BEHR® Fast-Drying Water-Based Wood Stain No. B4508

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BEHR Fast Drying Water-Based Wood Stain provides rich color and application control to your interior wood stain project. This formula can be tinted to a wide range of popular interior colors and provides a warm look to any interior wood surface. This high-performance wood stain dries quickly and evenly, allowing you to achieve great results in less time.

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Flat finish prior to adding protective clear coat.
Best for use in
Properly prepared interior, smooth unfinished, unsealed or stripped wood surfaces, including floors.
100 Sq. Ft. / Qt.

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Product Usage

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Before Use

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1 Coat 

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Spread Rate: 
100 Sq. ft./Qt.

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Soap & Water

Where to UseBlank space if empty.

PROTECT FROM FREEZING. Do Not Use Without The Addition Of Tinting Colorants.

Properly prepared interior, smooth unfinished, unsealed or stripped wood surfaces, including floors.

Usage SummaryBlank space if empty.
Surface PreparationBlank space if empty.
  • Surface must be dry, clean, and free of dirt, grease, glue, and existing coatings before staining.
  • Sand the wood in the direction of the grain using fine-grit sandpaper (#150) until smooth.
  • Remove all sanding dust.
  • To ensure uniform acceptance of stain color and beautiful results, pretreat the wood with BEHR® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner following label directions.
Product Preparation and Color TestingBlank space if empty.
  • Stir stain thoroughly before and occasionally during use. Do not thin. 
  • Always test stain on an inconspicuous area of the wood to verify desired color.

Stain ApplicationBlank space if empty.
  • Apply stain in the direction of the grain with a brush or clean cloth.
  • Allow the stain to penetrate 5-10 minutes to achieve the desired color.
  • The more time the stain is allowed to penetrate, the richer and darker the color will be.
  • Remove stain that has not absorbed into the wood with a clean cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain, while blending light and dark areas to obtain a uniform color.
  • Do not allow stain that has not penetrated into the wood to dry on the wood surface.
  • To darken the color, apply a second coat after 1 hour, repeating directions above.
  • Do not sand between coats of stain.
Clear Finish ApplicationBlank space if empty.
  • Allow the stain to dry for a minimum of 1 hour (dry time may be extended due to high humidity, low temperatures, or inadequate ventilation).
  • Complete your project by applying a BEHR Clear Protective Finish, following label directions.
  • Recommended finishes include BEHR Fast-Drying Polyurethane or BEHR Spar Urethane.
  • Slight ambering may occur when these clear finishes are applied over light-colored stains.
  • Always spot test on an inconspicuous area to ensure satisfactory results.
DisposalBlank space if empty.
  • For disposal of empty containers and unused product, contact your household refuse collection service

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LIMITED WARRANTYBlank space if empty.

