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HD80 Deck Stripper Review

HD80 Deck Stripper Review

HD80 Deck Stripper Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

– HD80 as with most stains stripper scores exceptionally well when it comes to removal of dirt, grime, and mold.

Cost Per Square Foot: 9

– Scores very well when it comes to cost effectiveness. One container of stripper sells for $23.99 and makes 5 liquid gallons. This translates to about $5 per liquid gallon. Each gallon covers 150 square feet.

Removal of Old Stain: 8

– HD80 contains a mixture of sodium hydroxide and surfactants. When stripping the Olympic deck stain, the HD80 had little trouble. The coating was softened to the point that light agitation removed the Olympic. A small test on a difficult to remove acrylic stain (Behr) showed better then adequate results. The HD80 did darken the wood considerably but the use of it’s sister product (Citralic Wood Brightener) reversed the darkening and lightened the wood considerably.

Ease of Application: 7

– HD80 is a very strong formula and special care needs to be taken when mixing the powder with water. It is important to wear protective gloves and eye wear. If any of the HD80 gets on your skin, rinse immediately. Once the powder had dissolved in the water, the Hd80 was easily applied with a pump sprayer. Coverage was better then average at 150 square feet per gallon.

Final Appearance of Stripping: 8

– The Olympic semi-transparent stain was 95% removed when done. A few small areas of stain that were unexposed did not come off.

Overall: 8.25

– HD80 gets one of our highest scores for a deck stain stripper. The low cost of the product allows for repeated applications if needed for difficult stain removal.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Select Stores or Online
Product Type: Powdered Concentrate Deck Stain Stripper
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-200 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pump Sprayer
Manufacturer: Extreme Solutions

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 400
Condition of Deck: Heavily worn Olympic Oil Based Semi-Transparent Deck Stain
How Much Product Used:
2 Pounds. Retails for $29.99.

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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Average Ratings Score From Consumers Who Have Used Product 

3.67/5 (3)


51 responses to “HD80 Deck Stripper Review”

  1. […] and stain strippers. Manufactured by Extreme Solutions, Citralic works with EFC-38 Wood Cleaner and HD80 Stain Stripper but can be used to with any wood cleaner or stain stripper. Citralic is a professional grade wood […]

  2. Ryan says:

    Is this hd80 produced by Woodrich Brand? I'm trying to find out the exact brand name and am running into confusion.


      • Jim says:

        where retail stores carry HD-80?

        • Ann says:

          I DECIDED WEEK AGO FROM MY RESEARCH NOT TO USE ANY OF THESE Restore PRODUCTS. My deck was painted dark brown (when purchased home) It is like a paint. Took on big job of flipping all boards. BIG JOB! After washing, bleaching, pressure washing again. Applied TWS with garden sprayer. Unfortunately mixed part of can newer protection with older product. Didn't realize one was water base and older stuff was not smelled differently. Like turpentine. What a mess. Now on search to find best product to remove. Wrote to TWS. They gave me a list of products I could use. Theirs was only one found would take off both water and other based sealer .Could not find at HD or Lowes. Found this site tonight.. Did buy JOMAX by Zinsser (read reviews – mixed) Will try to find or order HD-80. Then must try to find best sealer. After all this wk. want to get what will work. how did this wk for you? what did u use after it. Did u use brightener? 71 yr young female with 1080 sq feet to flip.. Only put my concoction on 400 sq ft I live in Fl. Where did you find HD-80? Thanks Yes this is great site.

  3. DIY_deck_wash says:


    Is there a local store near DC or Baltimore I can buy HD-80? Please let me know. Thanks.

  4. Brad P says:

    Has anyone tried HD-80 on Behr acrylic stain? We made the mistake of using the acrylic semi transparent last august and this spring a massive amount of the stain on the flat boards had flaked off after the snow melted. I just tried the Behr stripper this weekend and also the Benjamin Moore stripper today and neither of them worked very well at all, even with LOTS of scrubbing. I have a huge deck that I built around my pool that I need to fix, so I need to find a stripping solution that won't take forever, it's about 1000 sq ft.

    • Bill says:

      I also had poor results with Behr (high priced) acrylic deck treatment. I have stripped my 1500 sq ft deck and reapplied One-time Wood preserver. I hope for better results. I used the One-time Wood stripper – it did a credible job of removing the Behr acrylic stain. I had to a minimal amount of sanding to remove the Behr stain in a few areas where it was applied very thick and the areas were not exposed.

  5. Dan says:

    Brad, I have the same question. The Behr product is awful and needs to come off. Hope someone can help us both.

  6. jackie says:

    Ditto for us too. The Behr product is horrible and the stripper doesn't work.

  7. Jessica says:

    The only Behr product that is worth anything is the Behr stripper, which was our stripper of choice until we found HD-80. HD-80 removes Sherwin Williams Semi-Trans (which is more like a semi-solid), so I would imagine it would do a pretty decent job removing the Behr acrylic.

  8. Sally says:

    I have used HD80 for removal of Sikkens Dek. It works well. Deck and porch have had multiple coats so it does take some time. I order it direct from Woodrich. They have excellent customer service. I have called and gotten very detailed info about the product.

  9. Rj Anderson says:

    Agree with Sally. Order it from the woodrich-brand site. Good price and free shipping. I got the "Kit #2" which is the HD-80 stripper along with their Citralic Brightener/Neutralizer. Forty nine bucks shipped.

