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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 Prep Wood with Peeling Stain or Finish

Any existing stain coating on your wood surface can prevent full penetration of your new finish or coating.

For Best Results:

Use BEHR PREMIUM® Stripper and Cleaning Products to help strip the old finish and allow the new coating to fully penetrate the wood surface. This will help ensure a longer lasting, more durable finish.

Once the surface has completely dried, coat with a BEHR Stain or Finish product.

Stripping a Coated Wood Surface

  1. Behr Premium Wood Stain Finish Stripper

    Step 1

    Start with the BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper to remove all of the previous coating.

  2. Apply stripper to surface.

    Step 2

    Apply the finish stripper product to your wood surface.

  3. Rinse clean.

    Step 3

    Wait 15 minutes then scrub slightly with a stiff bristled broom.  Rinse.  You are now ready to clean your wood surface with BEHR PREMIUM All-in-One Wood Cleaner.

     

Cleaning

  1. Wet wood sruface.

    Step 1

    To apply the cleaner, wet the wood surface.

  2. Apply cleaning solution.

    Step 2

    Apply the cleaner product with a pump sprayer.

  3. Scrub clean with stiff bristle brush.

    Step 3

    Wait 15 minutes then scrub the wet surface with a stiff bristled brush. Rinse the wood surface thoroughly.

  4. One gallon can of transparent waterproofing wood finish

    Step 4

    Once the wood surface has completely dried, you're ready to apply a wood stain or finish product.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Bucket
  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)
  • Brush (2"-2½")
  • Bucket Grid
  • Chemical Resistant Gloves
  • Drop Cloths
  • Extension Pole
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Hose
  • High Pressure Nozzle

  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Painter's Tape
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Pressure Washer
  • Protective Apparel
  • Pump Sprayer
  • Rags
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Stir Stick
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