Made a deck stripping project easy
I was dreading stripping my deck but it was looking nasty. I read good things about this product. It was more expensive than some of the others but worth every cent in my opinion. I sprayed on the stripper and then power washed it off. I wasn’t expecting the old tinted water sealer to come… up as easily as it did. A couple stubborn areas needed some brushing afterwards but they also came up. The second phase (cleaner) made my 20 year old pressure treated decking look like new. Great stuff! Read more “Made a deck stripping project easy”
It took 3 tries to remove 6 years of stain. Those were heavy dose of the mixture. The brighter didn’t work I did it twice.
The product did an excellent job ad easy to use. We used a garden type sprayer to apply
I had Sikens SRD stain on my pressure treated deck. used the Heavy Duty Wood stripper and agitated with a stiff deck brush. waited 20 minutes and rinsed, with a pressure washer with a low pressure tip. even did my vertical post. and beam,and the stripper worked great..was not sure it would work on the… vertical surface, but it did for me..cleaned off the 6 by 6 post and 12 inch header, used the same brush also..took the stain off and cleaned the graying off the boards that the stain was gone on..hd-80 worked great for me..took a little work but the most important thing was the product worked… Read more “worked”
Great product! Works as advertised!
Product works great! Stripping 3 coats (over 30yrs) of stain from my log home. 20-30mins of dwell time for the hd80 seems to be the sweet spot for my application. Then hit it with the pressure washer. Commercial grade stuff! Citralic doesn’t take much work at all. Spray on, quick brush, then rinse off. Very… happy with the results. Read more “Great product! Works as advertised!”
Worked fairly well on overapplied, oil-based, semi-transparent deck stain…better than expected!
Stripper does an amazing job with minimal scrubbing and effort…as long as a pressure washer is used. While the higher pressure rinsing may chew up the wood a bit, doing a quick sanding afterwards is much less effort, and it produces a nicer, professional quality appearance. SHADE and COOL SURFACE are the keys when using… this product; evaporation of the stripper is your enemy. Read more “Worked fairly well on overapplied, oil-based, semi-transparent deck stain…better than expected!”
Used both products and found them superior to any other to remove two applications of stain …
Used both products and found them superior to any other to remove two applications of stain and brightened the 25 yr old deck to like new appearance
Revived a deck that was given up on a DEAD
We have 24 year old pressure treated deck, with many of layers of semi-transparent oil based stain, that was neglected for the past 7 years. We thought we would have to replace the deck. One coat of stripper and the deck looked excellent. When we followed with brightener it truly looks like a new deck.
Does the job if you do it right
I used it to remove solid stain from my deck. I followed the instructions and it did a pretty good job. I had to apply the stripper and pressure wash it twice before I could get a satisfactory result.
waste of money and
used on behr redwood stain, complete zero effect, only bought $10 sample, waste of money and time
Minuscule results I did further research online and found comments by contractors who informed solid stains like the ones on my deck can only be
This stripper did nothing to remove the solid paint on my deck. I thoroughly tested this stripper but it didnt really do much. Test 1: 1. Tested on a small corner of deck
2. Applied stripper, let sit 25 minutes, power washed off – minuscule results Test 2: 1. Tested on the same small… corner of the deck
2. Sprayed stripper liberally and scrubbed into deck with deck brush
3. Re-applied stripper liberally after scrubbing into deck
4. Washed with garden hose (no powerwash the 2nd time)
5. Minuscule results I did further research online and found comments by contractors who informed solid stains like the ones on my deck can only be removed with sanding. This stuff may work flawlessly on other deck stains or paints but the one on my deck is not affected. Read more “Minuscule results I did further research online and found comments by contractors who informed solid stains like the ones on my deck can only be”
Product did not work at all very disappointed with the yellow residue left on logs after use …
Product did not work at all very disappointed with the yellow residue left on logs after use that took hours to sand off.
Stripping a fence of old semi-transparent stain is a …
Stripping a fence of old semi transparent stain is a lot of work. The stripper helped a lot and the neutralizer worked to clean up the residue from the caustic in the stripper. Make sure you wear a dust mask and eye protection.
This is the stripper to use!
