Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain Review 2020 2.4/5 (56)

by Deck Stain Help

Updated January 2020

BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer Review

Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain

Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain

This is our 2nd Review of BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer.

New for the Behr Stains is a new label design and a lower cost product called BEHR® DECKplus™ Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Wood Stain. The products are the same as before, just a new label change.

See here for our first Review: Behr Deck Stain Review

BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer

Behr Premium Deck Stain Manufacturer Description

Enhance your wood’s natural patterns while providing increased protection from the elements. This 100% acrylic formula seals out the elements, and sun’s harmful UV rays, for up to 6 yrs. on decks and up to 8 yrs. on fences & siding. It’s available in 60 custom colors to help you create a look that’s as beautiful as it is durable.

BEHR’s best semi-transparent product, this advanced 100% acrylic formula penetrates deep into wood to deliver complete protection from the elements for up to 6 years on decks and 8 years on fences and siding. The silicone-fortified formula delivers excellent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is available in 60 custom colors that add beauty while allowing the natural wood grain to show through. The alkyd/acrylic formula combines the benefits of an oil-based finish and the convenient clean up of a water-based product.

BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 2

– The application of the Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain was a repeat of our first test.  We found that the Behr does not penetrate into the wood like the product claims it should. It dries on top of the surface like a paint. It had the look of a semi-solid with much of the wood grain masked by the pigment. The Cedar color on the deck made it look like a pumpkin.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 8

– The one positive about the Behr is that it has excellent UV protection in the areas where the stain had not failed. Unfortunately, this was only half of the deck floor and most of the railings.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 1

– The cedar porch was “Behr” of stain on more than half of the flooring. The stain had peeled or worn in large uneven patches. Vertical rails did not have any issues.

Cost Per Square Foot: 4

– Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain costs $39 per gallon. We used 5 gallons for the 300 square feet for the 2 coats applied.

$.55 per foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 7

– Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain had some mold growing on the flooring near the home and on top of the rail cap.

Ease of Application: 2

– Applying the Behr Premium Stain is like painting your deck except it does not apply evenly. We have stained 1000’s of decks and have never found a stain to be more difficult to apply than Behr. It dries extremely fast and will show overlaps if not careful. We used a paintbrush and hand-applied the stain to the entire deck as that seemed to give the best results.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8

– Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain does not darken in color much or at all.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 2

– This is how we fixed the Behr Premium Wood Stain. We applied a heavy dose of the Behr Stain Remover and tried to pressure wash off the remaining stain. It did not work. We then used the RAD Stain Stripper at a very high concentration and repeated. This removed about 85% of the stain. We were left sanding off the rest then cleaning and brightening the wood to even out the porosity of the wood. Prepping took 12 hours and needless to say, the customer switched brands.

Overall Score Behr Premium Stain at 2 Year Period: 4.625

– Rated #1 By Consumers. Not sure why and feedback from most of our users agree. Consumers own website has a user rating of 1 out of 5 stars. Thirteen out of the 14 reviews from actual users gave it a 1 star.

This stain should be removed from sale to the public.

Buyer Beware!

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Home Depot
Cost: $39.99 per Gallon, $199.99 per 5 Gallon Pail
Stain Type: Premium Semi-Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: 60 custom 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: 1-2 Hours
Cleanup: Soap and Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Cedar Porch
Deck Square Footage: 300 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Full 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.

Disgruntled Behr Customer


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Diane H
Diane H

I read the warnings and thought naw, it can’t be true! Well folks! It’s true. Colors are gorgeous. However! Stain doesn’t penetrate, stays tacky and peels! Behr will come on the threads and say user error, was applied too thick, I am here to tell you not the case. Their internal testing is done on a roof not a deck, so it is not a fair comparison. Hours of wasted work, time effort and cost for nothing! Expensive lesson. Buyer beware! Do your homework, other sites say the same thing. Run. Do not use on decks.

