If you are unhappy with the current stain on your fence or deck, or if the old color is fading, cracking, or peeling, remove all previous products to bare wood before applying the new product for the best results. Unfortunately, not everyone knows where to begin, and the task may appear overwhelming.
As a result, we’ve made the following adjustments to help you through the process of removing stain & sealer-
Prepare the Surface and the Work Space
Work in a well-ventilated location or, if feasible, outside because wood stain remover releases strong fumes. When working outside, avoid working in high winds or direct sunshine.
The surface should be cleaned with soapy water and dried with a cloth or paper towels.
Prevent the chemical stain remover from splashing or leaking on adjacent surfaces. Place the stained furniture on top of a drop cloth and cover the hinges and other metal components with tape.
When removing stain from wood flooring, use painter’s tape at the seams where the walls meet the floor.
Remove the Old Stains/Coatings
You’ll need gloves, a mask, and a high-quality wood remover of your choice for the next stage. The brand determines the amount you should buy you select, so assess your wood’s square footage and look over the container for recommendations.
Scrape off the Residue
The stain remover layer swells or bubbles up when it is ready to be removed.
Just before the stain remover sets, carefully scrape the layer of stain and stripper residue from the wood surface with a plastic scraper or putty knife.
Scrub any leftover residue with a steel wool pad in the grain direction, paying special attention to trouble areas.
While the old paint or stain should be removed at this point, the job is not yet finished. After you’ve completed stripping and rinsing, use oxalic acid to neutralize the stripper and brighten the wood. This will assist to brighten and restore the original color of your wood while also preventing any long-term harm caused by the stripping technique.
Allow the wood to Dry
The wood must be completely dry before applying an oil-based, semi-transparent stain like Ready Seal, which may take several days.