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How to Prepare A Deck for Staining with Restore-A-Deck Products

Products Used

  • Restore-A-Deck Cleaner
  • Restore-A-Deck Brightener


How to restore a 30-year-old deck with Restore-A-Deck Products

Products Used

  • Restore-A-Deck Stripper
  • Restore-A-Deck Booster Additive for Stripper
  • Restore-A-Deck Brightener
  • Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain


How to prep and apply a maintenance coat of stain with Restore-A-Deck Products

Products Used

  • Restore-A-Deck Cleaner
  • Restore-A-Deck Brightener


How to clean and stain Decks and Retaining Wall In One Day with Restore-A-Deck Products

Products Used

  • Restore-A-Deck Stripper
  • Restore-A-Deck Brightener
  • Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain

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    David Van Winkle · 08/04/2022
    If I use a semi-transparent stain on an outdoor Douglas Fir Table, should I put a sealant over the stain?
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      RAD Products · 08/05/2022
      No, you cannot top coat a deck stain with a sealer. No need.
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    Atsuko Podgurski · 07/31/2022
    Our old deck really soaked up the stain so I ran out, only able to apply the first coat to most of the deck but not all.  Would I have any issue finishing the first coat and doing the second days later?  Do you have any tips when applying the second coat a few days later?
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      RAD Products · 08/01/2022
      You cannot apply a second coat after the first coat has cured. Second coats have to be applied wet on wet. You can wait 6-12 months and then lightly clean to remove dirt and apply a coat then.
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    Pam Comer · 07/22/2022
    My deck was stained with a SW solid stain which peeled and bubbles in months of staining due to improper prep.  The painter is removing that stain and is willing to use Restore A Deck semi transparent stain. I choose cedar for the color. He did use your stripper but didn’t get the booster. He is willing to sand off what was not removed but showed me there is some stain remaining in small cracks in the deck boards which a sander can’t reach.  Should I ask the painter to strip again with the booster? sandblast the deck to get in the cracks? 
    Thank you,
    Pam
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      RAD Products · 07/22/2022
      All the old solid stain will need to be removed if switching to a semi-transparent color. 
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    Merwin Dupuis · 07/22/2022
    If I use cleaner and brightened on my deck which was finished with SICO translucent oak coloured stain, can I apply restore a deck semi transparent light walnut stain
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      RAD Products · 07/22/2022
      When switching stain brands, you have to remove the prior coating. Strip and or sand and then brighten.
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    LeAnna Foster · 07/16/2022
    Are these products safe to use on a boat dock? Safe for the lake, it’s inhabitants, environment? If not, what products would be recommended?
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    Greg · 06/30/2022
    Best finish for a redwood table?  It has imperfections but has been sanded down, and all weathered fibers removed. 
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    Pam · 06/29/2022
    How long after a single coat of semi transparent stain is it safe to walk on and how long till furniture and outdoor rugs can be put back?
    Thank you
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      RAD Products · 06/29/2022
      6-8 for walking. 24 for furniture. 
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    Tracy · 06/12/2022
    Does the deck stain calculator include the spindles and the deck post?
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      RAD Products · 06/13/2022
      If you add it into the railings section, then yes. It does not count for any framing posts under the deck.
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    PJ Schabacker · 06/11/2022
    I will be using the opaque white on posts, railings and lath. Would the thickening gel be indicated?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2022
      Not sure what you mean? The gel is an additive for the stripper.
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        PJ Schabacker · 06/13/2022
        Didn't realize it was specific to the stripper. I thought it would help prevent running on vertical surfaces. Also, does the solid stain adhere to metal, like paint?
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          RAD Products · 06/14/2022
          The solid stain cannot be applied to metal.
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            PJ Schabacker · 06/14/2022
            Sorry, did not phrase that well; the deck has metal mesh (hog panel) in the framing and I was asking how difficult it is to get the stain off of metal
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              RAD Products · 06/14/2022
              Don't get it on the metal. Paint around it.
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    Kim O · 06/11/2022
    Do you ship to Canada
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    Cory · 06/06/2022
    Does this stuff remove Cabot Australian timber oil or Pro Luxe/sikkens
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      RAD Products · 06/07/2022
      Post a picture of what you are trying to remove.
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    JBR · 05/29/2022
    As I’m reading some of the Q&As below, it seems as though the advice is that after a couple-3 years, when deck is due for a touch up with the same product as original, that a full prep is required with  a stripper, instead of cleaner, and then brighter.  Is that so?
    I had thought that a maintenance coat of the same product would just require cleaning and brightening. 
    also, does RAD solid stain require the same exact prep as RAD semi-transparent under all circumstances?
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2022
      Depends on the condition and how many years between. If you have even wear and just fading, then clean and brighten for prep. If uneven wear/fading, then strip and brighten. 