Awesome stripper! I have a huge porch that I had to strip. A huge wrap around and a large uncovered back deck. The previous owners had on a semi solid stain that of course peeled. I had to strip my whole deck in order to go to an oil stain. This made that bearable to… do. I had a semi solid stain on my covered porch and a solid stain on my uncovered porch. The semi came off like butter! the solid, took more work. It does not work so well on vertical applications, unless you are working on a not so hot day, like an overcast day. for my posts, i did them in the morning and then sanded them. it took a lot off but you really have to reapply it a lot for vertical applications. The brighter worked great, but I only used the brightener after i sanded with 80 grit the whole deck. its important to open up the wood to allow the stain to soak in. so after stripping, letting the wood dry for 2 days, sanding, Then i sprayed on the brightener, and sprayed off with a garden hose. I then let the wood sit for 3 days till it was completely dry and then stained my deck. Some tips. 1. use more than it tells you too
2. Keep the area wet with product during the wait time, dont let it get dry.
3. use a pressure washer to spray off
4. on solid stain you will have to strip it more than once.
5. Try not to work in the sun. Do early morning or late afternoon. it helps keep the product wet.
6. buy more than what you think you will need if you have a large deck or solid stain. This project of mine took all summer, but there is no way I would of done it, if i didn’t have this product. My end result was wonderful as I will never have to strip again and never have peeling stain, only do a maintenance coat with oil stain! The last photo is of the new oil stain. Read more “This is the stripper to use!”
Great product and great service
I’m giving this product 5 stars even though I’m not through experimenting with it. My initial use of the product was quite positive, dissolving much more than other products I experimented with and with less brushing. I am still experimenting with it but I expect the results to be great. The owner of the Woodrich… Brand Co. also emailed me offering assistance with my project, which I took him up on. He responded right away. Update 1/13/18
This product has made the wood look like new. I highly recommend it for renewing your wood project. I used it on cedar siding but I think it would be just as great on decking. Now I’m waiting for the delivery of the Timber Oil from the same company. The sample bottles I got look good. Read more “Great product and great service”
It did a great job getting the old stain off
I used this on an older deck with solid color stain over an older stain. It did a great job getting the old stain off. Although I had to sand the stain off the floor of the deck.it did a great job of coming off the spindles. Applying it then using a power sprayer worked… really well, though it didn’t get the under layer f stain very well. With repeated coating it should work REALLY well. Read more “It did a great job getting the old stain off”
Preformed well on the first application for removal of most …
Preformed well on the first application for removal of most of the paint. The second application to remove the stubborn spots were very disappointing and had to resort to sanding
Worked exactly as described if not better than expected.
Nice touch. Mixed per regular instructions for use on …
Product arrived a day earlier than expected along with an email for additional support if needed. Nice touch. Mixed per regular instructions for use on Behr solid acrylic (sanded) finish that mostly failed. Used it on a redwood deck that was pre-power-washed to remove the some of the peeled finish. The stripper softened some of… the stubborn areas so that another power-wash got most of it. Some frizzing of the wood required sanding. The brightener was definitely required to bring back the redwood coloring after the stripper darkened the wood. Would use again, but in higher concentrate for this stubborn Behr finish (which I would NOT recommend). Read more “Nice touch. Mixed per regular instructions for use on …”
This product did an excellent job stripping oil bases stain off of my deck …
This product did an excellent job stripping oil bases stain off of my deck and brightening it before my new stain application. Very pleased.
Best stripper I have used
Our summer project is to strip the deck. I researched a lot of strippers and this one was the most recommended. The HD-80 works great! I have used it on semi stain and solid stain. I have a huge wrap around deck that is covered and a large back deck that is uncovered. Here are… my tips. 1. apply liberally with pump sprayer. do not be afraid to over use it.
2. It says to keep product wet with product. I spritz with the stripper during the 15 minute wait time, several times. If it was really hot out, be advised the stripper will dry quicker, so misting with a garden hose/pressure washer mist, and the product works great.
3. Solid stain, let it sit longer and realize if your solid stain has baked in the sun for years, you will probably have to two removals. Do the first one and see how it goes, wait a day and do another. It comes off easier the second time on solid stains.
