I bought my house two years ago and I have a 180 sq ft deck out back. My deck finish is peeling and the HOA is requiring I refinish my deck this year.
The problem I have is when the last owner stained the deck, they used a solid stain. This was back when the HOA standards were vague as to the type of stain to use. Now a days, the standards clearly call for a wood toner (which is much more transparent) and ask homeowners not to use a solid or semi-solid. I know I can't just put a coat over the existing solid stain and have to remove the old finish. I thought about hiring someone to strip the deck but I have had three contractors decline to strip the deck, saying it is too time consuming and the chemicals too harsh. They also note they have been advocating to homeowners and HOAs to use semi-solid or solid stains, since stains in general don't last as long anymore.
Before I go trying to push through an exception with the board, I was going to try to strip the deck myself and to hopefully be able to then use the correct product. I bought Cabot's stripper product and tried it on a step by brushing it on, working it in with a deck brush, and then rinsing with a garden hose. It took some stain off and I could see some bare raised grain, but most of the stain did not come off. My next step was going to be to spray the stripper on and use a power washer (it also won't be as hot as the test day, which may help).
My question is does anyone have any advice as to what if something else might work better, or will I be fighting a losing battle?