Rated 2.4 out of 5 by 115
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 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 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by diy14 This stuff is outstanding!
Followed the directions by doing the work in the shade. Applied the product liberally and kept it damp. Waited about 20 minutes and reapplied another thin coat, keeping it damp as well. After another 15 or 20 minutes I dampened again and scrubbed with a brush. After scrubbing, I hosed it off. In my case, it was not necessary to use a power washer. I stripped a 200 sq. ft. porch in about four hours by working on one half at a time. In no place do I even see a hint of the previous stain. It worked perfectly!
July 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BigG This worked well for me
This worked well for me. I applied it with a roller and kept it wet by misting with a pressure washer (indirect spray). Apply direct to dry wood and mist to keep it wet seemed to be the key. it did take a while to lift the finish. Don't touch it for 30-40 minutes. Then I scrubbed it with a very stiff brush. I found adding more water for brushing helped turn the paint into a mud like consistency. After I scrubbed it all I pressure washed off. It removed 97% of the paint on the deck boards in one treatment. I think it would be very difficult to use on a vertical surface.
July 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by NateB Didn't work-Don't bother
I bought this after lots of internet researching, YouTube videos showing the product removing concrete paint from a deck, and still it didn't budge the paint I had.
Even tried it several times on a test area with a scrapper and power washer.
My deck is approximately 10 years old, with one layer of paint. Didn't even bubble/lift the paint. I have to say an actual paint stripper only lifted about 25% of the paint in the area I tried, so maybe it was the paint product, but im sure this stuff isn't very good either way. The label states, stain and finish remover, and it says it works on latex and oil finishes.
Home Depot had no problem letting me return the 4 gallons I bought even though i used about 30% of one of the jugs, so 1 star for that!
June 30, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Cz Waste of time and money
I'd give zero stars if it was an option. After applying the product with a roller to my deck, I gave it 45 minutes soak time and misted every 5 minutes, then tried scrubbing and power washing it off. The solid stain on my deck didn't budge. Decided to try again because the jug suggests reapplying to stubborn spots. Repeated the process the following day and got the same result - stain is still not budging. Hoping I can return an empty container for a refund.
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vas Works great on hard wood with oil based semi-transparent stain
It seems the variability in reviews is due to the jobs this product is used for.
I have a mahogany deck and semi transparent oil based stain on it (Australian Timber oil). I used this product to strip the deck and 80 feet of railing with balusters. It worked like a charm.
A few specifics (again, because the performance may vary with the details):
- I soaked the wood immediately before application
- I applied (more like scooped) the stripper to the balusters with a small nylon stiff bristle brush
- I had to use 5 gallons on the railing because of how liberally I applied it
- I periodically misted the stripper before pressure washing it off 30+ minutes later
Also of note, the railing terminates into white painted columns. The stripper ate right through the stain on the railing but did nothing (or close to nothing) to the white paint.
Final word of caution, this thing will melt your skin almost instantly upon contact. if you expect the stripper to spray/splash at you, invest in full body covering, gloves, and a face shield.
June 26, 2016