Here is a great review and testimonial by one of our customers:

I just wanted to let you know I am very happy with your Restore A Deck kit. My deck was neglected for 7 years prior to me using your product kit. It made my deck boards look almost new again. I used it in conjunction with Armstrong Clarke stain and I have a great finished product. I have a home repairs and upgrades YouTube channel called TightWadRepairs. I recorded a video of me using your product to share with others and lately it has become pretty popular with over 20,000 views and 99% positive feedback. You are welcome to add a link to my video on your site if you wish.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ben Palmer

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    Kyle · 06/23/2021
    I used the cleaner and brightener on my deck. It’s about a 1 year old, never been stained. There are some white fuzzies and some of the boards still have a little bit of a silver/white haze. Do I need to clean and brighten again? Will the fuzzies go away? I hosed the deck down for an hour after each application. 
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      RAD Products · 06/24/2021
      That is from oxidation/graying removal. Typically does not show when stained.
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        Kyle · 06/24/2021
        Here are the pictures? Do you think I’m good to go or do I need to clean/brighten again?
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    Rhoda Paul · 05/05/2021
    ok. Back again. I have found some help and can get my top deck and zen deck sanded as these are the ones where the wood that gets full sun is not smooth but a bit pitted. the middle deck is just dirty (I think) and the wood in great shape as it is in the shade.So, on the decks to be sanded do I just use brightener and then stain?andon the "covered" deck that is not being sanded, if I clean with RAD cleaner can I then stain with RAD (the deck current has Defy semi water based on it.) or must I strip?Sorry but this is all new and confusing to me and I am taking this on alone so I appreciate all help.
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      RAD Products · 05/06/2021
      You must strip and brighten if you have a prior stain like the Defy. For the areas that you sanded, cleaning and brightening after is best. 
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    Rhoda · 05/03/2021
    I have about 1200 ft.² of decking half of which gets extreme sun exposure the other half is covered by the top on both I have used defy extreme water-based stain attached are some photos I am wondering what the best procedure to follow is using your products do I need to sand the decks or not? Thank you so much for your help!
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      RAD Products · 05/03/2021
      Hello, prep by using the Restore A Deck Stripper and then the Brightener. Use the RAD semi-transparent stain after.
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        Rhoda Paul · 05/03/2021
        So more questions..On the deck that is under the top deck where the deck and railing is more dirty than worn and the wood like new, do I really need to strip, brighten and restain? Could I reapply a coat of either RAD stain or Defy?Will just cleaning and brightening work down there?And how does one do the top rails with the stripper, brightening products? Apply with a brush?
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          RAD Products · 05/03/2021
          You have to strip. You cannot apply the RAD over the Defy. Stripping is just as easy as cleaning. Apply stripper with pump sprayer and pressure wash off. Brightener after you are done.
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            rhoda paul · 05/03/2021
            And what if one doesn't have a pressure washer or is not big enough to use one? Will water pressure form hose work?
            And how does one do the support posts and top rails on deck to be stripped and restrained??
            Also could one just use the RAD Cleaner to clean the lower deck this year and then plan to strip etc. with RAD next year? 1200 would be a lot for me to do.
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              RAD Products · 05/03/2021
              You can rent pressure washers and while you can scrub it all off, it is much easier to use a pressure washer. As we mentioned, you pump on stripper to rails and then pressure wash off. Apply stain with a brush or stain pad. Best to do it all at once. Either strip now or next year. 
