How to Prep Wood with Peeling
Stain or Finish

Any existing stain coating on your wood surface can prevent full penetration of your new finish or coating.

For Best Results:

Use BEHR PREMIUM® Stripper and Cleaning Products to help strip the old finish and allow the new coating to fully penetrate the wood surface. This will help ensure a longer lasting, more durable finish.

Once the surface has completely dried, coat with a BEHR Stain or Finish product.

Stripping a Coated Wood Surface

  1. Step 1

    Start with the BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper to remove all of the previous coating.

  2. Step 2

    Apply the finish stripper product to your wood surface.

  3. Step 3

    Wait 15 minutes then scrub slightly with a stiff bristled broom.  Rinse.  You are now ready to clean your wood surface with BEHR PREMIUM® All-in-One Wood Cleaner.


  1. Step 1

    To apply the cleaner, wet the wood surface.

  2. Step 2

    Apply the cleaner product with a pump sprayer.

  3. Step 3

    Wait 15 minutes then scrub the wet surface with a stiff bristled brush. Rinse the wood surface thoroughly.

  4. Step 4

    Once the wood surface has completely dried, you're ready to apply a wood stain or finish product.

Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Bucket

  • Broom (Stiff Bristle)

  • Brush 5.1 - 6.4 cm (2"-2½")

  • Bucket Grid

  • Chemical Resistant Gloves

  • Drop Cloths

  • Extension Pole

  • Vinyl Gloves

  • Hose

  • High Pressure Nozzle

  • Paint Can Opener

  • Paint Tray

  • Paint Tray Liner

  • Painter's Tape

  • Plastic Sheeting

  • Pressure Washer

  • Protective Apparel

  • Pump Sprayer

  • Rags

  • Roller Cover and Frame

  • Stir Stick

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