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Behr Premium Stain and Finisher Stripper Review

Behr Stain Stripper

Behr Stain Stripper Review

Behr Premium Stain and Finisher Stripper is designed to remove exterior latex, oil-based and 100% Acrylic coatings on Wood Decks, Siding, Fences, Shakes, and Shingles.

Behr Premium Stain and Finisher Stripper Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 7

– Behr Stain Stripper removes general dirt and graying with relative ease. The deep penetration of the stripper softens the dirt and grime so it can easily be rinsed from the wood.

Cost Per Square Foot: 6

– The cost to use the Behr Stripper was high in our opinion since it did not work to remove the wood stain from the deck.

Removal of Old Stain: 3

– We used the Behr Stain Stripper to remove a failed, peeling coat of Behr Semi-Transparent Stain. The stripper did little for removal as maybe 50% of the stain on the flooring came off. The stripper had little to no effect on removing the finish from the vertical railings.

Ease of Application: 7

– The Behr Stain Stripper was applied with a garden pump sprayer to the deck surface. We had a few issues with the sprayer clogging otherwise there was no issue with the application.

Final Appearance of Stripping: 3

– Poor! Barely removed the Behr Stain. We would ask for a refund.

Overall: 5.2

– The Behr Stain remover did a poor job removing the Behr Acrylic Deck Stain. We asked the manager at Home Depot and he suggested stripping the deck numerous times until it finally came off. We would not suggest this product.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Home Depot
Product Type: Liquid Stripper For Exterior Stain Removal
Available Sizes: 1 Gallon
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer
Manufacturer: Behr Corporation

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: September 2010
Deck Wood Type: Pine Porch
Deck Square Footage: 250
Condition of Deck: 2-year-old Behr Premium Wood Stan Semi-Transparent
How Much Product Used: 
3 Gallons. Retails for $19.99 a gallon

*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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Average Ratings Score From Consumers Who Have Used Product 

1.67/5 (10)


21 responses to “Behr Premium Stain and Finisher Stripper Review”

  1. George says:

    This product did not work. Claims to work in 5-45 minutes. I had to leave it on and reapply for three hours before I noticed ANY change. When all was said and done only about 10% of the deck was stripped. Wasted my whole afternoon.

  2. elvy says:

    We used the top Behr solid stain on the deck and followed all the directives first re. stripping and cleaning, allowing for thorough drying and finally applying the stain in idea conditions. By the next summer, large strips of stain were coming off the deck. We contacted Behr and they said they would pay for the product but the work was our concern. This spring we did a thorough cleaning of the deck during which another 4O% of the stain came off, let the deck dry and then applied the stain remover, waited the full 45 min. keeping the deck moist with a fine spray on a cloudy day. I used a scrubbing brush and none of the product came off the deck. I phoned Behr and he suggested giving the product a thorough mixing so will try that again but am at this point very disappointed in the products and the phenomenal amount of work trying to deal with a failed product. If I have any luck at all next try–I will leave comment.

    • Mark says:

      I had the same problem. Multiple applications and then I applied bleach and sanded to remove old deck stain.

  3. Jonathan Marianu says:

    I purchased the product to remove lacquer from cedar garage doors. It did not work well and I would NOT recommend the product.

  4. Joy says:

    I also purchased this product and it did not work. I was positively not happy with the results. Said it would work in 5 to 45 minutes and should wash off easily with pressure from garden hose. I think all I did was run up my water bill as it took forever just to clean one area of the deck and it still did not look ready to refinish. I wish I would have seen these reviews before I bought it.

  5. JoDee says:

    Does not work well.

  6. MageeVC says:

    Wow, I really appreciate reading everyone's comments. Last summer, we used Behr Semi Transparent Weather Proofing Wood Stain and this year, you would not even know that we did. Our cedar deck is only three years old. With the way the peeling stain looks this spring, you'd think it was about 25 years old. Our situation seems to be much the same as yours, Elvy. Behr is sending us reimbursement for the four cans we purchased, but it is the time that it will now take us to get this problem fixed.

  7. Ed Churchill says:

    I see all of these negative comments and I can<t believe it. I used Behr Stripper then the Cleaner and my deck is ready to go! I'm just trying to decide which type of Behr stain to use. I always read the reviews but once in a while I take a chance. It worked well for me.

  8. Tom says:

    This is a terrible product, barely works as noted above. Followed all the directions and I am really disappointed in Home Depot and Behr for promoting such a useless product. Avoid Behr for deck stains and the resultant need to strip off their product that fails in just a few years.

  9. jan says:

    I will not use Behr again…I was a loyal customer for years, but they must have changed something…same results on my deck with peeling after the first year and now I can't get the rest of the stain off….their strippers do not work….and in fact stay embedded in the wood and deter future applications of stains…I am going to let mine sit as is for a year to allow the stripping agent time to leach out of my deck boards…baaaad experience!

  10. M. Meynan says:

    Behr wood stain and finish stripper # 64. This product is not good. I tried this product to remove ols paints as per the instruction. I waisted my whole day. I will never recommend this product to any one. MM.

  11. Hohn McClutchey says:

    Using Behr #64 to remove old deck stain. Very poor results. It takes 4 applications in some areas and still do not have the stain removed. Home Depot recommended this product so I am very unhappy with HD and Behr. Plan on using a lot of water and a lot of remover to achieve even poor results.

  12. Eric says:

    I bought this product to remove some stubborn areas. It was at Home Depot and I didn't have to wait for shipping. This product is useless and frustrating to say the least. It doesn't remove stain very well and it causes alkaline burns on skin. It didn't work in my garden sprayer because it's too thick. The directions state to use a roller or a brush. Follow these directions only if your wearing a hazmat suit as alkaline burns will occur. So if you have a week to strip your small deck, have a hazmat suit, and want to repeat the process several times then buy this junk. Save yourself the hassle and buy restore a deck the FIRST time. Home Depot will lose most of my business since I can never seem to find a quality product…

  13. mike says:

    Behr product sucks!!!! The whole deck is peeling after one year!!!!

  14. Norm says:

    Probably the worst way to strip a deck is to use Behr 64. Very difficult and dangerous to apply. Dries far too quickly and stain removal was minimal at best.
    Do not use this product. Easier to just sand the deck surface….which I ended up doing anyway. Also have some significant chemical burns on my forearms, and I followed the directions to the letter. Water flush did not stop the burn action.


  15. Tim says:

    Don't waste your money, this stuff is a waste of time and money!

  16. Donna says:


  17. kathy molinski says:

    Nope didn't work at all

  18. Tommye Sigerfoos says:

    In the process of trying to remove Behr Deck Stain (failed after 6 mos.) I hand brushed product on waited, scrubbed with stiff broom, and attempted to rinse loose paint off. It requires 3 to 4 rounds of this before 90 % of the stain is lifted. After the deck boards dry, they are very rough up as if I had used a pressure washer. Now I will need to sand the deck as well. I would not recommend this product nor the Behr deck stain to anyone!!! Go with TWP 100, I had used that for years and works great!

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.