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    Paul · 04/21/2021
    Your product is described as covering 100-200 square feet per gallon.  Is that for a wet on wet application or just one coat? I want to be sure to order the correct amount of product for my multi level 800 square foot deck.  The decking is about 8 years old.  Previous applications of TWP and Armstrong Clark oil based stains have resulted in a lot of mildew despite quarterly use of Wet and Forget.
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      RAD Products · 04/21/2021
      For 800 Sq feet and two coats applied wet on wet, you will need about 8 gallons. Make sure to include stairs and railings into your sq footage amount.
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    Dave · 09/03/2020
    We just purchased RAD products to restore our 9 year old deck. Is it always necessary to sand the deck? If so, the sanding should be done prior to applying the stripper, correct?
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      RAD Products · 09/04/2020
      No, you do not have to sand but if you do, do it after cleaning and prior to brightener is best.
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    Kristen · 07/11/2020
    Hello. I recently moved into a home that is 20 years old. It appears that the deck has never been treated but I cannot be sure. My husband power washed and sanded the deck at the beginning of spring. Any recommendations on where to go from here with your products?
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    Tammy · 07/03/2019
    My husband and I purchased your 3-step kit and are finally getting around to starting the process. We decided to purchase your kit as we're tired of restaining our deck every 2 years. (Totally rethinking the cost effectiveness of building a composite deck next time.) We used a pressure washer first and I started the cleaning part, but there is still quite a bit of the previous stain on the cedar deck. I'll attach a picture. After reviewing some of the comments from others and the RAD responses, I have a question. We most recently (2-3 years ago) applied Cabot cedar oil stain (but it's not solid stain; I'm attaching the picture below of what we used). Do we need to completely sand the deck before completing step 2 & 3 in the RAD process? Or do I need to repeat step 1 (cleaning) and really put tons of elbow grease into it. Or perhaps simply sanding would be easier??
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    Earl F · 06/21/2019
    Why go with a water-based stain vs. oil-based?
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      RAD Products · 06/21/2019
      Better UV protection, environmentally safe, and will not promote mildew growth are a few reasons.
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    Jay K · 06/09/2019
    I put a clear sealer on my new deck a year ago. It still beads, but looks dingy and there are white spots around the knots in the wood. I was told this is because the wood wasn't dried properly and this is sap seeping up. I'm trying to figure out if I should use the stripper and start over or just try the cleaner.
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    CLARK · 05/30/2019
    I pressure washed and sanded most of acrylic latex paint off my deck{all that would come off}now to apply solid stain any more cleaning? deck is 10 years old
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2019
      As long as the current stain is not peeling and intact fully 100% to the wood, you can stain with the RAD Solid Stain
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    Gina · 04/27/2019
    Hi - We live in NE Pennsylvania so lots of different weather patterns. We have a 25 year old pressure treated pine deck that had been maintained every 3 years (7 times total in 21 years) up until 4 years
    ago by simply pressure washing the deck and treating with Cabot semi-solid stain in the color cedar. It actually looked great for 21 years. Only now, 4 years later, is the deck flaking. We’ve had a
    pretty good run all things considered. The railings were not flaking nearly as much as the deck floor. We have cleaned and sanded the entire deck railing and it looks and feels great (to us) and appears to
    be ready to accept new stain.

