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Behr Deckover Review 2015 2.66/5 (61)
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Behr Deckover Stain ReviewBehr DeckOver RatingsBring new life to old wood and concrete surfaces with BEHR PREMIUM DECKOVER. This 100% acrylic formula conceals cracks and splinters up to 1/4″, and creates a smooth, slip-resistant finish that also resists cracking and peeling. It’s available in 54 solid custom colors and is also great for decks, railings, patios, composite decks, pool decks, and walkways.

Recommended for properly prepared exterior weathered or cracked horizontal and vertical wood and composite surfaces such as Decks, Railings, Porches and Boat Docks. Also great for concrete surfaces such as Pool Decks, Patios, and Sidewalks. Do not use on drivable surfaces such as garage floors and driveways.

Behr Deckover Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 4

– Behr applies like a thick paint and helps to fill cracks and conceal splinters. It looks like a paint, not like a deck stain. Our customer complained about dirty footprints always showing up on the deck. Had to scrub to remove.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10

– Excellent UV protection from graying in the areas that were not peeling.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 4

– One Winter and the Deckover was peeling heavily. We prepped according to manufacturer directions so we know that was not the problem. In general, we have found that all Behr stains have a tendency to peel, especially after a Winter in a cold weather state.

Cost Per Square Foot: 1

– Not good. Behr says 75 sq. per gallon and that is very generous. We used 8 gallons for the 400 sq. foot deck. First coat applied at about 50 sq. feet and the second coat applied at 75 sq. feet per gallon.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 10

– No Mold or Algae were on the deck stain after 1+ year.

Ease of Application: 2

– Very difficult to apply. We applied with a brush and roller. Needed to back brush numerous times to get the stain to fill in the cracks. We had numerous drips between the deck boards showing.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 10

– Did not darken or attract dirt.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 1

– This would be tough to fix and may not be worth it to recoat with the same product. You would have to scrape and sand all loose stain before reapplication. If you wanted to change brands, you would need to sand the entire deck to remove as the Behr Deckover will not strip off with a conventional deck stripper remover.

Overall Score Behr Deckover at 2 Year Period: 5.5

– If you took away the UV protection of being a solid stain product, this product’s ratings would be much less. There are numerous complaints on the internet about the Behr Deckover. Use at your own risk as there is a good chance it will peel and create a huge mess for you to fix.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Home Depot
Cost: $35 per Gallon
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain – Water Based
Available Colors: 54 Custom colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: 75 sq. ft per gallon. Need 2 coats for best performance.
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Behr

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: 2013
Deck Wood Type: Untreated Pressure Treated Pine Dock
Deck Square Footage: 400 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Years. Peeled after first Winter
Stain Color Used: 
Cedar tinted

Update Spring of 2016

Please read our article on Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2015  We believe this product has real value if looking for these product types that actually work.


*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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69 responses to “Behr Deckover Review 2015”

  1. carolyn Neal says:

    Worst paint ever.. Blistered in sun first week. Peeled of within a year. Called the paint company on the Behr can and was advised that improper cleaning could be the problem, however my deck was cleaned and pressure washed by a professional.
    I am totally in shock with the lack of help shown me with this problem.. It was very expensive to have someone redo the job. Home Depot did there best to try and resolve the problem through the paint company..

