When To Use a Stain Stripper on Wood Decks

Watch this video to find out whether you should use a stain stripper or wood cleaner to prepare your deck for stain. If your wood deck has a weathered solid stain, or an unweathered semi-transparent stain use a deck stain stripper to remove these products. If the semi-transparent stain is faded and graying, then an oxygenated bleach wood cleaner will work.

6 Comments

  1. If I use deck stain remover or cleaner do I need to be careful not to get it on my house siding? Will it remove the paint on the siding if it splashes it? Thank you…

    • customerservice says:

      Peggy, I always cover up any areas that I don’t want to be exposed to the stain remover. You could do a small test area in an inconspicuous spot to see if the stripper removes any of the stain.

  2. Melissa says:

    I will be using the Stripper next to a pool. Should I cover it beforehand?

    • customerservice says:

      Melissa, Yes I would cover the pool and your pool cover before applying the stripper. I wouldn’t want the product to eat through anything. Make sure you wet everything down as well before applying the stripper.

  3. David Kent says:

    We installed a deck last year. The wood was purchased at Home Depot. The wood for the floor boards was labeled “pressure treated” which was surprising because it did not have the hundreds of little holes in it, rather, it just has some kind of a semi-transparent, reddish coating on it.

    Now we are about to stain it. We are in the prep stage now and have all the Defy products: stripper, cleaner, brightener, and stain. However I’m not sure if I’m supposed to strip off that reddish coating? Or just leave it and apply the stain right over it? Please advise.

    We put the cleaner on it and rinsed it off with a garden hose but that did nothing.

    I can power wash most of it off but that takes a lot of time and it damages the wood a bit. It will need to be sanded in the section that I just completed.

    So please clarify. Do we need to remove that reddish semi-transparent coating? With stripper? Or can we stain right over it? We’re using your “Extreme, semi-transparent wood stain” Butternut color.

    • defyadmin says:

      David, it might have been pre-stained. If that’s the case, it’s best to use the Stripper first before staining it with DEFY. The cleaner won’t remove stains that are still in tact. Apply the Stain Stripper and allow it to remain on the surface for at least 20-30 minutes and that should make it much easier to completely remove with a pressure washer. If you stain over it, since DEFY is a semi-transparent stain, you’ll be able to see the color beneath and it will alter the final color of DEFY.

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