Deck Stripping – Removing an Old Deck Stain 4.8/5 (94)

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How To Remove an Old Deck Stain

Those who are familiar with deck staining are aware of how important each step of the process is, especially the initial prepping that precedes the stain. In this article, we discuss the importance of using a quality deck stain stripper when you have an old coating on your deck you need to remove. We always appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below with pictures of your deck stain projects.

Note: See here if you need to remove a Difficult to Remove Deck or Wood Stain.


Stripping an Old Deck Stain

Failing Deck Stain

When it comes to restoring an older wood deck, it’s extremely important to prep the wood correctly. Not doing so can lead to premature failure of the new deck stain. No matter the brand or cost of a deck stain, it will not last as long as it should if it isn’t applied to a perfectly cleaned and prepped surface.

One of the biggest mistakes DIY homeowners make in cleaning and preparing a wood deck for stain is not removing all remnants of old deck stain. Any failed deck stain that is left on the wood will block the new stain from penetrating the surface properly. The new deck stain will sit on top of the wood instead of diving into it. Deck stains do not adhere to each other well so this causes the newer deck stain to begin flaking and peeling off the deck normally in a year or less. Even if you can’t see any old deck stain but you know there was some on the wood at one time, it’s vitally important to remove it. Splash some water on the wood and see if it absorbs into the wood or if it beads up and sits on top. Beading up would indicate there is some type of old failed stain on the wood that needs to be removed.

To remove old deck stain from the wood you have to use a deck stripper. A quality deck stripper will break up and soften any old stain allowing it to be washed away. Most deck strippers will not remove solid stain or paints if this is the case you may have to sand the old stain to get back down to bare wood again.

Once the deck has been washed with a deck stripper and the old deck stain is gone, it is necessary to brighten the wood using a wood brightener. The deck stripper will darken the wood and raise the pH level. To brighten the wood back to a natural state, and lower the pH to a more acidic level, will restore the appearance and give the new deck stain the best chance of lasting as long as possible.

A properly cleaned and brightened deck should be allowed to dry for several days before a quality deck stain is applied. Taking these measures and using a deck stripper and deck brightener before staining will give you much better and longer-lasting results.

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TomL
TomL
25 days ago

Hello. I am getting ready to tackle our 16′ x 14′ pool deck. My plan was to strip, brighten, sand, and stain the top railing and deck boards and leave the sides and balusters alone since they are in good shape. Can this be stripped off with stripper and a power washer or do I need to sand it off?

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TomL
TomL
25 days ago

I was planning on using the Defy stain stripper as I can get it locally. Is there anything special I should do with it to make getting this stain off easier?

TomL
TomL
25 days ago

Would the RAD kit remove more stain or make the process easier or are they both the same in your experience?

TomL
TomL
25 days ago

If I was to stain with a semi-solid, is all the prep work (strip, brighten, sand) still required? What if I was to stain with a solid stain? This is a pool deck, and I definitely don’t want to be re-doing the deck every couple of years because of the extra care needed to keep everything away from the pool itself.

TomL
TomL
24 days ago

If the existing stain is water-based, can I cover the intact stain that is not peeling with an oil-based solid stain?

TomL
TomL
22 days ago

For power sanding any remaining stain off, what is best to use? A 5″ random orbital sander, a 1/4 sheet sander, belt sander, etc?

TomL
TomL
22 days ago

Thanks. And if that is not enough?

TomL
TomL
16 days ago

After stripping, does it matter whether I brighten first and then sand with 60-80 grit or is it best to sand and then brighten?

TomL
TomL
15 days ago

Thanks. I finished stripping the stain with stripper and pressure washer. I do have some lap marks from the pressure washer as some of the stain was more difficult to get off than in other areas. I do plan to sand the entire deck with 60-80 grit. Will the sanding remove the lap marks? If not, what would you recommend?

TomL
TomL
15 days ago

Thanks. I will try 60 grit first and if that does not work will go to 40 grit.

