Behr Semi Transparent Wood Stain Review

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4.5 Total Score

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  • Good color retention
  • Resists fading
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Manufacturer Description: Accent and enhance your wood’s natural patterns, while providing increased protection from the elements with BEHR’s Semi-Transparent Waterproofing Wood Stain. This 100% acrylic formula seals out water and blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays for up to three years on decks and up to five years on fences and siding, and is available in 60 custom colors to help you create a look that’s as beautiful as it is durable.

4.5 Total Score
Behr Semi Transparent Wood Stain Review

Product applies like paint and has a strong odor. The stain doesn’t soak into the wood very well. Almost looks like orange paint. Not really a semi-transparent finish but rather more of a semi-opaque…hides the grain a little more than a semi-transparent should. 14 month weathering showed good color retention and resistance to fading but there was a good amount of peeling of the film over areas of the denser, winter growth rings on the board. The product has a 3 year warranty on decks, but in our test, it failed a third of the way through the warranted lifespan.

4.5Expert Score
Ease of Application
2
Ease of Penetration
2
Odor (Strong Odor=0, No Odor=10)
3
Initial Appearance
2
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
6
Resistance to Peeling
3
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
3
Darkening
8
Ease of Cleanup
8.5
Eco-Friendliness
7
7User's score
Ease of Application
8
Ease of Penetration
8
Initial Appearance
8
Resistance to Graying (After 1 Year)
7
Resistance to Peeling
5.6
Resistance to Mold & Mildew
6.3
Darkening
5.6
Ease of Cleanup
7.6
Eco-Friendliness
7
PROS
  • Good color retention
  • Resists fading
CONS
  • Strong odor
  • Difficult to apply
  • Doesn't penetrate well
  • Peeled in areas
  • Mold & mildew growth
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