      Stripping is no harder than cleaning, just removing the prior coating. Solid stain is typically just clean and brighten for recoat.
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    Eber Wright · 05/28/2022
    I have a 25-year-old pressure-treated deck that has been semi-transparent stained before. This was about 5 years ago.  I bought some of your cleaner and semi-transparent stain.  It looks great, but we put it down by wetting it lightly because S Florida sun is pretty hot. Anyway, after a week, it is still a tiny bit tacky. Will it ever dry out completely or do I need to do something else.
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    Corey · 05/27/2022
    I put restore a deck down 3 years ago and the stain is starting to fade on my deck boards. However, my deck posts are in perfect condition. I'm assuming the fade / flaking is because the actual deck boards are very old (even though I sanded them down to good wood before I did my first application 3 summers ago).  If I was to reapply with my left over stain, what are the steps for using a stripper, but also trying to make sure i don't doutch my deck rails and posts. 

    I know a stripper is available, but I don't want to strip the posts.  What are the steps I need to follow for my situation. 
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2022
      Just apply stripper to the deck, while avoiding the posts and then rinsing the posts from any over spray while you work. You may just have to touch up a few spots on posts when done.
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        Corey · 05/27/2022
        Do I also need to apply a brightener? And if so, what are the steps? Stripper? Brightener? Apply original semi transparent stain? 
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          RAD Products · 05/28/2022
          Yes, you need the brightener. Steps are correct.
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    Wes · 05/19/2022
    I just installed new stair with the Veranda (PVC) trim & kicker boards.  Will any of the RAD cleaning and brightening products chemically attack the PVC?
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    Dan Sethner · 05/17/2022
    First two years I applied two light coats. This year the color is fading.(semi transparent) . Can I just clean with cleaner and apply an additional coat of stain. Or do I have to strip stain first.

     Thanks Dan Sethner
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      RAD Products · 05/17/2022
      We would strip and brighen to get it to a nice even surface.
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    Bob · 05/15/2022
    Hello, I am going to be redoing my quite old deck this year and wondered if you had recommendations for your products. The stain that is currently on the deck is Timber Pro which is a water based stain. I would like to have this deck looking decent again and protect it. Thanks. 
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    Patti · 05/06/2022
     I have an Ipe deck and want to keep the natural color of the wood which is a mahogany with some lighter areas. What is the best color semi transparent stain to use to achieve this?
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    Blair Cockhill · 05/03/2022
    If I add the thickening gel additive to the stain remover, principally to handle the vertical components of our deck, can I still apply the combined solution using a typical hand pressurized garden sprayer? Will the longer dwell time with the thickener improve the removal strength so that 2 coats of 3 year old Behr Semi-Transparent Acrylic Stain (which is already shedding both coats on much of the deck, except for the 4x4 posts and the upper and lower horizontal railing lumber, which have not shed at all)?  Your many very positive customer comments, speaking to the quality and performance of your RAD products, is reassuring. Unfortunately, as we live in Ontario, we face both the US exchange rate and shipping costs. I’m hoping to find the most affordable and, yet, successful solution.  I am aware of the booster additive, but I’m unclear if our budget can include such.  Any suggestions, regarding our deck challenge, will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you, in advance, for your time, effort, and kindness in providing us your guidance.
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      RAD Products · 05/03/2022
      Yes, it can be sprayed with a quality pump sprayer. The longer it dwells, the better it will work. You need both booster and gel to remove Behr. Behr can be a very difficult strip.

      Feel free to post some pictures of the deck for prep help.
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    Susan · 05/03/2022
    2 year old pressure treated pine deck. Had it “soft washed” 3 mo this ago. Wood is lighter with few areas of fuzziness so I guess cleaner had bleach substance.  How do I now proceed to stain? Going with semi-transparent natural.
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    Greg · 04/27/2022
    I have a twenty year old deck that’s been stained several times through the years with Olympic semi-solid mahogany stains. It hasn’t held up well. Others in my family have used your product and been very satisfied.  Questions - can I use your dark walnut semi-solid on this, and which prep steps/products are recommended?  Same questions if you recommend your solid stain.  Thanks in advance for your guidance!  
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      RAD Products · 04/27/2022
      You cannot use the semi-transparent dark walnut over this but you can use the Restore A Deck Solid stains. Clean and brighen for prep.
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    Phil · 04/17/2022
    Last year I did the whole thing.....stripped, sanded, cleaned, pressure washed, brightened, and stained with Defy water-based light walnut.  It looks great except for dust/pollen accumulation on horizontal surface.  I want to clean it and re-coat with Defy in May.  Two Q's;
    If I just clean for a re-coat why would brightening be necessary since last year's stain will still be on the wood?
    Should re-coat be one coat or two wet on wet?
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      RAD Products · 04/17/2022
      Just use the Defy Cleaner for prep and apply one coat.
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    Rob J · 04/09/2022
    Will the stripper and/or brightener cause any issues to the coating of our Fortress aluminum railing?
    Will be stripping old TWP 100 stain off of Tigerwood decking.