TomL
TomL
10 days ago
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I finished the sanding and brightening on Saturday. It rained today, so I need to wait a couple days for the wood to dry. I was hoping to get the deck finished before the trees around it started dropping little flowers, but they have started to do so. I can wait a few days to see if that will end, but then I think that the pollen will start up.

So, what to do? If I do not stain in the next 1-2 weeks, will the deck be ok with no stain on it over the summer? If I wait until the fall, will I need to clean with a deck cleaner, sand, and brighten all over again?

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Ted Marsters
Ted Marsters
1 month ago

I am about to address a significant stain application problem on my western red cedar siding and need advice. Can the info you provide on decking be applied to siding? Can I ask questions about siding on your website? If not, can you suggest an alternative source for help on siding? Thank you. Ted

Anthony654
Anthony654
7 months ago

Could use some advice on a 25-year-old deck. Treated twice w/ SW stain remover & revive but it didn’t get all the old stain off. Plan was to sand deck to remove remaining stain & smooth surface since it’s in rough shape. But I’ve since learned that sanding pressure-treated wood is hazardous, so now I’m stuck. Just trying to get a couple more years out of the deck before i replace w/ a composite. Per HOA rules, will use semi-transparent stain.

Thinking there are 3 options: 1) sand it (which i think would do the job but is dangerous healthwise); 2) buy a more hardcore stripper (not sure what that would be); 3) spot strip w/ leftover SW stripper, stain, and live with the spotty result. Any insight would be appreciated.

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Anthony654
Anthony654
7 months ago

Thanks. Which would look worse: staining over the remaining stain or staining over spot sanding? Leaning toward not sanding the whole deck due to the PT wood, so aiming for “good enough.”

Anthony654
Anthony654
7 months ago

Deck assistance

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BRENDA PADDOCK
BRENDA PADDOCK
7 months ago

DECKING HAS BEEN STAINED AND OILED ABOUT 6 ONTHS AGO …BUT WE DONT LIKE IT AND WOULD PREFER TO PAINT …ANT ADVICE ON WHAT WE SHOUÑD DO?

K. Merritt
K. Merritt
11 months ago

I applied 2 gallons of Maximum 1 Gal. Honey Gold Exterior Stain and Sealant in One Low VOC to the interior of my screened in porch. I need more and can’t get any unless I drive 2 hours to get it. Since it has recently been applied, will using deck stripper work? Or will it have to be sanded?

K. Merritt
K. Merritt
11 months ago

Here’s my porch with the Olympic Max Honey Gold exterior stain and sealant.

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Rachelle Couture
Rachelle Couture
1 year ago

Kitchen cupboards were painted and then a layer of stain was added to gloss it. how to remove it all so I can repaint.

Karen Brown
Karen Brown
1 year ago

How long after stripping the deck can we stain it

Brad Motteler
Brad Motteler
1 year ago

I’m using TWP 1500 semi transparent pecan on the deck in the attached pics. I’ve power washed it, should I use a stripper and brightener or just sand before staining?

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Brad Motteler
Brad Motteler
1 year ago

After I sand do I need to power wash again and use a Brightener or can I just clean the dust off and stain ?

Brad Motteler
Brad Motteler
1 year ago

Thank you!

Jenny
Jenny
1 year ago

Will this product remove Behr oil-latex redwood stain?

Linda Kay Whitehead
Linda Kay Whitehead
1 year ago

I purchased a stain from Lowes and was told it was water base, transparent, it was Warm Puddy. the color was a light color with a brown tone. Told that the natural wood grain would show. It was Valspar produce. They mixed the stain, handed it off to my workers and they off to stain the deck. When I saw what was done I was in shock. It looks like white paint. Not at all transparent just looks like white paint. The house is built all green so now I have no idea what to do to get it back to the natural wood. It changed the whole look of the house. It looks like plasic white paint. I cried for two days. Please give me advise.
Linda

Greg Pierce
Greg Pierce
1 year ago

I prepared my deck and decided on a light red clear stain.My deck has a step down and buts up to my pool deck. I used a brush to trim out by the pool edge and step up. When I used a roller on the deck itself, I got the color I wanted, but the trim area is much darker. What can I use on the trim area to achieve the lighter shade on the deck?
Thanks

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

We had a deck installed…waited a year..sealed it clear…now it is slippery and shoes or feet carry slipperiness into house…how do I fix that

Rob
Rob
1 year ago

Been sanding off old behr deck stain which is junk Front is done but there are traces here and there that couldn’t get with sander because of grain grooves such. It’s dulled out nice. Will defy deck cleaner help it out before I apply their stain. Just impossible to remove every speck of old stain. Thanks!!

