Sanding and stripping are the two most popular methods of removing a finish from decking and returning it to bare wood. first, scrape off as much of the old solid color deck stain as you can with a paint scraper as a deck stripper. As you scrape the wood, reset any nails or screws that stick out from the wood surface. Next, strip the deck with a special deck stain remover (1 gallon covers 100 sq.). in this 2-part series, i show how i stripped, cleaned, repaired, stained and sealed our old deck from start to finish for cheap! For part 2 of the series, click here. When we bought our house in the spring of 2016, the stain on the deck was already flaking off and i knew i would have to refinish it at some point. Fast forward a year (2017), and there are now rotting boards on the deck floor. Decks covered in old, peeling paint can diminish the appearance of your landscape and exterior living areas of your home. Lypressurewasher to remove and strip paint off my deck using a pressure water jet and a citrus based stripper, it was so easy! Click. Need to remove old paint before painting deck? Its about that time, wondering if you really need to remove old paint, before painting deck. Going to walk you through this important question, answers for a beautiful, long lasting deck coating. Now, years after the job, the paint is weathered and peeling. Maybe you are about to call a contractor to get an estimate for stripping the deck back down to its natural finish. The first step is to strip off the old finish and clean up the wood. While the second is to paint, stain or finish the newly cleaned surface. Making your own homemade deck stripper enables you to transform the look of your wood deck without using harsh chemical strippers or expensive commercial products. Stripping the wood removes the old coating and allows you to stain, seal or paint the deck to revive its attractive look.