Outdoor furniture being stripped

How to strip outdoor furniture

Why waste money on new outdoor furniture when you can just revive it? Many people re put off stripping their furniture and decide it’s easier to just throw it out and get new ones.

However, we’re here today to show you just how quick and easy it really is!

Which stripper do I need?

We have two wood stripping products available; Prepdeck and Aquanett. Depending on which finish your wood currently has will depend on which product you will need to use.

Prepdeck is a premium remover and wood cleaner. It specially designed for the removing of old solid and semi-transparent stains, unsightly grade stamps and other finishes from wood.

Aquanett is a powerful, biodegradable, water washable remover and cleaner. It strips out new, old and encrusted oils from exterior wooden surfaces blackened by UV rays.

How to work out your touch time to strip garden furniture

Before you start stripping the entire area you should first perform a touch test (this is the same regardless of the stripper you are planning to use). To do this you apply to the stripper to a small area and leave it to work. After a period of time, you begin to scrub the edge to see if the coatings are lifting, if not leave it a little longer and try again.

Once the coating is lifting successfully you can record the amount of time it has been on and that is your touch time. This is approximately how long you can expect it to take for the rest of the surface – although this is, of course, dependent on the surface being coated evenly!

In all cases, we’d recommend trying a sample to test for the touch time before embarking on the whole job.


Application of both products is quick and easy. Here is a brief summary of how to apply them, but please remember to read all the instructions thoroughly on the product page before applying to your wood.

How to strip decking with PrepdeckPrepdeck wood strpper and cleaner

  • Work in areas that can be completed in 15-30 minutes.
  • First apply Prepdeck wood stripper (in dilution recommended for your wood type – see the packaging) with a synthetic brush to the area to be stripped or cleaned and leave it to work.
  • After an appropriate time test small area with a nylon scrubbing brush to see if  the finish or dirt is lifting.
  • If it is lifting then scrub the area with a stiff nylon brush, deck brush or use a Power Washer at 1000-1500 psi (70-103 bars) depending on the type of the wood. (Always work in the direction of the grain.)
  • Next rinse with copious amounts of fresh water, using the highest pressure from the water source available or use a Power Washer at 500-1000 psi (35-70 bars) working in direction of grain. (Rinse adjacent areas at same time). The use of hot water makes the job easier.

How to strip decking with AquanettAquanett 2.5L wood oil cleaner

  • Apply a thick coat of Aquanett wood oil remover over the whole surface to be stripped. For large areas work in smaller zones.
  • Then allow product to work (max 5 minutes).
  • Next, scrub surface with stiff nylon scrubbing brush while flushing with water, alternatively use a pressure washer (max. 60 bars / 870 psi).
  • Thoroughly rinse the surface after stripping with fresh clean water.
  • After stripping and rinsing, surfaces must immediately be treated with Net-Trol while still wet to neutralize the surface.

Make sure you neutralize your wood!

This is a very important step in the stripping process. Net-Trol is a neutralizing product that stops the active chemical in the stripper from continuing to work.

Net-Trol Wood Cleaner wooden background

Once you have finished stripping the deck you will need to neutralize the wood because paint strippers are strong chemicals which if remaining on the surface it can prevent finishes from adhering correctly or cause blistering. This is a simple process and can be completed using Net-Trol wood cleaner.

  • Firstly, wet the surface with clean water.
  • Next, apply Net-Trol with a synthetic brush.
  • Once applied, scrub the surface with a stiff brush.
  • Leave it for 10-20 minutes.
  • Then finally scrub the surface whilst rinsing with water.

Now your wood has been stripped and neutralized, it now now ready for a finish to be applied. We have a variety of finishes available. Our most popular outdoor furniture product is Textrol.

Finishing your wood

Textrol is a penetrating wood oil finish for exterior softwood and hardwood on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. It is a penetrative product which saturates the wood to protect it from within – as there’s no film on the surface it will not peel or flake.

Textrol enhances the natural beauty of the wood whilst providing a mildew-resistant finish with exceptional and long-lasting protection from the effects of moisture, weathering, and UV rays. It is applied wet-on-wet which saves time as you don’t need to wait for coats to dry during application and is available in 4 colors.

What’s better is that the maintenance is easy, with local touch-ups and no laborious sanding required!

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