Restore A Deck Prep and Staining Steps

We understand that everyone needs help with their wood/deck restoration and that not all projects are the same. Different species of wood, the age of wood, and types and brands of previous coatings make it difficult for homeowners to determine what is needed to restore their exterior wood or deck correctly.

We will ask some specific questions and reply to what you will need to do in your restoration process and the appropriate products and amounts to purchase, so it receives the proper prep and treatment required.

In the comment section below, you must include:

  • Square Footage of Area to be Restored:

-For Decks, use the calculator in the right column (scroll down) for desktop or below this article/comments on mobile

-Fences: Length x Height x 2 (for both sides) = Total square footage

-Homes: Do each side Lenght x Height, then add up all sides.

  • Type of wood if known:
  • Approximate Age of Wood:
  • If Applicable, Previous Stain Brand Used and Type (Examples of Type: Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Solid Stain, Oil-Based, Water-Based): 
  • If Applicable, When was the last time wood was stained:
  • Wood Type to be Stained (Deck, House, Fence, etc.):
  • Do you have access to a pressure washer:
  • Miscellaneous Info:
  • *Must Include 1-3 Photos of Restoration Project. There is a link to upload photos in the bottom right corner of the comment area.

 

 

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    Alex · 02/11/2019
    How does the RAD stain compare to the TWP 1500 product? I have TWP on my deck now and need to strip and restain soon.
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      RAD Products · 02/11/2019
      The RAD stain has the ability to be applied to damp wood and will provide as well or better UV protection. The RAD will also prevent mildew better.
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    Mike · 02/04/2019
    Started applying a solid water based stain (Behr Weatherproofing) to an old fence and don't like the color (and regretting usthis product). Looking for a dark brown/walnut color. What product should I use to cover the recently stained section?
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      RAD Products · 02/04/2019
      You cannot strip a solid color stain effectively. Best way to remove is to sand it all off.
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    BigChiefMountain · 02/01/2019
    We have a 2500 sq ft. redwood deck with full SW exposure every day and are at 7500' in the foothills of Denver, CO, receiving about 200" per year of snow. In June of 2018 we stripped, sanded and stained with 3 coats of a RAD stain. We loved the way our 2006 deck looked back to new with the RAD product. We had researched and your stain appeared to be the best for UV protection. Previously we had about 10 coats of clear Penofin on the deck so the sanding was substantial but found perfect wood underneath as it was so protected, albeit very dark.

    Now it appears that our high volume of sun is stripping the stain (see photos) and we want to restain with RAD product again in June of this year. Should we use the cleaner, brightener and then stain or because we sanded the entire deck last summer, should we only use the brightener and then stain. We would again put 3 coats on if needed.

    Thank you, BigChiefMountain
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      RAD Products · 02/02/2019
      Use the Cleaner for the prep and apply 1 coat of stain. You overapplied last year. More is not better. The RAD stain needs to soak into the wood and when you apply too much stain, it will not soak in fully buy dry on top of the wood. This can create issues down the road with wearing, etc.
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    Cal · 01/18/2019
    I have an IPE deck and was looking to install ipe in the interior of my home (box floating fireplace mantel and wood cap for stair railing handle). Can I use RAD to stain and protect these interior applications (railing handle and fireplace mantel)?
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    Lisa Pape · 01/18/2019
    I want a stain with the least look of an orange tone. What would be the better choice? Light Walnut or Cedar tone. Thank you.
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    Fred · 12/30/2018
    pictures failed to upload. Trying again
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    Fred · 12/30/2018
    Oh! I do have a pressure washer.
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    Fred · 12/30/2018
    Happy (almost) New Year! I have a two segment IPE deck (main deck and a catwalk) installed in 2012. When installed, I tried to treat with a "high tech" sealer that did not work. Sanded back to clean wood and sealed with Cabot Australian Timber oil. Through travel, procrastination and laziness, I have let the deck deteriorate. No maintenance since 2012. Have just completed getting most of the dirt and grime off (no mold) using two cups of Arm & Hammer OxiClean to two gallons of water. Got most of the bad stuff off. Still have dirt and grime under the lower deck rail that my scrubber did not get. I assume that the Cabot oil is long gone. There remains, however, a white film and spotty dirt and grime. Assume oxidation. My two deck areas, railings and steps total about 1,000 square feet. Intend to try the deck cleaner and brightener. Would like to continue cleaning through the winter and apply a natural stain when it warms up in the spring. Will the cleaner and brightener bring back the beautiful IPE color for me to view through the rest of the winter if I apply in mid-40s temp in Jan '19 or should I wait to do everything in the spring? Now that I have started, would like to see the wonderful IPE color all the time - not just when it is wet. Thanks, Fred
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      RAD Products · 12/31/2018
      The prep products while using a pressure washer will help to bring back the color. Staining with the RAD Wood Sain in light walnut would be the best choice of stain and color. Do it all in the Spring.
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        Fred · 12/31/2018
        Thank you. Will do.
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    michael · 12/27/2018
    Have a new pressure treated pine fence. Will be applying stain after 5 months. will I get good results using the chapin sprayer?
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      RAD Products · 12/28/2018
      Yes but always back wipe when spraying the stain to ensure an even application.
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    Anna Edlin · 11/24/2018
    We have a 10 year old porch. Wood is sassafras, it has been stained the semi transparent sikkens srd. We have sanded with 60 grit sand paper and scrubbed with deck cleaner and brightener. It is now Nov. Can we use this product now or wait until spring. I don’t want the wood to suffer during the winter. What is my lowest temperature I can apply this product and how long does it need to be at that temperature? In Kentucky you never know when it will warm. It is also ting and groove flooring.
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      RAD Products · 11/25/2018
      Temps need to be 50-55 degrees while applying and for 4-5 hours after. If you cannot get it done this Winter, it will be fine until Spring. Just clean and brighten again before staining.
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    Fred · 11/11/2018
    Would like to use RAD Step 1&2 on a fence. Will either product kill our plants?
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      RAD Products · 11/12/2018
      Is shouldn't but always prewet and rinse any overspray to be certain.
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    Don Jackson · 11/05/2018
    What is the shelf life of an unopened can and an opened can of your Restore-a-deck wood stain. Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 11/06/2018
      36 months unopened and 12 months opened. Must be stored in a temperature controlled room.
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    Joan · 10/30/2018
    Hello, I have a deck that is 41 x 12. There are 11 stairs that are 4x1'. The calculator states I have 536 sq. ft. of surface area. I'm not sure how to enter the totals in the calculator for all my railings since there are 16- 3.5" wide rails altogether totaling 117.4'. About three years ago, Cabot solid color acrylic deck stain was painted on it. I'm not sure how old the wood is, but at least 10 years. I have tried pressure washing it (with a Karcher pressure washer) to see what happens, and of course nothing. The wood is old pressure treated wood with mold. What product can I use to get the old Cabot stain off and the mold, and then what would be my next steps? Thanks so much for your time!
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      RAD Products · 10/30/2018
      A stain stripper will not remove a solid stain. The only way to remove this is to power sand it all off. Once it is 100% sanded off, your final prep would be with a Restore A Deck Cleaner/Brightener Kit. After that, you can apply the 2 coats of the RAD Wood stain.