Hattie Brown
Hattie Brown
1 year ago

Someone attempted to stain my new deck he made an awful mess and would not fit. How an I get this off?

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Mary C
Mary C
1 year ago

how do I get the hard to scrape stain off the wood, so many layers remain after 30 years?

Mary C
Mary C
1 year ago

there are so many layers of stain that i can actually peal the parts that are lifting, i want the partio to look natural, this is at leasr 30 years of staining,,,,,, the rails were never stained and are looking great.. I’ve gotten some boards down to the bare wood, im having some problems with some others

Stacy
Stacy
1 year ago

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Stacy
1 year ago

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Stacy
Stacy
1 year ago

“One of the biggest mistakes DIY homeowners make in cleaning and preparing a wood deck for stain is not removing all remnants of old deck stain.”

Boy, did I find out how true this is! I spent two weekends doing the following prep work: 1) applied Defy Stain Stripper, 2) scrubbed entire deck with stiff bristled brushes, 3) pressure washed, 4) sanded the deck with 80 grit paper and 5) applied brightener.

Even after all these steps, some old stain remained and since I was staining with a darker color, I didn’t think it would be a problem. Just stained it yesterday and you can see EVERY SINGLE spot where the old stain wasn’t removed. I’m just sick about it. When you say “ALL” remnants you aren’t kidding!

So, two questions:
1) Do I have to re-strip and start all over to fix this? Can I do that right away, when I just stained it 24 hours ago?
2) If the answer to #1 is yes, how in the world do I get all of that stubborn old stain off? (especially between the boards)

I’ve included some photos.The old stain is a TWP 101, color Cedartone Natural (the orange you see) and the new stain is C2 Guard, color Cordova.

Stacy
Stacy
1 year ago

Thank you for your quick reply! I added the pics in separate posts.

Iman
Iman
1 year ago

Bought some decking which already had a colour to it. Added some clear varnish to protect it, but made ended up making it a lot darker than I liked. So I bought some to seal decking stripper to remove the stain so I can start anew and paint it an even colour. However the stripper hasn’t done a good job of removing all the varnish and it’s gone patchy. What do you advise I do? Really struggling here 🙁

Look forward to your reply!

Many thanks!

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Charlie
Charlie
1 year ago

I recently I applied Thompson Waterseal penetrating timber oil to my deck. The first can was fine. The second can had a yellow tinted to it. When I contacted the store it appears the can was missed labeled. How do I remove the wrong oil from the deck before putting on the correct oil or can I just go over it with the color I originally picked.

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

about 3 weeks ago I applied Storm Wood Stripper to my garage door and hanger done a thing with it since. My question is, is the stain stripper still dangerous? My neighbor showed me how to remove paint on my front door using a heat gun and that was super easy. Wishing I didn’t put the chemicals on the garage door. Any advice appreciated have a good day.

Reva Dawdy-Goodall
Reva Dawdy-Goodall
1 year ago

What can I use to remove deck stain splatters from vinyl siding ?! Thx

steve
steve
1 year ago

I live in MN and I have a sixteen-year-old deck that needs refinishing. I’ve never done this type of work before so I need to get educated.
1. What do I use to remove the existing finish?
2. What do I need to do to prep the wood to accept new stain?
3. What type of new stain should I apply?

