Stripping Behr Semi-Transparent
Five years ago I stained my deck, starting with Behr Semi-Transparent stain on the flooring and stairs, but changed to Defy Extreme Semi-Transparent for the spindles and most of the railings. (The Behr was more like a heavy coating, which I didn't like, so I just finished the
horizontal surfaces with it, since I had already started. I should have backed out earlier, but that's water over the dam.) The Defy is a very nice penetrating stain. I've stripped about 1/3 of the Behr stained surfaces using Restore-A-Deck stripper also using the booster and gel additives. I'm preparing the stripper per instructions, waiting the prescribed amount of time to let it work, scrubbing with a deck brush, and then using my pressure washer rated at 1,600 PSI. It's taking 2-3 applications of stripper to get most of the stain off, VERY labor intensive with all the scrubbing, and still leaving some stubborn patches of stain remaining. I'll need to sand these before re-staining. About 2/3 of the Behr stained areas remains to be done.
QUESTION: For the rest of the flooring with the Behr stain, would you recommend sanding first (e.g. with a rented orbital deck sander) or continue with my current process, getting most of the stain off first with the chemical stripper and then sanding any remaining areas.
The Behr is a bear to get off! 🙂 Thanks!
Behr is a filming stain, similar to a solid stain in that it films and dries on top of the wood. That is why it can be so difficult to remove. We typically strip as much as we can with 1-2 attempts and then spot sand to remove the rest if needed.
Thank you Deck Stain Help. Question answered! Your recommendation is what I was leaning to. Good to get your take on it. Btw, your description of Behr is very accurate.
Yes, the Behr is just a poor product. As contractors for many years, we cannot say anything good about the Behr deck stains especially when it comes to fixing them.