4. This stuff is caustic. wear eye protection, long sleeves and a mask. I would get it on my skin and it burns. so have the hose handy to rinse when that happens. also take your shoes off before you go in the house to refill with warm water. i partition off an area so the animals would not walk where i was for the day, until i could clean the floor. (I am just over protective pet parent)
5. Using the pressure washer greatly helps and it helps to keep the product wet in other areas while you are removing the section you are working on.
6. make sure to hose down any shrubs, flowers before applying and using product
7. stripping vertically. I had several large posts to strip and its hard. you have to constantly apply this stripper as it runs and then get off what you can with the pressure washer. I redid my vertical posts over several days because let’s face it, gravity always wins. but just keep at it and then sand off the rest.
8. Buy more than what you thing you will need. I bought double and i have used it. Overall, i am very pleased as it took off the semi stain like butter with the pressure washer and the solid stain it worked well. Read more “Best stripper I have used”
Worth the money
Excellent product.easy to use.cut time in half.I won’t buy anything else.my customers love it.thanks
Good but harsh, as they say.
A few things. Took off most of the stain.. but some.. remained. Did not want to do it again.. due to the caustic nature of the stuff. Worked on the stains that were not oil based… the oil.. somewhat. Great price but harsh stuff. Ended up stripping… powerwashing…. neutralizing… powerwashing.. then sanding. Came out great!!… But hard to get there. Read more “Good but harsh, as they say.”
Didn’t do what I had expected
Unfortunately it didn’t do the job for me. Spent $60 and followed the directions and it took off maybe 30% of the old deck paint. Maybe it was the paint I had used on the deck but I ended up belt-sanding the entire deck which took a good part of the week. Not very happy… with the results. Maybe it will work better on other deck coatings. Read more “Didn’t do what I had expected”
Worked great. Brightener did not do much for me.
Big box stroe brands are a waste of time
As a professional contractor HD80 is the one of the few strippers that we will use. Big Box Store brands are a waste of time.
Need a consistent deck stripper…
I purchased 2 of these kits back in September, due to my having quite a bit of decking (nearly 900 sq. ft.) and I wanted to have the stripping/cleaning/new stain on my deck by now since I had the extra time to get it done. I have to give the HD-80 product 3 stars, just… because it worked great on some of the vertical pieces of my wood decking, not all of it. On the rest, the solution either just sat on it or dripped. I made 4 gallons of this product to brush onto my vertical posts, spindles and frames, using a couple of paint brushes, since these are the most difficult to remove 2 coats of a brand-name latex deck stain. I kept the items as wet as possible with the solution, then rinsed 15-20 minutes after each application. Some of the posts, spindles and frames looked great where I can see the bare wood, while the others still have latex deck stain on them. To rinse these, I used the “Jet” setting on my multi-spray hose nozzle that was attached to my garden hose, then I used a medium-hard nylon bristle scrub brush to try to remove the excess stain, then rinsed again. After a few days, I repeated the process of using more of this solution onto those said items, waited another 15-20 minutes after applying, rinsed, scrub-brushed, then rinsed again. Same result. As of today, I haven’t tried this on my horizontal floorboards/planks yet so I can’t say how this product works on those items. Also, since I’ve been continually stripping the verticals of the deck, I haven’t been able to use the deck brightener/neutralizer yet. Considering that my decking is getting up in age (16 years), I really didn’t want to work with a power washer but now I might have to…also, now that we’re nearing the month of November, I’m going to be pretty limited in time and weather to continue working on these decks (I’m in PA). I sure was hoping that this product would be the one but…as of now, not so much. UPDATE: Today is May 17, 2017 and I finally had the time (and weather) to get back to my deck restoration project. Also, I purchased a new pressure washer a few weeks ago to make my stripping job easier (or so I had hoped!) Well, yesterday I used the remaining HD-80 stripper on my upper decking floorboards. I followed the directions for removing the latex, semi-transparent deck stain (apply, wait 15 minutes), with using my pressure washer this time. This time, the results were truly wonderful! Very, very little stain left on the wood! After I finished these, I tried using this on some of my vertical spindles with the pressure washer. Again, some of the old stain came off, while the rest barely budged. I didn’t want to risk damaging my wood just to get the rest of this stain off so I stopped while I was ahead. At this point, I can say that for horizontal wood pieces, the HD-80 wood stripper is a great product. For vertical ones, it’s just okay. I would still give this product 3 stars just because of the fact that I had to use a pressure washer for optimal results, and it still didn’t work on all of my wood. Today, I finally used the Citralic wood brightener. Now this is a 5-star product! All my bare wood looked wonderful after using this stuff! Plus, it was easy to prepare and use. I would highly recommend this product! So, for the two products, I’ll have to give 4 stars (average of 3 stars for the stripper and 5 stars for the neutralizer). Read more “Need a consistent deck stripper…”
