Rated 2.3 out of 5 by 125
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ATLSparty It depends on what you are stripping....
5 Stars - This product worked very well for removing Behr's semi-transparent stain from my deck railing. I applied it with a paintbrush, misted it with the garden hose, scrubbed with a household scrub brush, and power washed it off with a light-duty electric power washer. I really did not need to allow any time for the stripper to "work," which made the job go really quick.
3 Stars - I also used this product to strip a Cabot solid color stain from my 12 x 24 pressure treated pine deck. It took 3 gallons and two applications to remove about 90% of the Cabot stain. For scrubbing, I used a heavy duty deck brush and Scotch Brite pads. I still had to sand those spots where the stain had bonded especially well to the wood. Maybe my experience says more about the quality of Cabot stain. In the end, the stripper mostly worked, but you will end up doing a lot of scrubbing and sanding if you're removing a high quality solid color stain.
August 9, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Danny An objective review
I also do not understand the poor reviews. I think it may be due to the not-so-clear directions on how to use the product and on how to actually strip the layer of stain/pain off of the wood. I also think it may be due to unreasonable expectations where one may have an area with multiple coatings of paint and expect the product to remove stain/paint like paint strippers do.
In my case, during the previous treatment of my deck two years ago, I inadvertently used an oil based stain. While trying to prep and pressure wash my deck for restoration, I realized what I had done because the stain was not coming off as it had in previous years that I had used water based products. I read multiple reviews of different products and decided to give this product a try as others were expensive and I had no guarantee that they would work any better than this product.
How I used the product. I have a 500 square foot deck. I decided to try one gallon. I generously applied the whole gallon to an approximately 120 square feet area. I let it sit for 45 minutes but started misting the area after 20 minutes so it would not dry up. According to the instructions, you must NOT let it get dry. After the 45 minutes, I attempted to scrub the area using a large stiff brush. This did not work well for me as it was spreading the stain to be removed rather than lifting it. But I did use the stiff brush as it loosened the stain from the wood. I also tried to use a water hose which did not work at all. I then went straight to the power washer and that worked very well. It took me about 2 hours total time to do this area.
NOTE: Be careful when stepping on the stuff, it is slippery.
In short, apply generously (DO NOT TRY TO BE CHEAP) let it sit for 45 minutes and mist area to not let it dry. Use lots of elbow grease in scrubbing the area with a thick brush. Then, USE A POWER WASHER! A regular faucet pressure will NOT remove the covering. See results in picture.
Lastly, use a respirator, goggles, long sleeve Tees and NO shorts.
August 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cat528 WORKS GREAT! Just follow the directions
I don't understand how this has gotten so many low reviews. I used it today and it was PERFECT! We needed to remove semi-transparent stain from our cedar deck railings and spindles. Bought this product along with a small 3 inch roller to apply. Before applying I MISTED the deck with water - just lightly misted, not soaked. Shook product very well and poured into a small paint pan. Wearing gloves and working in small sections of the railings, I rolled this product generously onto the deck rails and spindles and let it sit for at least 10-15 minutes after done applying. Then I used a small work broom with stiff bristles to lightly rub the rails and the stain started coming off in a gloppy mess. Using just a hose on "stream" setting, I sprayed off the product along with all the stain. It literally just washed off the wood. Rinsed until water was clear.
Other reviewers must not be doing something right, because this was so EASY and IT REALLY WORKED!! The hardest part is just make sure you don't get it on your skin, but if you are careful then that isn't a problem. Will be using the Behr deck cleaner on it tomorrow to make it really clean and will be ready to stain after that. Definitely works - check out before and after photos.
July 7, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bob Don't waste your $
I have large Deck with barn red stain!! Ran into Behr guy at Home Depot and he referred me to this product (#64) 5 gallons and over a $100 later my deck dries and I either need to sand it or replace it... ps. I bought a $9 can of citristrip and used it on gate and hard to reach places and not a spot of stain left and it power washed right off. (No scrub brush, scrapper etc.) Should've just bought a case of that
September 12, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by behrowesme20bucks As bad as it seems
Trying to remove a worn tinted barn red stain from a structurally intact deck. Followed the directions, 3 applications later and you can see the lack of removal in the pic. Used a stiff bristle brush and a power washer to try and remove the stain. Nada. I doubt this stuff can remove water color paint.
April 24, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Welchgoose No more effective than a hose on my deck
Long story short: this will work fairly well if you're removing a transparent stain. Will likely not work for you if you're removing a solid color.
It's 2016. In 2011 I put two coats of a Behr semi-transparent stain on beautiful clean and dry wood. That didn't hold up well with my dogs nails (small dogs but a lot of traffic) and began peeling off like scotch tape. It was frustrating and couldn't be touched up effectively. Once the peel started, it was impossible to stop. In hindsight I wish I had done the two coats a few days apart instead of a few hours apart. I think the two coats adhered to each other a lot stronger than they adhered to the wood.
