BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish Review  2.4/5 (10)

This post was updated on May 1, 2024

BEHR PREMIUM QUICK DRY Oil Base Wood Finish Review

BEHR PREMIUM QUICK DRY Oil Base Wood Finish Review

Behr Quick Dry Oil Finish Review 2024

We have found that the only thing “quick” about the BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish is the need to redo it. It only lasts about one year at best. The good news is it is easily stripped off so you can choose to go with another brand of stain.

Any questions on the BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish? Ask Below in the comment area.

Manufacturer Description on the BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish

BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish is a revolutionary, breakthrough product that allows you to prep, stain, and entertain all on the same day. This unique wood finish features damp wood application and dries dramatically faster than traditional oil wood finishes. It quickly penetrates the wood surface and provides early rain resistance. It is our Most Advanced Oil Formula and is excellent for use on decks, fences, and siding.

Behr Stain Opacity Issues Recently: Behr essentially lies about the opacity of its stains. Their “semi-transparent” colors do not show wood grain properly and look more like semi-solid or even fully opaque colors. This makes the wood look more like solid paint and makes removing of the stain, when it peels, extremely difficult.

See the pics below that show these opacity issues.

BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Stain

Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 3

– We used the Clear which is not Clear but tinted yellow. We understand that it has to be tinted to achieve UV protection but it is deceiving to consumers to call it Clear when it is not. The yellow color was not natural looking as well. Numerous complaints about appearance and colors on the Home Depot website for the BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish.

Preventing UV Graying in 1st Year Mark: 5

– Very faded after the first Summer and Fall. It will not make it for two years. Behr warranty states 1 year only as well. Update: Completely faded after 2 years. Nothing was visibly left on the wood.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

– After the first season, the BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish showed some wear in traffic areas. About 20% of the deck had issues.

Cost Per Square Foot: 4

– BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish costs $42 per gallon. We used 3 gallons for the 300 square feet. Nowhere near the claim of 300 sq feet per gallon.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9

– No issues after the first 2 years. A small amount of mildew under the railings.

Ease of Application: 2

– Applying the BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish is not as easy as it should be. Color is “too rich” and gummed up in our paintbrush. It was difficult to apply evenly and showed some overlap marks.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 1 Year: 8

– BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish does not darken in color much or at all.

The difficulty of Reapplication: 5.5

– The BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish will need to be stripped and brightened for prep before reapplying.

Overall Score BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Stain: 5.4

– BEHR Premium Quick Dry Oil Base Wood Finish is a newer stain. We have never been fans of the Behr Deck stain products and this is not any better. We love the idea of doing a deck in a day but there are better products for this (see Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain). It is very expensive for a 1-year warranty product.

We suggest reading reviews online from other websites as they will collaborate with our experience and numerous consumer experiences with this.

Behr Penetrating Oil Stain

Behr Deck Stain Home Depot

Cost: $42.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Premium Transparent – Oil Based
Available Colors: Clear, Natural Cedartone, Redwood, Chocolate, Cordovan
Application Temperature: 40-90 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-150 sq. ft in field tests
Application Tools: Sprayer, Lambswool Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 1-4 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Behr

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Cedar Deck
Deck Square Footage: 400 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
Stain Color Used: 

*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.

BEHR Semi-Transparent Deck Stain Photos

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Scott Paul ~ Restoring Wood & Decks Since 1993 Owner
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites. All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.

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4 years ago

Bought 5 jugs of it. 2 out of 5 cans, no matter how hard or long we shake it, there’s solids al through it and they’re more yellow than the rest.

Home Depot has no idea. Told me to bring it back for an exchange.

That’s all well and good but I’m an hours drive in the country.

What’s up?

4 years ago
Reply to  Todd

I have the same problem did home depot give you an exchange?

4 years ago
Reply to  Pierre

I went ahead and used it anyway. It looks ok but I’m going to try something else when it needs a redo.

4 years ago
Reply to  Todd

I have had the same problem with yellow globs all the way thru the stain. Home Depot refunded, but now my deck is half finished, and I don’t know what stain to finish the deck with!

Anyone recommend a better oil based deck stain?

5 years ago

Since its been raining alot this year in ontario can i apply the quick dry day after when it has rained night before ? Or should i wait for a soild good day of no rain and start staining the next day?