We recently purchased this house and the deck was painted. It now needs to be repainted, but we want to stain it. We are in the mountains and can not use a pressure washer since we do not have outside water. What do you recommend to take off the paint and stain the deck?

  • Some pressure washers will work from a bucket. – RedGrittyBrick May 1 '15 at 8:35

Rent a drum sander and run it in line with the boards. You can take off a large amount of wood in short order depending on the grit of paper you use. Then use a sanding disc with a backer on a grinder for detail work where the drum will not go. We used 36 grit to bring some weathered wood back; probably took of over 1/4" off the top in that case! Total out of pocket should be around $200-$250 for everything.

  • Review the deck and pound in raised nails prior to sanding. – treeNinja May 1 '15 at 13:13

It is unlikely you can stain it. The paint soaks into the wood and stains it, so it will probably look really bad if you strip it. Also, I can't even imagine striping a deck. I have stripped doors and it is an insane amount of nasty work. Strip a whole deck, Jeez, what a nightmare.

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