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

TightWadRepairs

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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?