Behr Premium Solid Color Stain Review 2.7/5 (9)

by Deck Stain Help

BEHR PREMIUM Solid Color Stain Review

BEHR PREMIUM Solid Color Stain Review

Behr Solid Color Deck Stain RatingUpdate for 2019: This is our initial Review of the Behr Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain.  This review will be updated through the years.

As always, we appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects using the Behr Solid Stain.

Summary: BEHR PREMIUM® Solid Color Waterproofing Stain & Sealer
Protect and beautify with BEHR PREMIUM Solid Color Weatherproofing All-In-One Wood Stain & Sealer. This 100% acrylic formula seals out the elements, and the sun’s harmful UV rays, for up to 10 yrs. on decks and up to 25 yrs. on fences and siding. It’s available in more than 1,600 custom colors to help you get just about any look you can imagine.

Behr Solid Color Deck Stain Review

Behr Solid Color Wood Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8

– The Behr Solid solid stain color we used was custom mixed to a red. The two coats applied to our PTP wood covered nicely and did not show any wood grain which is expected with a solid stain. Even application and no overlap lines.

Behr Solid Color Deck Stain Peeling Customer Photo of Behr Solid Color Deck Stain Peeling

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 3

–At the 2-year mark, there was significant wearing and peeling.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– We applied two coats to our 400 sq. feet of verticals that included all railings and steps. 2 Gallons were used at a cost of $40 per gallon.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8

– At the 2-year mark, the deck showed no signs of any mildew. Some green algae were present in the areas that had peeled.

Ease of Application: 8

– We applied two coats of the Behr Solid solid color stain with a roller and brush to the wood, waiting about 30 minutes between coats. The second coat goes on very easy and covers twice as far as the first coat.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 4

– You will need to pressure wash to remove the peeling stain and sand the remaining off. Not an easy fix!

Overall Score Behr Solid Color Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.5

– The Behr Solid stain did not perform well. Reading numerous reviews online, the Behr has a tendency to peel and wear in high traffic areas. We do not recommend.

Product Information

More Info: Home Depot
Cost: $39.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based
Available Custom-Mixed Solid Colors: 1,600 custom colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats  Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-400 sq. ft
Application Tools: Airless Sprayer, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Behr

Test Deck Stats

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 400 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 

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

Please Rate This. You may also post comments or ask questions below.

Ask a Question or Post a Review

Photo and Image Files
Audio and Video Files
newest oldest
Joe Vobroucek
Joe Vobroucek

I applied The solid color stain after 2 years it pealed off, and it was applied to new wood and the wood was perfectly dried , I wouldn’t recommend this brand to anyone, however True Value Hardware sells Deck Stain that is awesome, !!!

Chris A
Chris A

I have found all Behr products to be especially poor in quality and longevity. The deck stain peals like snake skin. I have been painting off and on for 50 years.


Defy Extreme Stain… Hello. Your review sounds great. I want to buy the EXACT product that you tested. It’s the one listed here –

The pic shows semi-transparent and cedar even though the wording in the review says nothing about transparency or color. Was it the exact product that is pictured (semi-transparent, cedar) that was tested? No idea how colors or transparency would affect longevity (especially lack of peeling). If it does, I’ll def buy the exact product you tested.

I very much appreciate this site and all the info!

Vickie Brubaker
Vickie Brubaker

We applied the solid stain and all of our top deck boards are rotting. we will have to now replace all our boards. we had applied it to treated wood that is supposed to last 50 yrs. underneath where we did not stain the boards are still as good as new.

Thomas Peninger
Thomas Peninger

We coated our deck with Behr solid color stain and sealer about a week ago. It is a brick color with a purple hue and it is a flat finish. The problem is that it shows any dirt, smudge or paw print on it and it is almost impossible to clean off. Is there any type of clear coat that can be applied to prevent this?


I agree. Impossible to clean. It’s peeling on the outdoor portion of my deck after one year. I also painted it on my covered screen porch. It’s not peeling but shows every scuff, paw print and spill. Worst product ever.


Looks like a lot of mildew on the boards. Did the applicator do a proper cleaning job prior to coating. No stain sticks well to mold. Secondly what applicator was used for the job? If you rolled it you rolled it over dirty wood. In my mind the sponge applicators ( every bit as quick as a roller) enhance the performance of ANY stain as the mopping action at least encapsulates residual dirt, not to mention making the coating more intimate with the substrate.

bill clements
bill clements

I used the Behr product on my two desks, it started pealing after two weeks , guaranteed for 10 years, got a total refund with no problem, was told to sand my entire deck and apply it again. In my opinion your grade for this product is much too high.