How to Stain a Chair with BEHR® Fast Drying Water-Based Wood Stain

So you’re ready to give that chair some new life. Let’s do it. We can make this chair brighten up the room using these quick-drying, water-based products.

For Best Results:

Start your interior stain project by cleaning the surface and lightly sanding the wood.

Apply BEHR® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to prevent streaks and blotches.

  1. Step 1

    To prep the surface, sand the wood evenly with a sanding block and 220 grit sandpaper. Then, wipe away the dust with a lint-free cloth. 

  2. Step 2

    Apply BEHR® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and let it penetrate the wood for 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Apply BEHR® Fast Drying Water-Based Wood Stain, working the stain into the grain. Give the stain 3-5 minutes to penetrate.

  4. Step 4

    Use a lint-free cloth to remove any excess stain, and to blend any light and dark areas. Let the stain dry for one hour. For darker colour, repeat the previous steps.

  5. Step 5

    Brush on two coats of BEHR® Fast Drying Water-Based Polyurethane. Lightly sand between coats with 220 grit sandpaper.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Sandpaper (120, 220, 320 and 400 Grit)

    Sanding Block


    Latex Gloves

    Mini Foam Applicator

    Multi-Purpose Shop Rags

    Metal Can Opener

    Paint Thinner

    Painter's Tape

    Plastic Containers

    Drop Cloths

    Tack Cloth

    Natural Bristle Brush

    Safety Glasses


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