BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain and Sealer Penetrating Oil - Cedar/ Naturaltone/ Chocolate/ Redwood

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BEHR Premium Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Wood Stain & Sealer is a penetrating oil-based stain that beautifies and protects your exterior wood surfaces. This product is available in popular exterior premix colors and can also be tinted to a range of other exterior colors. This product is ideal for both horizontal and vertical surfaces. After application, this product will resist rain after 4 hours which provides project flexibility during unsure weather conditions.

Semi-Transparent film that enhances the wood's natural patterns.
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Recommended for properly prepared new to slightly weathered, unsealed exterior wood surfaces (0-5 years exposure) such as Decks, Railings, Shakes, Shingles, Siding, Fences, and Wood Patio Furniture.
Up to 400 Sq. Ft. per Gallon depending on wood porosity.

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Product Usage

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Must Prep
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Wood Finish

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1 Coat Application

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Spread Rate:
**Covers 350-400 Sq. Ft. per Gallon
depending on wood porosity


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"For Wood Substrates Only" Recommended for properly prepared new to slightly weathered, unsealed exterior wood surfaces (0-5 years exposure) such as: Decks, Railings, Shakes, Shingles, Siding, Roofs, Fences and Wood Patio Furniture.

Usage SummaryBlank space if empty.
Preparation† (Proper surface preparation is required.)Blank space if empty.
  • For failing coatings or to remove loose wood fibers, use a product such as BEHR PREMIUM® No. 64 Wood Stain & Finish Stripper followed by BEHR PREMIUM No. 63 All-In-One Wood Cleaner to neutralize the wood.
  • When No. 64 is not needed, a product such as No. 63 MUST be used to remove mill glaze and clean the wood surface. After using either No. 64 or No. 63, rinse thoroughly with a garden hose or pressure washer. When rinsing with a pressure washer, use the broadest spray pattern while keeping the nozzle at least 24" away from the surface.
  • Allow the area to dry at least 24 hours before coating.
  • Lightly sand to remove remaining wood fibers/fuzz. See for additional product information.
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For best results, a pad applicator is recommended over large deck areas.

  • Must apply between 40-90˚F (4.5-32˚C).
  • *Do not apply if rain is expected within 4 hours of product application. Resists rain 4 hours after application.
  • The surface must be completely dry before application.
  • For multiple gallons, combine into a larger containers for color uniformity.
  • DO NOT THIN PRODUCT. Stir product occasionally throughout the application.
  • Test product for penetration and color on a small hidden area before proceeding.
  • Use a natural bristle brush for areas requiring more accuracy. The use of rollers should be limited to rough surfaces only. Use 3/8" nap or longer when appropriate.
  • A high-quality pump sprayer with a variable tip or an airless sprayer with a .013"-.017" tip (60 mesh filter) may be used.
  • If thinning is necessary for spray application, then use a VOC compliant paint thinner at a rate of up to 8 oz. per gallon. • Lightly saturate the surface and back-brush any excess finish.
  •  Be sure to eliminate puddling and evenly distribute the finish. Maintain a wet edge when applying.
  • Apply product end-to-end or to board lengths to prevent lap marks. Avoid applying finish too heavily.
  • One coat application. For optimum performance, coat all accessible sides.


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  • When the color has faded and water is readily absorbed by the substrate, prep/clean with a product such as BEHR PREMIUM No. 63, allow to dry, and apply a new/fresh coat of wood finish.
  • Product can be applied annually if needed.
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  • Dry to touch after 2-4 hours depending on wood porosity. 24 hours before foot traffic. 72 hours for full cure.
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  • For disposal of empty containers and unused product, contact your household refuse collection service.

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LIMITED WARRANTYBlank space if empty.

