Exterior Surface Prep

Cabot Stains Problem Solver Wood Stripper

Problem Solver Wood Stripper

Available Finishes
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Quick Facts

  • For use on siding, fences and decks
  • Safely removes exterior paints and finishes
  • Do not dilute with water or mix with other chemicals
  • Oil-based formulas available
  • Removes oil-based finishes

Safety Info

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Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Stripper #8004 is specially formulated to remove oil-based finishes from all wood surfaces such as cedar, redwood, pine, cypress, fir and pressure-treated wood. Requires neutralization with Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Brightener #8003.


One gallon of Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Stripper #8004 will strip approximately 150-200 square feet of weathered oil finish.

Where to Use

It is ideal for use on wood decks, siding, fences, railings, steps and outdoor furniture.

Preparing Your Surfaces

Because it is difficult to determine the condition of the oil-based coating to be stripped, test the undiluted stripper on a small area to determine its effectiveness. Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Stripper is an oil-based paint, stain and varnish remover. It will remove paint or stain on adjacent surfaces not intended to be stripped. Apply liberally and evenly on a dry, cool surface using a brush, roller or pump-type sprayer. Let stand for a minimum of 15 minutes. Do not allow the stripper to dry. If it begins to dry, lightly mist with a garden hose. Rinse thoroughly with a garden hose with the nozzle at maximum pressure or use a pressure-washing unit. Do not exceed 1000 psi (pounds per square inch).


When applying and rinsing Cabot Problem-Solver Wood Stripper, walking surfaces, ladders and scaffolding may become slippery. Rinse all such surfaces thoroughly to remove overspray. Use wrap-around goggles with side shields, rubber gloves and protective footwear for protection from harmful chemicals. Remove any contaminated clothing immediately.

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