Behr Deck Stain Review 2.2/5 (119)

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Behr Deck Stain Review

Behr Deck Stain Review

Update: Behr Deck Stain Review

We would love to hear from you if you have used the Behr Deck Stain on your wood or deck. Please post a rating in the Consumer Star Ratings below. Behr Deck Stain Stains consumer reviews below have shown issues with the application, drying unevenly, and peeling. We encourage you to read all the comment reviews below.

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BEHR’s Premium semi-transparent wood stain offers a 100% acrylic formula that penetrates into the wood to deliver complete protection from the elements on decks, fences, and siding. The silicone-fortified formula protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Behr’s Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is available in 83 custom colors allowing the natural wood grain to show through.

Behr Wood Deck Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 2

– Behr’s Premium Deck Stain is a 100% acrylic stain which means it is a water-based product. We found that the stain does not penetrate into the wood as promised in its description. The product had the look of a semi-solid stain, not a semi-transparent stain. 80-90% of the wood grain was masked by the heavy pigment. A good way to describe the finished appearance is to compare Behr Deck Stain to a watered down paint. The Cedar color we choose was much darker/redder than other brands.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 7

– Behr Deck Stain performed well in the areas where the stain was still on the surface of the deck after the 2 years of testing.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 3

– One of the worst stains that we have ever tested! The Behr Deck Stain had peeled on 80% of the decking surface. This stain seemed to offer little to no protection on the flooring after the 2 years. The railings did hold up much better.

Cost Per Square Foot: 5

– Behr Premium Deck Stain costs $39 per gallon. The manufacturer stated 250-350 square feet per gallon when actual coverage was less than 150 feet per gallon. We used 20 gallons for the 1200 square foot deck translating to a per square foot price of $.67 a foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8

– As expected with a water-based stain, Behr had no mold or mildew on top or growing in the stain. Small amounts of algae were present along the perimeter of the home.

Ease of Application: 1

– Nothing positive to say here. We tried applying for manufacturer directions with horrible results. Behr suggests applying with a pump sprayer and back brushing with a pad applicator. The problem is the stain does not apply evenly or at all with a sprayer. We switched to a pad applicator but still had horrendous results with ease of application. It was next to impossible to achieve an even finished appearance with the Behr Stain.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 7

– Behr Deck Stain retained close to 90% of its original color after 2 years. No noticeable darkening and the railings looked like they had not changed at all in appearance.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 4

– The Behr Deck Stain would be difficult to fix. Since the stain failed so badly we would suggest a professional cleaning with a stain stripper and possibly sanding of the entire surface.

Overall Score Behr Premium Wood Stain at 2 Year Period: 4.625

– Behr Premium Deck Stain gets our lowest score to date of all deck stains tested. The initial appearance, application, and peeling making Behr Decking Stain a poor choice for any exterior wood restoration project.

Buyer Beware!

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Home Depot
Cost: $38.99 per Gallon, $184.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Premium Semi-Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: 83 mixed colors
Application Temperature: 40-90 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 125-150 sq. ft in field tests
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 24-48 Hours
Cleanup: Soap and Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Behr

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 1200 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Partial Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 
Cedar


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


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Peggy Ullery
Peggy Ullery

Berh stain is awful! Using restore a deck remover and starting over.

Bill
Bill

I think the problem with a lot of people leaving negative reviews is that they don’t know how to apply stain correctly.

Les R Wallach
Les R Wallach

After one week surface is still tacky. Advice,?

Mike
Mike

I used Behr Premium Waterproofing Clear Wood Finish. It was a new deck that was about 7 mths old, not been sealed yet and was dry. It has been 11 days of sun and in the 80’s and the finish is still tacky. I put one medium coat on it. Will this eventually dry?

Sean H
Sean H

Unfortunately, it sounds like it was applied too thick. I have made the same mistake. I found that the best results came from using a Shur-line Deck Pad and pushing it real THIN. A little goes a long way. Also, this product, in my opinion, looks best when used on cedar, red wood or pressure treated lumber. Pine, white ash, it looks so-so. Be sure to sand even new lumber, this stuff needs to soak into the wood and not just sit on top. I’ve had excellent looking and long lasting results even without using the recommend preparatory products. My best word of advise is to read and follow the back label. Best of luck.

Dan Sethner
Dan Sethner

I used this Behr solid acrylic stain on all vertical surfaces 5 years ago on all vertical surfaces on deck and it still looks great.That being said I used Behr deck over on surface and it sucked after one year. Started to peel and raise up.
Dan Pittsburgh Pa.

don quint
don quint

this is the worst product sold cleaned as directed looked good for (one) year then started peeling. talked to other people they have the same problem . there is no place where you can contact the behr company. also home depo where they sell this junk will not help you so beware of the false advertising. very poor product

Anna S.
Anna S.

