When to use a Deck Stripper vs a Deck Cleaner 4.9/5 (26)

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Deck Stripper vs a Deck Cleaner

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Why use a Deck Stripper vs a Deck Cleaner

One of the biggest rookie mistakes that we often see, is someone applying a stain to a deck that has not been properly prepped. When you’ve stained a deck a few times before, you come to learn that dirt, mildew, mold or graying should not be present when you apply the stain or it will end in disaster.

Only a clean, well-prepared surface is able to correctly absorb the stain and allow it to perform just like you want and need it to. An added bonus of cleaning the wood thoroughly before undertaking staining is that it will look even more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.

We have different products that we recommend to get the job done: “Deck Stripper” or a “Deck Cleaner.” They are both designed to properly prep the wood and clean it thoroughly before staining begins.

Deck Stripper or Deck Cleaner?

There is a simple method to determine whether you should be using Deck Stripper or Deck Cleaner as it all revolves around the wood’s surface. Older, grubby and grayed wood just needs a quality wood cleaner. A Deck Wood Cleaner is powerful enough to get rid of most dirt, and mildew stains, however, a stripper might be needed for more heavy-duty preparation.

Often when staining your deck you will need to remove the remaining old stain which can be stubborn. In this case,  Deck Stripper should be used instead of the Deck Cleaner. The useful advantage that strippers have is that they will soften and ‘melt’ most stains making them easy to be washed or wiped away. On top of that, Deck Strippers cleans off mildew and graying too. There’s no reason to use a cleaner after!

Another common mistake that we often see, is that a wood brightener is not used to neutralize the wood after using the deck cleaner or deck stripper. Brighteners are an integral part of the restaining process. They lower the Ph of the boards and allow the pores to ‘breathe’ making them more accepting and open to absorbing your new stain.

If you’re having a hard time figuring out whether your deck has been stained in the past then please post a picture below.

How To Strip A Deck Stain Video

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R Jolly
R Jolly
21 days ago

My dad has paint on his deck which we applied 7 years ago and wants me to repaint over with same material, but a slightly darker mixed paint. Any advice on what chemicals to use to prep and if I need to sand or take at other steps prior to applying paint? Thank you

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R Jolly
R Jolly
21 days ago

Awesome. So no need for at cleaner stripper or brightener

R Jolly
R Jolly
23 days ago

Here are the photos of fence and staircase

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R Jolly
R Jolly
23 days ago

Here are photos of deck

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R Jolly
R Jolly
23 days ago

Hi,

wondering what processes to use here to restain and what order. 2% Bleach clean brighten with oxalic acid.

I wish I knew what material was on here already as we want to keep same stain. Would it make it easier (time and labor wise) if I am able to find out or not really? Could I skip sanding or stripping if so? If not we’ll just pick a similiar color.

R Jolly
R Jolly
23 days ago

If I want to us the same exact stain should I still strip or just clean and brighten? I cannot tell if my current stain is solid or semi-transparent.

R Jolly
R Jolly
23 days ago

Thank you for your tips.

No need to sand then since it is not solid stain, right? But for any areas I want to smoothen I can sand right? Or should I just light sand everything in between brightening and staining?

You recommend sodium percarbonate or metasilicate to strip? Someone else recommended bleach because of the algae content. Which brightener do you recommend citric or oxalic? Do I run these chemicals via downstream injector after power washer pump just before the gun? Do you recommend tarping flowers and vegetation or the cedarwood siding of the home?

R Jolly
R Jolly
23 days ago

Not sure on the cedar. I have to call the guy who did it. All I have is the bill from previous owner from 2016. It was like $16k.

Mark P
Mark P
1 month ago

I forgot to attach photos of my deck showcasing th DEFY EXTREME Semi-transparent stain. (Redwood color)

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Mark P
Mark P
1 month ago

Good morning. I used DEFY waterbased stain on my Colorado sunsoaked deck and absolutely love it. It’s infinitely better than the Superdeck stain I had on previously. The stain has been on only a year and looks great, but the deck is dirty and has some small stains from the winter. Mostly dirt, melted snow and leaf stains. I am not planning on restaining it or adding a maintenance coat this spring, but I would like to clean it. Should I use DEFY Wood Cleaner, brush and hose or should I just use a simple dish soap solution and then rinse with hose? I guess the question is, if I use the DEFY Wood Cleaner to clean and rinse without brightening and staining, will it ruin my deck? 😀

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Ncbeau
Ncbeau
1 month ago

Hi! Have a 3 year old st (behr??)failing semi-transparent stain on our 10 year old PT deck.