    From what I can gather from reading other posts, am I correct in assuming the semi-solid Cabot stain isn’t going to come off without sanding the entire deck floor? I was planning on using the RAD
    stain as a final step. Do I have to include all the following steps or is there even one I can eliminate? Clean the deck floor, sand the deck floor, strip the deck floor, brighten the deck floor and then finally
    stain the deck floor? Last question - how do I maintain the deck going forward using your stain product? I certainly appreciate any guidance you can provide. Thanks so much.
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    Robert Adams · 09/24/2018
    I'm in Southwest Virginia with a 15 year old pressure treated pine deck. Stained with oil based Cabot originally and again 5 years ago. Needs re-stained. I have pressure treated with soap-cleaner only to remove mildew. What product(s) might I need? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 09/25/2018
      You will need to remove the Cabot. Can you post a picture, please?
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        Robert Adams · 09/25/2018
        Thanks for your response. Not all the old Cabot was removed with power washing. Must I use a stripper to remove the remainder down to bare wood?
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          RAD Products · 09/25/2018
          Yes, you must remove all and what you have is a solid stain that cannot be stripped. You must remove fully by power sanding to use any of our stains.
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            Crady Adams · 10/01/2018
            OK, I understand the old Cabot stain can't be stripped. Now, how about the verticals. I have 1" square small posts that don't look terrible. Must I also sand them down to bare wood before using your stain? Maybe gasoline and a match would be easier.... Thanks
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              RAD Products · 10/01/2018
              If you want to use the RAD stain then yes, you will have to sand the spindles as well. You cannot apply a semi-transparent over a solid stain like the Cabot that you have.
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            Robert Adams · 09/25/2018
            Glad to get candid and knowledgeable advice. The Cabot folks told me if I used their stripper and their Deck Correct product I would be OK. The Lowes paint guy suggested a commercial stripper. Looks like a bit of sanding is my best bet. Many thanks!
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    karen · 09/10/2018
    I have prepped my deck with the RAD kit, cleaner and brightener. Now I'm waiting 48 hours to dry. The cedar deck is 4 years old weathered from southern exposure in ND, and has never been stained. Will I need to put on 1or 2 coats of TWP 100?
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    Marron · 06/21/2018
    Must I remove/strip all Penofin oil based sealer (awful product! My railings have become blotchy and full of black mold) before applying RAD stain to the railings?
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    KAREN · 05/10/2018
    Can I use RAD cleaner and brightener with TWP or Clark Armstrong stains?
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    Karen · 05/10/2018
    I have a southern exposure cedar deck that get sun most of the day. It is 3 years old and has never been treated. It has weathered to a gray color. I live in ND with harsh winters. For prepping I plan on cleaning and brightening. I would like to use a semi-transparent stain. should I use Restore a Deck, TWP or Armstrong Clark? And why should I use that particular brand.
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      RAD Products · 05/10/2018
      Any of the brands we sell will work great for this deck.
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    KAREN · 04/25/2018
    Will the cleaner or brightener affect aluminum or steel siding?
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      RAD Products · 04/25/2018
      Depends on the how they are coated. Typically no but always best to test first.
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    Ed Gallego · 01/03/2018
    I plan to use a solid deck paint/stain on my existing redwood decks. They were last done three years ago with a semi-solid stain. Can I paint them after stripping or must I use a brightener?
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      RAD Products · 01/04/2018
      You should brighten after to neutralize the stripper and restore the pH balance. Better for the new stain or paint.
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    Mark. Brigham · 12/16/2017
    will the restore process kill my plants that surround my deck.
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      RAD Products · 12/17/2017
      No, but always pre-wet and rinse when done so the plants are not covered in residue that comes off the deck.
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    RAD Products · 09/08/2017
    Thomas Furtaw:
    Just received my shipment of cleaner and brightener. My deck floor is about 350 sq ft. Is it better to split up the cleaner application since I have to keep it from drying? Can I start the cleaning process even if the deck is damp from rain? Can I put on the brightener even if deck recently wetted down to remove the cleaner?

    Apply all at once. You can always mist the areas that you are not working on with water to keep wet. You can apply the cleaner if damp from rain. The brightener goes on as soon as you are done with the cleaning and rinsed well.
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    Thomas Furtaw · 09/07/2017
    Just received my shipment of cleaner and brightener. My deck floor is about 350 sq ft. Is it better to split up the cleaner application since I have to keep it from drying? Can I start the cleaning process even if the deck is damp from rain? Can I put on the brightener even if deck recently wetted down to remove the cleaner?
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    RAD Products · 09/03/2017
    Nikli:
    My cedar fence is turning grey, do I need to use the restore-a-deck cleaner (step 1) before using the restore-a-deck brightner (step 2) or can I just use the brightner to get rid of the grey look?

    You need the cleaner to remove the gray and then brighten after.
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    Nikli · 09/03/2017
    My cedar fence is turning grey, do I need to use the restore-a-deck cleaner (step 1) before using the restore-a-deck brightner (step 2) or can I just use the brightner to get rid of the grey look?