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Bob Kline
Bob Kline

I have applied Behr Premium Transparent and Semi-transparent chocolate color stain to my log-sided house on two applications, 1st in 2008 & 2nd in 2014. I am thrilled with the results. It allows the grain to show through with a satin sheen that is beautiful. There was no tackiness, peeling or other issues. I use the transparent on areas that don’t receive much direct sunlight to maximize the grain visibility and semi-transparent on areas with more exposure. They blend together very well and achieve the same color and sheen. It has been 5 years since the last application and I estimate another couple years before the most weather exposed areas will require another coat. The more protected areas look nearly as good as 5 years ago and are years away from needing work. I am getting more life out of the second treatment. I have achieved similar results on a pt deck railing using their natural finish. I don’t have experience with wood deck flooring as I applied a 60 mil exterior vinyl flooring realizing the never ending maintenance wood flooring requires. The vinyl deck surface is 15 years old and only requires occasional hosings and annual scrubbing.

Dhanna
Dhanna

I read the warnings and thought naw, it can’t be true! Well folks! It’s true. Colors are gorgeous. However! Stain doesn’t penetrate stays tacky and peels! Behr will come on the threads and say user error, was applied too thick, I am here to tell you not the case. Their internal testing is done on a roof not a deck, so it is not a fair comparison. Hours of wasted work, time effort and cost for nothing! Expensive lesson. Buyer beware!

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KimK
KimK

This stuff is junk! We have a deck that we wanted to change the color of, never stained it before. Went to Home Depot and asked what to get. Told him our deck was 7 years old, cleaned the deck every year and looked great, just wanted to change the color and protect it. Got the semi transparent stain and protector and got the wash suggested by Behr. Washed the deck and waited a good week or two before staining it. Went in good, looked great UNTIL… this spring, the boards got spongey .. and someone put their foot right through it. It is rotting my boards from underneath.. had to replace the whole deck floor… but the floor joists were perfect, just the floor.. and Home Depot had no answer for me, said they had never heard of this happening. Junk …

Jack
Jack

I used several Gallons of this on vertical and horizontal surfaces. I haven’t noticed the issue with tackiness or flaking that other people are mentioning here. As a matter of fact, the wood seems to “drink” the stain really quickly and dries WAY faster than the label indicated. The first fence I used it on was redwood and I didn’t even bother to sand it first. That was six months ago, and it still looks like day 1. I will note that on second coat it was dark enough that it almost looks like paint, despite being semi transparent.

I will not that my fiance helped me with one side of a staircase and she was a little careless in her application (not wiping off excess), and it is splotchy and you see lap marks everywhere.

Also note that it seems to go on really well with a brush versus a roller.

Sanjivraval
Sanjivraval

CONSUMER REPORTS FINDS BHER STAINS EXCELLENT- I find your findings definitely biased and suspicious. Have lived in Michigan for 54 years and stained my deck on over 12 occasions in 3 homes i have owned- Bher has been excellent as well as DEFY – not sure how much TWP IS paying you. I have used it and its mediocre.

Tracee
Tracee

I’m reading the older comments re: slow curing, tacky finish. I must admit to our fault in the situation, but I’m still confused by the continued problem. We are in Northeast Ohio. Waited for new PT deck to settle from 9 months being installed. Did all the prep correctly. Watched neighbor’s blooming tree for pollen. Took dog to daycare. Watched weather report constantly to check local hourly and radar. Thought we were finally ready. Seemed to go on as stated.
Apparently the weather forecast changed sometime during our work. Less than 2 hours after second coat, the rain came. I was sick to my stomach not wanting to look. There was some beading but also areas of pooling. In the days and now 3 weeks out, the tackiness was noticeable and ongoing. Despite there being a nice sunny day on day 2 and many after. Not being able to keep our dogs from using deck to backyard forever, they went out but still no prolonged play. Regardless, the beautiful deep brown I dreamed of is marred by every single paw print no matter if it’s wet or dry. We’ve spent hours trying different methods to clean the prints off only to have the same and more return. It’s like trying to get white cat fur off black wool. I’m hoping to try the baby powder method because one more try won’t hurt. I’m a big review reader but somehow missed this post. I’m mad at myself. Now I’m afraid what will happen after a winter or two. Any hope to offer?