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. In the event this product proves to be defective 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® FAST-DRYING WATER-BASED WOOD STAIN is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 203.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fence Staining I used the Cedar color. It went on easy with a brush and didn't show overlapping strokes when done. This fence was never treated in the last 25 years since it was installed. After cleaning the Pacific NW green tint of algae off of the cedar fence and letting it dry, this product made my fence look like new again.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Transparent Waterproofing Wood Finish Bought this product to use on kitchen cabinets, especially where boiling liquids above the stove dampen the cabinets. After cooking on the stove top, I just wipe off the cabinets with a clean towel. The finish holds up wonderfully and still look beautiful with no peeling or damage to the wood!
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded expectations I stained a 60 foot wooden fence (Pine). I originally attempted to use a pump sprayer but it was too messy so I used a 3 inch brush. I applied 2 coats and it looks better than I expected. The second coat went on much faster than the first coat because the fence was new wood. I estimate it took 16 - 17 hours to apply both coats. The finished product was well worth the labor that went into completing the project.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great color. But awful fumes for past 5 weeks As stated. Color is good. But the smell has been still going for 5+ weeks. Opened windows and left product outside. Still smells bad
Date published: 2021-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DONT BE SCARED! I was terrified after seeing the horror stories that some people end up with using poly on the internet. Don’t be afraid! This is a great product! Follow the instructions carefully. Watch some YouTube videos, prep the wood properly, buy the right brush, and you’re in the clear. I have zero experience treating wood. I put it on a countertop for my kitchen (I also have zero experience building a kitchen) it looks great though!
Date published: 2021-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deck stain used product on deck for 25 years.the best! all original wood to this date.
Date published: 2021-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brings furniture back to life! I used this when redoing old antique bedroom furniture. It brought out the beautiful colors of the wood while shining it up, making it look beautiful!
Date published: 2021-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for outdoor Fences Used it on a cedar outdoor fence and so far it's kept it looking new
Date published: 2021-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! Beautiful on wooden patio furniture. Everyone has said how great and rich it looks.
Date published: 2021-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great This does a really good finish on a deck. I love that its waterproof. Its the only product I use it has the best performance
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! I wish I had found this years ago! This is perfect if you like making wood signs and want a fast, quick sealer for them. Easy to use, and easy on the pocketbook!
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Long lasting I used it on the fence next to my pool and it did wonders it still looks like new
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I used this on my Kitchen chairs, and was so surprised on how beautiful they came out. Look almost new again and they are about 10 years old.
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from turned white paint yellow! HORRIBLE! I painted my kitchen white which took me a few days. I then finished it with this product - BEHR® FAST-DRYING WATER-BASED POLYURETHANE, and it turned met entire kitchen yellow!
Date published: 2021-01-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not clear. Ruined gates. I am so upset. We got this to deal our brand new beautiful cedar gates for winter. Did not want to change the color at all. When I saw the finished product I was astonished to see it was a dark orange color. Was hoping it would lighten once dry. It did not. Now I just want to figure out how to restore the wood to its original natural color.
Date published: 2020-12-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stick to Oil based stain!! The only reason this got 1 star was because there wasn’t a lower rating. I’ve been woodworking for years and I’m currently making a bookcase for a family member. They picked out this product mainly for the color. I was hesitant because it was water based. I bought the pre-conditioner as a base coat. This stuff is impossible to apply if you care how it looks. It might be perfect for a fence, but for something small that needs an even finish. This is not the product you want. It’s almost as if it acts like a solvent to its self. If its applied and a drop gets on another area and wiped off, it will take that area down to almost no stain (it will lighten it). When you try and fix that, we’ll forget it!! NEVER AGIAN.
Date published: 2020-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good protection I buy this product every other year weather I need it or not . It preserves well through the year. It cost a little more than other products, but you get what you pay for.I like doing the job right the first time around.
Date published: 2020-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ugly! Neither clear nor transparent. It made my blue stained deck greenish looking.
Date published: 2020-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to apply I have been using this product for several years. It gives a nice color and is waterproof and very durable. I really like it and would highly recommend it
Date published: 2020-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blotchy I'm very disappointed with this. It went on blotchy - tried applying it two different ways, and got two different kinds of blotchiness. Did use the surface prep stuff, and got guidance from Behr tech support between attempts #1 and #2 - no success. I have been staining things for years, and this is the first time I have had this problem - likely the water-based. It may work well for smaller pieces; I am doing a table. Just work super-fast to get it on evenly before it dries. I do like the "special walnut" colour - very nice - but next time I am going back to oil-based.
Date published: 2020-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful for Cedar Siding Did my whole house and decking with this product. So far so good, 4 years in. the transparent looks really good. Got it at Home Depot, but now they only have the semi-transparent, not nearly as nice.
Date published: 2020-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from plancher collant J'ai appliqué ce produit il y a 3 semaines et le plancher est toujours collant. c'est très désagréable.
Date published: 2020-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible color- Not what i Ordered I recently ordered the Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Deck Stain in California Rustic, which looked like a reddish-brown color. After 2 coats, the color was that of a Pumpkin!! Totally gross! Prepped the deck as Instructed. 1st pic is from your website listing for California Rustic. 2nd pic is my deck. 3rd pic was found on Pinterest of someone’s deck who used the same stain.
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great easy to apply I stained the deck yesterday stain was easy to apply, looks great.
Date published: 2020-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product It really improved the appearance of the fence and with two coats the moisture just rolls off. Easy to clean up as well!
Date published: 2020-09-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Transparent I purchased this product to stain a redwood picnic table. I sanded the table down to its original color with no finish on it. I wanted a transparent stain that would bring out the natural beauty of the redwood. I got an opaque finish close to a solid stain in bright red. See photo:
Date published: 2020-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT COVERAGE We purchased this a month ago and have applied to our deck. It was very easy to apply and makes our deck look brand new! (We also always paint interior walls with behr paints!! Love it)
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great coverage I stained 2 new large wooden unfinished gates with this a month ago. Due to Covid 19 I didn’t want to hang out at the store selecting a color and waiting for it to be mixed so I grabbed the premixed brown. The first coat dried splotchy but the second coat dried gorgeous, I am very pleased with it. I only gave it 4 stars because it is too soon to see how it holds up over time.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Behr Premium Penetrating Oil Behr changed their formula on this product 3 to 2 years ago. I used this product for 12 years and had the best looking decks, stairs, and entry way. It bubbled last year and I had to strip my entry area and stairs. I than purchase a can of this product and it would not dry after a week I wiped it off. I than got another can thinking possible that lot was just defective. I put it on and it did the same thing. I even tried putting it on one of my decks thinking possible I'd get different results. Nope.. week later wiped it off with a rag. As I am stubborn and used to love this product I purchase the same product but in a clear. It did the same thing. When I was wiping it off for the third time I found a spot that I had hit my house. I was able to wipe that off as if I had just put it on. I went out and purchase a different brand and it worked great. Like stain is suppose to. I called the Behr rep as this product should be pulled off the market. Probably would be fine on fences and areas that don't need to dry. I just can't believe any company would leave this product on shelves for a customer to buy. It cost me a lot of stress, work and my entry area and stairs will never look nice like they used to because of this product. I just think if you are on the fence just by another Brand Olympic is what I ended up with that looks great and it dried. My friends also had issues with behr product. They switched also and they went with Cabot. It is so difficult to understand why a company would do this. Their water base product is fine possible they are trying to push customers into that direction. I don't mind water base on rails but I really prefer oil base where people walk. Roger
Date published: 2020-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I’d expected from a Behr! I used this Transparent wood stain on a new cedar deck and find it very hard to apply, with unsatisfactory end result! I used a roller, very early in the morning to avoid direct sunlight, and still the overlap marks are clearly visible in all lights! And now we obviously have to live with it until it weathers out.. Maybe a pad would have been better, but that was never mentioned anywhere on the can.. I picked the cedarTone, and it’s more Orange than I’d hoped for.
Date published: 2020-07-25
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