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Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain Review 2013 2.4/5 (28)

Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain

Behr Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain

Important Note:  This is our 2nd Review of Behr Exterior Weatherproofing Wood and Deck Stains. The first review was completed in 2010.

See Here for 2010: Behr Deck Stain Review

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 Weatherproofing Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 2

– The application of the Behr Premium Weatherproofing Stain was a repeat from 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 paint brush 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 Defy Extreme 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: $36.99 per Gallon, $169.99 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
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Behr

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: Spring 2010-Spring 2012
Deck Wood Type: Cedar Porch
Deck Square Footage: 300 Square Feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 

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

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87 responses to “Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Wood Stain Review 2013”

  1. B Dombroski says:

    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!

  2. Oksana says:

    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.

  3. Jonathan says:

    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.

    • Hello, please post results after 6-12 months. Posting a review right after application does not indicate performance down the road. The poor results start to happen within the 6-12 months typically. The is a reason there are 100s of consumer comments on how bad this product can be. It is not related to just this site either. Consumers Reports has reviews from consumers as well. Over 50 have posted their opinion and they have had the same poor results as consumers for this site.

    • John says:

      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.

  4. Damian says:

    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.

  5. sharsby says:

    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.

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