Hoping I can just strip it and not have to sand?? Thoughts

In the PNW

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ncbeau
ncbeau
1 month ago

Thanks for your reply and help……my neighbur has some left over HD80 stripper. Is it worth a shot to try that first before buying the RAD?…or is just no strong enough?

Thanks again

Michael Pearce
Michael Pearce
2 months ago

We are looking at options to refinish out Deck. The deck was new when we bought the house three years ago and was painted with what looks like normal exterior paint and almost immediately began to chip and peel. The deck also has large tulip poplar’s which constantly rain sap down onto it which almost turns the color black.

A couple questions:
I am currently in the process of pressure washing it to get the heavy dirt off before doing the prep and was was wondering if I also need to strip off the remaining paint before applying surface coatings or should just cleaning it be good enough?

I was considering using a deck over type product to give it a more durable surface that is easier to clean but based on some research that sounds like a waste of money. Is there a deckover product durable paint that is recommended, or is stripping all the way to bare wood and starting over the best bet?

Thanks for any help

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Jessika Petersen
Jessika Petersen
7 months ago

We’re trying to figure if we can clean our deck, retouch certain spots with paint, and then put a sealer on top?

Or strip the whole thing?

We have a certain area where a hot tub was removed, that we DO need to strip and redo. But the rest of the deck (we were told) wasn’t in bad shape and didn’t need to strip, just touch up.

So what should we do with the other parts of the large deck? There are a couple spots, such as on steps and by the door where some paint has chipped off.

It costs us $1700 to hire someone to just strip and repaint the whole thing. Should we do this or can we touch up the other areas (minus the hot tub location) ourselves?

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L Spence
L Spence
8 months ago

We moved in 3 years ago Oct and had been told the deck “had been refinished”, but after winter (Minnesota) there were places starting to peel like paint and even what looks like worn old stain underneath. Like all our projects this was put off too long. We will be sanding because frustration took over with having NO luck using a stripping product and thus chewed up the wood a bit. But if there is any other product we can use to strip this coating that’d be great. Please give any and all advise you feel pertinent 🙂

1) We Assume the deck is 11 years old (same as the house)
2) yes, current coating UNKNOWN
3) some mold/mildew looking spots after pressure washing also some under deck
4) reason for failure…unknown, possible use, neglect or bad refinishing last time?
We are deadlocked to paint the whole thing or 2 tone finish? Your thoughts?

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Shannon Stamp
Shannon Stamp
10 months ago

I have been using Thompson’s Waterseal Advanced in Honey Gold for many years, last year I covered the deck but it did not last. I assume this was because i never “cleaned or stripped” the deck only pressure washed. I am wondering what is best to do before I attempt to cover again use a deck cleaner or a deck stripper?

Shannon Stamp
Shannon Stamp
10 months ago
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Andrei
Andrei
1 year ago

Is pressure washer required for the stain stripping process or it’s optional and I can just use a stiff brush and a garden hose?

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 year ago

Apologies if this is a duplicate post, but my first is not showing in the thread below like my second one is. My deck issue is sad but true. I started with a new deck, weathered for ~9 months. I was getting ready to stain, and someone told me I needed to clean the mildew specks off with Oxi-Clean, which I did, but did not neutralize it before applying stain 😩. The stain seemed to look fine at first, but has since “bleached” out. The stain is blotchy and varied in color. It doesn’t look horrendous, but definitely not right. It also never completely dried 🤔. My questions are: 1) would neutralizing have any effect over top of the stain? 2) if not, what then would be the correct order of things to do? 3) Is it too late to neutralize the railings which have not been stained? All this was done this past fall.

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 year ago

What process is required to apply a solid stain over a transparent? Is stripping really required since both are oil-based?

T S
T S
1 year ago

We have been trying to repaint our deck and having the worst time trying to get the paint up. I just found this site, we have tried a power washer and deck stripper to no avail. We can get some up with a wire brush but we would be scrubbing for a weeks to get all the paint up that way.

I think the previous paint job was a solid stain because the undertone red seems to have penetrated pretty deep and won’t come up without sanding. We don’t know for sure though just bought the house a year ago.