      For railings, measure the length of all rails and the height and enter that into the calculator.
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    chris · 10/30/2018
    I just used the cleaner and then the brightener, scrubbed with brush as required with the cleaner. after the deck dried i have some white spots or cloudy looking wood. what causes this and what is needed to be done?
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      RAD Products · 10/30/2018
      That is oxidation of the wood fibers that you did not fully remove with the Step 1 Cleaning. Redo the Step one and heavy scrub or pressure wash to remove. Pressure washing is easier. Brighten again when done.
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        chris · 11/01/2018
        I re-did as instructed, and still have some of those whitish areas. Not as much as before, but I also used the pressure washer. Can I sand lightly or just increase the nozzle tip angle? I don't want to tear the wood up with too harsh of a nozzle.
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          chris · 11/11/2018
          am i ok to stain at 45f, and a low temperature of below that tonight?
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          RAD Products · 11/01/2018
          Post a picture.
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    Laura Devereaux · 10/29/2018
    When will I receive my order?
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    mark · 10/29/2018
    I have a new deck that was completed 4 months ago. I applied your light walnut semi-transparent stain yesterday after I cleaned and brightened it the day before. I have streaks and overlap marks from the stain. Can I re-apply stain to allow it to blend in better or do I need to redo the whole deck and how long do I wait to do that..thanks
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      RAD Products · 10/29/2018
      The easiest thing to do is leave it alone for the Winter. In the Spring, do a light cleaning to remove any dirt and then apply another coat to help even this out.
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    Sally · 10/28/2018
    Our deck underneath has electric wiring underneath that has a light bulb protected by glass globe. The deck is also next to aluminum siding wall. Will this product affect the electrical wiring (gauge 12) and the aluminum siding.
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      RAD Products · 10/28/2018
      The products should not but hard to say if the water will or not.
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    Dave Clarey · 10/26/2018
    Hi, I received my order of semi transparent cedar stain yesterday and noticed on the instruction sheet on the back of the container that you recommend a 12 month weathering period for cedar wood. I thought it was 3 to 6 months. I have a red cedar fence that is 6 months old. Should I wait till spring to apply your product?
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      RAD Products · 10/26/2018
      You will be fine for cedar wood on a fence to stain after the 3-6 months.
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    Brian · 10/24/2018
    Is it okay to use your product to stain a wooden deck and fence in 50 to 60 degree weather (i.e. high of 60 and low of 50 degrees) with humidity of 79%. This is in the Washington DC area. Would it be better to wait until spring with warmer temperatures?
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    pqedmundo · 10/24/2018
    I have a new cedar fence. I've read that water based is better than oil for cedar. What is the best product? I want to retain the natural color.
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    John J Edwards · 10/23/2018
    I prepped my fence with your kit (cleaner and brightener) and then started applying your dark walnut RAD stain. The stain went on much darker than we want so we are going to switch to the cedar stain -- but I already stained a small (1 foot square) section dark walnut. What's the easiest way to undo the dark walnut and switch to cedar?
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      RAD Products · 10/23/2018
      Since only a foot, try sanding it off with 60 grit paper. Another option is to use the RAD stripper, pressure wash off, and then brighten the wood.
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    Robert Bohres · 10/22/2018
    I have a 1000 sq ft pine deck 18 years old. It has been cleaned every year and stained every 2 yrs.I have used various stains and the last 3 times I used Cabot Australian Timber Oil. Is the RAD products a better choice?
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      RAD Products · 10/22/2018
      Yes, but you will need to remove the Cabot first using the RAD Stripper and then the RAD Brightener. If you would like further assistance, post some pictures.
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    Scottdp · 10/17/2018
    Square Footage of Area to be Restored: 400
    Type of wood if known: Treated Pine I think
    Approximate Age of Wood: 6 years
    If Applicable, Previous Stain Brand Used and Type: TWP Honeytone
    If Applicable, When was the last time wood was stained: 2 years ago
    Wood Type to be Stained (Deck, House, Fence, etc.): Deck
    Do you have access to a pressure washer: Yes
    Miscellaneous Info: Want to redo this Fall and switch to the RAD Stain