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Can deck stripper be applied using a paint sprayer?

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Can deck stripper be applied using a paint sprayer?

gotta strip the deck. typically you would use a roller to apply stripper to the dick or fence surface, but that takes forever. I got a paint sprayer so was wondering if stripper could be applied that way?
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Right out of left field on this one...what do the instructions that come with the product tell you to do?
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I think a key part of the deck washing process is the scrubbing which a sprayer will not do.

I do spray on my deck coating, but I don’t think it’s as durable as a brush based on how I paint other things.
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Jerico wrote: I think a key part of the deck washing process is the scrubbing which a sprayer will not do.

I do spray on my deck coating, but I don’t think it’s as durable as a brush based on how I paint other things.
Not looking to scrub it with a paint sprayer. Just wondering if it can be applied with a paint sprayer? scrubbing would be done with a brush :) typical tool to apply it (before scrubbing) is the roller. I am wondering if i can utilize a paint sprayer instead (and then scrub it).
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TryAgain wrote: Not looking to scrub it with a paint sprayer. Just wondering if it can be applied with a paint sprayer? scrubbing would be done with a brush :) typical tool to apply it (before scrubbing) is the roller. I am wondering if i can utilize a paint sprayer instead (and then scrub it).
As long as you scrub your lungs too. Stripper is terrible for lungs.
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Cough wrote: As long as you scrub your lungs too. Stripper is terrible for lungs.
I was thinking the same thing. That shit is Caustic. Spraying it would make it 10x worse, hope they a very good respirator.
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TryAgain wrote: gotta strip the deck. typically you would use a roller to apply stripper to the dick or fence surface, but that takes forever. I got a paint sprayer so was wondering if stripper could be applied that way?
No, cause you'll damage the paint sprayer.

Roll it on a deck using a long extension handle and use a paint brush on the fence. If you use a pump up sprayer, you'll waste a lot of the cleaner

Putting it on is the fast and easy part. The scrubbing part is the hard work.

Get a pressure washer if you want to save time/ effort. Don't use too much water pressure or you'll damage the wood
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Your neighbours might not be impressed with the spraying, and as noted above your own lungs might object.
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my pressure washer does a great job of stripping on its own no chems needed
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cardguy wrote: my pressure washer does a great job of stripping on its own no chems needed
Yeah, if the paint is old and already flaking, a pressure washer should be enough and saves a step (applying stripper). A lot easier than hand scrubbing with a brush, too. You just have to watch out that you don't damage the surface of the wood by using too much pressure.
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thanks guys. if i want to just apply the sealer do I need to sand the deck after it's been stripped?

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