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Rachel
Rachel
2 years ago

Hi, we had new decking 2 years ago and I love the colour of what it is when first laid. It faded and we put a natural oak stain, hoping this was as close to new as possible, I didn’t like it, so this year it needs to be done again, and I want to get it back to as close to new decking as possible then cost with maybe an oil or something to keep it like that. Please can you help, thank you

Rachel
Rachel
2 years ago

Ok, sorry is the strip and brighten a complete product or figure of speech ? Lol sorry, if a product which is best ? Thank you very much

James
James
2 years ago

I have an old deck from the 80’s with redwood and green treat mix due to old rotten replaced boards, is there a semi transparent stain someone might be familiar with that can blend green treated pine and redwood together in a close match?

Ive done solids in the past, and after renting a sander, would like to stay transparent if I could, or semi transparent. Thanks for any help.

Dawn
Dawn
2 years ago

I have a brand new cedar deck that we have ruined because applied Cabot semi gloss stain with pad/roller and didn’t use brush after. It applied the stain way too thick and looks horrible. I used a brush on the stairs and they turned out beautiful. Is there anyway to strip off and start all over?

Dawn
Dawn
2 years ago

Hope this helps

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Eric
Eric
2 years ago

Good morning,

When we purchased our home last year the previous owner used a solid latex stain on the deck floor boards and a semi transparent on the hand rails and spindles.

I would like to have the solid removed off the deck floor boards but wasn’t sure if this was even an option. Would you try and chemically strip it first with the Restore A Deck stripper and then mechanically sand?

I have attached pictures of the deck as well as a photo of the solid deck stain that was used on the floor boards. Thanks

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Maria Beasley
Maria Beasley
2 years ago

what stripper will remove semi solid stain from deck?

Bob in Bend
Bob in Bend
2 years ago

Hi. I had two coats of a semi transparent gray water based stain on deck. It’s about 3 years old, deck is about 3.75 years old. Power washed, cleaned and brightened. Realized too much stain remained. Applied stripper per directions, yet still a fair amount remains bears edges and on rails. See pic. I have restore a deck gray semi stain I plan to use, which by test seems about the same color. What else should I do, beyond drying, before applying? Thank you

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Frank Dudinyak
Frank Dudinyak
2 years ago

Hey I just had a couple questions and concerns about stripping and re staining a deck. My girlfriend and I want to stain our deck a different stain, probably a much lighter stain and not nearly as dark as this stain. I have been reading up on this for a week or two now and have a game plan of what i am going to do but just not sure what i am going to do if the wood does not look like it did before she originally stained it . I was first going to pressure wash it to get a lot of surface dirt off of it. After this, get a stripper like the restore-a-deck brand that you talk about in other threads. Do that 1 or 2 times to remove as much of the old stain as possible and pressure wash it after i let it soak in for 15-30 minutes, or whatever the directions are. After this i was going to sand it to ensure all of the old stain is off and then use the restore-a-deck brightener product after sanding. My concern is, what if the wood is still dark after going through all of these steps? We don’t really want to put a darker stain on it again but I’m guessing this would be are only option. I’m not sure what type of wood it is but it is pressure treated wood and my girlfriend believes she originally put a semi-transparent teak stain on it when the deck was built 5 years ago. The first picture i posted is what the deck looked like before the original stain was put down and the other 2 photos are what it currently looks like. The little drops in the 2 photos of the stained deck are just a couple of rain drops if you are wondering. Wanted to get a couple of photos to post on here before it started to rain today lol.

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PaulyP_in_NC
PaulyP_in_NC
2 years ago

Our deck is less than a year old…made with Southern Yellow Pine #1 KDAT, pressure treated…good stuff, ready to stain immediately. We stained it using top of the line semi transparent stain…it looks horrible, not because of the stain/color or the wood…it was the way it was applied…blotchy, uneven, total amateurish…its been stained now thru a very mild winter for about 6 months…should I just restain over the applied or power sand it off and start clean? Its big, about 750 sq/ft

Pat
Pat
2 years ago

Can the old deck boards be removed, turned upside down, reinstalled and stained again on top.

