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How To Strip A Deck Stain

How To Strip A Deck Stain

How to remove deck stain properly from your wood before reapplying.

No matter how well you protect your stained deck, you may eventually have to strip and restain the wood. If you choose to change the color or brand of stain on your deck, you will have to strip it before applying the new stain or sealer. A stripper makes it easier to remove the old stain by weakening the bond between the stain and wood particles. The old stain can then be easily removed by using a pressure washer or scrub brush.

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

Here are some tips we recommend you follow to make deck stain removal a swift, painless process:

  1. Use a deck stripper if you are working with wood that has previously been stained. If you are working with a new wood surface or there is no stain on the deck, use a deck cleaner. If you are unsure about what to do, you can ask questions below.
  2. Remove all furniture from the area
  3. Wear protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear before going near the product. Mix or use the deck stain stripper according to the directions on the label. Test a small section of your deck before applying to the whole area, as deck stain strippers vary in effectiveness. You may need a stronger formula if it doesn’t work on the tested area. See here if you need to remove a Difficult to Remove Deck or Wood Stain.
  4. Apply the deck stain stripper with a pump up sprayer in sections of 100-300 square feet at a time. Saturate all the wood with one coat then wait 10-20 minutes. If the surface is slippery, that means the stain stripper is working to break the bonds effectively. If the surface is not slippery, apply another coat of the stain stripper and wait longer.
  5. Using either a brush or pressure washer, remove the old stain from the deck. Take precaution to wash with the grain wood whenever possible.
  6. Repeat this process until all of the old deck stain has been removed from the deck. Spot strip any sections where the stain didn’t come off the first time.
  7. Thoroughly rinse all wood and surrounding areas
  8. Apply a wood brightener to restore the pH balance before staining.

Do you have any questions on how to remove a deck stain? Leave any questions or comments below with any photos you may have of your projects.

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AMitch
AMitch

I recently purchased six distressed wood “beams” from a salvage yard. The wood is pine and the stain is slightly transparent, but way too dark for my tastes. Can you tell by looking at the photos, if Restore-A-Deck stripper will work on this? I am okay with some stain residue in the crevices, as I’d like them to look old – just lighter and more natural.
Thank you for any help! So appreciate forums and websites that offer help and suggestions, coupled with honest reviews regarding products and their limitations.

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lintort
lintort

Is it ever necessary to pressure wash (20 year old) deck before (re)staining?

lintort
lintort

Yes, I realize you need to prep the deck but when is it necessary to pressure wash deck first?

Rynae Benson
Rynae Benson

Does Restore -A-Deck stripper work well with Ipe wood? I need to strip a fence.

Cathy
Cathy

What will the deck stripper do the lawn and soil underneath it? It sounds like a dangerous chemical. What are the environmental impacts?

Chris
Chris

Thompson Waterseal HoneyBlond water base stain.

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David
David

After stripping off the old stain, how long should you wait before applying a brightener? And how long after applying the brightener should you wait before applying a new stain?

Chris
Chris

What’s the best chem mix for stripping water base stains. I use Sodium Hydroxide for removing oil base stains but not sure about water base stains. It was mentioned to me about mixing Sodium Hydroxide with some type of Butyl but not sure about mix ratios etc. Thanks for any help.