  10. Rj Anderson says:

    Update: My contractor just finished stripping and brightening our back deck using the HD-80 & Citalic kit from Woodrich. He never used this product before but I think he will for now on. He said they both worked great! Here is a link to before/after photos. Note the "after" photo is before staining but after using the stripper & brightener/neutralizer. If link below is not "clickable" you'll have to copy & paste into your browser.

  11. Kathy, try cleaning off the white with a deck cleaner and a light pressure wash. Use a brightener when done.

  12. Fran says:

    Need your help. It was cobat clear natural stain (oil based) on my deck in 5 years ago. I believed my deck is about 23 years old and good condition. I have been sanding, cleaner and then brightener. So I looked at my deck which I thought it was done. But I noticed when the rain come down and then the water beaded still there. I'm surprise to see the deck is not absorbed the water ( in some area). What should I do?

  13. Drew says:

    The HD-80 does a great job stripping old stains including oil-based ones but we have found that it leave the wood surface with a significant amount of 'fuzzies' that need to be sanded. This especially happens on teak furniture. Can this be avoided so not as much sanding is required after stripping?

    • Drew, stain stripper work by softening the wood cells where the stain is attached to, allowing the stain to be removed. A side affect is you will sometimes get fuzzies. This is normal with any stain stripper and certain woods will show this more. To minimize you can:

      1. Use weaker concentrations for easier strip jobs
      2. Use a wood brightener as soon as possible to neutralize the caustic of the stripper, reducing the chance of the fuzzies.
      3. Lightly buff the flooring with a sanding pad to remove the fuzzies.

      Hope that helps some.

  14. Janet Altendorf says:

    Where can we find HD8o stripper in Amarillo, Texas?

  15. RWS says:


    I am taking on the project of restoring a 20 year old deck. I believe it is made of pressure treated pine. The current stain is a red/brown solid stain that was applied ~5- 7 years ago. I am a new home owner, and looking to completely remove all of this stain so that I can apply one of the highly recommended stains on this site. Upon looking up HD80, I see that it is contractor grade and it is not recommended for shipment to homeowners. Assuming that I follow instructions, use common sense and safety precautions, is there any reason that I should not purchase this product?

    Also, my general plan of attack is:
    1. Use a grinder with a wire brush attachment across the whole surface of the deck.
    2. Use a stripper, HD80 and power washer to remove.
    3. Sand the deck with a belt sander.
    4. Apply a new stain.

    Any flaws in my plan or other helpful recommendations?

    Also, this site is awesome, thank you for the amazing amount of information that has been posted already!

    • RWS, this stripper or any stripper will not remove a solid stain very well. This is what you should do.

      1. Do not grind. Score surface first with sanding to allow the HD80 to penetrate into the wood grain.
      2. Use stripper to remove as much as possibly from the deck.
      3. Sand the rest off.

      You might really want to consider a two toned deck as getting off the floor is not that hard but removing from rails is very difficult. Please read this:

  16. RWS says:

    Also is 2lbs enough for a large 2nd story deck with a staircase to the ground level?

  17. Jen says:

    Has anyone tried this with Rustoleum Deck Restore latex paint? We this dark brown paint on our deck that is peeling & need something we can use to strip it easily.

  18. John says:

    We always stripped decks with sodium hydroxide, let it do it's work for 30 minutes or so, then pressure wash it off. The pressure washing dilutes it to such an extent it's no longer aproblem

  19. John says:

    I have a deck in which the previous dunderheads apparently used acrylic latex paint. Very strong NaOH in water pumpsprayer (4 lbs NaOH dissolved in 2 gallons) will not really take it off. What can I use? Thanks.

  20. Jim says:

    Will most deck cleaners neutralize different types of strippers? Been using a big box store brand stripper which is quite expensive and still have rails and residual deck stain to remove. I would like to use a more efficient and economical stripper like HD 80.

  21. scott says:

    Any opinion on the newer EFC 38 from Woodrich? I'm guessing it was developed to be a "mild stripper" — one that's more eco friendly than the venerable HD-80. (Unsure though if "milder" means less powerful, or just less harsh….? I'm reading conflicting guidance on whether EFC 38 requires a "brightener" afterwards.) Have need to remove CWF-UV cedar semi-transparent from several years ago — that went on too dark. (thought I was putting on "tinted toner" — but apparently not)

  22. Dorothy says:

    We also have a 20 year old deck with a solid stain on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. I see how to remove the horizontal stain from response to RWS. I already wanted a two toned deck but want the color of the rails to be white; a brick color is on now. Can we just apply the white solid stain over what's left of the brick solid stain?

  23. Mary says:

    Do you have to use a pressure washer with this product to remove the old stain once it has been applied or can you use a regular water hose?

    • Best to use a pressure washer.

      • tom nash says:

        I believe the best way to do this is with a nylon brush and actual work. The PW can easily damage cedar, as this product softens the wood as it works. They manufacturer states 1000PSI, but then this depends on what size nozzle. A garden hose is at 50PSI or so.

        Just do the work. This stuff works pretty good.

  24. Mike says:

    I just stained my 5yr old deck with Cabot Gold Fireside Cherry. The color looks terrible next to my house. Will the HD80 remove the new stain?

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