Staining your wood is a common and effective way to bring it to life. However, sometimes the application can go wrong, maintenance may have been forgotten about or perhaps you just want to change up how your wood looks.
Removing wood stains may seem like a long task, but with the right products, it can be very simple.
You may have decided that you no longer want a natural-looking wood finish and wish to apply an opaque paint. Or perhaps you would prefer the stain to be a different color. Regardless of the reason, we’re here today to explain how to remove the wood stain with products from Owatrol.
Removing wood stain with Prepdeck
Prepdeck is a powerful and versatile wood stripper. It is specially designed for the removal of old solid and semi-transparent stains, grade stamps and other finishes from wood. You can even use it diluted to make a powerful cleaner for removing dirt and other surface contaminants from weathered woods.
As Prepdeck is a high-grade product, it is capable of thoroughly stripping even well-established stains. It’s important to thoroughly remove all finishes as this allows the wood to be prepared for new treatments.
Prepdeck is suitable for use on a wide variety of softwoods, hardwoods and even thermo wood. It can be used on almost any exterior surface such as decking, fences, sheds, garden furniture and more.
Few products on the market offer either the quality of results or the flexibility that you get from Prepdeck. Even less make the task of removing old finishes or preparing new wood as quick and as simple.
How do I use Prepdeck?
We recommend working in areas that can be completed in 15-30 minutes.
Firstly, apply the Prepdeck to the area to be stripped and allow it to work. After around 10 minutes, test a small area with a nylon scrubbing brush to see if the finish is lifting.
If the finish is lifting, scrub the area with a stiff nylon brush or deck brush in the direction of the grain. Then, if available, use a Power Washer at 1000-1500 psi (70-103 bars) depending on the type of wood.
Lastly, rinse with copious amounts of freshwater, using the highest pressure from a water source available or use a Power Washer at 500-1000 psi (35-70 bars) working in direction of the grain. (Rinse adjacent areas at the same time).
NB: The use of hot water makes the job easier.
After you have finished stripping, you must neutralize the wood with Net-Trol. This is a very important step as it stops the active ingredient in the Prepdeck from continuing to work.
Applying a new finish
After the wood has been left to dry for 48 hours, you can then apply a new finish of your choice.
With a wide variety of finishes available, including wood oils and opaque paints, we are sure we will have something for everyone’s taste.