This was the first time I stained a deck. Horrible application! I thought it was just my inexperience until I read the reviews. The ratings and comments are absolutely true! I wish I would have known where to look before buying a deck stain. I absolutely love Behr’s interior paint, but the wood stain is awful! My dogs have already scratched up the stain after two days of having it on (it was the fast-drying stain). I have posted this site on my personal Facebook page as a warning to all other DIY-er friends not to use Behr deck stain. I’m still baffled at how BADLY it turned out (and I applied a 2nd coat!).

Bob Reed
Bob Reed

We have Behr stain on our deck. some mud footprints were tracked on the deck. We have been unable to clean the footprints off the deck. We have used household cleaners and even power-washed the deck, to no avail. Can anyone offer a solution to our problem, ie, ridding the deck of the muddy footprint residual.

Bob Reed
Bob Reed

I contacted Behr Customer Service. They recommended scrubbing the deck with Dawn dishwasher detergent. We actually used the Kirkland brand environmentally friendly dish soap and it worked!
Bob Reed

Linda
Linda

Is there a semi stain for decks that last more than one year?

allen
allen

Worst product I ever used. Coverage is uneven after application and get worse with time. Used three times the product because It doesn’t cover anywhere near what the label claimed. Bought the clear and found out it is far from clear. It dried sort of a baby sh– brown. Not the look I wanted

Bob
Bob

Behr stain is the worst I’ve ever used. At over 40 bucks a gallon Behr owes me a refund . It didn’t last 1 yr and started peeling.

Cathy
Cathy

Replaced not one but 3 decks. All new wood. One winter with Behr waterproof semi transparent and the wood has so many cracks stain peeling etc. Wood is not waterproofed. Thousands spent and 100 for stain was suppose to protect. Terrible product Don’t use

John
John

How is techniseal stain rated?

Beth
Beth

Worst stain I’ve ever purchased.. started peeling after 3 days.. Will never purchase again and going to take back to Home Depot..

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Duane Crisp
Duane Crisp

A terrible product. Need answers on how to fix. Peeling, dark areas and inconsistent adhesion. Looks awful after 2 years. Home Depot is of no help.

Peggy
Peggy

Indoor paint–love Behr products. Favorite. 5 stars
Outdoor stain– yikes. The product we used was Behr Quick Drying. Like many “transparent”, “clear” stains, it wasn’t. It was an extra strange mottled yellow. (Maybe b/c it went on unevenly), it looked like a pet had urinated on the boards! shock

Vanda Weldon
Vanda Weldon

We used the quick drying also. Terrible product, ours was an ugly orange in spots and other areas it disappeared. Redid the entire deck with the regular Behr stain and half the deck is still tacky after a week. All I can hope is that it doesn’t last and we can start over next summer!

DCB - disappointed
DCB - disappointed

IF I could rate this stuff a zero I would! it peeled severely after first winter, my coworker had the same experience.
I will not buy another behr product. I had a similar problem with a shed and behr paint. do not buy this crap

Vicki Johnson
Vicki Johnson

Must I remove all previous stain before I restain with the same product? I have used your stripper to remove most of it but there are still some spots left. Will the stain cover those spots? Or must I sand them clean?

tzk
tzk

This is Horrible weatherproof stain. Used it on my brand new deck and by 7 months it was all faded to gray, peeling, rough. looks awful! there went thousands of dollars on a new deck

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Norman McLaren
Norman McLaren

Unfortunately I applied Behr Deck-over and am absolutely disgusted with the product and the terrible customer support of Home Depot. After much communication Behr offered to give me a credit for more Behr product. Like I am going to replicate my previous efforts with a known terrible product. Why Home Depot continues to sell this as a quality product is beyond me. I have now refused to purchase anything at Home Depot

Tim Warnke
Tim Warnke

Why is my paint peeling off after a year and a half. I followed the instructions and made shure the deck was dry. I would understand if small areas were peeling but I’m getting 3 x 8 inch strips

Blaine
Blaine

This stuff is fine on redwood if not exposed to any moisture or constant sunshine. But the area receiving rain and snow begins to peal off in a year on my deck. Guess I will try your preferred picks. Somehow I thought the Behr had been determined to be among the best but have been very disappointed with it on redwood. It just peels off when exposed to moisture or sustained sunshine on a deck or table. On a table left out it is garbage in a year, and would need to be re stained at least once . The Behr I purchased claimed 4 to 6 year duration, I believe.

gary shapiro
gary shapiro

i wish i had read this before i put the ceder water proof stain on my wood dock..it was a mess of mold and it was grey..i used woodrich stripper and brightner and pressure washed between steps as described..the wood looked like brand new..then i put the behrs wood stain on it.
have to say it covered a 5×30 foot dock 2 coats with one gallon..did one let it dry and did another..it looks good..now after reading all these reviews and considering how much work went into getting the dock clean i am dreading what it will look like in a year.

