BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper

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A great finish begins with the right start. BEHR PREMIUM Wood Stain & Finish Stripper will give your wood surface a new lease on life by stripping away old stains & finishes. This allows your new coating to penetrate the wood and achieve long lasting durability.

Thick finish that lifts old stains or coating leaving your wood surface looking fresh and clean
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Exterior latex, oil-based and 100% acrylic coatings on Wood Decks, Porches & Patios, Siding, Fences, Shakes and Shingles.
50-150 Sq. Ft Coverage

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50-150 Sq. Ft.

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Exterior latex, oil-based and 100% acrylic coatings on Wood Decks, Porches & Patios, Siding, Fences, Shakes and Shingles.

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  • Removes loose wood fibers without sanding. Not for interior use or on aluminum surfaces. May harm bare metal or painted surfaces.
  • Be sure to have a source for water, hose with nozzle and stiff bristle broom or brush and a product such as BEHR PREMIUM® NO. 63 All-In-One Wood Cleaner.
  • DO NOT THIN PRODUCT. Do not apply in direct sunlight or on hot surfaces. Dampen nearby foliage with water and cover with plastic drop cloths.
  • Wear protective clothing, goggles, acid resistant gloves, and NIOSH approved Respirator
  • Conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to ensure product performance.
  • Prevent all rinse solution from entering storm drains.
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  • Must apply between 40-90˚F (4.5-32˚C). Pour BEHR PREMIUM® NO. 64 Wood Stain & Finish Stripper directly onto surface and apply liberally using a nylon/poly brush or roller. Natural bristle brushes or lambs wool applicators are not recommended.
  • Due to product thickness, DO NOT use pump, paint or other sprayers. Product will clog tip, resulting in leaking and dripping.
  • Always keep surface wet by misting with water and re-apply NO. 64 if drying occurs. Finish will begin to lift from the surface. Repeat process as needed to keep the surface wet during the removal period. Most deteriorated finishes will start to lift after about 5-45 minutes. The coating should easily rinse off when ready.
  • When the finish starts to lift, scrub the surface using a stiff bristle broom or brush. Rinse thoroughly with water from garden hose using nozzle at normal pressure, or use a pressure washer at a low setting (500-1200 PSI). DO NOT USE HIGH PRESSURE as this may harm the wood.
  • If some of the old finish remains on the surface, repeat application procedure or spot sand as needed.
  • Follow up with a product such as BEHR PREMIUM® NO. 63 All-In-One Wood Cleaner to remove stains, rejuvenate natural wood color and to neutralize the stripping action.

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  • Surfaces must be thoroughly dry before applying any type of new finish, except those finishes that can be applied to dampened wood. Allow the wood to dry for a minimum of 24 hours in warm, dry weather.
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  • Biodegradable. Properly dispose of all soiled rags. To recycle or properly dispose of paint in your community, contact your household refuse collection service. PROTECT FROM FREEZING.

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For one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process Corporation warrants to the original consumer purchaser, (1) that the product meets Behr Process Corporation’s manufacturing specifications, and (2) the performance of this product when applied according to the label instructions and specifications. If this product is found not to perform as specified on the label within one year from the date of purchase, Behr Process Corporation will, at its option and upon presentation of proof-of-purchase (the original receipt), either furnish an equivalent amount of new product or refund the original purchase price of this product to you. This warranty excludes (1) labor and costs of labor for the application or removal of any product, and (2) any incidental or consequential damages, whether based on breach of express or implied warranty, negligence, strict liability or any other legal theory. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. To the extent permitted by applicable law, any implied warranties including the implied warranties of merchantability and of fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to the duration of this express warranty.  Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state. Note to residents of the State of New Jersey: The provisions of this warranty, including its limitations, are intended to apply to the fullest extent permitted by the laws of the State of New Jersey. To obtain warranty service, call 1-800-854-0133. Behr Process Corporation reserves the right to inspect any and all application of the product prior to processing your claim made under this warranty.