We bought a brown solid stain to go on top. Do we need to make sure all the red undertone is sanded off before we use the new solid stain? Any recommendations on getting the rest of this paint up? Should we use a different deck stripper?

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thelilpups
thelilpups
1 year ago

Hi guys,

Lee here again. Gosh, I can build a decent deck but I can’t seem to finish it correctly and I need your advice again. So this last winter when I bought more TWP 101 Cedar from your associates, I also ordered RAD Cleaner and Brightener. However, based on our conversation below, it became apparent that I needed to strip the old stain as some of it had failed within one year. Not having time for another mail order before last weekend, I went to the big box store and got the Behr Stripper No. 64 and Cleaner/Brightener No. 63. (I know, me bad! I have since read your reviews.)

I used two different set of steps as my test areas. After letting the stripper sit for 45 minutes, I scrubbed, power washed then proceeded with the Behr Cleaner/Brightener solution for 15 minutes then power washed again. Both solutions were well shaken and both sets of steps turned out great.

So I moved on to the deck following the exact same procedures, working about 40-50 SF at a time, on a cloudy day and keeping moist. OMG, the results are awful with black areas everywhere. I noticed some, but not all, of the overlap areas seemed to be brighter so I hit it all with a second coat of Behr Stripper followed by another pressure wash rinse and then another round of Behr Cleaner/ Brightener followed by a yet another pressure wash rinse.

As you can see in the pictures, I still have black area everywhere, and even though they are less noticeable when dry, I know that if TWP 101 stain goes on, they will stand out as if they are wet. (It just rain and I just took the wet pictures – Ugly!)

I do plan on sanding with 80 grit to remove the white fuzzy, and I still have the RAD Cleaner and RAD Brightener but I need some advice as to how the black areas can be neutralized and then what steps to wrap up the prep prior to the stain. (This time I will wait at least 1 week, not 3 days for it to dry before staining.)

Thanks in advance, I’m desperate here.

Lee

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thelilpups
thelilpups
11 months ago

Whew, thank you! I will give it a go.

Lee

thelilpups
thelilpups
1 year ago

Hi Deck Stain Help,

Two years ago I built a new cedar deck. Per your instructions I waited a 9 months before cleaning, brightening and staining. We used TWP 101 – cedar tone. The main deck area must have been still a little damp as the stain failed badly over the last year with a chipped appearance.
Q1: I’m assuming I need to strip this main deck area? (First three photos)

The porch area (connected) seems to have held up OK. I must not have been damp. It is dirty though, as can be expected after one year.
Q2: If I need to strip the main deck area, should I strip this porch area too or just clean it? (Last photo)

Will brighten and dry all areas before staining again with TDP 101. In hindsight, I wish I used the Restore-A-Deck as the moisture would not have been a problem. Augh!

Thank you!
Lee

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thelilpups
thelilpups
1 year ago

Thank you! I already bought more TWP so I guess I will give it another go. Really appreciate the advice.

kathy
kathy
1 year ago

Hi, Can I get your advice on this cedar deck. I am not sure what has been done or what product types used, but its peeling, since this pic. I powerwasher it and now more stain has peeled almost like paint. Should I strip it or sand it? Your advice is greatly appreciated. Kathy

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kathy
kathy
1 year ago

Could I use a stripper on cedar to remove the stain?

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

Hello I appreciate if you can advise me what’s the best process of re-staining my deck with Armstrong-clark semi transparent redwood stain.After sanding the deck via this pic can I apply stain directly. Just so you know this deck is directly next to an in ground pool that’s why I didn’t use any chemicals the strip it

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KDB
KDB
1 year ago

This site is great. I prepped my deck last spring the way I always do, pressure washed, dried thoroughly, painted in appropriate temps. I used a new product and it was terrible. Was tacky for weeks, and was peeling after 5 months. My question is, can I power wash this or should I strip first? I know if I power wash there will be paint strips everywhere. My railing is PVC so it is just the deck surface. It is about 8 years old, and I have never tried a brightener.

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KDB
KDB
1 year ago

thank you!!

Joyce
Joyce
1 year ago

I have a new pine pressure treated deck installed and it should be ready for staining etc. at the end of summer. Which should I use?a deck
stripper or a deck cleaner ?

