I had a bad experience with Sikkens Dek Base on my cedar deck.
We followed the instructions diligently and while it looked great
after application, it fouled over winter and turned black. I complained to
Sikkens and after a lot of persistence they promised me their Cetol SRD.
It was a horrible chore getting rid of the old finish. Most "strippers"
as you well know, remove the undesired finish, but also lift the wood
fibre. I opted to sand the whole thing. I had purchased Behr cleaner, conditioner & brightener
to use on an old cedar balcony but decided to use it on the deck. Sanding
had restored much of the fresh look but the Behr product did substantially
improve the cedar to look as though we had just built the deck. I'm not
crazy about all of their products, but credit where credit is due and I
found this Behr product to actually work. PS. It worked well with the Sikkens SRD
and so far it's held up very well.