Why Deck Stain Stripping can be Easier Than Deck Cleaning 4.9/5 (21)

This post was updated on January 18, 2022

Deck Stain Stripping or Deck Cleaning?

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 why deck stain stripping can be easier than deck cleaning. 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.


The difference between deck cleaning and deck stain stripping is simple. With deck cleaning, you are simply washing the wood to remove any dirt, grime, mildew, and graying. With deck stripping the same contaminants are removed but you are also removing any old remnants of deck stain. In many cases, deck stain stripping is better because you are removing old deck stain in addition to other contaminants like dirt and graying.

Another difference between the two techniques is the chemical used. With deck cleaning, a wood cleaner is used which helps loosen dirt and gray wood fibers prior to washing with a scrub brush or pressure washer. With deck stain stripping, a stripping agent is used which softens most transparent and semi-transparent deck stains so they are washed away along with dirt, graying, grime, etc. This makes the case that deck stripping is better because it goes a step further. In some instances, there may be old stain remnants that are not visible on the surface but could still keep the new stain from penetrating the wood pores properly. Removal of all contaminants including old faded stains is the key to a long-lasting finish.

It is widely agreed upon that deck stain stripping is better and easier than deck cleaning because the deck stripping chemicals do a better job of cleaning. Although wood cleaning products do a nice job with moderate dirt and graying, deck strippers are more concentrated and do a better job of loosening all contaminants prior to washing. If you are not sure which to use or not sure if there is an old stain on your deck, it is best to use a deck stain stripper just to be safe. Deck cleaners will work on most contaminants but will not remove most failing deck stains as a deck stripper will.

In both instances, a wood deck brightener should be used following a deck clean or stripping product. The cleaning and stripping products are caustic and will raise the pH level of the wood and make it appear very dark. Once the wood is cleaned, applying a wood brightener will make the wood more acidic which results in better stain penetration and it will lighten the wood back up increasing its natural beauty.

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William Tal
William Tal
7 months ago

Hi I am about use the RAD system with Booster. It’s partially covered screened porch that is painted white with Benjamin Moor exterior paint. Do I have to cover it or it will be safe?

William Tal
William Tal
7 months ago

Thank you!

Buck
Buck
1 year ago

I used an oxygen bleach cleaner and it has made old stain come off. It is like gelatinous goo! Why is this happening?

Ami
Ami
1 year ago

Hi there thanks to your amazing advice last year, we stripped and painted our cedar deck , this time with water based instead of oil based and for the first time ever the deck stayed light and beautiful despite lots of sun. Thank you for being such experts!!! Now its time for annual maintenance and I have a question about the cleaning . There are no big stains , can I just use soap and water or is it important in any case to use a deck brightener (I have Wolman available where I live but not sure if I really need it in a case where I am happy about current state). What do you think? Thanks again for everything!!!

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Ami
Ami
1 year ago

Ah but I thought to recoat. I thought it was important to recoat once a year to protect the wood is that not so? I live in a very sunny area

Julie
Julie
1 year ago

I’m planning on stripping and brightening my deck with TWP. However, the deck overhangs vegetation where many wild animals and birds live and eat. Is the runoff from the stripper and/or brightener dangerous to the animals and plants? I just can’t imagine all of the runoff chemicals used to strip stain and the stain itself being good for the environment.

Also, I have another deck that is over a cloth awning. Will the chemical runoff ruin the awning and/or patio below?

Julie
Julie
1 year ago

I don’t understand your answer. I asked two questions…?
1) how does the stripper/stain runoff effect the vegetation and wildlife (birds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons)
2) how does the runoff affect the awning below

Thank you

Brian Holmes
Brian Holmes
1 year ago

We installed a new cedar deck early last year. Never stained it but applied a wood sealer . Now the deck has water stains and nut/ berry stains from feeding birds and nearby trees Want to clean deck and treat wood . Any suggestions ?

Dianne
Dianne
1 year ago

We have sanded our deck and removed the opaque stain that was on it. However, there is still stain remaining in between the deck boards. How do we remove? Is there a way to sand off? Or do we have to try to chemically remove it? Thank you!

