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Old 04-05-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Today I went and looked at a deck i did a year ago. The TWP semi-tran stain is flaking away from the decking. Its as though the stain never penetrated the wood. The owners step-son used Thompson weather sealer, witch of course has the wax in it. I did the best that i could to strip it off with chemical stiper. I did not sand it at all thinking it was good enough. So am i just confirming that there was still way to much wax built up in the decking? Have any of you done this and what options have you pursued? Did you end up sanding it down? The owner is a cool guy and would even pay me to do it right again, but i am trying to not look dumb through-out this process. Any suggestions or tips would rock!

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Old 04-05-2011, 07:13 AM   #2
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I thought it had silicone.
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Wax is difficult to remove and I am guessing that yes, that is the issue that you are having. TWP is a penetrating sealer so if it is flaking off, it just formed a film over the remaining Thompsons. You need a professional grade stripper (which cannot be found at a box or paint store) and you have to follow that with an acid pH balance before you try to seal again.

PM me, I will tell you where to order HD-80.
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What PressurePros said.

I don't think Thompson's is wax, but I think it's animal fat, either way it's got to come out of the wood before any stain can be used.

I've not heard of HD-80 stripper, but I'd like to know how this turns out, this may be a product we would recommend to other customers in similar situations.
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Thompson's, to the best of my knowledge, contains paraffin (wax). They may have changed the ingredients, but it is a terrible product no matter how you slice it.

Cusingeorge, HD-80 is an extremely hot caustic made by Extreme Solutions. I would not recommend it for homeowners as it can quickly cause second degree burns in minutes, but fine for contractors with the proper PPE.
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Ah, so like caustic soda beads, nasty stuff.

We'll leave it at that then.
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