I trebick
I trebick

We have a cedar fence previously stained with semi transparent Thompson stain from Home Depot. In less then 3 yrs it faded a lot -some places down to bare wood.
We now have a gallon of Behr tranperent stain. I looked online and we should have semi transperent stain.
We picked a darker colour -are we on the right track?

Jacob
Jacob

same issues!! Do not buy

Unhappy_Behr_Customer
Unhappy_Behr_Customer

Same as most reviewers here, Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Stain ruined my new deck!
The stain was applied on a brand new deck as per manufacturer’s instructions.
However, after only a couple of years of clement Californian weather, the stain started peeling off. My deck looks terrible now (see attached picture).
Now I have to spend a more money and a LOT of effort to remove this stain, and apply another brand.
VERY UNHAPPY WITH BEHR!

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Nancy Norman
Nancy Norman

This Behr product ruined my whole project. I spent months on this project and it was a great success–until the last step of applying the Behr waterproofing finish. It should be taken off the market.

Michael Adams
Michael Adams

We used Behr Natural Seal Plus No.80, White Cedar Waterproofing on White Pine Board & Baton siding. The wood was from a sawmill nearby and it was cut, stacked & covered for over 2 years before use. Within 3 years after staining, most of it turned dark brown to almost black in areas, it only looked good for the first year. I was given all sorts of excuses/explanations as to why that happened; from linseed oil in the stain to sunlight to moisture. Needless to say “DO NOT USE ANY BEHR PRODUCT!” You will pay for it by having to look at it everyday for years.

Buddy
Buddy

Followed Behr procedures, used their All-In-One wood cleaner, applied in two thin coats after allowing the wood to dry. Noticed some areas not looking good after a year, so reapplied deck cleaner and then two more thin coats of stain. 3 years later all exposed area of deck were peeling and the wood on some boards was beginning to rot. Almost like the stain was trapping water in the wood. Unstained wood on a retaining wall built at the same time looks weathered but no rotting! I would have been better to do nothing to the deck.

John Boyd
John Boyd

Looks identical to my deck after 2 years. What junk.

Joseph
Joseph

Same issues

Holoni
Holoni

Too bad there is no score for stickiness after application, would be getting about a minus 10

Kristina Baillargeon
Kristina Baillargeon

saw the above post…sounds like me, only mine was worse. Bought the Behr textured deck paint. Followed directions exactly. Applied late summer, and when the next spring rolled around I could literally peal it like a sunburn, unfortunately not everywhere so it was a disaster. Flipped my boards over last fall. Just this past week, power washed, let dry and applied Behr semi-transparent stain….it has been on for 3 days and it is still sticky!!! i have wasted more money on Behr products, only to have my deck ruined and spent a fortune on all the stain. Behr didn’t even reply to me about the full coverage paint….obviously can’t return my empty cans to Home Depot!!!!! Lost receipt for this last purchase! I AM DONE WITH BEHR AND WILL BE PASSING THE WORD ALONG!!!!

BSinMn
BSinMn

I agree. Same exact problem, same exact issue. Still sticky and tacky and I’ve only put on one coat. After two weeks it is still not dry. Lousy product and lousy support. The last time all they were willing to do for me was to give me new product. In November? Like that would help me out. Now, five years later, I unfortunately forgot the troubles I had. Guess what? Here we go again…

appleste
appleste

Applied Behr Transparent Waterproofing Stain and Sealer a month ago on a screened porch. Followed directions. Everything is slightly tacky. Behr recommended using dish soap and washing the porch since this is a water based product. Did this twice and it had little to no effect. Frustrating. I can live with the walls and ledges being slightly tacky, but not the floor. Don’t want to strip the deck only to have to reapply Behr. Hoping that eventually the tackiness will disappear. But since this is a covered porch, it does not get sun light. Very disappointing.

