Essential for Prepping for Deck Staining

How To Strip TWP Deck StainPreviously Stained Deck/Wood

When removing a failed transparent wood or deck coating it is needed to use a Wood Stain Stripper. This will soften the old coating allowing easier removal.

Note: It is need not needed to do Step 1 Cleaning if you are using a Stain Stripper.

 

*This process will work on the majority of transparent and semi-transparent stains. It will not be as effective on solid or opaque stains.

  1. Wet wood or deck down thoroughly with water. Take extra care to pre-rinse vegetation and house.
  2. Apply Wood Stain Stripper following manufacturer's directions. Most deck strippers can be applied with a pump-up sprayer. The stripper should dwell on the wood for 10-15 minutes. The wood will "darken" in color during this process. Make sure that you mist the deck with water if it starts to dry. Use protective clothing, glasses,and gloves. We sell environmentally friendly products but they can still cause a reaction to skin and eyes.
  3. Pressure Wash or Hand Scrub the wood to remove the old coating,dirt, graying, mold, mildew.
  4. When done washing take time to rinse the wood, home, vegetation, stripper suds, dirt and wood fibers.
  5. Use a Wood Deck Brightener to "brighten" the wood and neutralize the wood back to the proper pH balance. This should dwell on the wood for 5-15 minutes. Once done make sure to rinse the wood, home, vegetation, etc.
  6. Wood should dry for 48 hours prior to a TWP Stain application.

*Make sure that you follow all manufacturers instructions:

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    TWP Stains · 05/21/2017
    David A Neuhaus:
    Using 100 series Cedar tone on a new cedar deck. The deck was finished in late fall 2016 and did not have time to properly age. After 1.5 months, I used the cleaner and brightener and then stained the deck (rather than face a st. Louis winter without any stain.

    Now that summer 2017 is here, the vertical wood is perfectly stained, but horizontal boards are faded and discolored. I expected this and am wanting to properly apply the stain to these areas again.

    - Can I do this or will it not absorb, because there is still a bit of stain left?
    - How can I prep this wood to complete staining for just the horizontal boards?
    - Should I use the cleaner and/or brightener? or gentle power washer for prep?


    P.S.
    BEST STAIN IN THE WORLD. Hands down your 100 series is the best on the planet.

    Use the Gemini kit at 1/2 the concentrate (4-6 oz) and a light pressure rinse for the prep. You can do just the horizontals. Thanks!
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    David A Neuhaus · 05/20/2017
    Using 100 series Cedar tone on a new cedar deck. The deck was finished in late fall 2016 and did not have time to properly age. After 1.5 months, I used the cleaner and brightener and then stained the deck (rather than face a st. Louis winter without any stain.

    Now that summer 2017 is here, the vertical wood is perfectly stained, but horizontal boards are faded and discolored. I expected this and am wanting to properly apply the stain to these areas again.

    - Can I do this or will it not absorb, because there is still a bit of stain left?
    - How can I prep this wood to complete staining for just the horizontal boards?
    - Should I use the cleaner and/or brightener? or gentle power washer for prep?


    P.S.
    BEST STAIN IN THE WORLD. Hands down your 100 series is the best on the planet.
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    TWP Stains · 04/27/2015
    m harnage:
    If I previously applied TWP 1500 and want to use it again years later, do I need to strip or will cleaning be sufficient?

    Use the Gemini Restore Kit for the prep.
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    m harnage · 04/27/2015
    If I previously applied TWP 1500 and want to use it again years later, do I need to strip or will cleaning be sufficient?
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    TWP Stains · 06/29/2014
    jim pohorylo:
    need to strip "Rhino Guard wood defense"
    it is an opaque type.
    This company went out of business...
    looking to strip and try the TWP product.
    20 year old pressure treated pine..
    would i need the brightener as well?
    24 x 12 ft deck plus 3 stairs and another 4 x 6 deck off our master...
    living in southern connecticut..

    need to be pointed in the right direction. quantity and steps needed.

    thanks!!!

    jim

    Strippers will not remove a solid opaque stain. You will need to sand it off. Once sanded off you should brighten than apply the TWP.
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    jim pohorylo · 06/28/2014
    need to strip "Rhino Guard wood defense"
    it is an opaque type.
    This company went out of business...
    looking to strip and try the TWP product.
    20 year old pressure treated pine..
    would i need the brightener as well?
    24 x 12 ft deck plus 3 stairs and another 4 x 6 deck off our master...
    living in southern connecticut..

    need to be pointed in the right direction. quantity and steps needed.

    thanks!!!

    jim
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    TWP Stains · 06/09/2014
    P Bianchi:
    "It is need not needed to do Step 1 Cleaning if you are using a Stain Stripper" Do you or don't you need to clean the deck first with a cleaner to remove the grey and mildew?

    If you use a Stain Stripper you do not need to use a cleaner. You will need a wood brightener.
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    P Bianchi · 06/08/2014
    "It is need not needed to do Step 1 Cleaning if you are using a Stain Stripper" Do you or don't you need to clean the deck first with a cleaner to remove the grey and mildew?