Restore-A-Deck Stripper - Deck Stain Removers

Removing an old deck stain from a wood deck is an essential part of restoring the wood to like new condition. Most wood stains or sealers will not adhere well to an older existing wood stain. Deck stain removers will soften and emulsify an old wood stain so that it can be removed more easily. Wood stain removers consist of chemicals that break the old stain down and allow it to be pressure washed from the wood using a lower amount of pressure so no harm is done to the soft wood fibers.

Using too much pressure to remove an old deck stain or sealer can damage the wood fibers beyond repair. Wood stain removers will help to eliminate this problem. Most deck stain removers are made up of caustic chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and may have other additives that act as cleaning agents. This loosens old deck stains and grayed out or sun damaged wood fibers making them easier to remove.

As mentioned, removing an old stain is crucial in preparing the deck for a new coat of deck stain. Restore-A-Deck Stripper is effective for removing clear sealers, semi-transparent stains, and semi-solid stains. The may assist in removing a solid stain or deck paint but may not remove it completely. Several applications and some sanding may be necessary on these heavier pigmented deck stains to achieve optimal results.

After Restore-A-Deck Stripper is used the wood naturally becomes dark colored and has a high pH level. This is not ideal in appearance or for proper adhesion of the new deck stain. To restore the wood’s pH level to be more acidic a wood brightener, Restore-A-Deck Brightener should be applied. This brightens to wood appearance and helps to open the wood pores to better accept the new stain. This also ensures the new wood deck stain will give better longer lasting protection against the elements. This step is just as important as removing the old stain. Preparing the wood correctly as mentioned will guarantee a better deck restoration and give you lasting results.

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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting deetrov:
I just used your RAD stripper and brightener but still had to sand the wood to remove all the old stain. Do I need to use the brightener again before I use your TWP 1500 stain?

Yes you should lightly wash after sanding and apply the brightener.
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I just used your RAD stripper and brightener but still had to sand the wood to remove all the old stain. Do I need to use the brightener again before I use your TWP 1500 stain?
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Sue Gibeau:
1. Is there a product available for stripping 8 year old, semi-transparent, water-based stain from a pressure-treated pine dock and gangway on the lake?
2. If I use RAD stripper, should I protect the painted steel frame that holds the boards in place?

The RAD stripper should work but it does depend somewhat on the brand of stain being removed and how many coats of stain there are. It does not remove paint off metal unless the paint is peeling or failing already.
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Dock and gangway
1. Is there a product available for stripping 8 year old, semi-transparen t, water-based stain from a pressure-treate d pine dock and gangway on the lake?
2. If I use RAD stripper, should I protect the painted steel frame that holds the boards in place?
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting borden:
How do I get rid of mold and 3 yr.old Superdeck on my cedar fence?

Would painting vs. staining be a viable solution to the mold issue?

Jim

Use the Restore A Deck stripper and pressure washing to remove. Brighten the wood when done and stain with TWP as in contains an EPA registered mold wood preservative.
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cleaning cedar fence
How do I get rid of mold and 3 yr.old Superdeck on my cedar fence?

Would painting vs. staining be a viable solution to the mold issue?

Jim
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Michelle:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Michelle:
Will the RAD stripper remove oil based stain, specifically Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Premium Oil Based Formula?

Semi-transparent version yes. Solid color stains cannot be removed with a stripper.

It's a toner. Would it successfully remove a toner/

Yes.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Michelle:
Will the RAD stripper remove oil based stain, specifically Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Premium Oil Based Formula?

Semi-transparent version yes. Solid color stains cannot be removed with a stripper.

It's a toner. Would it successfully remove a toner/
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Michelle:
Will the RAD stripper remove oil based stain, specifically Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Premium Oil Based Formula?

Semi-transparen t version yes. Solid color stains cannot be removed with a stripper.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Will the RAD stripper remove oil based stain, specifically Sherwin Williams Deckscapes Premium Oil Based Formula?
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Joe G.:
Behr

Behr is probably the most difficult stain to remove. It films on top of the wood like a paint. You can get it off but you may need to strip it a few times to get it all off.
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Type of acrylic stain
Behr
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Joe G.:
How effective is RAD Stripper on acrylic based semi-transparent stain? One coat, fairly light in color, 1 year old with peeling already visible.