appleste
appleste

This a follow-up to my use of Behr Transparent Waterproofing Stain. Called Behr again and was told to strip the porch. They would pay for stripper and wood conditioner and stain. They emphasized that the re-staining should be done with humidity below 50%. It took me three uses of the stripper plus some sanding to remove the stain. Waited three days to make sure wood was totally dry. I applied the stain on a day that was 28% humidity. Behr told me to apply 3/4 gallon on my 14 x 16 deck first coat and 1/2 gallon second. I went with an even lighter application: 1/2 gallon first coat and 1/3 gallon second. Waited 3 hours when deck was dry and applied second coat. Next three days I ran overhead fan 24 hours. At end of third day, the deck was even stickier than prior to stripping and staining! So after all of this effort and consultation with Behr, I have an even stickier screened porch. I wonder whether people struggling with this defective product should consider a class action suit. I have complained again to Behr and am waiting to hear from their claims department. I want them to pay someone to remove this from my porch.

BSinMn
BSinMn

Please keep me in mind if a class action lawsuit begins. I am also in agreement that they should pay someone to strip up the existing mess. Why should I do it when their product is defective?

Mary Jo Dungfelder
Mary Jo Dungfelder

We applied Behr Premium Semi-Transparent wood stain to our deck 2 weeks ago Looks great but it is still sticky/tacky when we walk across. Will this ever dry or go away?

QueenLoraine
QueenLoraine

We used the Behr semi -transparent stain and sealer and after one year (barely) it is starting to peel and there is black mold or something appearing in the stain. What is the best way to remove this product? Is there a stripping product that will work or is sanding the only way? My husband is leery of power washing, but would that work? Wish we had read these reviews on this great site first!

Hscott
Hscott

I used the redwood color a few years ago on a redwood deck. Made sense at the time. I sanded it off with a palm sander as best as I could. I do think some of the alkyd crystals are still in the wood. Is it impossible for me now to switch to an oil based stain. I would rather not strip the deck. Thanks!

sharsby
sharsby

After reading the reviews on Home Depot I decided to try the Behr Semi-transparent deck stain tint base. I chose the chocolate color. I used the stain on a 400 sq ft NEW deck and a 600 sq ft previously stained playset/climbing structure. I allowed the new wood to season for 10 months. Both structures were properly prepared according to the instructions on the back of the can and I used all the recommended Behr products. I stained both structures in the fall of 2015 according to the directions on the back of the can. After staining it took 3 weeks for the product to “cure.” For 3 weeks my children could not use the playset/climbing structure and my family could not use the deck. During these 3 weeks the stain was tacky and would leave visible marks if touched. After the product finally cured it repelled water and worked. This fall of 2016 (only 11 months after application) the stain was bubbling, peeling, flaking, and visible mold was showing. The product only lasted 11 months; 1 of those moths was the “curing/hardening” months. This product did NOT last 6-8 years as advertised.

Katy
Katy

Wood must be completely dry. Temperature cannot fall below 50° (that’s based on a 24hr day) for about 4 or 5 days. Prior to drying wood use the Behr deck cleaner, this cleans the wood safely and opens the wood fibers. Do not use a chemical cleaner (such as 30 second) the chemicals, like bleach, close the wood fibers blocking the stain. Moisture in the wood and below 50° temps at night in conjunction with high temps during the day create moisture and contribute to: bubbling, flaking and the inability to cure properly. I live in the Pacific Northwest and have had wonderful experience with the weather proofer by Behr.