To combat the peeling and simplify the project, I applied two coats of Behr solid color deck stain in 2013 or 2014. The peeling issue was eliminated but eventually the paint began flaking off (again due to the dogs). I figured it was time to strip off everything (four coats) and start fresh.
This product doesn't stay wet enough to work effectively, and the instructions make it clear to not water it down - but they do say to spray it down to keep it wet! Strange. I've tried numerous application techniques, putting on 1-4 coats, using a roller, using a brush, misting it periodically, even covering the treated area with plastic in an effort to keep it wet. In most areas, the product took numerous coats to remove the solid color, and then a lot more effort and re-application to remove the stain underneath. I was able to determine no 'best way' to use the product - all took a lot more product, time and labor than was expected.
Bottom line, this product is not thick enough to work effectively nor is it powerful enough to work as-advertised unless you are removing the thinnest/simplest of transparent stains. I would not recommend it for anything involving multiple layers, especially solid color. I obtained similar results on my deck using no product, keeping the targeted boards wet for a few hours while periodically hitting it along the grain with my hose nozzle.
September 11, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rob Worked well on 1 coat of latex
I thought it was going to be just like I saw on Youtube. The smiling guy on Youtube just applied it with a roller, let it sit 15 minutes, hosed it off with a garden hose, applied deck brightener, and voila, he had a new looking deck! Boy was I wrong. I started this project last week, a 12 x 12 deck, and it is taking me forever to finish because I thought this product would help, but I might have been just better off scraping, peeling and sanding it all which is what I had to do anyway.
Im a rookie at this type of project, so I watched as many Youtube videos as I could and then went and bought a gallon of this product, a gallon of their wood brightener, and orbital palm sander, some paint rollers and a brush. I applied a little and it didn’t look as thick as it did on youtube, so I shook it some more and then it looked thicker. I had to shake it a lot to get it to thicken up. I then rolled it on with a paint roller, and waited 25 minutes. It was still wet when I tried to remove it with the pressure washer, and it did start to remove the latex paint that was on my deck, but much to my surprise, there was another coat of latex paint under the top coat. The second coat wouldn’t come off, even when I pressure washed it, so I waited 2 days for it to dry, then applied another coat of stripper. (one coat cost me $20 for a gallon, so now Im up to $40). Waited 15 minutes, then pressure washed it off. Now before my eyes I see a third coat of paint. I guess I would recommend that people make sure they are only removing 1 coat of stain or paint, otherwise you will be repeating this process a few times like I had to
Finally, after the 3rd application of stripper, the base coat came off, but the wood is around 15 years old, and I let it go for 3 years without maintaining it so some of the base coat just sunk into the wood and wouldn’t let go no matter what I tried. I think its an oil based paint. The wood isn’t in horrible shape, but I guess trying to completely remove paint from old wood is not possible. I decided to sand the whole deck with my palm sander, and after 3 afternoons, I did it 3 times. First with 40 grit pads, then 60 then 80. I expected to see a beautiful deck, and some of it did come back to look good, but a lot of it still had a lot of base white paint in the wood. This is after 3 coats of stripper, and 3 rounds of sanding. The lesson I am learning is that sometimes no matter how hard you try, its just not going to look the way a new deck would. I started to paint it, and the places that I was able to completely strip and sand look ok. The places that the paint just wouldnt come off look pretty bad because they didn’t blend well, but now I know that letting your deck go too long without painting or staining will decrease your decks lifespan and appearance.
My suggestions if you want to use this product:
Shake it very well so that it’s a thick paste
Use it only on wood that’s less than 3 years old or in very good shape. If paint or stain has deeply permeated your aged wood, this wont help because it wont get into the deeper cracks.
Reapply if you have multiple coats of paint or stain
Youre going to have to sand if you have older wood, this wont remove everything
A pressure washer definitely helped me strip the latex off, I cant see just using a garden hose.
It took me 5 times as long to do because of the other coats I had to remove, and my old wood. If my wood was in better shape, it might have taken me much less time and looked a lot better.
The pictures are after the first 3 coats of stripper, and the second picture is after 3 rounds of sanding.
April 25, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Derrick Horrible. Waste of time, money, and effort.
This stuff is junk. Put it on thick, thin - doesn't matter. Wait 15 minutes, an hour - doesn't matter. Took off very little of the semi-solid stain on my deck, pretty much just the areas that were already peeling. Had to wait until the deck was thoroughly dry before sanding, Save yourself the time, money, and effort and just sand your deck. This product sucks.
August 6, 2016