    Carolyn Neal

  2. Paula M says:

    I applied Behr Deckover in Walnut color 4 years ago and it's been a WONDERFUL product. I honestly cannot say enough about it, I recommend it to everyone. If I purchase another home in the future, I will DEFINITELY use this product again. (And I live in Minnesota, so my deck is exposed to extreme weather changes. Sometimes it's -40 degrees Fahrenheit, with 3 feet of snow or ice laying on my deck for months at a time, and in the summer it can reach +100 degrees Fahrenheit. In Spring and Fall, my deck is subject to a lot of wind and rain.) With that said, my friend who lives just 10 miles away, applied the same product to his deck only 2 short years ago and it's peeling terribly, I mean, he's got a MESS on his hands over there. But even so, I STILL recommend this product to anyone, and this is where I'm SO grateful I spoke with the Home Depot paint salesman BEFORE applying the product. Let me explain:
    I initially power washed my deck, and a week later I went in to Home Depot to buy the product. The Home Depot guy told me I couldn't apply the product because it was too soon after I had power washed the wood. I was shocked, it had been over a week, and I initially balked at him. He explained that power washing drives water deep inside the wood, and it takes WEEKS to dry out, sometimes even over a MONTH. He said even if the boards are dry on the OUTSIDE, they're still retaining moisture on the INSIDE. He told me if I applied Behr Deckover at that point, it would strip really bad within the year. He suggested I cut a small square from a clear plastic sandwich bag and tape it down on all four sides to a board, and to check it in 24 hours. He said if the boards were holding moisture, the plastic would fog up (like morning dew) under the plastic, and it would be to soon to apply the product. He told me to wipe the plastic square clean, re-tape it to the board using fresh tape, and to test it again 24 hours later. (I actually cut several squares and taped them down in various places on my deck, because the sun hit different areas at different times thru-out the day, thus affecting drying times.) Anyway, he said to keep doing this until no visible dew formed below the plastic, explaining that only then would the wood be ready. He said once the plastic was finally dry after 24 hours, to LIGHTLY wipe down the wood with a well ringed-out sponge, just slightly damp enough to remove any surface dirt/dust/debris that had accumulated since the power washing. So I did this and waited another day. When all was said and done, I had to wait a MONTH AND A HALF from the initial power washing, before I could even attempt to apply the product. It was hard to look at my deck during that month and a half because it was so ugly and untreated, and I was SO tempted to just apply Behr Deckover to cover it up, but it was WELL WORTH THE WAIT. It's been 4 YEARS, and my deck still looks as fabulous as the day I first applied it. I haven't had any peeling, bubbling, warping, or anything, it seriously still looks GREAT! It's sealed up nice and when people come over for BBQs or when I'm entertaining, they often ask me if it's a composite deck. Huge lesson learned- LESS WATER IS BEST WHEN PREPARING THE WOOD, DON'T KILL YOURSELF OVER THIS!… I could have saved myself A LOT of time, hassle, work, and headache. If I were to do another deck I would not, not, NOT power wash it, but rather, I would mop it as tho I were mopping my kitchen floor… I'd do the plastic test I mentioned above and wait a couple days before applying the product. Good luck to anyone who uses this product.

  3. Jen says:

    I just got done applying the second coat of this product on a cement front porch in florida. I purchased chocolate Brown. Im not a lady who knows what there doing re home improvement but it was a breeze to roll on for me and looks great!! The house goes up for sale next week and I wanted some curb appeal. This looks wonderful!!
    Looks like the consumers using it on wood are having the most problems ( sorry) but they need to rename their product Concrete-over

  4. john kessler says:

    very bad product starting peeling after 3 month

  5. Dee Dee says:

    I applied Bear Deck over in the spring of 2015. The thivker one that adds texture. I pressure washed first, then took bleach and a scrub brush to the entire deck, then pressure washed again. Then I waited 48 hours for the deck to completely dry prior to application. I applied almost 10 gallons of stain to my deck in 2 coats. When I finished it was great! A month or so later, the first board started peeling. I have dogs, I bought a light color and texture so it would be easier on their paws. The deck gets Hot…asphalt hot. The texture is difficult to clean off muddy paw prints. I ended up getting a soft scrub brush in a pole to scrub it and hose it off. Now for durability! Here I am almost 2 years later, and there are very few boards that are not peeling. This spring I'll need to either scrape and reapply 10 more gallons of stain or rip out all the deck boards and replace them. In my experience, this is a terrible product, difficult to prep/apply and very time consuming. Our summers are warm and our winters are also. Last winter I didn't even break out my winter coat. So it's not temperature change causing it! I do have a lot of sun on my deck, but based on recommended uses for this product, that shouldnt matter. I would NOT recommend this product to anyone!

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