Damian
Damian

In 2012 I power washed a 9 year old deck, cleaned it with deck cleaning solution, and bleached the wood. I followed directions. The deck cleaned up nicely. I used Behrs solid stain, premium. It was a barn red color. We liked it but as everyone said, it took three weeks to dry until not tacky. After two years, it looked liked it was just starting to peel a bit here and there. We held off two more years and the deck definitely looked bad; the stain has peeled and the bottom line is maybe we got two good years out of it. This spring we power washed and stained it. For whatever reason, the "newer" Behr stain went down fast…so fast, it dried in like ten minutes. I had never seen stain dry so fast in 80 degree weather. It looks good and we will see how it winters over. But wait. There is the small matter of the pool deck. Read on.

The points: If Behr says coverage is 300-600 sq feet, it really is going to be the lower number and if that. The wood seems to drink up the newer stuff. The newer stuff dries too damn fast. However, last year i did our two year old pool deck, 15 x 10. Again the stain dried super fast, so fast my eyes popped out. On that pool deck, the pressure treated wood looked great after two years so i did not prep the wood at all. The stain went on fast, dried faster and looked great for the season. It wintered over, and this summer the pool deck looked super again. So I dunno about the Behr. Maybe they changed the formula? Old Behr: work to put on, super slow to dry, no durability at all. New Behr: work to put on, super fast to dry, and two years of excellent durability. Both decks face south and get lots of hot sun beating on it. I felt I was married to Behr because unless i was going to strip it all down, I had to try it again. Different experience. If the pool deck holds up, great. More foot traffic on the 600 sq foot deck. We used six cans for the big decking. For the recoat, 1.5 cans. For the smaller pool deck, 1.5 cans. I'll know more in the spring. Decks are four feet off the ground.

Jonathan
Jonathan

I'm not quite sure what the complainers are talking about.
Installed a new PT deck in June and just stained it with the Behr Premium Semi T stain. I PW'ed it with brightner and two days later applied the stain. The wood soaked up the stain. I applied evenly with a small roller then brush on the railings and benches and a airless sprayer and then brush. Even wonderful, rich appearance. No tack. I live north of Boston.
I'll see how it hold up but have no reason to believe it won't perform as advertised, aside from what appear to be ratings on this site posted to sell other products. Also believe me that I have never defended anything at Home Depot before I just believe in giving credit when credit is due.

John
John

My deck looked great the first season too — I've stained 3 times using this stuff and each time it failed over the first winter. Two years tops. Fresh wood does better than old wood — I had some verticals last 3-4 years.

Chis
Chis

I also liked this product. It was tacky for about 2 weeks after application but when it finally dried it looked great. It’s been 2 years now and still looks great. Repels water very well and has retained it’s rich look. Very happy with this product.

Oksana
Oksana

I just ruined thousands of dollars of beautiful cedar with this product. I'm so upset. I wish I would have read these reviews first, this is what the associate at Home Depot recommended.

B Dombroski
B Dombroski

Solution for the sticky deck – we sprinkled baby powder and corn starch, swept it in and were left with a nice matte finish and no more stickiness. Looks, feels, and smells great!

Tony
Tony

I will give this a try. This really sucks!!!

John
John

How did this baby powder Solution turn out for you Tony?

AJ84
AJ84

Did this work for you too?

Lisa preston
Lisa preston

Did you just sprinkle on dry then sweep off? Mine is still tacky and would love for this to work for me! Did it change the color? Mine is the dark cordavan brown color! Any help and suggestions would've appreciated!

Craig E.
Craig E.

Thanks for the helpful info.. I too believed the HD reviews, bought the semi-transparent deck stain (cedar color) and for hours meticulously prepared our 7 y/o deck (that I should have stained back then!) by cleaning with enviro-safe cleaner, light pressure washing and then completely sanding. Again, followed Behr’s directions of 2 light coats (vs. heavy application) during dry weather. Deck has a tacky feeling but will try your method as I don’t look forward for doing again for some times.

B Dombroski
B Dombroski

Stain is not hardening – Day 4 and still very tacky. Complete junk.

