Sod Hydroxide and fuzzies......go hand in hand??



It seems that every time (ok, maybe not EVERY time) I use Sodium Hydroxide to strip a deck, I get fuzzies or peach fuzz when I'm done. (on cedar especially, of course) No, I dont use too much pressure.

Does anyone have any secrets they care to share to reduce this problem? I am sick of trying to scrape them off before I seal the deck.

Do you think perhaps applying the sod. hyd. in several thin coats would help? Although, on second thought.....spraying sodium hydroxide once is bad enough......I don't know what the answer is.

Does stripping and fuzzies have to go hand in hand, or can we do something about it?

Mike Hughes
Souderton, PA
If the wood is old and really dry, it wouldn't make any difference weather you used chemicals or not, the wood will still felt just by pressure washing it. When we use sod. hyd., we just mix it strong enought to remove the typ of finish that we're removing, no stronger. The way we handle the felting is, we use a floor polisher with a 3-m black stripping pad. Run that over the deck and your ready to seal. Felting/furring is just somthing that occures ( there's a reason why, but to long to go into )and you have to handle it. Have a great day.

Jim Bilyeu
Exterior Woodcare

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