Jeremy Reeves
Jeremy Reeves

This is the worst stain we have ever applied as a painting company. We stripped and sanded the entire deck, rolled and back brushed two coats and seven days later the stain hadn’t cured/dried/hardened. The adhesion/penetration is horrible. It did not appear as a semi-transparent stain at all but more like a cloudy solid stain. Nothing good to say here.

Mike Clune
Mike Clune

Used Behr solid color “Chestnut#SC110” on several decks and after drying, Sap came out of covered wood. Are there any cleaning or removal suggestions ?

Bob
Bob

How long do I have to wait before putting your stain on a deck that was built a month ago. Treated lumber.

Paul
Paul

How do you thin BEHR premium coating semi-transparent WEATHER PROOFING all in one wood stain & sealer? Mine is like thin peanut butter.

K. Quinn
K. Quinn

I am very dissatisfied with the. Her product. I filed a claim with Behr and have been told they will give me the cost of the product (unfortunately I cannot find all my receipts, when I started the process, it was 1 yr and 8 myths -note to self-keep receipts for the time length of any warranty). And $250 for my trouble. I stained my deck two years ago this past June, last summer (1year) out it was looking sad, this February (1.8 months) it looked aweful. I sent multiple photos documenting the process. They basically are giving me $0.25 per square back. Would not recommend Behr wood cleaner, conditioner or stain products.

Naomi Hoffman
Naomi Hoffman

I recently power washed and used the semi-transparent water based on my deck and it’s still tacky after 6 weeks. I followed all of the directions exactly. I called Behr and they instructed me to wash the deck with a mild soap, no scrubbing just lightly wash the deck and if that doesn’t work then sand the deck and start over. I have washed the deck 2 times the second time I scrubbed it and it is still tacky. I paid someone to power wash the deck, so that I could apply the waterproofing I put on a very thin coat. I don’t have money to pay someone to come a second time to power wash my deck and reapply a product. I work full time and I’m a full time caregiver. I’m devastated by this, my husband is paralyzed from his neck down in a wheelchair on life-support and requires 24/7 nurses so I don’t know where I will find the money and time to address this issue. He doesn’t go outside much because of the cold snowy winters and accessibility issues and now he can’t even go out on the deck. With all of the complaints that I have read has anyone reported this to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection office. I live in Massachusetts and will be reporting this. There should be a Class Action lawsuit to have Behr stop selling this product and to have Home Depot remove this product from their shelves particularly since Home Depot recommended that I used Behr over Thompson.

Patsy England
Patsy England

What is the best solid wood stain to use on a deck that is in full sun?

Sulaimanul Hifli Marikar
Sulaimanul Hifli Marikar

I have stained my beautiful cedar deck with this semi transparent stain and it sucks. I should have read before staining and both times after sanding I used Behr. Never buy it in the future and false advertisement saying they are good.

Patty
Patty

I just stained my deck. Finished up last step at 9:00PM. It started raining at 11:00PM. Will I have to do deck over again?

Darryl
Darryl

GREAT REVIEW! My deck looks exactly the same as yours after 2 years. Trying to figure out to get this crap off.

G Fox
G Fox

I have used the Natural Cedar stain on almost ever piece of wood in my yard. I loved the finished look of this stain. A couple of years ago I decided to use it on my wooden 6’ tall privacy fence that was at least 15 years old (unsure of age, but that is how long I have lived here). The fence had never been stained, but was still structurally sound.
The fence looked amazing once I was done, but for some reason less than 2 years after staining it the fence just rapidly deteriorated. It is just completely warping everywhere and is falling apart and falling down.
Has anyone else ever experienced this?
My hope when staining it was to not only make it look nicer, but was to preserve it.

Crystal
Crystal

After 3 years of use stain completely worn away in light traffic areas under covered screened deck.

Adrienne
Adrienne

Bher stain – We had the same experience, deck and stairs are peeling off, just done last August. This product is just awful. Do not waste your money, time and hard work. Should be taken right off the market.