Ami
Ami
2 years ago

Will deck stripper work well with a water pressure machine? I was thinking to use a karcher k4 directly or the patio cleaner atrachement but i was told that is not good because the stripper needs to be applied manually so it will seep into the wood, is that true?

Ami
Ami
2 years ago

Thank you , maybe you can advise me if I need to strip in the first place or can manage with just cleaning. I am enclosing a picture including what yiu see was caused by a test of our pressure washer which seems to have brought back rhe original color of our cedar with just water…
In any case i would appreciate if you can correct the steps as I understand it, i am looking also to be efficient , as this is a large deck around 1000 sq feet.
1) sweep and wash with presdure washer
2) apply cleaner or stripper with a broom.
3) wash off with pressure washer
4) apply brightener with broom ( i see flood advertises all purpose cleaner that also brightens, will that save me steps?)
5) wash off with pressurr washer
6)
Wait 48 hours
7) apply sealant
??
Thank you 🙂

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Ami
Ami
2 years ago

Thank you! One more …I am worried I wont do a good job with the pressure washer and cause damage. If i use a “patio cleaner” from karcher t350 will it do the job? In other words spray and then run the patio cleaner without a need to scrub with a broom? Or am i better off not spending 150 dollars on that gadget and stick to basics? Thanks!

Ami
Ami
2 years ago

Thanj you! Can you please advise if I need stripping at all or whether cleaning is enough? The picture was taken nearly one year since the last time I used Flood transparent UV , the marks were caused by water which was applied on Friday accidently through a pressure washer which seemwd to have revealwd the origibal cedar. The deck is a large one, would appreciate understanding what tools I can use to be efficient without losing effectiveness. Is there a link which explains the best way to ho through the process from cleaning to brightener to sealant ? Thanks!!

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Yoshi
Yoshi
2 years ago

My backyard ipe deck has been stained with Deckwise Ipe Oil. And my front porch, which is also built with ipe, has been stained with Penofin Brazilian Rosewood Oil For Hardwood. They both looked beautiful for a while but now grayed due to time, sun exposure and the rain here in Pacific Northwest. For a better color retention I might want to try a different brand of stain like AC Hardwood Stain. If I decide to switch to AC, for prepping should I strip the old stain with deck stain stiripper? Or just deck cleaner will do? (followed by brighterner) Any sanding required?

Angie
Angie
2 years ago

Does the deck stripper damage vinyl siding?

Angie
Angie
2 years ago
Reply to  Angie

We also have black painted metal slats on our deck… will the stripper damage them?

Marg
Marg
2 years ago

New house has wooden slats. Hi shine. When wet are far too slippery and very dangerous to me.
Please advise how to make less slippery.

chris
chris
2 years ago

Dear Deck Stain, My husband built a deck at xmas using Redwood. Its weathered for about 2 months so I stained the fence panels and they look great but the deck is a bit dirty from building it near mud etc, can I use exterior wood stripper to clean the floor or do I need wood cleaner? It has no stain on it yet? Also with it being new do I really need a brightener? The fence panels were fine without though understand time will tell

Ruth
Ruth
3 years ago

Hello. If I use a stain stripper and then Brightener on my deck, can I wash these off with a garden hose, or do I need a power washer no matter what? Thanks.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago

What is a good PSI for a pressure washer? I do not want something too strong for obvious reasons.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

I used a deck stripper and am in the process now of sanding the deck before I apply a stripper (I started a month ago and it’s been extremely rainy so I haven’t been able to really get it done). My question is i don’t think I got all of the stain from the old wood out. I live in a city with tight yards and I got a lot of the old stain out but I couldn’t power wash it out as it’s splash onto the neighbors (or my) house/windows/etc. How clean does it have to be to apply new stain? We are going a shade darker than the last of that helps. I’ve also attached a pic.