Winston
Winston
1 year ago

I made a picnic table out of unfinished pine 2 days ago. Stained it last night an am not happy with the color of stain. Used Thompson’s water stain/sealer. Used single coat. Should not have done the whole table but I did. What do I need to use to prep to re-stain/seal? Stripper? Is it necessary to use neutralizer after?

Regina Walker
Regina Walker
1 year ago

We just had our old deck torn out and completely rebuilt a new one. All new untreated wood. I am assuming we only need to apply the wood cleaner prior to starting the staining process? We just had the deck completed on Thursday and had a heavy rain shower on Saturday, so now the wood shows signs of dirt and is wet. We know we have to wait 2-3 days to let the wood dry out before moving forward with this process. I appreciate your advice, opinions and time.

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Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres
1 year ago

I have a behr semi- transparent tint stain on my deck and I want to apply a new semi-transparent stain it’s been 2 years since I applied a coat what’s the best way to prepare the deck

Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres
1 year ago

Here is deck picture

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Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres
1 year ago

Thank you for your help

Carlos Torres
Carlos Torres
1 year ago
Reply to  Carlos Torres

Can I use a pump sprayer or roller to apply the stripper then the brightened

Kimberly Robertson
Kimberly Robertson
1 year ago

Really old deck, I PW’ed washed it, replaced a couple boards, and sanded it down. I cleaned a couple of boards off with Cabot wood cleaner but I cannot tell a difference. Do I really need to clean it, then apply a brightener? Or just skip the cleaning all together? The 4 boards on the far right are the ones that were cleaned.
Thank you for your help.

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Kimberly Robertson
Kimberly Robertson
1 year ago

Thank you!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

If I don’t use a pressure washer for the stripping process will a brush do just as good at removing old stain or does the pressure washer just save time

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Rosie
Rosie
1 year ago

Hi please can you advise me what I need to do with this decking?

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

Why do I have to use a stripper to remove an old coating off my deck? Why can’t I just powerwash and then sand everything afterwards?

Frank
Frank
1 year ago

okay I get the PW comment, but why is sanding only used if absolutely necessary if i’m removing an old coating?

Bryan
Bryan
1 year ago

I want to restore a deck that previously had a solid stain. The majority of the solid stain has peeled off, but its still mostly covering the railings. Can you advise me on how to proceed? Do I first sand off the remaining stain, then use deck stripper? Or the opposite, I use deck stripper than I sand the deck?

Also will I have to sand the all the floorboards here or will deck stripper be enough?

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Bryan
Bryan
1 year ago

Thank you so much for this info, I appreciate it. One last question, is there a certain sandpaper grade you would recommend? I was thinking something coarse like 60? Using an orbital sander

Stacey
Stacey
1 year ago

We have a large screened in porch and deck that was built with pressure treated pine 2 years ago. After waiting several months it was pressured washed and stained with 1 coat of SW semi-transparent stain in a dark “charwood” color. Though not a great product we will probably stick with it for a second coat bc of the sheer size and investment we have already put in to it. The screened in portion is fine but open deck is absorbing moisture and showing signs of green and black discoloration as it is under trees and shaded a lot. Since it is new and only been stained once we know it is time for another coat. Because the color we chose is dark and because the interior is holding up fine we would like to leave it as is and only redo the stain on the exterior. For color consistency on the outside this means doing the open deck, stairs, and all exterior framing of the screened in porch. I’m getting conflicting info from painting companies regarding cleaning vs. stripping. To keep the color from darkening too much with a second coat on the outside I like the idea of stripping but I’m worried trying to apply the stripping agent on the exterior framework on the screened in porch will inevitably harm the interior framework of the screened in. The company tells me they will cover the interior with plastic but covering the framework around the screens so nothing is sprayed through seems nearly impossible to me. This company tells me the stripper is necessary with semi-transparent bc there is still a “sheen” on some of the framework (but the open decking, stairs, and rails, have definitely lost their “sheen).” Other company’s tell me stripping is not necessary.

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Stacey
Stacey
1 year ago

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Stacey
Stacey
1 year ago

Will stripping on the outside of the screened in porch risk damaging the stain on the inside of it?