Behr Process Corporation warrants to you, the original residential consumer purchaser, the performance of this product as described on this label for 8 years on vertical surfaces and 6 years on horizontal surfaces, from the date of purchase. THIS WARRANTY IS NOT VALID WHEN THE PRODUCT IS NOT PROPERLY APPLIED TO A PROPERLY PREPARED SURFACE OR CARED FOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LABEL DIRECTIONS.  Color fading and slight natural graying of the wood may occur during the warranty period, especially in areas exposed to heavy foot traffic or excessive weather. This warranty is not transferable. If this product is found not to perform as specified on the label during the warranty period, 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. 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 ® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Wood Finish Penetrating Oil is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 235.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clear Color Choice has Orange Tint When Dry Installed this on new redwood bench, let the bench sit for 2 months then sanded with 220 grit and tack clothed. Material looked orange in the can. It made the redwood orange in the light colored areas and darkened the deeper red areas. Wish it was truly clear. Installed in deep shade at about 80’ degrees F. As mentioned clean up any puddles quickly, as this occurred only on the second coat. Overall I’d give a 8 out of 10, due to the color change. Will probably go to solid stain when it wears off.
Date published: 2021-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Color Matching versus Product Labeling Okay I understand this is my fault, I'm kind of a speed reader.. On the can of BEHR Waterproofing I read TRANSPARENT first, I had watched some YouTube videos on application of Behr Waterproofin and did NOT expect the liquid to be CLEAR.. What I did NOT hear or Understand by initially reading the Behr Can was that I was buying "TRANSPARENT CEDAR" that would have been helpful to have ALL of those words together in the same places on the Can.. That being said, it looked great on my 2"X8"X10ft fence Extreme weather pine board slats mounted between Railroad Ties
Date published: 2021-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always use on my dock! This is the best stain I have found to use on the dock & am very satisfied with the results & length of time it lasts!!
Date published: 2021-06-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not even close to chocolate I got this to stain the counter on my tiki bar and decided to use it on a kitchen island build as well. Glad I did before I put it on the counter I've spent days working on. 2 coats in and there is a slight tint, nowhere near "chocolate" which is the color I selected. Pictured with the brochure for reference.
Date published: 2021-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful color! Newly stained decks! We used honey color and it was pretty easy to apply with a brush, does foam a little, a few drips that I caused, but over all the decks look amazing!
Date published: 2021-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great color I bought this a week ago, I really like the color.
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goes on easy My new Douglas fir barn needed protection from the strong Nevada sun, wind and snow. I chose this product for its ease of application and its beautiful hue. I’m not disappointed!
Date published: 2021-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weekend fence project Easy to apply and finished product looks great! Would use again.
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New stainer I have never stained a fence a deck a nothing before. But thought why not. I got a cheap sprayer online and cedar Natural color and it took me husband and I about 2 hours to do one coat on a lot of fence. Very easy and spread perfectly. So glad we did not hire anyone because it was so easy. This was our start coat one!
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brought my Deck Back! I used both the Behr deck wash and Premium waterproofing wood finish, I had outstanding results, guest to my home thought I built a brand new deck.
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long lasting It’s been at least 10 years since we first painted our deck with this. We chose to use this same product this summer, and it turned out beautifully. Will use it again!
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very easy application. Just applied to white pine chairs. Easy application with paint brush. Perfect cedar tone match to gazebo.
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Wedgwood Blue. One-coat coverage is grea Re-stained a picnic table for the first time in four years. I forgot what a great product this is. I love the Wedgwood blue. So happy to have the table refreshed.
Date published: 2021-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOO Easy to use I bought this to stain my deck and, eventually, shutters. The color is simply great and the product is so easy to apply. This isn't the first Behr product I have used but it is the first Behr Exterior product I have used ... I am more impressed each time I open a can.
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapoine I used the clear no. 500N finish on a wood and iron end exterior end table that I had stained a weathered oak. I loved the weathered oak stain but after using the clear transparent wood finish my table is now greenish, yellowish, certainly not clear, awful. Now I have to sand/ strip it and start again. Have a bench and chair to do but they are stained only so for. Next time I will experiment finish one board at a time. Extremely disappointed
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Finish I used this product on our new outdoor furniture. We originally tried using a paint brush but it took too long, I ended up using my paint sprayer for the rest of the pieces. It went on smoothly and created a beautiful finish to our furniture. The furniture has been outside in the rain and Texas heat for a month or so and it still looks like new. Great product to protect your wood investments!
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seals well - nice finished appearance! This is the 3rd time - 3 separate years - I've purchased this sealant - we like the transparent appearance so the wood grain is visible - easy to apply - great coverage!!
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Have used this product for over 20 years. Goes on easily and spreads well with brush or 3/8 roller. Holds up great in all kinds of weather. Can go 2 to 6 years before recovering, depending on what surfaces are facing direct sun.
Date published: 2021-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product! We built a new deck last year and sealed it a few weeks ago. It looks great, and it completely waterproofed!
Date published: 2021-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased I have a three year old pressure treated deck, after cleaning / sanding I applied this with a brush made for stains and couldn't be happier. The oil based product goes on much nicer than the water based one.
Date published: 2021-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Stain I use the Cedar Naturaltone transparent stain. The product applies well and looks great! It's my "go to" stain for my deck!
Date published: 2021-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tacky after following directions. After 5 days my deck is still tacky. Feels like soda was spilled on the entire thing!! I asked for the fastest drying clear protectant because I have giant st. Bernards and a huge covered beautiful redwood deck. So the guy at home depot recommended this. 5 days later, they still can't go on it. I did what the back of the can said to do. And now I've looked up how to fix and it seems like a NIGHTMARE to fix for a giant deck. Very frustrating that it's tacky. The 1st coat wasn't tacky at all. I should have just went with my judgment and left it at 1 coat. But the can said to apply 2 thin coats so, I'm assuming it was over applied.
Date published: 2021-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long lasting in the hot sun We have used this through the years and it performs very well in the hot sun!
Date published: 2021-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible color, hard to apply Purchased the redwood “transparent” stain. It is neither the color of redwood nor is it transparent. This stuff goes on more like an acrylic paint. Coving most of the wood grain, and in a bright red color like a barn. Two coats are overpowering. Did I mention it’s difficult to apply? Dries incredibly quickly, and looks splotchy after one coat, even when applying. I just applied it last weekend, so I don’t have info on the longevity. At $34/ gallon basically ruined my cedar deck. Do not purchase.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I bought a truck load of red cedar siding a couple of years ago with the semi transparent stain and still looks as good as when first applied all around the house in full sun and the shaded side. Great product
Date published: 2021-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful finish, beautiful colors Stained our deck to match our house with a beautiful moss green color. Also did the fence we put up around the air conditioning unit. Looks classy.
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I used this to protect my fence. It has held up well.
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives Up To The Hype! We have lived in our house for 8 years. 7 years ago we stained out treated wood fence with Behr Transparent Waterproofing Wood Finish in Antique Oak. I am preparing to put another coat on it, but honestly it doesn't look like it needs it. My main reason for adding the new coat is because we added another section of fence and I want it to match what we have, so we're going to re-stain everything. They say it lasts up to 6 years, but we're over 7 and it looks like it could go another 2 or 3 before really needing it.
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good product , little thick when applying bought this for a wood stain project, worked well with a paint brush , would jam up a little with a sprayer
Date published: 2021-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy application. Looks great! We use this for our boat dock, ramp and stairs. Easy to apply and after six months still looks great. Preserves the natural color of the wood.
Date published: 2021-04-01
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