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Christine
Christine
3 years ago

Hi! I have 2 large green treated decks, about 10-12 years old. Last summer they were completely sanded, power washed and cleaned. They did dry for several days. Then Pittsburg Ultra Advanced Stain and Seal In One, Solid Color for Decks was used. Says it was also a “Advanced 2-way Waterproofing” Stain and Sealant. They both looked fantastic for Fall! We had a horrible cold, snowy Minnesota winter, but no metal shovels were used on either deck. The stain is ALL peeling up and looks like it hasn’t been done for years. It’s horrible and disappointing. So much work went into redoing both decks and i have no clue what possibly happened. Obviously it’s all going to need to be redone, but were the products not the best for the wood? Should other steps have been taken? We followed all recommendations. Any help would be appreciated!!! Thanks.

Mary
Mary
3 years ago

I’ve got a cedar porch, about 12 years old. We had it stained at least four years ago wit Cabot semi-solid oil finish stain and as soon as the job was completed, I thought it looked terrible….just so dull and flat. I want to redo it now and am so confused about what to do. Is there any way to brighten up the wood, like how it was when the porch was first built? We are also planning to re-stain the interior, which hasn’t been touched since we built it. At least it still looks fairly close to how it looked back when we first built the porch, although there are water stains. How do I remove those? The floor, stained four years ago, is also just dull! No luster to the wood. Strip? I just want my porch to look like it did when we built it…wishful thinking?
Indoor pic taken 12 years ago.
Other pic is of the exterior now.

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Neil
Neil
3 years ago

Rather than deck clean or strip would use of an abrasive measure like a screen mesh on a polivac or like machine be as or more effective?

Jo C
Jo C
4 years ago

We purchased our home a year ago and the home had 2 new decks built on. We bought cleaner and cleaned both decks first. Then we applied the stain on one of the decks after giving it enough time to try. Now we ran into two issues and I am at a loss for what to do. First, my fiancé stained the floor of the deck, and being that he never did it before he did not do it properly. There are streaks for where he did not follo the grain of the wood. And also there are spots where he put the stain on too thick and did not spread it out so there are parts of the deck that are extremely darker and splotchier than the rest of the deck. The second issue was that it rained overnight on stain that he painted just a few hours earlier. The weather called for no rain for days, but of course Mother Nature had a different idea. So on top of the splotchy floor the posts, railings, and rungs have spots where the stain did not hold because of the rain. Now I am worried because we are in a state where fall and winter are right around the corner brining lots of rain and snow and I want to protect our deck from the weather. I have been looking online and can’t find anywhere to give me a set answer on what the best thing to do is. Should I strip it and start fresh? Or is it something that a new coat of stain will solve? I love my deck and want it to look great! Any help is greatly appreciated.

KevinW
KevinW
4 years ago

We have a log home we purchased 5 years ago near the twin cities in Minnesota. The logs are northern pine with pine plywood and rough cedar battens. We also have green treated decking around a large part of the perimeter that has been all stained the same. We found a empty 5 gallon bucket of Defy which I am assuming is what they used. The condition of the logs are varied with some sun beaten and very little stain and other areas under the overhangs looking very good. I have several questions:
1) What prep would you recommend if I tried to use the same Defy product?
2) If I were to strip everything what stripper and brightener would you use?
3) For the climate and various surfaces and species of wood what stain would you suggest?

Thank you

KevinW
KevinW
4 years ago
Reply to  KevinW

Between the two approachs of cleaning and using same product Defy or completely strip and use same or different product; which is less costly or less labor intensive? And would there be any different in the quality of the finished product in your opinion?

Leslie
Leslie
4 years ago

We have used Superdeck on our cedar house siding (rough) since it was built. I cant remember if it was a tinted transparent or a semi-transparent, but we did not have to strip it before reapplying years later. We need to restain it again, and I’m seeing on your sight that Superdeck was bought out and changed formulas. It appears it is no longer good. The house is large and tall. We DO NOT want to strip it. What do you recommend?

Britta
Britta
4 years ago

Our house painter just put 2 coats of Behr Weatherproofing semi-transparent stain on our old deck and it looks just horrible. I’ve searched for professional deck cleaners/strippers in los angeles, but can’t find one. Should we just rent a sander or do we need to use a stripper first? What’s the best semi-transparent stain for an old deck in Los Angeles that gets morning to mid-afternoon sun? We also have a year old cedar railing/banaster for front steps that was coated wtih the Behr. Should we follow the same procedure – strip and/or sand?. What stain would you recommend for that? Thanks! Wish I’d read your reviews first! Attaching before and after photos!