Stacey
Stacey
1 year ago

That’s what I’m worried about. I should clarify, however, this company plans to use the SW Stain Sealer Remover which also gets terrible reviews so I’m not sure how powerful that is and therefore how risky it would be. The floors and railings all seem to be worn evenly and have lost the “sheen.” The frame of the screened in would be the only areas that may still have some protective coat bc they are vertical and some are shaded, but I guess I’m failing to understand any major risk of just cleaning and putting a second coat on those even if they do still have some of the protective coat (other than darkening the color).

carlos
carlos
1 year ago

I do not know whether I should use a stain cleaner or stripper?

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Nicole
Nicole
1 year ago

Please help! I bought a heavy duty stripper and still have spots that will not come off (the wood is very uneven so sanding doesn’t do much either).

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Chase
Chase
1 year ago

I’m not sure what product was used on my deck, it looked great when we bought the house 2 years ago and during the first winter it started pealing and flaking of in the areas that are most exposed to the elements and it’s gotten a lot worse as you can see. The deck is very big and wraps around the house with a railing that is finished using the same product. I was hoping I could sand the areas that it are pealing and then cover with a solid stain or paint without having to remove all of the previous product. On the railing and closer to the house the current product is holding up fine. From what I’ve read on your site I may need to strip the entire deck and railing to do it right. What would recommend?

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Todd K
Todd K
1 year ago

Planning ahead. I didn’t have time to do all the vertical rail boards when I heavy duty cleaned, brightened and solid stained my deck this year. If I clean the rails will the Thompson’s heavy duty cleaner damage the cured solid stain or should I cover the deck in plastic before cleaning and brightening the rails next year?

Lish
Lish
1 year ago

I removed paint from my deck and the wood is in really good condition no gray at all or mildew but it looks really dry. I am ready to stain but not sure if I should clean and brighten first. I just feel like the wood is already so dry don’t want to dry it out more with water and it’s getting late in the season. Should I clean and brighten or is just move into stain? Also the picture is a combination of new and old wood. The new has weathered for about 2-3 months.

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Allen
Allen
1 year ago

My 25+ year old cedar deck has TWP101 cedartone natural applied to it, which was done in 2017. I will be staining the deck again with the same product. The deck stain now appears to be quite washed out and brittle. What are your recommended steps to prep my deck to be restained? I would be using a power washer after deck cleaning and possibly after wood brightening. My thoughts were.
1. Deck Cleaning
2. Wood Brightening
3. Power Sanding

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Caroline
Caroline
1 year ago

Hi, I applied Thompson’s clear coat on my patio yesterday and it darkened it considerably, which I absolutely hate. (I should have patch tested). What can I use to get it off and restore the wood to its original color? Thanks.

Caroline
Caroline
1 year ago
Reply to  Caroline

The first pic is what it looks like after the Thompson’s. The 2nd pic black portion is what it was when I moved in and the light area is after cleaning. I wanted the eood to remain that light.

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seak
seak(@seak)
1 year ago

We live in Georgia where we receive a lot of rain with increasing mold and mildew growth. I also would like to avoid wood rot — which occurred in our last deck.

We previously applied Sherwin Williams SuperDeck oil-based transparent sealer in which the rain still “beads” on the wood.
–In order to remove the mold, mildew, and the prior sealant, should I use the RAD NaOH stripper for the wood and brick, or use the sodium percarbonate cleaner?
–Can I use oxalic acid brightener with the other RAD products instead of the Na HCO3 peroxyhydrate brightener? I have heard that oxalic acid is an excellent brightener.
–What is the best sealer you recommend for Georgia? We were thinking about RAD Natural water-based stain so far, but would like your thoughts.

Thank you for your expert opinion and a creating an excellent and superb website!

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Pete
Pete
1 year ago

Deck location: Oregon. Southern facing deck – tall trees start blocking sun around 2pm. Cedar deck, been around a long time.

Progress to date: Pressure washer, Simple Green Deck Cleaner and bristle brush, wood filler (where needed) and 100 sand paper applied. No stain yet.

Stain to be used: PPG “Sikkens” Black Oak (just a dark color)

Issue: struggling with getting ALL the old stain off – especially in boards underneath railings. Really inconsistent stain removal, even though applied evenly throughout process. Wanted to get some input here before putting on stain. Any thoughts of whether it’s ready for stain or needs a stronger method of stain removal?

Photos posted in reply to this.

Thank you!