James
James

This stain is not drying how can you help me

Tony from Michigan
Tony from Michigan

DO NOT BUY THIS- GARBAGE! After one season on a pool deck, all is peeling on horizontal surfaces. Luckily a power washer was able to strip this off without too much trouble. Bought this at The Home Depot- they need to do a better job of researching the (quality?) of products they sell. Going with TWP 100 series! As the (spot on) review says, BUYER BEWARE.

ralph
ralph

Its like any other waterproofer/stain, need to prepare deck correctly and and paint with brush, 2 light coats within an hour works for me, about 3 years of good to semi-good looking on floors and 5 to 6 years on rails, I have redone deck 5 times now and if you don't spend time on it and do it in rush, the results will be poor – been there, done that. No sanding ever just the Behr deck stripper, power-wash, Behr wood brightener, power-wash again, let it dry 2 days (a day in full sun is ok) and apply.

e hays
e hays

new deck – looks like crap after the 1st year

Gary Chester
Gary Chester

I just applied Behr transparent cedar on a newly sanded deck. This was the hardest stain I have ever used and it does all those thing wrong that the review says. Dries to quick, looks like paint, shows brush strokes and if a drop hits the deck it is there forever. I did one coat and I'm asking if there is something else that I can use for the second coat. I would be looking for a clear coat. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. I wish I read the review first.. Thank You

Neveragain
Neveragain

Horrible product. In the process of removing it after 1 yr. Coating was patchy and uneven. Peeled off after just 2 months. As bad as it was to try and put on, it's going to be twice as hard to remove. And time consuming.

Cynthia
Cynthia

I with I had read these reviews before we bought this product . I stopped applying the stain halfway through the job , because it looks so awful , my husband is out there doing it the rest alone . The result looks nothing like the sample of wood in the storeroom . It look like watered down paint. The application is splotchy and just plain ugly ! My husband is a general contractor and he will never buy this again ! And yes , it is very tacky ! My porch looks worse than before we started .

Vince
Vince

I just spent several days and almost 2 GRAND on Cedar planks for my 600 sq. ft. deck. I was told by the incompetent sales rep at "The Home Depot" that the natural #500 weather proofing WILL NOT darken the wood although it did. I do like the pumpkin color after the second coat but it was VERY difficult to work with. DO NOT use a roller for this product..YOU WILL HAVE LAPS !!!! I switched to an applicator pad. After sanding 1/3 of the deck and adding another coat it is obvious there were mistakes made. I am not at all pleased with the Dry time, 1 week later and still tacky.I have foot prints all over and am walking on cardboard boxes…..can you guess what that looks like ? I also noticed where I used the pad after the 1 st coat there are little tiny black specs ( probably mold) forming and the wood is graying already ! WHAT A WASTE OF $$$$ and time !

Jeffrey Bogert
Jeffrey Bogert

I agree with the negative reviews. Before reading these I thought perhaps I had done something wrong in my application process. Stain fails in three years or less on flat surfaces, deck railing, that get sun during the day in eastern PA. Shady areas may not need restaining for five years.

Bill
Bill

Horrible stuff

N Graham
N Graham

I applied Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Stain and Sealer to a large multi-level deck. Prior to doing so I meticulously cleaned, stripped and sanded the deck, an enormous amount of time and effort! Although we live in a warm climate I applied the product in the evening when the temperature was not above the mid 80's and the deck was shaded by the house. The finish after 2 weeks is very sticky and I am heart broken, angry and disgusted. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. Since I have a multi-level deck, I had done a two-tone finish where one level was done in a different color with the Behr Premium Solid Color Stain (not DeckOver). Curiously, the solid color stain is much less sticky than the semi-transparent portion and is liveable. Has anybody else experienced this? Can I "save" my deck by putting a third coat of the solid color version of the stain over the semi-transparent version?

J.P.
J.P.

