Asked on Jun 17, 2017

How to remove deck restore off deck broads?

Mark Gillette
by Mark Gillette
We put this on the deck like 3 years ago and after the first year it started to flake off , the leave blower would even left it off . I have power washed it and used deck strippers and not all of it will come off . I have even thought about flipping the broads but this would take me a month to do this cause the deck is huge it raps all around my house and the off to a bigger deck in the back.
  20 answers
  • C. D. Scallan C. D. Scallan on Jun 17, 2017

    Rent a flooring sander from Home Depot , the one with the large disc sand paper . The guys there can tell you which one you need .

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    • Janet Lea Janet Lea on Mar 09, 2020

      yes it works the sander - but still doesn't get in the corners and edges. Winter is over and now I am going to try to get off the floor boards. One small tiny deck we flipped the boards.

  • Corey Berkut Bishop Corey Berkut Bishop on Jun 17, 2017

    My husband just took all our deck boards off and flipped them over! Deck was 10 years old and looked rough! Now it looks pretty great. He had to sacrifice the boards from the benches to fill in spaces for odd cuts or unsalvageable boards. It was time consuming...but beautiful results.

  • Petunia Petunia on Jun 17, 2017

    My restore flaked off after first winter snow. Eventually, I sanded as much as would come off. Then put really good primer over and then solid stain that matched the color of the railing and the original color of the restore - which I really loved. It is not perfect and I have a mix of texture and none but it has held up for two years and a few area rugs and pretty pots and distracting my visitors and it is good til I can afford a new structure.

  • Alva Jean Alva Jean on Jun 17, 2017

    After the deck is fixed, because of our weather, you might want to use a clear deck sealer every spring, you can apply with a mop or roller to cut your time.

  • Sara Sara on Jun 17, 2017

    We used Sherwin Williams deck restore and it was terrible. In less than a year, it was flaking and so next month we plan to pressure wash and remove the rest of it and use something stronger like Benjamin Moore. My advice to anyone doing deck restore - spend the money to buy the good stuff or live with regret.

    • Margaret Margaret on Jun 17, 2017

      I have not had good results with Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moor but I live in Alaska and get lots of snow and ice on my deck close to six months out of the year.

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Jun 17, 2017

    I also read that you should not use a pressure washer on a deck because of the damage it can do to the wood. I know people do it but you might want to read this article then decide for yourself.

    Good Luck

  • Liz Liz on Jun 17, 2017

    Check out the deck, floor paint called "Sure Step". (Lowes/Home Dep.) It has an anti-slip ingredient that also helps to fill in gaps from flaking paint. Be sure to use 2-3 coats to fill in and seal your deck. This stuff is even guaranteed to repaint tennis courts, so it's really durable. Good luck!

  • Sara Sara on Jun 18, 2017

    Woah, good to know. Someone had recommended BM, but your comment has me thinking twice. I live in AL so lots of heat/humidity. Are there any deck restorers that you have had a good experience with that you would recommend?

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    • Alan Ashton Alan Ashton on Sep 02, 2019

      Yes. You don't want any product that leaves anything on the surface of the wood. Solid color Stains coat the top. Most deck sealers have polyeurethanes that also remain on the top. All of these things will fail andd peel in the future. You want a stain that penetrates and has no polyurethane. Products like Penofin and Outlast Quantum Q8 Log oil are your best bet for long lasting solutions.

  • Susan Susan on Jun 18, 2017

    Our deck is very old, around 50 years old. Some boards may have been replace over the years. When we bought the house 22 years ago, we tried Thompsons Water Seal to find out that oil base was used before. Finally sanded the whole thing down and applied Cabot Australian Timber Oil stain (darker color) with a wool applicator on a long handle. Sanding took a long time, application was done in no time. It lasted over three years as it was the first coat and we have applied again after washing it down and it has lasted again well over three years. We get snow, rain, heat here in Wisconsin.

  • Mar8252299 Mar8252299 on Jun 19, 2017

    Home Depot will give you a form to complete to send to the manufacturer for a refund! Won't do the job for you might take away the sting of the added cost. Good Luck!

  • Beverly Ulveling Beverly Ulveling on Jun 20, 2017

    I'm sorry Mark but your question concerning the deck 'broads' has had me clutching my belly from laughter! I keep picturing these old 'leather skin type ' broads sitting around drinking, gruff laughter at it's peak, hanging out by the pool!

  • Mar8252299 Mar8252299 on Jun 20, 2017

    shouldn't make a difference. It's the manufacturer that's doing the refund. Lowes should have the forms as well.

    • Ellis Ellis on Jun 26, 2017

      Try going to the manufacturer's website and looking for it, or contact their customer service department.

  • Susie Susie on Jun 22, 2017

    Ours flaked too after a short time. Indiana gets winter snow & summer heat & humidity. My hubby found composite slats @ Menards that go over the existing deck. It looks beautiful & will last a long time!

  • Troy Troy on Jun 04, 2018

    DDeck restore is a waste of time mine flaked after 6 minths and i applied 2 coats its useless now im fighting how to get it totally removed anyone try acids or paint/ varnish remover

  • Bill Novak Bill Novak on Jul 10, 2018

    I just saw some videos where people use BOILING hot water, let sit for a few seconds and use a paint scraper to scrape it off.

  • Tawnya Tawnya on Jun 02, 2019

    boiling water is what we used

    • Janet Lea Janet Lea on Mar 09, 2020

      going to try this - we sanded but couldn't get the corners and edges - winter is gone so going to try the boiling water!!

  • Janet Lea Janet Lea on Jul 10, 2019

    We sanded our deck floor with a drum sander it took it off. We just have some patches here and there - but we need to get the edges and corners. I didn't want this - but a person who redid my deck INSISTED it was the best. All I wanted was restrained. but Nooooo he insisted on using this crap - used the 20x for the floor of the deck - I don't even like walking on rough deck wood??? No trying to get off all. they rails I don't want to do - someone told me I can touch up with deck over???

    • Janet Lea Janet Lea on Mar 09, 2020

      same exact thing happened to me. My deck just needed some refreshing and noooo the worker and someone I know too - insisted on this great product. I didn't like the bumpy rough x20 either on the floor of my deck. I am so sorry I listened. Never again. Anything anyone wants to do - it gets researched! I too am just touching up the rails - he used the x10 on those so ...

  • Amanda Amanda on Aug 26, 2020

    I'm using Behr stain and paint remover, let it sit 40 minutes then use a deck brush with garden hose adapter built in. Then I power wash. Did that 3 times on parts that have not peeled off during the past 5 years. It's peeled the stuff off enough that I can use a belt sander to get it all off without gumming up the sandpaper too much. Ugh, I never should have used that stuff.

  • Jeff Crystal Jeff Crystal on Mar 10, 2021

    I have been fighting this for Years. I broke my belt sander on it. I loved that sander. I am going 2 pull the boards and put them through a planer and then sand in the shop.

  • Em Em on Jun 30, 2021

    I would sand and stain. The sealers are often bad. Especially Thompson's it does not last at all. Just use a good stain that seeps into the wood.