Feb 19 , 2019

How to Remove Flaking Deck Stain

Strip and Renew Wood Before Restaining

If the stain on your deck is weathered and peeling, the first step in renewing your deck is to remove all the stain. Solid-color stains protect wood decks and look great when new, but even the best solid color deck stain eventually flakes and wears away. At that point, they need to be scraped and stripped off before the deck can be recoated. In this article we’ll walk you through staining a previously stained deck.

Scrub off the solid color deck stain

remove flaking deck stain

First, scrape off as much of the old solid color deck stain as you can with a paint scraper as a deck stripper. As you scrape the wood, reset any nails or screws that stick out from the wood surface.

Next, strip the deck with a special deck stain remover (1 gallon covers 100 sq. ft.). Tape plastic over nearby siding, cover or wet down bushes and grass around the deck, then spread a heavy coat of stain remover over the stained boards. Scrub off old stain using a stiff brush and deck finish remover. Give the remover 15 to 30 minutes to soften the stain before you scrub. Cover 20 to 30 sq. ft. at a time, keeping the wood wet until the finish is soft enough to be scrubbed off with a stiff brush.

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