Patty
Patty

We used Behr Deckover last summer 2017, this spring its nothing but peeling everywhere on the deck..DONT use it

jimmie tophan
jimmie tophan

used deckover in 2016 on new wood which is not recommended.the wood needs to dry out for at least one year.it should have been told to me that the wood needed to dry for a year befor using this product. needless to say it peeled up horribly,called behr sent pictures,got the runaround, told them to keep my money and they will never get any more of it.

c bear
c bear

i just installed a redwood fence, and would like to stain it. I want to stain the side that faces the road etc, to keep it’s appearance, but letting it go gray on the side that faces my house is ok. is there any downside to doing just the one side? the side facing my house side will get general doses of California central valley sun, and the street side also.

Bruce
Bruce

I applied a coat of waterproof deck stain and then a coat of penetrating stain. the penetrating stain needs to b e removed so I can recoat the deck with the waterproof stain. what will be the best product and or process.

Wayne
Wayne

There is a special place in hell for Behr & Home Depot. If you buy this stain, immediately throw it in the garbage. That’s,the best application. Pictures & scathing bad reviews in this article are true. Rebuilding a 30 year old oil stained deck with cedar & redwood, prepped according to instructions, the stain fails as this website says. A pox upon this water based stain & those who foist it off. I shall bring my unopened cans & this article to Home Depot & be done with this atrocity.

Stephen Anderson
Stephen Anderson

I used the stain and sealer semi transparent that can be tinted. I will not apply unless you use a roller or brush. I tried to use it in an airless sprayer and it is just to thick. I had to thin (they don’t recommend) about 40 percent in order to get it to spray and then it runs if the product is not right flat. I have 1000 sq feet of deck that I have treated for 20 years and with several products. This is the worst I have ever used. This is really just a paint not a stain. I do not recommend this product it is the worst on the market.

Aline
Aline

There’s a special place in hell reserved for the creator of this stain. Inherited sloppily done Behr stained porch which was soon stainless in heavily trafficked areas. Now tasked with restaining. Impossible to remove stain with even multiple applications of heavy duty stripper. . Finally realized I’m better off just using my Makita belt sander rather than first stripping and then still having to sand off stain that stripper couldn’t remove. If the porch had any other stain, stripping it would have been a one day job. Instead it’s taken over a week. A nightmare.

Jack Reale
Jack Reale

I would never use another Behr product After 1 yr deck has significant mildew and has resisted 3 mildew cleanings. Terrible experience.

Jan Mc
Jan Mc

Just wanted to thank you for the review on the Behr Deck Stain – you saved us time, money, and probably a good bit of what’s left of oursanity… My husband had already bought 5 gallons of the Behr (slick Behr salesperson in the Home Depot one day), and after I read these reviews, and the customer reviews on Consumer Reports, I said we would have to take it back. He tried to take it back to HD, but they said no refund, because it was a “custom” mix. I printed out your summary, some of the comments, and some of the comments from CR. We took it back in to HD, and had the store manager come over to read them, and he kept the copy. He said to give us a refund… I told him that the HD reputation was being diminished by selling such a bad product. We just used the Defy Stain Stripper and Brightener, and will stain with Armstrong early next week.

Melissa
Melissa

Our home owners association put the Behr semi solid stain on our community dock and we have seen the same poor performance you have. I was planning to use the Deck Over product by Behr, but seeing the performance of their stain I looked up reviews on the Deck Over and was shocked to see so many unhappy customers.
I have a wrap around porch that has a variety of conditions from full sun all day to covered and shaded. Some areas receive a lot of traffic others very little. We have even added a new edition. I thought the deck Over would be my best option to blend all the surfaces, but now I just don’t know what to do.
I have used the Behr deck cleaner on the worst areas and followed up with power washing. I still have to sand and replace a few boards.
The cost of putting composite down is out of the question. I want to keep the deck color light because it gets so hot in the summer. We get a little of everything as far as weather goes. The wood is old pressure treated 2×6 pine. What product do you recommend?

Randy c
Randy c

Stained our deck with behr premium stain 75% peeled up after one season very disappointed

JoAnn C.
JoAnn C.

Same here with my 1000 sq. ft. deck. What a mess…. Peeling up.

Randy c
Randy c

Stained our deck with behr premium stain pilled off after one season very disappointed

Dee Anna Robinson
Dee Anna Robinson

We used Behr deck stain on our 1300 sq.ft deck
Spring came and 90 % of stain has peeled off
Very unhappy with a well known product..we thought we were used the very best for our deck…turns out it was the very worse stain ever

Little Pete
Little Pete

Wished I would have read these comments before I stained with this product. Awful. Just terrible. I have used Olympic products for 17 years and decided to switch to this product. What a mistake. I will forgo the 2nd coat and likely strip and restain in a few weeks. What a waste of time. As others have written, buyer beware.