve a deeper color. Let the stain dry for at least 12 hours.

  4. Person applying oil-based polyurethane with a paint brush

    Step 5

    Apply two thin coats of BEHR® Fast Drying Oil-Based Polyurethane to protect your table for years to come. Lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper between coats.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Sandpaper (120, 220, 320 and 400 Grit)

  • Sanding Block

  • Cheesecloth

  • Latex Gloves

  • Mini Foam Applicator

  • Multi-Purpose Shop Rags

  • Metal Can Opener

  • Paint Thinner

  • Painter's Tape

  • Plastic Containers

  • Drop Cloths

  • Tack Cloth

  • Natural Bristle Brush

  • Safety Glasses

  • Screwdriver

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