Decking Protector removal

28 May 2008
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United Kingdom
Hi, I would appreciate some advice on how to remove Ronseal Protector from my decking. I have used it each for around 4 years.

I have power washed the decking but now I'm left on how to get the Protector out of the grooves in the decking. I'm using 60 grit sandpaper but unfortunately it isn't removing all of it. It would be great if there was a tool you could slide between the grooves. A wire bush is of no use.

One this process is finished, I intend to stain it.
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Hi thanks for your reply and the link. I have a small wire brush which fits in to the grooves perfectly but it doesn't lift the previous protector. I'm using a small metal file which takes some of it off but I'm still left with a residue.

Has anyone tried any decking stripper and which was successful in removing all the previous coatings. On the flat surface I have used a sander and have removed 99% of everything.

I would also like advice on whether to use Decking Oil or Stain.
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why do you need to remove it?

a jetwasher will blast the coating off very quickly, but it leaves the surface a bit rough and raises the grain. I supose that will not matter inside the grooves. it will be quicker if you have a narrow jet nozzle that you can run in them.
Hi thanks to all who responded. I want to remove all the original protector, as I'm worried that the new coating either Stain or Pil will peel. I had though of reversing the boards bit I would need to renew 5 of them due to cuts to fits posts.

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