How To Remove Paint From Deck Before Staining: Steps To Get Rid Of Paint

Steps To Get Rid Of Paint From Deck Before Staining

After years of usage, the deck paint may look weathered which the user can fix by stripping the old paint off and staining or repainting the deck. The steps to remove paint from the deck before staining are as follows:
  1. Determine The Type Of Paint:
    The first step is to determine the type of paint used on the deck as latex paint can be removed easily whereas oil-based paint is tough to remove. The user can determine the type of paint by doing a simple test i.e. the user needs to pour a small amount of alcohol on a cotton swab or rag and rub it over the deck paint. If some paint comes off the deck with rubbing, it is likely that the paint is latex and if it doesn't come off then the paint is oil-based.
  2. Apply Stripper:
    The next step will be to apply a suited paint stripper for both oil & latex based paint by using a paintbrush. It has been recommended by the experts to work in 10 by 10-foot sections and start from the far end towards the stairs of the deck. The user needs to cover the entire deck with a stripper and let it sit on the deck as per label instructions. After the time period, the paint will start to bubble automatically after which the user can switch to the next step.
  3. Prepare Power Washer:
    After that, the user needs to set a power washer at low pressure at around 800-1200 pounds psi (per square inch). Also, the user needs to turn the nozzle and adjust the power washer to a 3 feet wide spray. It has been recommended to use cold water only.
  4. Spray Wash The Paint:
    The next step is to spray wash the paint by holding the power washer 18-20 inches away. The user needs to work section by section starting from the rails and work downwards towards the floor. It has been recommended to spray in the direction of the grain and in sweeping motions. The step should be continued until the whole paint is off the deck. If required, the user can repeat the steps as well from applying the stripper to spray washing the paint.
  5. Let The Deck Dry:
    The last step in the process will be to let the deck dry completely for about 48 hours before staining or repainting it.
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