Pete
Pete
1 year ago
Reply to  Pete

Photos here

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Teresa
Teresa
1 year ago

We have used stripper to remove failed Thomson Waterseal product applied 4 yrs ago. We have sanded entire deck and ready to apply brightener but the corners of the rails on top still have a little stain left on them. Can we stop stressing and go ahead and apply brightener then new stain by Restore A Deck or do we have to remove every single little bit of stain left?

Jim Helander
Jim Helander
1 year ago

Last year I sanded And cleaned my deck and applied an oil based stain. Just finished gently pressure washing off the dirt and mildew. Most of it came off but a lot of the graying remains. I tired of going through process all most every year. With the oil based stain the deck remained slippery in wet weather. I’m getting to old for this.and need some advise on prepping and staining so as not to make this an annual event. 2 to 3 years would wonderful. Restore A Deck and TWP looks like the way to go, But need your expertise on how go about the whole process,

Jim Helander
Jim Helander
1 year ago

How do I attach a picture to this email?

Jim Helander
Jim Helander
1 year ago

How do I do that. If you haven’t guessed my computer skills are -0.

Jim Helander
Jim Helander
1 year ago

Here you go. Thanks for the IT lesson

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Jim Helander
Jim Helander
1 year ago

I previous used a oil based stain and it remained slippery when wet. Since we live in Oregon not a good deal. Would a water based stain be better and hold up for at least a couple of years?

Jim Helander
Jim Helander
1 year ago

Used Sun Frog last year and not happy.
Would like to use the RAD kit.

John
John
1 year ago

Hi, if I stain with TWP clear 100, and I decide to go with a color semitransparent in the future, do I need to strip the clear before the next application? Would use TWO series, maybe cedartone.

John
John
1 year ago

Thanks. We just applied TWP 100. Looks great and was easy. Forecast was clear and sunny, but of course this resulted in a thunderstorm with heavy rain about 5 hours after application. Got one coat on, as this deck is only about a year old. The only evidence of potential issue I see is that, when I wipe away the standing water from the board, there is a slight “footprint “ in a few areas of heavier pooling where this water was standing as if some of it worked its way into the board. But this goes away after drying. Should this concern me?

Overall happy with how it looks.

cynthia
cynthia
1 year ago

how to clean a deck that is is good condition, and painted with “rescue-it max.” olympic makes a special cleaner for it, but it’s not available in my area.

cynthia
cynthia
1 year ago

what about algae? it’s very damp here.

Becca
Becca
1 year ago

Clean or strip?
New house, old deck. We renovated shape and added new railing. From the little bit of color left, I imagine it’s been stained before. I prefer the beautiful natural look of Cedar but don’t want to reseal every year so will probably use semi-transparent stain. Any thoughts on best prep approach and then stain to tie it all together? Thank you!

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Steven H.
Steven H.
1 year ago

I have a previously stained deck. Should I use a stripper to prep it before sanding and restaining or should i just use a cleaner. Thanks!

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John
John
1 year ago

Would you recommend using a deck stripper for a deck that’s been painted?

simone luti
simone luti
1 year ago

Hi, what about this deck? Stripper or cleaner? I went to the shop and they gave me both, but I am wondering if just one of them would be enough. Thank you!

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David
David
1 year ago

Our screen room floor was made with brown pressure treated lumber about 10 years ago. The high traffic areas are faded. It has not been previously stained. What would be the best way to prepare the surface for stain so that we get even color?

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David
David
1 year ago

Pretty sure there is no stain, just the pressure treating. Will strip and brighten work for that?

Erica
Erica
1 year ago

We used the Behr Stain and Finish Stripper and are actually pretty happy with the results. Do we have to use the Behr 3-in-1 cleaner also to neutralize the stripper? Or can we go straight to staining it now? Thank you!

A Kamulkar
A Kamulkar
2 years ago

Could you please help us determine if we should Strip or Sand our deck

New Wood or Older Wood? – Older wood- about 15 years old

Does the Deck have a Current Coating? – yes, deck sealant paint

Are you Switching Brands of Deck Stain or Applying a Maintenance Coat of the same Brand and Color? – maintenance coat

Deck Stain Brand Previously Used? Enter “unknown” if you do not know.- Benjamin Moore

What is the Current Deck Stain Type? Oil-based or Water-Based? Clear, Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solid, or Solid Stain? – water based red color paint

Mold or Mildew Issues? – none

Reason for Previous Stain Failure? – paint chipping off, cracks in the wood

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