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Leanne
Leanne
4 years ago

I stained my cedar patio last year and used a brightener this spring to clean off all the pollution. Somehow the stain came off as well. Any suggestions of what went wrong and how to fix?

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Eleanor
Eleanor
3 years ago

Water based stain cannot be used on cedar. You must use an oil based stain.

Patty
Patty
4 years ago

I used stain remover followed by a brightener on my Redwood deck. Some, but not all, of the top railing has a yellowish residue (no matter how much I rinsed it). I want to stain it but am concerned about how this area will turn out. Any thoughts?

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Patty
Patty
4 years ago

Thanks. I’ll give that a try.

Jon Woodman
Jon Woodman
4 years ago

I’m stripping a deck of unknown tropical hardwood using 60-80 grit sandpaper on a random orbital sander. The deck was done years ago with Cabot’s Timber Oil that turned black. My plan is to use either an oil based stain or tropical wood specific oil to show off the wood decking once I have removed the Timber Oil.

After hours of sanding I rinsed off the deck to remove the dust and look for water beading on the wood, which I saw.

Would it be a good idea to give the hardwood a dose of deck stripper, and brightener, to remove any residual Timber Oil lurking in the wood, or should I re-sand the areas where the water isn’t absorbing immediately?
Thanks

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Tanya
Tanya
4 years ago

Ive removed the old stain with stain stripper and power washer but now have wood fuzzies. Is this normal or did I ruin the wood? I plan to sand after another 2 warm days to let the deck dry and remove any remaining stain that was stubborn. Hoping I can sand to repair any rough areas as well. Then I plan to use a semi-transparent Oak tinted water based stain, but want your suggestions on the best stain to reduce future maintenance as I’m not eager to do this again any time soon! Oil based? Solid? What would you use?

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Tracy
Tracy
4 years ago

My husband restrained the decking at the weekend , on,y trouble is he used the wrong tin!! And ended up using the shed and fence paint by mistake, then a few days later it rained and now some of it has washed off and it looks a mess, would it be ok just justbgo,over it all with the proper decking stain or would it still stay patchy, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated

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Tracy
Tracy
4 years ago

We originally used Cuprinol and that was what we were going to use agai, the colour was cedar falls

rjacobs408
rjacobs408
4 years ago

What is the effect on landscaping surrounding the deck? Is there residue on rocks? Our deck is needing stripping. However, we have a variety of plantings (hosta, shrubs and trees) around the deck. Also, this is a rock bed. What will be the effects for residue (including coloring) and toxicity to the the landscaping bedding?

James Earle
James Earle
3 years ago

What about danger to pets?

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

What about stripping a second floor deck that sits over part of t he first floor roof? Do I need to some how cover that section of the roof under the deck before stripping?

Also, what kind of stripping do you recommend? See the attached picture of the deck now. Also, I don’t know if you can tell the type of wood it is and if you can also recommend a type of stain?

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Melinda
Melinda
4 years ago

We have a ipe deck that previous owners painted with a solid stain. They left lower deck with the natural wood. The stain is starting to peel in some places. What’s the best way to remove the stain and restore the deck? Also, what should we use to keep the portion that is not stained in good condition? It’s hard to find information on ipe wood.

Wanda
Wanda
4 years ago

We need to refinish our cedar porch that has Sikkens stain for over 20 years on it. Some places on the porch have and are peeling and some places have not peeled. What do you suggest?

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

I replaced the cedar planking on our deck 5 years ago. At that time I applied a semi-transparent Acrylic stain/sealer. With dogs and general usage the traffic areas started to go back to bare wood and when I reapplied the same product I noticed a color difference between the original acrylic and the bare wood spots The cedar itself is in very good condition. At this point I am thinking about a redo with a full oil product. What are your opinions about changing to an all oil product and is oil a better approach than Acrylic? And if I go the oil route what product and approach would be best to remove the current acrylic stain to prepare for the oil? Do you have any opinions on what oil-based stain brands to consider? What about the choice between transparent, semi-transparent and opaque? Thank you.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Thank you. Pics attached. Here are pics. What do you think on removing the Acrylic?