What brand is it?
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RAD Stripper
How effective is RAD Stripper on acrylic based semi-transparen t stain? One coat, fairly light in color, 1 year old with peeling already visible.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting urbanus04:
I have several decks that have been painted with some kind of regular out door paint (not sure if water based or oil base). They are now peeling very badly. Power washing makes it worse. I have used the RAD stripper on one with little or no results. What good stripper can can be applied easily and washed off with great results in a short amount of time.

Calvin Lowder

No stripper will remove paint from a deck. You will need to sand it off.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
I have several decks that have been painted with some kind of regular out door paint (not sure if water based or oil base). They are now peeling very badly. Power washing makes it worse. I have used the RAD stripper on one with little or no results. What good stripper can can be applied easily and washed off with great results in a short amount of time.

Calvin Lowder
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting uglypony:
Im looking for a better stain stripper. Is RAD also NaOH or maybe Calcium hydroxide or other? Would an N95 mask provide sufficient respiratory protection (brightener and cleaner as well)? Im concerned about the time I spend on a deck, with all the fumes I notice using these types of products.
Also, by the time a client calls me, the deck is usually caked with sealers and mold. Is RAD more effective than typical strippers I use from paint stores for multi layer projects?

NaOH and additional properties to boost. You can use a N95 but you need the correct one that prevents fumes, not the dust version. RAD is more effective and can be mixed stronger or weaker if need be based on the project difficulty.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Im looking for a better stain stripper. Is RAD also NaOH or maybe Calcium hydroxide or other? Would an N95 mask provide sufficient respiratory protection (brightener and cleaner as well)? Im concerned about the time I spend on a deck, with all the fumes I notice using these types of products.
Also, by the time a client calls me, the deck is usually caked with sealers and mold. Is RAD more effective than typical strippers I use from paint stores for multi layer projects?
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting 727lawrence:
We just purchased a house where the previous owner used Thompsons on the deck. I used your cleaner without success, as the water still beads up. Now I see that I should have ordered the stripper, but online research has me worried that even your stripper won't work. Can you assure that it will? Thanks.

The RAD stripper does remove the clear Thompsons Water Seal. You will need to pressure wash as well with the stripper.
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Removing Thompson's Waterseal
We just purchased a house where the previous owner used Thompsons on the deck. I used your cleaner without success, as the water still beads up. Now I see that I should have ordered the stripper, but online research has me worried that even your stripper won't work. Can you assure that it will? Thanks.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting dabigo:
I stripped and power-washed my deck on Friday and won't be able to apply the deck brightener until at least 3 days and perhaps up to one week later. Will this have any affect on the performance of the brightener?

It should have been done right after the stripping but you should do it even if you wait 3-7 days.
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Time Between Stripper and Brightener
I stripped and power-washed my deck on Friday and won't be able to apply the deck brightener until at least 3 days and perhaps up to one week later. Will this have any affect on the performance of the brightener?
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Dany:
Hello - I'm concerned about using a sodium hydroxide stripper on my deck because of the runoff and the effect on surrounding ornamentals and trees. Will the stripper change the soil pH? Thanks!

Yes it could possibly do that.
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Stripper side effects
Hello - I'm concerned about using a sodium hydroxide stripper on my deck because of the runoff and the effect on surrounding ornamentals and trees. Will the stripper change the soil pH? Thanks!
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting Gary Dunn:
How well will your product work to remove pws stain made by purewoodproducts on thermally modified wood.

I am sorry but we have never heard of that stain so not sure of effectiveness.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
How well will your product work to remove pws stain made by purewoodproduct s on thermally modified wood.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
Quoting jDavid:
I live in Durham,NC, where can I buy your deck stripper?

Sorry but only online.
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RE: Deck Stain Stripping and Removers
I live in Durham,NC, where can I buy your deck stripper?
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