How to Strip Thompson's Wood Sealer

Thompson's wood sealer is a sealant used to protect wooden decks and floors from water damage. Proper application of wood sealer can extend the life and beauty of wooden flooring. Before renewing the sealant on any wooden structures in your household, you should strip the old wood sealer to allow the new coat to take an even, flush coating. Stripping Thompson's wood sealer can be done effectively with the wood stripper available from the same company and a few tools for your safety and to increase efficiency.

Stripping Thompson's Wood Sealer

Stripping old wood sealer is the first step to re-application of Thompson's WaterSeal.
  1. Put on the safety goggles, rubber gloves and boots. Protect your clothing from contact with the stripper.
  2. Dump the wood stripper into the plastic bucket. Apply the stripper liberally to the surface to be stripped with the soft-bristled brush.
  3. Wait for 15 minutes.
  4. Scrub the surface with the stiff brush the same direction as the grain of the wood.
  5. Rinse the surface of all residue with the garden hose.
  6. Saturate any nearby plants with water that may have received run-off from the deck stripper.
  7. Apply the deck brightener as per manufacturer's instructions to neutralize the surface.

Things You Will Need

  • Thompson's WaterSeal maximum strength deck stripper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Safety goggles
  • Plastic bucket
  • Synthetic soft-bristled long-handled brush
  • Synthetic stiff-bristled long-handled brush
  • Garden hose
  • Thompson's WaterSeal deck cleaner and brightener


  • Only work on an area that you can complete within 15 minutes.
  • Any area that dries before you can rinse it must be redone with stripper.
  • Keep the work area moist with stripper if you are running behind and notice an area drying.

About the Author

Ayub Suleiman has been writing professionally since 2006. His areas of concentration are in private research, health, information and energy. He is a medical student at Jordan University of Science and Technology.

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