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Teresa
Teresa
5 years ago

When inquiring about the Flood stain mentioned on this blog, a sales representative at a local paint store suggested we use exterior paint instead of stain. However, we were planning on applying a solid deck stain on this old deck, see pictures attached (some new boards with plans to remove and replace entire deck in 2 years). We are looking for a short term, quick fix. Two questions:
1) if applying a solid stain do we still need to strip old deck satin? If yes, any tips on removing stain on rails?
2) can solid deck stain be sprayed on?

We are located outside of Toronto, Canada with a SW facing deck in a wooded area.

Thanks!

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LarryB
LarryB
5 years ago

How long after I strip off the old stain must I restain my deck? Can I wait long or must I do within a time frame? Thanks

Jan McNett
Jan McNett
5 years ago

We just stained our deck with CETOL SRD Semi Transparent stain, Hazelnut and it is black. Nothing like the example shown to us. What can we use to remove it and have only the bare wood with a sealer on it? We really need help with this. It looks terrible.
Thank You

Jan McNett
Jan McNett
5 years ago

Cannot download it to your file.

Jan McNett
Jan McNett
5 years ago

What is your email address and I will send it there.

Evan
Evan
5 years ago

Can I get the proper order of steps to take please?

PT wood, unknown stain. Replaced two boards about a year ago. Sorry I do not have a picture at the moment, but because I do not know which stain the previous owners used, I gather that I should strip it, then stain it, but then there are the other minor steps. Does this sound right:

1. Apply deck stripper (thinking of RAD kit), let soak, scrub, wash away with hose or pressure washer?
2. Let dry then sand?? or use brightener then let dry and sand? (This is where most of my confusion lays).
3. Do I have to rinse again after sanding?
4. Stain railings and spindles first, then deck floor.

Any advice would be helpful!

Thanks

Evan
Evan
5 years ago

Thanks for the quick response. I have a couple of follow-up questions:

1. So after stripping do I need to let the deck dry completely (48 hours) before I do the sanding?
2. Is sanding only necessary if the stripper does not remove all the previous stain?
3.My pressure washer does not have multiple settings and the widest “fan” is pretty tight. It seems too powerful. I plan to use Restore-A-Deck stripper/brightener kit, so if I apply the stripper with a pump sprayer, then scrub with a stiff bristled brush, can I just use a regular hose nozzle to wash away the stripper? If not, I suppose I can try to hold the power washer wand far away from the boards to not let it gouge the wood…

Thanks for your advice.

Evan
Evan
5 years ago

Thank you.

Evan
Evan
5 years ago
Reply to  Evan

It appears that the RAD stripper has removed the stain, but using my pressure washer has raised the grain. Can I use the brightener first, then let dry and sand the boards with raised grain, then stain?

Evan
Evan
5 years ago

Thanks.

Margret
Margret
5 years ago

A new pressure treated wood deck was installed at the back of our Ottawa home in August 2015; the wood was purchased at Home Depot and our contractor advised that it be allowed to dry out for at least three months before any treatment. Unfortunately, the following September and October, though usually very pleasant, were unusually wet months and, by October, brown staining started to appear. After some research, we concluded this was the result of tannin bleed, which was made worse by the fact our backyard is shaded by 100 year old maples Adding to the puddling and general dampness, these shed copious amounts of autumn leaves that, accumulating in the rain, really locked in the moisture.

The following spring, we set about removing the tannin bleed with cleaners and brighteners from the relevant line of Penofin products. Individual tannin bleed stains were successfully removed –
completely and without additional problems on our cedar wood counter tops. On our pressure treated wood deck, however, the overall effect on the deck was blotchy. We thought we could live with it so proceeded with Penofin oil application. Thinly applied to our fencing, where tannin bleed and blotchiness had not been an issue, it looked and has remained looking very good. As for the deck, not so great. In addition to which, we have determined the main cause of the blotchiness was the effect all the cleaning and brightening had inflicted on the brown stain which we learned is now injected into pressure treated wood to make it look more attractive!

Apart from some annoyance about why this crucial bit of information is not made routinely available by lumber dealers, manufacturers, or those supplying treatment applications, this suggests the solution to dealing with the blotchiness is to completely strip the original brown stain from the pressure treated wood. We have tried CIL’s bleach deck cleaner to some small effect – certainly the deck is hyper clean and there’s no graying and the like – but there’s got to be another way.

What do you think?

Jacob
Jacob
5 years ago

It’s time for us to put a new coat of stain on our deck. Along with the weather we have a dog whose nails have warn down our once beautiful deck. I was just going to put a new coat of stain on top but after reading this article I’m worried the new coat will not penetrate the wood where the remaining old stain exists. Do you recommend I strip the deck and then stain? This time around we plan to do a better job keeping the dogs nails trimmed but do you have any other tips for resisting claw marks? I will be using TWP 1500 stain. Thank you for the help. This website has been valuable to me over the years.

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Katherine
Katherine
5 years ago

We are trying to remove deck stain that was done (most likely quite a few years ago) by the previous owners of our home. There is visible dirt and stain we need to remove so that we can re stain the deck. We have also replaced a few boards last year and stained them and it did not match well – which is part of what started this whole project. What is the best way to remove the stain and dirt? Should we power wash and then sand? Is it okay to just power wash? Or just sand? I powerwashed a small area and it removed some of the dirt and stain well and then was creating grooves in the boards in other places. Recommendations of what to do and/or products to use would be extremly helpful!!

Katherine
Katherine
5 years ago

This is the best picture I have at the moment.

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George
George
5 years ago

I am selling my house and need to restore my 650 sq foot cedar deck as quickly and cheaply as possible. I replaced some of the floor boards and the entire rail cap with new cedar. The previous application of BenMoore semi-solid oil stain (not Arborcoat) has mostly held up well over the last 7 years, but there are a few spots where the stain is flaking, mainly on and around the bottom rail. Can I get away with sanding the flaking areas, cleaning and brightening the entire deck and putting down a first coat of solid stain on just the new wood followed by a second coat over the entire deck? Or am I going to need to strip the entire deck down the bare wood? I am planning to switch to acrylic stain for ease of use / clean up and can match the original color through computerized tinting. I would like to avoid having to strip if I can get away with it due to the added time and cost. Thanks for advising.

Karen C Coble
Karen C Coble
6 years ago

I think there is paint on my wood deck. What would I use to remove paint from treated deck? We pressure washer it with 50/50 Clorox and water. It is about 20 years old.

Hal
Hal
6 years ago

i have a pressure treated deck that i installed last august. i let it sit and age. i used wolman deck cleaner on it today, but i still have some stains from a mat we left down on it. also, there is some discoloration or fading where we had a deck box on the deck and other mats layed down. should i use stain stripper in effort to correct that issue before i stain with twp 1500 ?

the deck is covered

Hal
Hal
6 years ago

Thank you. Will do

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

Hi,

I have a large elevated pressure treated pine deck system ( lots of levels benches, planters, hot tub etc….). The deck is about 25 years old and is relatively good condition with less than a handful of boards that should be replaced. A deck was added on about 10 years ago so it presents a different color. The deck has only had sikkens oil based semi transparent cetol applied to it over the years. We like the look of the sikkens but maintenance is more than what we tend to keep up with. We have heard in the past from contractors and dealers that the only thing that can go over sikkens is Sikkens. Is there a safe low / non toxic stripper ( we are concerned about pets and foliage) that could be applied to effectively strip the sikkens? A contracting friend likes TWC and has recommended it to us on a clean bare surface. The vertical surfaces need to be done this time around. They have never been redone as far as I know so the job is much bigger this time around. Can we safely and effectively strip or should we just clean and repeat with the Sikkens? Thanks.

mike
mike
6 years ago

It's interesting I've been stripping the same deck every 2-3 yrs for 20 yrs. Sometimes I get a furring of the wood and other times not. This last time I used the BMoore stripper mixed 50/50 with water and ended up with furring. The time before I used Behr stripper and there was no furring. Does the longer dwell time of the stripper cause more furring? I will use a Makita Painter Pal sander with a 3M synthetic to buff off the fuzzies. Is there a better way to get rid of the furring? Do you have any suggestions?
It has been my practice to wet the wood again after any sanding or buffing to open up the wood grain. Do you follow a similar practice?

