Asked on Jun 24, 2018

Why is Behr's water based semi-trans. deck stain still tacky

Pat Johnston
by Pat Johnston
I hired a professional to pressure wash then use a product for helping to eliminate stains, mold etc on the deck. After about 2 plus weeks he came back on an overcast day in the low 70 degree range to stain. First coat, after about 3 hrs. he applied a second coat. Now after 48 hrs. it's tacky. You can hear it on your shoes when you walk on the deck and can feel a slight grip on your shoes as well.

  3 answers
  • Bijous Bijous on Jun 24, 2018

    Hi Pat, there's an 800 number on the can you can call to ask Behr. Overcast and 70's shouldn't have been a problem, but do give them a call to discuss the problem. Good luck.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 24, 2018

    night time temperatures....the deck did not dry

  • George George on Oct 04, 2018

    I'm having the same problem. Professionally sanded to bare wood and brushed on two light coats in mild weather. After 5 days, still tacky. I submitted a request this morning to Behr and received the below response on email within an hour. I will try out what they recommend and report back here.

    "I'm sorry to hear that your deck still feels tacky! This isn't the kind of experience we want you to have with any of our products, and I'd like to help you get your deck back on track.

    To remove the tackiness, I recommend cleaning the surface with a mild dish soap and warm water and allowing it to dry for 24 hours."