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BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 135.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked great!! I used this product to strip my 25 year old deck that had been painted by some previous renters. It was very worn and stained by years of neglect. The product ( with a little work) stripped it sown to the original boards!!
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time saver I started out trying to sand off all my old stain and sealer on the deck. I came across this product which was recommended by my Home Depot paint department guy. This saved me a lot of back breaking time to use. Applications was good and rinse off was a breeze. I’d recommend this to others that have to remove and repaint there deck.
Date published: 2018-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing If you can read the few simple instructions they give you, this product works amazing. Keep the deck extremely wet, keep misting , and use a fine Bristle broom ( got one at Lowe’s for $7) and the old stain came up in 1 coat.
Date published: 2020-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible, absolute waste of time and money I’ve tried this product on recommendation to remove deck paint from the deck. It lifted as much as I could of just scraped up. I applied three thick coats reducing square footage and increasing coverage amount. It failed to lift really any. I followed instructions to the letter and it still is so disappointing. You would be better off using or renting a belt sander. Save your money and your time. This product shouldn’t even be on the shelves.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed and surprised I purchased the Behr Wood Stain & Finisher Stripper because I like other Behr products and expected this product would be my best choice to get the job done correctly. After follow the directions, doing two applications, scrubbing and spending the entire afternoon none of the paint came-off. I’m disappointed with this Behr product, but I will continue to use other Behr products.
Date published: 2020-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not work as described I attempted to use the wood stain and finish stripper to remove the previously applied solid stain on my deck. I followed directions as described on the package. The stripper did not remove the product and resulted in successfully removing the finish by utilizing the Diamond Brush grinding attachment followed by sanding the surface. I do not recommend this product.
Date published: 2020-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple to use I found this product easy to use. Worked the first application.
Date published: 2020-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible product Trust the majority of these reviews and STAY AWAY. Total waste of effort and money for zero results.
Date published: 2020-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great well....easy cleanup. Wil use again....plenty left over
Date published: 2020-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't work I used the product exactly as discribed on the back under the heading "application and the product didn't work. not even a little. I am disappointed in this product.
Date published: 2020-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works. I am an old lady with a heart condition, who used this product on two large cedar decks and it worked. Reading some of the reviews reinforces the importance of reading the instructions. There are some, like my ex-husband, who don't think they need to read the instructions, who soldier on until it is clear they need to read the instructions, and then they don't anyway, and blame the product. To the guy who complained of burns on his legs after applying the product while wearing shorts - this stuff strips the sealant off of wood. Read the instructions. Wear protective gear, which includes pants. And the guy who complained that it turned his wood black - use the flipping Behr 63, which brightens the wood and removes all that. Read the instructions like they are a recipe for a fancy Battenberg cake. Pay attention and all will be well. And if you persevere, you can enjoy a lovely Battenberg cake while relaxing on your beautifully refinished deck. I know I will.
Date published: 2020-08-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What a bummer I bought this with high Hope's ans a budget. The price was great but even after 2 applications, it nearly got any paint up. I followed the tutorials and prepped appropriately. Still have alot of work to do and disappointed.
Date published: 2020-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Chemical Burns - Hands and Leg I wore gloves but had shorts on when I applied the stripper. The chemical ate through the gloves and burnt my hands. I have a fingernail that turned yellow and a fairly large burn on my leg. As others, I would NOT use this product again and believe the instructions should be further expanded and highlighted. It will take three weeks of applying ointments on my burns before my hands and leg improve. So for, it's been two weeks of treating the inflammation and soars. I just hope my deck improves as I intend to wait to treat the wood and probably won't be using any Behr product. Very unhappy as I normally don't write reviews. Ron
Date published: 2020-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worked Great for me. Not sure why the bad reviews but worked for me. When I initially tried to sand the old stain all it did was gum up the sandpaper and left the stain with an almost rubbery feel so despite the bad reviews I thought I'd give this a try. Rolled the stripper onto the wood that had already been pressure washed and kept it moist by spraying it lightly with a hose. At at 30 minutes I scraped it with a finger nail and it seemed to come off pretty good but decided to give it another 15min to work. At 45 minutes started pressure washing and the pictures speak for themselves. Super happy with the outcome. WIll be heading back to HomeDepot today to pick up more so I can continue with the rest of the deck.
