Stain/Finish Stripper wont remove all the stain

Old 08-01-16, 03:44 PM
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Stain/Finish Stripper wont remove all the stain

Hi Everyone,

At my parents house, last year they decided to refinish their back porch. They used some type of coverall treatment that looked nice for one season and is already pealing pretty badly in the heavy traffic areas. This time they asked me to help them refinish the deck. I Bought Behr Wood Stain & Finish stripper. I followed all the instructions and online information. It worked ok but there were still many large areas that the finish that my parents used last year wont lift up. I tried gently power washing the deck and there as still large ares where the old finish wont come off. I am guessing I have to resort to sanding the whole deck but wanted to check to see if that is the right way to go from here.

Thanks for the help in advance!
Old 08-01-16, 03:47 PM
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Their technical data sheet says: If some of the old finish remains on the surface, repeat application procedure or spot sand as needed.

Looks like that product has poor reviews.
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I saw that, just wanted to make sure its a common thing to have to "spot sand" a lot.

Also, I was planning on using the Behr all in one cleaner before staining. Should I sand then use the cleaner or us the cleaner then sand? I have read places that say sanding should be the last step before staining but I don't want to waste using the cleaner when 1/4 of the deck is still covered in parts of stain.
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So far we have 0 pictures so we can not see what your seeing.
Behr products would be the last one product line anyone here would suggest.
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What type of stain is currently on the deck? what type do you intend to apply? It isn't always necessary to remove all of the existing stain - depends on what's currently there and what is going to be used.

pics would be helpful -

btw - welcome to the forums Zach!

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