Part 3 (last part)
>> Now I'm ready to stain again. I removed 95% of the stain from the horizontals using just a pressure washer – came right off. No sanding. No stripper. Just a wide stream of water at about 1200psi. Power washing removed maybe 20-30% from verticals which still had 80-90% full coverage of the original stain – except once again on the wind side. So here I am – do I buy yet more Behr stain to continue this cycle, or spend days stripping and sanding to start over with a new product keeping in mind I still haven't found any locally available stain that lasts more than 1 to 2 years regardless of the wood, prep and application method as long as label directions are followed. This conclusion based on reviews and locals who have used the various competing products. My deck gets used maybe 10 times a year so traffic is not an issue. I'm actually considering using a rubber or similar deck tile right over the horizontals and just stain the verticals. Much more costly up front but perhaps less so in the long run – but it lacks the look of wood. Synthetic wood decking is another alternative but is prohibitively expensive for majority of homeowners, including me, particularly when the existing deck is still in great condition minus the stain. One comment stated the manufacturer's product is rarely at fault when it comes to staining. I think the power of numbers disagrees completely with that statement and the majority of stains available in Canada simply don't work here.
>> BOTTOM LINE: Behr Premium Deck stain with a 6 year deck and 8 year fence warranty falls well short of it's advertised and guaranteed coverage and durability, especially on horizontal surfaces. DO NOT BUY – that said – what's the alternative? And Behr knows that which is why they'll gladly refund or replace the product used but not what it was used on if damaged in the process. As with other companies (including Behr in the past) only a class action lawsuit will remedy this and possibly result in this product (and arguably worse products like deck over) to be removed and at some point better products like Defy and Armstrong may be carried locally. There has to be a chemical formulation that will last a minimum of 3-4 year in Canada that's still acceptable by all regulating bodies. If you find out let us all know! Ordering from the US is simply not a viable option. << Good luck to all.

J.P.
J.P.

Part 2
>> I have a 12x14ft back deck and 6x22ft front deck for a total surface area of just under 800 sqft including the uprights. Despite the label stating 2-coat coverage estimates, I required 4.5 gallons of this stain, as I did the first year I used the product. I was not applying too thick or too thin, and followed directions on the label as well as from HD associate who had spoken to Behr. I applied using a stain pad for horizontals and verticals as well as a nylon brush for detailed vertical work and between all boards. Requiring so much stain I thought is a complete oversight of the manufacturer's estimates, but given differences in wood type, porosity, and humidity as well as application method I didn't worry too much about it but seemed to be a reddish flag in any case.
>> It could be said we have some of the worst weather for decks here on the east coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Rain, drizzle, and fog throughout the year. Wet snow and rain during winters with freeze / thaw cycles and moderate to high winds not uncommon year round (east coast). UV protection not really a consideration given the low amount of risk here of actually seeing sun for prolonged periods! smile For example I've been waiting for 3 days of sun/cloud without rain above 10 degC and the next three days (Aug 2-4) is the first time this may happen since this past winter! However, the label clearly shows icons as well as text stating it provides protection in ALL weather.

J.P.
J.P.

Part 1
>> I used this product (on a previously non-stained pressure treated deck) as per label directions back in 2008 or 2009 (can't recall without looking up receipts) and it was peeling the following season on horizontals but 90% good on verticals except for those facing predominant wind side of weather which were down to about 40-50%. 3 summers later I stripped and sanded remaining stain (wearing a mask as the potential for lead dust was indicated on label) to get back to original wood. While it's best to not sand these stains or pressure treated wood, strippers alone didn't do the job. Once back to the original wood (and the deck looking amazing!) a brightener was used. Ready to stain again.
>> Not satisfied with the product, I researched stains again, and once again Behr was still showing up as the preferred choice for locally available product when compared to alternatives. HD had difficulty matching the color this time given the tint color code I chose the first time I stained was no longer available. I left without the stain to check around for alternate products and HD said they'd contact Behr. When I returned a few days later, an HD associate said he was informed by the BEHR rep the base formula had changed (as well as some of the tint formulas even if they had the same color code) so it would be trial and error to get the same color. This formula change was reportedly in response to complaints of the stain not lasting more than 1-2 years for majority of customers who took the time to let HD or Behr know. Should have walked away at that point. After a few tries adding the tint, it came out nearly identical to leftover stain I had from the previous application (which was stored air tight in normal humidity and temp range). Not having a clear alternative, I proceeded to purchase the Behr Premium semi-transparent again.

