Update for 2018: How To Remove the Ink Stamps from New Decking?
Those who are familiar with the deck staining process are aware of how important it is to properly prep your deck before staining for beautiful results. In this article, we discuss how to get rid of pesky ink stamps from new decking before prepping and staining your wood surfaces. We always appreciate your input, so feel free to leave a comment below with pictures of your deck stain projects.
Pressure treated decking when new has a tendency to have very annoying ink stamps on the wood when processed at the mill. Lumber is stamped at the mill according to its grade. An American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) grade mark and an American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA) tag certify the lumber’s quality. These stamps are very troublesome for owners to remove prior to applying a decking stain that is either transparent or semi-transparent as the ink will show through the stain.
We have found this to be the most effective way of Decking Ink Stamp Removal: