When it comes to any home improvement project, it’s important to start with a clean slate. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. When you’re going through the process of staining your deck, you may notice that the wood isn’t looking quite as bright as it once did. Staining your deck is a great way to bring beauty back to the wood. First, it’s important that you remove what’s left from the last time you stained your deck.
It can seem counterintuitive to remove an old stain, especially if you’re staining the wood the same color that it was before. It’s important to remove the old stain so that you start with a completely even surface. When you apply new stain on top of old stain, you end up with darker and lighter spots across the surface of the wood. The goal of a deck stain is to provide a uniform, streamlined look to your deck. To achieve that look, it’s important to begin with wood as close to its original condition as possible.
When you use #1 Deck Wood Stripper, you’ll notice that other stains lift out of your deck as well. Since our deck stripper removes mold, mildew, algae, and other stain makers from your wood, you won’t have to treat your deck with a separate cleaner before applying your new stain. Our wood stripper saves you time and money and sets your deck up for the look of a beautiful new semi-transparent stain.
Important note: if your deck has never been stained, or if the previous stain has completely worn off, you’ll want to use our wood cleaner instead of our wood stripper.
Product Description: #1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper
#1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper is a biodegradable, ready-to-use liquid that quickly removes worn finishes to restore wood surfaces. Stains and varnishes are removed along with collected dirt, mold, mildew and mill glaze. #1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper removes most oil and latex based finishes including: clear film-forming varnishes, polyurethanes, and semitransparent stains.
When to Use Wood Stain Stripper
This product is step 1 of a 3-step system.
Note: It is not necessary to use both the cleaner and the stripper. Choose whichever is appropriate for your situation.
For new wood surfaces or surfaces where the previous finish is no longer present, use #1 Deck Wood Cleaner instead of the stripper.
For weathered wood surfaces or surfaces where the previous finish is present, use this product.
Note: #1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper is not designed to strip paint or other film forming surface coatings.
Where to Use Wood Stain Stripper
#1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper removes most oil and latex based finishes including: clear film-forming varnishes, polyurethanes, and semitransparent stains from any wood surface including decks, playsets, barns, wood furniture, and more.
How to Use Wood Stain Stripper
- To use, simply apply the product a damp surface using a pump-up garden type sprayer or a car wash type brush.
- Allow it to set for 15-25 minutes.
- Scrub if necessary using a stiff bristle brush.
- Rinse. Using a pressure washer to rinse this product will eliminate any need for scrubbing, however particular care should be taken with a pressure washer to avoid damaging the wood.
- After rinsing, use #1 Deck Wood Brightener to neutralize the surface and open the pores of the wood so the stain can absorb properly into the wood.
Surfaces to be stripped must be above 50°F. Protect adjacent surfaces; cover with plastic sheets and/or tape off any adjacent areas not being stripped. Thoroughly wet and/or cover plants and shrubs. Rinsing residue will not harm plants or roots. Exposure to full strength product will burn foliage.
Test product in a small inconspicuous area to ensure desired results before general use.
#1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper is not designed to strip paint or other film forming surface coatings.
1) Shake well before use.
2) Lightly dampen (not saturate) surfaces to be stripped to avoid excessive grain raising.
3) Apply a generous and uniform coat with a car wash type brush or pump-up sprayer. On vertical surfaces, apply product from bottom up to avoid streaking. Avoid application in direct sunlight.
4) Allow #1 Deck Wood Stain Stripper to remain wet on a surface for 15 to 25 minutes. Reapply if drying occurs. Allow time for product to work.
5) When finish begins to lift from wood surface, scrub if necessary with a stiff bristle brush in the direction of wood grain.
6) Rinse in the direction of the wood grain with large amounts of water using highest pressure from a garden hose or power washer with 500-1200 psi. Using a power washer will eliminate the need for scrubbing. However, particular care should be taken with a power washer to avoid damaging wood. Rinse adjacent areas at the same time.
7) If stubborn areas remain, repeat the application in those areas.
8) Neutralize and brighten wood with # Deck Wood Brightener immediately after stripping, or within one day. Any stripper not neutralized and thoroughly rinsed will cause poor coating adhesion.
Product may darken cedar and redwood and raise the grain on some species of wood.
100-150 square feet per gallon depending on surface.
Clean tools and equipment immediately after each use with soap and water.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What safety precautions do I need to take when using a deck stripper?
A: Of course, you’ll want to make sure your work area is well ventilated, which isn’t a problem for most people working on outdoor decks. If your deck is enclosed, you’ll want to make sure that you have doors and windows open, and a fan running at all times. As the stain stripper begins to do its work, you’ll notice a brown film beginning to form on the surface of your deck. This is the old stain being lifted out of the wood. Be careful while this process is underway- the old stain will become very slippery as the stain remover continues to work. When you’re rinsing off the old stain, be sure to be thorough- you don’t want to leave any slippery spots behind as you continue the process of staining your deck.
Q: How do I prepare my deck for a wood stripper?
Before you begin the wood stripping process, you’ll want to take a once over of your deck. Keep an eye out for any nails that are sticking up and hammer them back into place. Look for any potential safety issues, such as jagged pieces of wood or wood that needs to be replaced.
Q: How much stain stripper will I need to remove the old stain from my deck?
A: One gallon of stain stripper is enough to treat approximately 100 square feet of your deck. You may need more stain stripper if your last stain was a full color (rather than a semi-transparent) stain, as our stain stripper is not formulated to remove full color stain.
One of the most popular uses for deck stripper is removing the finish or stain from old furniture. When working with old furniture, it’s a good idea to take the piece outside. This ensures that the wood stripper will only get on the intended piece of furniture, and not on other parts of your home. While using a power or pressure washer is the easiest way to rinse off stain remover, this may not be a good move if you’re dealing with antique or upscale furniture. It can take more time to rinse by hand but may be well worth the effort.
Working on stripping an old stain from outdoor fixtures to get them ready for summer? It’s no problem to work in the spring but be sure that the temperature is above 50 degrees on the day you’re stripping stains. When the temperature is colder than 50 degrees, stain remover does not work as well.
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