Steve
Steve

This stuff is crap. Did exactly what the can said and it will not dry. After 2 weeks put rocking chairs back on deck and it pulled the stain right off. Called Behr and they had the nerve to tell me I could get 2 cans of any kind of their product. I said no thanks and that they should have a contractor come out and fix this mess. They said they don't do that so I said give me my money back and I will never use Behr products again.

Michele
Michele

Did you sand your surface before applying the stain. Many wood materials need to be sanded before applications of stain because of chemicals they use when cutting the lumber. I am not a Behr product fan period myself.

Rita Davis
Rita Davis

I have stained my deck using Behr in the cedar color. It has been two weeks and the deck is still sticky. I do not know what to do about it.
Very disappointed in the product after spending the money and time.

Linda fagan
Linda fagan

I used Bhar nwf waterproofing stain! It's been on3 wks and dtl tacky ' I clef beer and they told
Ego mop with warm soapy water then rinse! Doesn't work ! Now what??

Tryingtoget deckwise
Tryingtoget deckwise

Interesting review of Behr in that Consumer Reports rated this #1 just under TWP in the latest 2014 deck stain report. What explains the disagreement? Reformulation?

Dave
Dave

Hi, after reading this section I actually subscribed to CR. The Behr they actually give best rating to is the non-premium solid color. Not sure if I want to jump down the rabbit hole and try it though. We're in Nova Scotia and not many choices available.

Barb Taylor
Barb Taylor

It has pealed every year now half of my cedar boards are rotten want a new deck but cannot afford one trying to fix my self but am 72 and having hard time

Deborah Martin
Deborah Martin

I've painted for 30 years and this is the worst product I've used. I lost a few clients after using this on jobs. Used it on my new back deck and is was peeling in a few months and looks like it's been there for 20 years. Don't buy this.

Sean
Sean

One of the worst products I have ever worked with! I wonder why Home Depot sells this junk to millions of people and ruins their decks. They must being in a long term contract or getting a massive kickback on all sales.

Diane
Diane

I painted my cedar fence with BEHR semi-transparent wood stain 5 years ago. I wished I had read the reviews before doing, but live and learn…Is there a better quality stain/paint I could apply over the existing BEHR? I don't want to strip and/or sand off the existing one. Am I forced to apply BEHR wood stain on top of BEHR wood stain or is there at least a better quality or longer lasting alternative?
Thanks, Diane

cdpage
cdpage

@Admin

the youtube link is dead.

cdpage
cdpage

In Canada we do not have very many options for stains. something in the the good stuff Canada will not permit.
I'd like to see a review on Transparent rather then the Semi-transparent. I'm sure they are different.

That said, I ended up getting the Behr transparent natural.
I chose this for 2 reasons.

1. I took in a sample of wood and tested it out on a piece of cedar i had. They took a cloth and wiped it on the board, waited a few and did again to give it a look of two coats. this looked pretty good in store.

2. Warranty. They stand behind the warranty. My father used their stain and in 2 years it started to peel, he wrote them a letter and showed pictures, and they offered to pay for all the materials it would cost to have it cleaned and painted again.

My Observations so far with:
Natural #500 – Transparent – applied to new Cedar – Wester Red – Fence – Toronto
cloth versus a brush or pad… puts on less stain. it looks better when it goes on really thin, and drys faster.
goes on a little thick so spreading it out is slow, but give you time not to over stain the first spot you put the brush down
not quite as transparent as i'd like… almost [but not quite] looks like a semi-transparent
tacky to touch more than 24 hours

kinda wish I went with the red cedar tone 501 colour. this one seems a bit too yellow. but the neighbours wanted natural…