Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 36
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Deckstain Not as described
My cedar deck was in need of a refresh. I had originally used Defy cedar color transparent stain which left a beautiful color and finish however it didn't last very long under Georgia heat. I had read a review that the Behr product was rated higher than the Defy and would last longer. I used the Behr premium semi transparent cedar product. I had it professionally applied with two coats strictly following the application directions. The color is very orange and is much more opaque than semi transparent. It looks like a painted deck rather than a stain. It also still has a sticky feel when walking on it even though it was applied over two months ago. I hope it will last a few years but time will tell. I also used the Behr preparation products to strip the old stain and then clean the deck prior to staining. I am not totally displeased but may change my mind if it holds up to the test of time.
May 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by David A 1-Yr Deck Stain (almost)
After 11 months, we again sanded and are staining both the front and rear decks. Numerous areas revealed the deck did not absorb this product well. It is definitely more like a paint except that I believe a good paint may protect longer than 11 months. Vertical rails still have a good coat and are not being re-treated.
See photos: Two of rear deck after 1 coat + 12 hours of temps 60-75 degrees and one of front deck after 2 coats. Side railing has lasted and is not re-coated.
August 19, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by VM9603 Doesn't even last one year!
We used this product to stain our deck in September 2012 and already in April 2013 it was flaking off in many places. The wood was clean, sanded, and in perfect condition when we applied the stain so the only excuse for the short life span must be the fact that it was exposed to the winter weather. I specifically bought this product #1) because I trust the Behr name and #2) because it says "WEATHER PROOFING" right on the front label. Now I have to strip the remaining stain off and redo it (with an entirely different stain) if I want to be able to use my deck this summer. Do not waste your time with this product!
Incidentally, even if this stain didn't flake and peel on me, I wasn't too happy with the look of it in the first place. It looks much more like paint than stain.
May 16, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mary Don't waste your time.
I bought this stain because it rated highly in the Consumer Report magazine. My large deck requird 5 gallons of stain. I talked with Behr expert at our local Home Depot. Prepared my deck exactly the way he stated and stained my deck. Less than 6 months later, my deck was shedding the stain. It looked like shredded cheese on my deck. I called the company and explained my problem. They informed me it was probably something I did wrong. They graciously replaced my stain, gave me stripper to strip off the shredded stain, and wood conditioner. I followed every step to the tee to prepare my deck to be restained. Again, 6 months later, the deck was peeling again. What a waste of time and energy!!!!!!!!!!
May 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by gary02453 stay away. BAD
The can says 6-8 years. After 1 year on deck (and it was professionaly applied with all cleaning and preparation steps) it stared peeling. Don't waste time and money and risk your deck. Go with brand name stain...
May 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by pwright Color and transparency just right
I bought this stain in the store. I chose Behr Red Cedar because the color matched the natural cedar posts on my new fence. Although it is water based, I used a bristle pad and brushes because I liked the way it went on better than nylon brushes. I applied 2 coats, front and back. The post side faces my house.
August 26, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by cscs will try Sherwin williams this time
The 6 yr on deck guarantee was more like 12 mos. This was a huge disappointment for what I thought was a better brand of paint. I will be contacting Behr to let them know.
May 2, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner I do not recommend this product
I stained 3/4 of my deck on Sunday. The weather has been sunny and clear until today, Tuesday which has rain. The surface that has the new stain is dangerously slick. The color is not the rich, slightly red color that comes to mind when you think cedar stain. It is a ghastly tan-orange color. In all the times I've gone through the deck staining process with cedar tone it's always come out the color of an Irish Setter dog. This color isn't even terra cotta, it's lighter and ugly. I've been through the deck staining process many times and did this one correctly, as usual: the deck was prepped using deck cleaner with every surface brushed down, thoroughly rinses, let to dry for over 24+ hours, working in the right weather. Judging by what I see today I'm going to start all over again with cleaning process and re-stain with another brand stain. What a waste of time and money, including what I paid a neighborhood kid to help me. This experience has turned me off to Behr.
April 14, 2015