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Topic by new2wood posted 06-03-2012 10:22 PM 5536 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2012 10:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question deck remodeling

I’m having trouble with my deck stain. Actually, I’ve had trouble for 5 years. I’m the second owner of the house. The original owners put down a cedar deck and put a semi-transparent stain on. I’m sure it was sprayed on, since there was overspray on the house. It peeled a year later. I just pressure washed off the old, and put down some Sherwin William solid stain. In a lot of spots it held, but in others, same thing happened it peeled. 2 years after that, I pressure washed and put down solid stain again.

The deck had a solid skirting and I just removed it to improve air flow. Some of the deck boards are cupping, so I’m going to replace them. Here is where some more of the problems are.

1. I’m trying to strip the deck with Wolman stripper. It will get all the way down and strip the stain on some boards. It will remove the top layer of stain on some. And it doesn’t seem to work on some other boards at all.

2. I’ve tried to use my belt sander, and it isn’t working very well to strip the stain at all. 50 grit belts

3. I’ve tried my random orbit sander same as belt sander. 60 grit discs.

My homeowner pressure washer has had some success in combination with the stripper, but I bet its just underpowered at max 1500 psi.

Any help or tips will be appreciated.

P.S. any suggestions on how to get the stain to stay on this time?


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06-05-2012 11:20 PM

Wow, if 50 grit on a belt sander isn’t working, then I don’t know what to say.

I’ve had good luck with Citristrip http://www.amazon.com/Citri-Strip-QCG73801T-Varnish-Stripping-1-Quart/dp/B000QFCP1G

It’s worked better for me on stain removal than the harsh stuff they sell in commercial paint supply houses… and it’s cheaper and friendlier on your skin and lungs.

If I remember, you apply it, let it sit a little while, then scrape it off with a putty knife or something similar. Do this a few times until all the stain is removed.

But it’s funny, because if a stripper or power washer wasn’t working I would have said take a sander to it… are you sure it’s cedar you’re dealing with and not some integrally colored composite product? haha

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06-18-2012 08:34 PM

Here is a good article from Professional Deck Builder on cleaning decks:


I have used bleach, but that has drawbacks (especially if you have vegetation close-by). Like BootsTripp, that sounds like you have a huge problem if you’ve done all of that and it isn’t working.

Out of curiosity, what is the size of the deck? Seeing as how some of the boards are cupping, would you be better off replacing all of the boards and starting anew?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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05-29-2018 03:23 PM

That’s hard that your having issues staining your deck. I’d read this article: https://www.lowes.com/projects/porch-deck-and-patio/clean-seal-stain-deck/project It gives great info on how to clean as well as stain your deck.

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