Sue
Sue
2 years ago

Hi, I have just applied 2 coats of Feast Watson Jarrah traditional decking oil to my treated pine deck and hate the colour…far too orange when the sun hits it. Any tips to remove it? Would rather not sand as it is a large deck. I am hoping to stain the deck once the oil’s removed.

Brenda
Brenda
2 years ago

I bought a house a year ago with a deck that is partially covered, with an uncovered catwalk that was moldy and in need of replacement. The new boards and new railing have been put in and the deck is now ready to be stripped/cleaned/stained. But I can’t tell if the old stain can be removed with a stain stripper, or if its more like a paint and needs to be sanded off. I plan on using a transparent sealer over the entire deck to keep a natural look, so I want the old wood to look good natural instead of needing to cover it up with another dark stain. Any advice? I’m new to all this and I’m hoping to be able to do it myself.

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Brenda
Brenda
2 years ago

Thanks! Should I rent a drum sander? The paint is also on posts. What type of sander would you recommend for those small spaces?

After reading through some posts, it sounds like you don’t recommend a transparent sealer. I was thinking it was more low maintenance. Sounds like it needs to be reapplied every year- is that true? Can it just be re-applied over the previous sealer? If that is the case, it might be easier than having to sand the entire deck every couple of years. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do.

Brenda
Brenda
2 years ago

Sorry if this is posted twice but I think my reply didn’t go through.

Do you recommend a drum sander? And what would you recommend for the posts that need to be sanded too?

Harley
Harley
2 years ago

I am using a deck paint (not stain) matched with the same color paint on an old deck that I am redoing. What I need to know is how much old paint must I remove before I put the new paint down? I think the other paint on there was latex and I have an oil base paint. I know that I have sanded down to where it is smooth but there is still old paint showing, will that matter if I just paint over it?

Harley
Harley
2 years ago

Thank you very much for the info 👍

Pete Co
Pete Co
2 years ago

Title: Trying to Fix Mistake of Changing to Water Based Stain
Stained my deck 4 years ago with TWP 1500 Dark Oak. It was beautiful. It needed a recoat. The local pressure washer and deck supply guy recommended I go with a water based stain because all stains with VOC, like TWP, were going to be banned soon. So I got the closest color stain and stripped a small landing deck as a trial. Stripping the TWP was a major job on the 80 sf landing deck and I was not looking forward to that on the big deck (1000 sf).

When I started staining it applied and looked terrible compared to the TWP. After staining 3 boards I stopped to figure out what to do. I decided then to stay with the TWP 1500. That was a couple weeks ago. I still have the 3 boards I stained with the water based stain. I tried a sodium hydroxide stripper but it didn’t work to get the water based stain off. What do I need to use to strip the water based stain before applying the TWP 1500.

Pete Co
Pete Co
2 years ago

The stain is a house brand. I do not know who makes it. This is the only description on the bucket that might give a sense of the type of stain it is: “With other Deck and Fence Sealing products, you have to wait for the surface to dry and worry about rain showers. Our stain can be applied to a damp wood surface so you can complete the job the same day. This fast drying wood deck and fence sealer can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed with an airless sprayer.”
Attached are pictures.

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peteco
peteco(@peteco)
2 years ago

It may be easier to just replace the boards.

peteco
peteco(@peteco)
2 years ago

It is a house brands. This is the only info that might tell what it is. They told me it is water based. This is on the bucket: “With other Deck and Fence Sealing products, you have to wait for the surface to dry and worry about rain showers. Our stain can be applied to a damp wood surface so you can complete the job the same day. This fast drying wood deck and fence sealer can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed with an airless sprayer. “

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nhernandez
nhernandez
2 years ago

My deck was built exactly 14 months ago and I did not apply sealer or anything else. The pressure treated wood is still solid and it still looks good . I did pressure wash it with a cleaner about 2wks ago. Now I want to use a semi-transparent stain. Do I need to seal it separately? Or will a sealer/stain combo be enough?? Thanks.

