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I've painted a few decks, but today was my first chance to strip one. I used the SW Deckscapes Stain and Sealer Remover. The first bottle came out thick like syrup. It was definitely doing something, but I spent the whole day trying different brushes and working like a maniac on this stupid 5x10 deck. I finally ran out and opened the new bottle. The new bottle was as thin as water. Anybody know what it is supposed to look like?
 

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What's the active ingredient on the stripper? If you're taking off stain then sodium hydroxide is what you want, I find it's usually in between syrup and water. I like to mop it on, let it soak in for about 10 minutes then pressure wash off.
 

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instock said:
Yep. It's Sodium Hydroxide. It's like mopping Drano on the deck...
I've noticed that too, the thicknesses will vary depending what kind you get, but they all serve the same purpose. Be sure to apply oxalic acid to bring the ph level back down and brighten up the deck before you put the new stain on.
 
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