EXPERT Clean & Bright | Wood Stripper: Deck Stain Remover

Size: 5 Gallon (40lb)
Sale price$279.99
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This is our go-to Wood Stripper.  Made with Potassium Hydroxide and an added Sodium Metasilicate boost helps to lift oil based stains, extreme organic growth and some water based coatings.  A Stripper Booster can be added to remove tough water based stains.  

Potassium Hydroxide / Sodium Metasilicate Blend


A heavy alkaline caustic stripper that can remove oil based finishes and when boosted with Stripper Booster can remove stubborn water base finishes.


  • For a Light Strip: Mix 1/4 cup per gallon of water
  • For a Medium Strip: Mix 1/2 cup per gallon of water
  • For a Heavy Strip: Mix 1 cup per gallon of water 


  • Strippers must be kept wet or they will not work, a light mist every few minutes will do.
  • Test on a small, inconspicuous area of the wood to ensure proper wood care.
  • Always wet plants, shrubs, and other surrounding vegetation before and after use.
  • Always brighten the wood after using this cleaner using Stain & Seal Wood Brightener


Extreme caution should be taken when using strippers. They will burn skin, remove paint from houses, and kill plants, grass and pets.  

  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Exposure to sodium hydroxide or sodium metasilicate could cause irritation to the eyes, skin, or lungs. If contact occurs, rinse immediately with water for 15 minutes. If irritation continues, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Do not ingest.
  • Always wear personal protective equipment when using this product.

Coverage Rates

Coverage: 8oz of EXPERT Clean & Bright Wood Cleaner will make 1 gallon of cleaning solution and cover approximately 150 to 250 sq. ft. depending on surface and method of application.

Application Method

REAL APPLICATION. Easy-to-Use & Clean-Up.

Read through all the step-by-step instructions prior to using EXPERT®™ Clean & Bright Wood Stripper.

MIXING: Always wear heavy-duty rubber gloves, NIOSH approved respirator and full PPE when working with EXPERT Clean & Bright Wood Stripper, or any other EXPERT Clean & Bright products.  Wood Strippers can cause chemical burns if in contact with skin, eyes or lungs. Mix 4oz to 8oz of Wood Stripper with each gallon of cold water and stir thoroughly until powder is mostly dissolved. Mix in a separate 5-gallon pail before transferring into a pump sprayer. This avoids clogging the sprayer. Use Cleaner solution within 6 hours of mixing.  Wood Stripper mixed solution is Red in color for ease of identification.

APPLICATION: Pre wet the surface with water before application. Apply EXPERT Clean & Bright Wood Stripper solution with a sprayer, brush, or car wash brush, working on small areas (100-200 sq. ft.) at a time.

If applying cleaner on vertical surfaces using a sprayer, work on small areas at a time, starting at the bottom, and working your way up.

If needed, scrub thoroughly with a hard, short, bristled broom, or brush. Be sure to keep the area wet with additional solution or mist from a water hose and allow the wood Stripper to sit for approximately 5 to 45 minutes or until the desired result is achieved. Be sure to keep the stripping surface wet with more solution or water mist from a hose.

RINSE: Rinse thoroughly with water from a hose or pressure washer using lowest effective pressure, to clean without damaging the wood.  For extreme build up of dirt, or organic growth use either a power washer, or a hard bristled brush. While using a power washer, use only the minimum effective amount of pressure to achieve the desired result.  Particular care should be taken in order to not damage the wood, power wash using a pendulum motion the full length of each board.  Do not start and stop as scarring or gouging of wood can occur.  **Paint and stain chips may stick to and can dry on other painted surfaces, caution must be used to completely rinse away all of the old finish from all surrounding surfaces.

NEUTRALIZE: After Stripping is complete, immediately neutralize and brighten the wood using EXPERT Clean & Bright Wood Brightener. Let EXPERT Wood Brightener sit for 5 to 15 minutes ensuring the entire surface has been properly neutralized and rinsed thoroughly. A color change will be evident when properly brightened, this will open wood grain and prevent poor stain penetration.

IMPORTANT: After Brightener is applied, rinse wood’s entire surface for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse all nearby surfaces including siding, windows, and foliage.

Allow wood surfaces to dry 48 to 72 hours (or longer) before applying EXPERT Stain & Seal wood stains. Stains must be applied when wood is dried to 13% moisture content or less. 

Clean tools and equipment immediately after each use with soap and water.


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Questions & Answers

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  • Is the 5 gallon concentrate or ready to use?..

    Yes, the wood stripper is a concentrate. Please see label or description for instructions on use.

  • how much will 32 oz cover using 1 cup per gallon?


    • For a Light Strip: Mix 1/4 cup per gallon of water
    • For a Medium Strip: Mix 1/2 cup per gallon of water
    • For a Heavy Strip: Mix 1 cup per gallon of water 

Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Al Novak
Deck Stripper

Bought 2 8oz packages of this stuff and it was a waste of time and money. Mixed the first bag the strongest it said on the package and that had little to no result after 30 minutes. The next day I mixed the second bag even stronger with less water, let it sit for one hour while misting it with water so it would not dry. Used a deck scrubber and lastly my power washer and it had the same results, it took off only about 10% of the oil based semi solid satin. It did work great in removing a couple spots of bird shit! I do not recommend this product. I lost about 5 hours total of my life that I cannot get back.

Grant Vincent
Great Service

Love working with this company. Very patient, helpful, and generous with product info and best practices. Highly recommend!

Harry shafer
Works ok

switched a 1500 sq ft deck from oil based stain to water based stain, the stripper works well, the concentration instructions are a bit timid, next time I'll use the upper limit or a bit more, the muriatic acid did a fine job bleaching the wood, I did rent a large 12x19 deck sander which is a wonderful tool, fool proof , to do the last prep before the stain, the water based stain was a mistake as it stains immediately and it is very hard to get a consistent color , or maybe it was just the home depot expensive stain.

Bruce Cousins
A challenge to remove Behr Latex Stain

The stripper: deck stain remover was expensive and even with the booster not any more effective than over the counter products. I applied it and power washed the deck 3 times. With shipping it cost close to $200. At that price I expected better results.

Gustavo Hernandez

Won’t shop stain anywhere else.

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