Date published: 2020-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Turned wood (stained or not) black We have a 40 foot redwood bridge and a fence that was totally rebuild with new redwood in 2009. The sides/guardrails are made of 2x2 redwood spaced every 2 inches that support the handrailing. Most of the wood was sanded down in 2014 and resealed.This year, after power washing, we realized that it was time to stain and seal again. The Behr cleaner did a great job on some of the wood, but there were areas we could not get to unless we manually used a wire brush and/or sanded them. So we decided to try the Behr Wood Stain and stripper. The initial areas where I applied the stripper did not have much stain left to remove. After application of the stripper and the use of a wire brush and thorough washing away of the stripper and remaining solids with the Behr cleaner, those areas looked pretty good. But when I moved on to apply the stripper to areas which still had a lot of old stain on them, wherever I applied the stripper, or where it dripped, turned black! I could not even scrub the black spots off! I tried cleaning it off with the cleaner when I saw the black spots forming, but they just got bigger. Water made them worse. I used a belt sander on accessible areas to get some of the black stuff off, but even using a wire brush and #60 sandpaper on a sanding stick could not take it all off in the places where a power sander would not fit.. I do not know if the stain was different in those areas and reacted with the stripper, or if those areas were either not completely dry, or possibly too dry when the stripper was applied. I tested the stripper on a fence that had been painted with a completely different brand of solid stain (much older stain) and, even after keeping the test area damp, I just could not get that stain to come off (Although, at least it did not turn black) My conclusion was that for certain kinds of thinly applied or really worn stain, the stripper will work - although you still have to scrub it with a brush to get it off. It did not work at all on older, more thickly coated solid color stain - perhaps the stain was an old oil based stain or some sort of acrylic stain that this stripper doesn't work on. I am clueless regarding why we got the black spots on other parts. The only thing that I could think of was that originally, when all of the wood was replaced, it was sealed with linseed oil. When it was sanded and stripped in 2014, I do not know if an oil-based or water based stain was used. Perhaps there was residual linseed oil that caused the black spot, or the stripper reacted with the remnants of the "newer" stain. We wound up power sanding most of the bridge railings, side etc and applied Behr transparent waterproofing stain in "redwood". We will attempt to correct the bleed through black spots and other areas we could not sand off with semi-transparent stain. (Test results with the semi-transparent stain look hopeful) We had a lot of trouble applying that stain - even though we were wiping it on - not brushing it or using a roller. You really have to wipe out the drips with a damp rag immediately because when the drips they dry they are like lumps of pigment and harder to sand out (Same with overlaps) The areas that we finished look "okay," but it is not really like stain - it is more like paint, and sits more "on top" of the wood when it dries instead of soaking into the wood. After we completed the sides of the bridge, railing etc using about 2 gallons of the Behr transparent waterproofing stain, we realized that if we re-stained it in 4-5 years, we were probably going to have to sand it all down again, because it was unlikely we would try to use that stripper again. We then decided that the rest of the fence and the floor of the bridge will be done with an oil based penetrating Lo-VOC stain. I have used Behr products in the past, but this time I am really unimpressed with these products. We used 6 gallons of Behr all in one Wood cleaner - which worked "where it worked" on about 60% of the project. We used one gallon of Behr Wood stain and stripper, which we only found worked in one small section of the fence. (Some of the 6 gallons of cleaner was applied after using the stripper - otherwise I do not think we could have gotten the stripper stuff all off) We also tried using a pint of a regular - environmentally friendly stripper on some parts, which still required wire brushing and cleaning. Unfortunately, this "regular stripper" did not take out the black spots cased by the Behr stripper.
Date published: 2020-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works. Long time behr customer. Read the revues and was concerend. Bought stripper and followed instructions to remove a oil based stain. Had to apply 3 to 4 coats before "OK" results. Should be used at dusk or in full shade. Has to be vigoursly worked with excessive scrubbing and ample amounts of clean water on hand. It does dry out the wood. So after neutralizing the wood it needs to be re moisturized. Not sure with what? Pretty much the only stripper available to home owners that works. Next time Ill simply replace the boards for desired results. Perffect if you are going for that rustic look or looking to use a very dark stain afterward.
Date published: 2020-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from An absolute waste of time and money! An absolute waste of time and money! I had to purchase four bottles of the stripper and four bottles of the deck clean to neutralize the stripper, and my deck looks atrocious! I will be calling Home Depot to get my money back! Do not use this product!
Date published: 2020-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Water Used 2 bottles as directed by the instructions. Did absolutely nothing. Worst product I ever purchased.
Date published: 2020-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely awful Save your money people! You will end up with multiple bottles and going over your deck numerous times. Bought two bottles and applied it to 100 square feet twice and barely any results. Trust the reviews and save yourself the time and grunt work to try and strip your deck. There was one small application of stain on my deck. I expect to get a response noting if I applied it correctly. The answer is YES! This would be my first review of any product I have ever bought. Come on Behr, you are fantastic at promoting product but should work to ensure your product matches the hype.
Date published: 2020-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does Not Work I bought this to remove semi- transparent stain on my deck, left it on for 45 minutes and it did not do anything. Nothing was removed, I spent over $40 for this jug and was very disappointed. I don’t recommend this product at all!
Date published: 2020-06-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not work Used this to take off Behr's premium oil deck stain but it does not work as advertised. I applied 1 coat and it did nothing so I applied another hoping it would help but that Behr stain would not come off the wood. I scrubbed it using a hard bristled brush and also used a 1800 psi pressure washer and still nothing. would not recommend this product at all.