    Thanks!    
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      RAD Products · 04/09/2022
      It should not but always test spot first as all coatings are made differently.
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    Zach R · 12/30/2021
    I recently had my 9 month old cedar deck stained with 1 coat of Readyseal Natural Cedar stain, but the stain seems like it did not take.  We’re not sure why.  It rubs off on shoes so you can’t even walk on it even after 1 week.  I recently purchased the stripper, booster, and brightener.  In order to use the deck now, I need to remove the current stain, but given the current climate I cannot re-stain it until the spring (approx 3 months away).  Is it okay to strip and brighten, but not re-stain right away?
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      RAD Products · 12/30/2021
      Ready Seal has a known issue with rubbing off as it never dries or cures. 
      You can strip and brighen now but when the Spring comes, you will need to clean and brighen for the prep.
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    Gary Bash · 12/16/2021
    First off your products are awesome. I stripped, brightened and stained my deck back in 2019I used the Cedar semi-transparent stain.This coming spring I want to apply another coat of stain.  Note: the majority of the deck has a roof.Most of the deck looks fine execpt in an area where sun has faded the floor (small area) and the railing on the same side.Do I Clean, or Brighten, before I stain againThanks 
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      RAD Products · 12/16/2021
      You do both. Clean and brighten for prep.
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    Don · 11/14/2021
    After I stripped and neutralized/brightened my deck yesterday the weather changed and I wasn't able to stain.  It might be a long time before I get a long enough dry spell with a daily low above 45 degrees.  The pores of the cedar wood are very open with some raised grain here and there.   The wood looks normal when dry but almost black when wet.  Will leaving it as is until spring ruin the wood?   Any advice on how to proceed?  What are the potential downsides of staining in too-cold temperatures or when there might be fog or dew overnight versus letting it weather until I get proper conditions for staining, which might be 3-4 months from now?
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      RAD Products · 11/15/2021
      You will have to wait until temps are warmer. Next Spring if needed. Clean and brighten for prep before you stain.
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    Ronnie · 10/31/2021
    Just purchased your cleaner,brightener & stain. Live on 3rd floor condo… no pressure washer or access to hose. Deck is almost 6 month old & has a fair amount of green streaks in the boards… some almost iridescent? Do not know what kind of wood was used. Should I be concerned and is it unrealistic to do this jub with a bucket & brush? 
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      RAD Products · 10/31/2021
      You can scrub and rinse but you will need a hose to rinse. Hook a hose to your kitchen sink or utility sink.
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    Sue · 10/08/2021
    We used the stripper without the booster, it supposedly only had one coat of stain on it.  As you can see by the pictures some of the stain came off really good, but others not so much.  We hate to continue if our new new stain won't stick what do we do with this?   
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      Susan Reimer · 10/08/2021
      It's old stain in the indentation in the wood.  And we have not used the brightener yet. 
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        RAD Products · 10/09/2021
        Strip it one more time and then apply the brightener.
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      Sue · 10/08/2021
      Here are a couple of pictures since it has dried. 
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        RAD Products · 10/08/2021
        What are the white spots and did you brighten the wood yet?
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      RAD Products · 10/08/2021
      Send pictures when the wood is dry. Cannot tell from these.
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    Cornelius Harrison III · 10/04/2021
    After using the Restore -A- Deck Stripper and Brightener, afterwards am I able to Stain my deck with another Stain/Sealer Product? The name of the Stain/Sealer is "Ready Seal Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer".  Didn't realize you guys sold Stain as well until after the purchase. 
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      RAD Products · 10/04/2021
      You can use any brand of stain after our prep products. Be careful of the Ready Seal. It has drying issues and rubs off. Also does not last more than a year.
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    Bo · 09/29/2021
    My understanding is that if I strip and brighten one day and stain the next day or even a week later that I should moisten the surface before staining. Correct?