Asked on Apr 14, 2019

How to remove Behr Deckover?

We used Bher Deck over about 5 years ago. It is peeling and fading in places. We have tried to remove it. It is almost impossible. HELP!

  12 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 14, 2019

    What have you tried? Pressure washing and scraping would be my first ideas then sanding.

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    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 06, 2024

      No where did it say a Trex product. They specified Behr deck over was used and is peeling and they were looking for a way to remove the product from existing deck.

  • Gk Gk on Apr 14, 2019

    Hello Renee! Yes...removing deckover products is a horrible chore. Pressure washing and sanding are about your only options unless you want to consider paint stripper which wouldn't be good for any surrounding vegetation. I sanded with a belt sander starting with coarse sandpaper and then changed to finer grit as the paint came off. You may not get all of the deck over out of cracks and crevices. It is a dirty, dusty, back breaking, sore muscles work hard over several days to a week to get down to the wood and prepare your deck for another finish. I will NEVER use a paint like product on my decks again!!

  • Jeri Walker Jeri Walker on Apr 15, 2019

    I used the Bher deckover on my wood deck also about 4 years ago, it is peeling and cracking all over, to bad such a good paint product can come up with a very very bad one, I have not tried to remove mine, just hate looking at it everyday.

  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 18, 2019

    So glad I saw this! I was going to post a question about this very type product. Guess we'll stick with staining. Even though it seems like we have to restain every year, at least it's not the major headache this product seems to be!

  • Dave Dave on May 29, 2020

    Behr deck restore is the worst product ever. They now make a another Behr product to remove it . My advice is if the first product was so bad why would I send more money from the same company to supposedly fix . They should offer it free to unsatisfied customers . I’ll never buy another Behr product !!!

    • Paul chayka Paul chayka on Aug 11, 2020

      Yes, I've been working on my deck on and off the last several weeks. Many rotted boards as the Deckover actually trapped moisture underneath itself. The part of the deck that was out of the weather, had a wood awning over it, actually held up OK , even in the lousy Syracuse winters. Power washed and sanded with a random orbital sander. Slow process! Using a semi transparent stain close in color to original Deckover color. I'm sure there will be more peeling and work for me in the years to come! This is not a one and done process unfortunately!


  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 11, 2020

    I would rent a large sander with coarse grit sandpaper pads. Home Depot rents equipment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li3-hToyZNw

  • Brett Sears Brett Sears on Oct 01, 2020

    I'm currently struggling to remove my peeling Deckover. Paint stripper did not work. I also had only limited success with a belt sander. The best method I've found is an angle grinder with a "gator" brand sanding disk. These things are VERY tough - not like paper and velcro sanding discs. That said, it is long, hard work that is killing my back. Deckover was a great idea that ended up sucking in multiple ways. I'll be glad when it's gone!

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    • Brett Sears Brett Sears on Apr 30, 2022

      Tammie - I used the Gator Brand resin fiber discs. They are the ones that worked the best. Others didn't compare at all. And NOT an orbital sander; that's too gentle. You need an angle grinder with the Gator resin fiber/aluminum oxide discs. They don't stick on or use velcro. They bolt on. I used 40 grit for a lot of it, but used some higher grits as well with success. The 40s chew up the wood a lot more but are quicker. Good luck.

  • Ryan Ryan on Apr 29, 2021

    Behr deckover is a horrible product, previous homeowners put in on our deck right before we purchased, didn't even last 5 months before it started peeling. Power washer, drum sander rental, angle grinder and orbital sander. Tough labor. Go with Ben Moore Arbor Coat or sikkens for a solid stain.

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  • Tammie O'Rielly Tammie O'Rielly on Jun 02, 2022

    Just wanted to add that I found something simple that works! A steam iron! Yup ironing the deck. I place it for several minutes with a paper towel under it until the paint softens and then scrape. Make sure you keep the steam full. Worked better than a heat gun and safer. Just using this on particularly stuck pieces because it would take forever to do my 200 square foot deck. Almost there...

    • Barb Barb on Mar 14, 2023

      I've been researching for 4 years. This makes more sense - and FAR LESS EXPENSIVE - than any other possible remedy. The fact that Behr/Home Depot does absolutely (other than to offer to sell us more products) to help those of us who "fell" for their supposedly great deck finish should tell each of us that we customers are of absolutely worthless to them. Back to this suggestion: I just ordered a steam iron specifically for trying this remedy. Thank you for the suggestion.


  • Heather Heather on Jul 04, 2022

    Try a leaf blower and dabbing on new Deckover weekly to cover any bare spots. It is acceptable looking and takes a lot less time. My deck is half shaded, and half in the hottest sunlight. It's only the hot sunlight side that peels and chips!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 06, 2024

    Speak to Behr Customer Services?

  • Deb K Deb K on May 07, 2024

    Hi Renee, worst product EVER!! I feel for you. Hope this helps. We used a large sander that we rented from Home Depot like the one in this video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK8VRbHB2XQ