Date published: 2020-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Should have read the reviews first. Brutal! I bought three jugs of this wood stain and finish remover. Last summer I used a Behr Stain and Sealer which started peeling by the Fall (so frustrating after not even a season). I decided to strip the stain and start fresh following the advice of the Home Depot paint department I went with this product. I followed the instructions exactly, even waited until my house shaded the deck as to not dry the product out while it was working. 45 minutes later, nothing. No bubbling, no paint lifting. Nothing. Added another coat and it barely loosened the stain. I scrubbed, I used my hose, literally it did nothing. I had to use my power washer and chew through my deck just to remove the stain. Now I need to sand my deck to fix the problems this stain remover caused. I’m so done with Bher paints. Looking elsewhere for advice and product next time. Save your time, your back and your sanity. Do not buy this product.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't work at all I bought this a few weeks ago and tried using it, but it did nothing to remove the old peeling paint on my deck. I followed the directions explicitly and after I got annoyed with the lack of results, I even tried leaving it on longer than directed. Still no results.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't work at all I bought this a few weeks ago and tried using it, but it did nothing to remove the old peeling paint on my deck. I followed the directions explicitly and after I got annoyed with the lack of results, I even tried leaving it on longer than directed. Still no results.
Date published: 2020-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money I bought this a few days ago and used it on my peeling deck and nothing. I followed all the instructions, let it sit for 30-45 minutes while keeping it moist. It is a waste of time and money.
Date published: 2020-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be VERY careful! I read the directions and used gloves to apply this product as directed. The only thing it ended up stripping was the flesh from my fingers and wrist where it had splashed. It eat through the gloves I was wearing and continued to dissolve my flesh even after washing with water. I have three deep grooves on my hands and wrists where it eat through about 4 layers of skin, the old paint on my deck? well, it's still there! Should you decide to go ahead with this product, be VERY careful. Get your pets and kids out of the way. Purchase heavy duty gloves up to the elbows and wear protective eyewear ( I shudder to think what would have happened if this went into my eyes!) I would never buy this again! too risky for a product that did not even do the job it was intended to do!
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Bought this to strip our medium sized deck with worn stain. Followed the instructions exactly and it barely took anything off. Left it on for extra time and still nothing. So we added another coat for another 45 minutes and still barely anything came off. Decided to just let it dry and we will have to sand it.
Date published: 2020-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product did absolutely nothing!! Just tried to strip a 75 square foot deck area of Sikkens Cetol - SRD. Shook the heck out of the bottle and applied directly to the deck. Continuously scrubbing and adding more product for the next hour (keeping deck damp) and then pressure washed ... with no results, although the deck did look cleaner than it ever did in the past. Since I purchased 2  gallons for this project and I seem to be a glutton for punishment and was hoping for a miracle of sorts, I promptly uncapped the second gallon and went at it again for the next hour, alas no miracle occurred, same results The deck is now a little duller in appearance with the Sikkens stain standing strong. Bought this product on the recommendation of Home Depot, obviously I should have checked the reviews first. Not happy with this product at all. Will be taking empty containers to Home Depot and venting on them as well Might be okay as a very expensive deck cleaner but as a wood stain and finish stripper, forget about it ... not a hope in Hades.
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage Save your money and just wash it with soap and water or just scrub it with a brush. Wow is this stuff garbage. I needed to strip my deck to prepare for new stain. I bought this on the recommendation at Home Depot. Read the label and got out my roller and hose preparing for the stripping to begin. Low and behold nothing of the sort happened. I shook it up good, rolled it on and waited to see it work. Well 45 minutes later it had done nothing, literally nothing. I did not let the stripper dry out by misting it with water when needed. After waiting 45-60 minutes I used a stiff bristled brush to agitate the stripper. This stuff literally did nothing to the existing stain. It barely removed the dirt. When you put it down it smells like it's going to do something, it has a acidic odor, but it just lays there doing nothing. After a hard scrubbing I rinsed it off and it took none, 0, nada, zip of the stain off. So the funny thing is I used two gallons but was a little short on product. I had 3 boards that didn't get anything on them, I was going to go buy another gallon to at least have them match the rest. After rinsing off the stripped boards I figures what the heck, so I just scrubbed the last 3 boards with plain old water from the garden hose. Guess what? they look just liked the stripped boards. What a waste of money. So my advice, buy something else or just use soap and water.
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought this product to strip the stain off my deck that was already peeling considerably. I had read the reviews only after having bought the product. I thought what the heck, I bought it-might as well give it a go! Well it performed just like the reviews said. It was a gunky, slippery mess. Almost wiped out in my rubber boots. I scrubbed and scrubbed. I normally really like Behr products. Now that I’ve tried it I’m surprised Behr continues to sell this. Don’t waste your time or money. I think the reviews speak for themselves.
Date published: 2020-05-18
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