No magical removal but it works
After trying home depots deck stripper and it did not remove the stain like I thought, I found the Hd80. It sounded pretty good. I have to say, I don’t think it is as good as it sounds. By this I mean it does remove the stain, but only in increments. You put it on,… wait for 30 mins. or an hour or so and scrub and take it off with water. We did follow directions and it took putting it on, waiting, taking it off, 3 times. It still did not remove all of the stain, but got most of it. I will have to sand to get it all off. The good thing about it, and why I gave it 4 stars is because I ordered the 10 pound bucket along with the brightener and I used 2/3 of the bucket. It goes pretty far and you can use it a little stronger. The home depot stripper is $20 per gallon and I would have probably spent who knows how much since I had to do it 3 times. We had home depot stain on the deck for years. Semi transparent and it build up over that time and 1/2 of the deck looked like solid stain. Since we actually have an upper level deck and a lower, we only are going to be able to do the upper one this year. I will have to order another bucket of hd80 for the spring. One thing is for sure, I am going back to the penofin oil. It’s what I put on it the first few years and when I couldn’t find it any more, switched to home depot stain. The deck is cedar and it’s 15 yrs old and we had to replace boards It’s really a lot of work and we are fighting the weather now so I will not even get to the spindles but I plan to make them a solid stain. I guess there is no stripper that will easily remove build up of stain like that. I will keep using the hd80 though. It’s a bargain for all the decking we have. Just know that if you have a lot of build up of stain, it won’t be quick to take off. There is no magical way to do it. I won’t EVER strip again after this. I’m planning on staying with the oil. My deck looked much better with it. By the way, I used 1/2 of the gallon of home depot stripper on a small section of deck. Since this side of the deck is about 12 x 30, you can imagine how many I would have needed to do it 3x’s. So, don’t be afraid to buy the hd80, it does work, but you can’t put it on stain build up and expect it to remove it the first time. I don’t think there is a product out there that can. Read more “No magical removal but it works”
easy to apply with garden sprayer (huge benefit) 2
1. easy to apply with garden sprayer (huge benefit)
2. works very fast and effectively compared to other stuff I tried (strips stain in about 15-20 min)
3. not super caustic like other strippers that fry your skin or cause you to grow a third nipple (you can wear latex gloves while working… with it, while most of the other strippers that come in liquid form will fry your skin) I had to strip and re-stain my 3,000 sq ft deck, which was a dark mahogany. I wanted a natural look where the grain shows. I bought this after reading lots of reviews, and after trying about 4 other products purchased at Home Depot that were absolutely horrible. Besides working very well, this stuff is sprayable–a huge benefit that makes applying it super easy. You just put a cup of the HD-80 powder in a garden sprayer, dissolve it in a gallon of water, pump it up, and spray it on a section of the deck. Wait 20 minutes and use a pressure to remove the stain. You won’t get everything off unless the stain is light. With a dark stained deck like I had, the best you can hope for is about 90-95% removal of the previous stain. Once the wood dries (1-2 days), give everything a light sanding, but on the areas where the stripper didn’t get off the previous stain, use an orbital sander. Once you’ve sanded, you use the Citralic neutralizer to balance the PH of the wood. This is mandatory and it works immediately. I believe the results are best if you neutralize after sanding. Just spray it onto the wood, then rinse after 15 minutes. The once dry, you have a bright, clean, prepped deck that you can stain. Wish I had started with this stuff because once I tried it, my deck project moved forward very quickly. Read more “easy to apply with garden sprayer (huge benefit) 2”
This stuff is awesome! My 12 year old deck looks new again.
This stuff is awesome! My twelve year old deck looks new again. Be sure to follow the directions and keep it damp while it works and the job will be a breeze.