Dennis Olsen
Dennis Olsen
6 years ago

I'm not sure if the product I need to remove is a paint or stain . does it matter ?

Charlie
Charlie
6 years ago

We have a cedar deck in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010 we applied Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Natural Transparent Stain, followed by Arborcoat

The clear coat is flaking off. What stripper would you recommend for complete removal? Would I need a brighter? What products should I apply in restraining?

James
James
6 years ago

I made the mistake of listening to the advice of our local cedar supply store, who recommended applying Penofin Ultra Clear Penetrating Oil Finish to our new cedar deck. The deck, facing southwest in Colorado, turned black, gray, and a combination of the two, within two years. The only natural brown color remaining is on the vertical slats of the bench I installed. So I think I made a mistake a few days ago by mixing a small amount of TSP and bleach with water, brushing it on, and then power washing it off. The black colors are gone, but I fear I may have harmed the wood with the bleach. What would you recommend? RAD or DEFY stripper, and then brightener, and then waiting a few days before applying TWP or Armstrong?

James
James
6 years ago

Thank you for your feedback. I thought you might be interested in Penofin's response to my problem (and many others' problem): Hello James, After looking at the photos and examining them we feel it is a combination of tannin bleed and maybe a slight residual oil on the surface of the wood. Photos definitely give us a bigger picture of what's going on with the wood but sometimes it can be difficult to see everything too. The Penofin products are more like a preservative, not a sealer or top coat product. Penofin is supposed to live inside the wood not on the surface. If the oil is not wiped off the wood or too much oil was applied than what was recommended, the wood fibers cannot absorb or retain the additional coats, leaving the oil on the surface of the wood and creating a build-up. When this build-up exists, because it is a thin layer of oil on the surface of the wood, it can be easily scratched even with a fingernail and over time this would end up cracking, chipping and peeling just like paint does. The Penofin is only a one coat application if too much oil is applied the oil that remains on the surface it can also get “baked” on the wood causing the wood to darken and even turn it to a black color. One gallon of the Penofin will cover 200/300 square feet. Woods such as Cedar, Fir, and Redwood have high extractive content. Water is one of the most powerful solvents in the universe and during wet weather water penetrates into the wood and dissolves the extractives into solution. It then pushes the extractives up and out to the surface of the wood. Once they reach the surface and interact with oxygen they remain as a grey to reddish-brown, to dark brown stain after the solvent (water) has evaporated. Many people mistake extractive stains for Mold or Mildew but 9 times out of 10 this is not the case. Extractive bleeding can occur under painted surfaces and even through stucco, causing unsightly discoloration. Extractive bleeding is not a manufacturing defect nor is it a finish defect. My suggestion would be to use both the Penofin Pro Tech Cleaner and then use the Pro Tech Brightener. The Cleaner will remove any dirt, grime, and residual stain on the surface of the wood. You start with wetting wood with hose and nozzle, mix ½ to 1 cup of the Cleaner to 1 gallon of warm/hot water, this covers roughly 300 square feet, apply to wet wood with a brush or garden pump up sprayer, allow to sit for 15 minutes keeping surface misted with water. After 15 minutes, you want to scrub the surface of the wood with bristle brush or broom and rinse thoroughly with water. You can use the brightener right after the cleaner. The Brightener will get rid of any tannins, restore, and will also open up the pours for an even… Read more »

George Cowan
George Cowan
6 years ago

I need to remove Olympic Rescue It from my deck. Any Suggestionss

George Cowan
George Cowan
6 years ago

My deck was painted with Olympic Rescue It (not by me). I wish to remove it and start over. Any suggestions on what product (stripper) to use?

Susan
Susan
7 years ago

I live in San Antonio and our deck was built from oak and yellow pine. I don't have any history on how the deck has been maintained. The deck faces east and only gets shade in the afternoon. I know I will need to strip and brighten the wood. Would like a recommendation on a 1500 that will minimize the appearance of the two different woods.