Linda
Linda
2 years ago

We have a cedar deck that is one year old. Clear sealer was applied when installed, and then another coat of sealer was applied but not immediately after first coat of sealer. Apparently the deck was not cleaned between coats of sealer. Now the deck has mold and large gray areas with obvious peeling sealer. We will need to strip the deck before applying new stain. What are the recommendations for stripper and stain for a cedar deck? Will we need to use a brighter before applying stain, even tho deck is only one year old. Thanks

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

dark stripes have appeared where stripping overlapped. How are these removed?

Trish
Trish
2 years ago

I bought my house two years ago and the deck is at a point where it needs to be restained. I found a partially used can of Flood CWF-UV Penetrating Wood Finish Cedar in the garage which is what I assume the prior owner used. Will this need to be sanded or will I be able to use a stripper to remove the existing stain?

RJH
RJH
2 years ago

I’ve read through some of the questions in this article and understand that you recommend sanding to remove a solid stain (Behr solid wood stain applied 2007). There are areas on my deck that won’t be accessible to a belt or orbital sander. Is it possible to sand blast these areas to remove the old stain?

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

can u power sand at 80 grit paper a Cedar deck?

Linda
Linda
2 years ago

We used Pittsburgh Wood concentrate resurfacer approximately 5 years ago on wooden deck and it is now in horrendous shape. Peeling terribly and looks awful. What is best to use to make the deck able to re-stain?

Allen
Allen
2 years ago

I power washed my deck and then sanded with 80 grit, but in the photo it looks like I haven’t gotten it all. The previous owner used Olympic stain, I plan on using the same stuff. At this point, does it look bare enough to just put down the new stain? Or do I keep sanding? It’s pain to get up, and it sounds like stripper won’t work.

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Allen
Allen
2 years ago

Thank you. I am considering using Restore a deck stain stripper, would you recommend this to remove the remaining Olympic stain? I also plan to follow it up with a brightener.

Kari Collins
Kari Collins
2 years ago

We have a deck that was painted and part of it has some residual paint stuck on (many years old) and we have not been able to scrape it off or get it off with a power washer. We bought the house this way. I don’t know if the other portion of the deck was stained or not, but it does not bead up, as a matter of fact it gets mildew and slick. So, do I need to use the stripper or the cleaner followed by the brightener? And, what sort of sander will work to get the leftover bits of paint up?

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Hi,
Can I power sand my decking even though it is ridged?

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I have recently moved into a house and want to strip and redo the decking. I have no idea what they have used to treat the wood, any ideas from these photos?
I have bought some Ronseal Paint Stripper – will that do the job?
Many thanks
Tom

Tom
Tom
2 years ago
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Tom
Tom
2 years ago
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Please let me know if you require any more

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Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Thanks, can you still power sand when the wood is grooved?

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Thanks, will power sand be effective even though the wood has lots of grooves?

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Thanks for the advice – at least I know not to waste my time trying to remove!
Apologies for all the posts, they were not showing before.

Jesse
Jesse
2 years ago

Just bought our house. Some of the deck is being entirely resurfaced with new wood. Some areas are decent for a few more years. One area had a solid stain on it that looks to be very old. Most of it came off with pressure washing and scrubbing using a deck cleaner. Some areas still need scrubbed some more. See attached photo. I have two issues:

1. We bought a stain/sealer (Olympic Maximum Pearl Gray) and tested it on one support post. We do not like the outcome. I will be using Cabot Australian Timber Oil instead. How can I get this post back to clean again? It was just applied last night and I plan to TRY to strip this tonight. Since this is freshly applied, would a deck stripper get this off pretty easily still?

2. Some areas that did not completely clean from the old solid stain will be scrubbed and pressure washed again. I’m still not sure it will all ever come clean since it’s so old and deeply set in the wood. Since a lot of the stuff that did not come off is up high in the air, I’d love to find a chemical that will remove this so that I don’t have to scrub high stuff dangerously. Any ideas how I could possibly avoid significant sanding efforts?

Any help is appreciated and thanks for all the previous help this site has given me over time. It has been extremely helpful for us!

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Jesse
Jesse
2 years ago

UGH….I had a feeling. Thanks for the help!

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