How to Stain a Deck

Do you want to give your deck an update? Well, you came to the right place to learn how to stain your deck using BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer.

For Best Results:

Take the time to properly prepare your deck before getting started and finish your project right with a second coat. This will help you ensure long-lasting durability for years to come.

  1. Step 1

    Grab your tools.

  2. Step 2

    Make sure that your deck is clean. Give it a quick sweep to remove visible dust and debris.

  3. Step 3

    Using a garden hose, spray down your deck.

  4. Step 4

    Apply BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner with a pump sprayer.

  5. Step 5

    Wait 15 minutes, then scrub your deck clean in the direction of the grain with a stiff bristle brush. You may notice some bubbles.

  6. Step 6

    Rinse the deck thoroughly.

  7. Step 7

    Allow your deck to completely dry before you begin staining. This may take about 24 hours.

  8. Step 8

    Using a stain pad, apply the stain evenly in the direction of the grain, two or three boards at a time, moving from end to end. Continue to the exposed ends.

  9. Step 9

    Allow the stain to dry for one to two hours before applying a second coat.

Colour smart logo
Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • BEHR PREMIUM® Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Stain & Sealer

    BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood

    Cleaner

    Brush (50-65mm / 2"-2½")

    Paint Key

    Stain Applicator

    Stain Pad

    Extension Pole

    Paint Tray

    Paint Tray Liner

    Sandpaper (150-220 Grit)

    Stir Stick

    Pump Sprayer

    Broom

    Garden Hose

    Stiff Bristle Brush

More How-tos
Additional Resources
Orange calculator icon in a white bubble
Paint and Stain Calculator

Inside or outside; paint or stain: Let’s figure out how much you’ll need to make amazing happen.

Calculate
A woman looking at several different color palettes
Ask an Expert

Every project is unique: Keep small wrinkles from becoming big problems by letting the Behr Technical Experts lend a hand. 

Get Expert Help
Colour Studio resources text with people looking at different colour palettes in the background
Colour Studio

So many colours and so many ideas: Visit Behr’s Colour Studio for inspiration, colour tools, design advice and everything you need to find your project’s perfect colour.

Colour Studio

Never miss out on the hottest deals and latest news from BEHR.

Please enter email address.
Please enter email address.