hot sun deck stain application issuesRestore-a-Deck Wood Stains can be applied to damp or dry wood but is best applied to damp wood. Easier and will avoid potential Hot Sun Application Issues.

Hot Sun Stain Application Potential Issues

Before you start your wood stain project, ensure your temperature conditions are optimal for best results. The air temperature should be between 45 degrees F and 90 degrees F. Check the weather forecast and do not start the staining process if the temperature is expected to drop below 45 degrees or if rain is a possibility in the next 12 hours.

If applying the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain in full sun we suggest that you apply to a damp deck. Either 1-2 hours after prep or if the wood is already dry, lightly mist the deck with water prior to applying. Make sure all standing water/puddles are gone before applying the RAD stain.

 Why do this?

  • The surface temperature of wood in full sun can be 20-50 degrees higher than air temperature.
  • The Restore-A-Deck Stain will be much easier to apply damp wood.
  • Applying to damp wood will help avoid "flash" drying of the stain in full sun. This will allow the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain to properly penetrate the wood grain as it dries and avoiding any potential issues.
  • Applying the Restore-A-Deck Stain on overcast days, mornings, or afternoons will also help to avoid potential full sun application issues.

Make sure you mix Restore-A-Deck wood stain well initially and periodically throughout the staining project. Protect all non-target surfaces with cardboard or drop cloths. For equipment, you can use the Restore-A-Deck Stain Brush (if using the RAD Semi-Transparent Stains), hand brushes, or staining pads to apply. Apply the stain to vertical surfaces such as railings or posts first and protect the horizontal surfaces from the excess stain. Apply stain to the full length of the board, making sure to not break in the middle of the board.

Restore A Deck Stain Application Tips

We recommend allowing the surface to dry for 24 hours before walking or placing furniture on the surface.

Have you completed the Restore-A-Deck 3 step process in one day? Any tips we are missing? We want to hear your reviews. Be sure to comment with any photos and let us know how the project is holding up over time.

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    Dominic Valerio · 06/27/2021
    We’ve done one coat of solid stain but ran out and are waiting for a second gallon to ship. Will it be ok to apply the second coat after a few days? If not, is one coat sufficient? The container says to let first coat dry before second coat. 
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    brett f · 05/13/2021
     regarding the instructions "Check the weather forecast and do not start the staining process if the temperature is expected to drop below 45 degrees or if rain is a possibility in the next 12 hours."
    confirmation does this mean 45 degrees during the staining process or next 12 hours just like rain possibility ?  asked another way - I plan to do the actually staining when it is over 45 degrees however it is forecasted to fall below 45 degrees tonight which is less than 12 hours. is it ok to stain under these conditions? thank  you
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      RAD Products · 05/13/2021
      It can drop below 45 but not freezing the first night after applying.
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    Al · 05/12/2021
    I have a 200 sq ft deck that has been sanded using 80 grit sandpaper.  I am ready to prep and do rad solid stain.  I have a few questions.
    1  How many ounces of the cleaner and brightener do I dissolve per gallon.2  Do I use warm water to help it dissolve3  Do I need to rinse the cleaner off with a pressure washer or just a garden hose. The deck appears clean.4.  It looks like I can use a garden hose to rinse off the brightener5  I have a 2000psi electric pressure washer.  What color tip should I use to rinse off the deck to prevent damaging my deck
    6. how far away from the deck floor should I hold the wand to not cause damage. 
    I want to thank you for answering all my questions.  This is the first time I am doing the deck so I have had a lot of questions.  Attached is a picture of the deck after I sanded.
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      RAD Products · 05/12/2021
      1. 8 oz per gallon. 2. Do not need warm water.3. Pressure washer is best4. Pressure washer is easier for rinsing.5. Green or white6. 8-12 inches
      Only one coat of the stain.
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    Jeffrey Hollebrandt · 04/30/2021
    Just placed my second order for 5 gallons of semi transparent stain in a weeks time, but with this 5 gallon oder I also ordered 3 replace application pads. I was charged 16.90 shipping on a Charge. I read that if you order deck tools with a 5 gallon order you are not charged shipping, so why was I charged shipping charges
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      Jeffrey Hollebrandt · 04/30/2021
      First sentence, restore a deck products, are products offered on your restore a deck purchase site. If you are offering these products on your site under deck tools, and they are ordered with your restore a deck stain and cleaning products as listed, then they should ship free. How is the public suppose to know any different, unless of course, it is a stain manfactured by someone else.
      Ground Shipping

      -Free shipping 5 Gallon Pails & Restore-A-Deck Products. RAD Booster & Thickening Gel ships free if RAD Stripper is in same cart. RAD Staining Brush ships free if RAD Stain is in cart.
      -Other products will be charged shipping if not a 5-gallon pail or RAD Product.
      -No Free Shipping to Canada. Brokerage is included in shipping costs to Canada.

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        RAD Products · 04/30/2021
        Hello,
        Restore-A Deck Products have the "Restore-A-Deck" name in the item name. "Padco" the name of the pad and is not a Restore A Deck product. It does state this as well prior to checking out "Other products will be charged shipping if not a 5-gallon pail or RAD Product". Shipping charges are also on the cart page with this full description about what is free shipping or not prior to paying for anything.
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      RAD Products · 04/30/2021
      Hello,
      Where did you see that the replacement pads ship free with a 5-gallon purchase?
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    Corie · 04/29/2021
    We will be using the Restore A Deck Stain Brush (semi-transparent RAD stain).  With how much stain should the brush be loaded?  And since the deck surface is very large, can we reload the brush to finish each board length? How do we avoid overlap? Do we sweep back/forth or only in one direction?     The deck has been stripped, brightened.  We are using hot sun application.
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      RAD Products · 04/29/2021
      Just dip into the stain and spread evenly. It is not that complicated and you will get the hang of it in a few minutes. Go with the grain of the wood. 
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    Al · 04/25/2021
    I have a 195 sq ft deck that gets sun most of the day.  The deck was peeling bad in some sections.  The previous owner had 2 coats of solid stain on it.  I do not know what brand the bottom layer is.  The top layer was done in a cobalt solid oil stain.  I sanded the deck with 80 grit.  I got most of it off but could not sand the sides of the boards.  I swept it and blew off all of the sand dust and that hosed it off.  
    1]  Can I use rad semi-transparent on it or will it not adhere to the areas that still show some stain2]  can I apply stain now or do I need to do more prep work, if so what needs to be done3]  I cannot use a stripper because I have wood shingles that go down and meet the deck boards.4]  If I have to use the solid stain will it soak in to where some stain is showing.5]  will moving chairs around on the deck scrap up the stain and leave marksattached is a picture of the sanded deck.  If you enlarge it you can see some of the old gray stain that would not come off.  I would appreciate any other tips you can give me.   Thank You   
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      RAD Products · 04/25/2021
      1. Probably not. 2. Clean and brightener for final prep as this will help the stain to penetrate better. Easy to do at this point.4. Solid stain is best for you. It will cover any old stain.5. it should not unless you have very heavy metal chairs. We would not drag those types if possible.
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        Al · 04/26/2021
        I am not sure if you got my picture so I will try sending now.
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          RAD Products · 04/26/2021
          Use the solid stain.
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            Al · 04/27/2021
            1]For the deck that as been sanded and prepped how many gallons of the RAD water base solid stain will I need for 195 sq ft2]What type of roller cover will I need3] what type of brush will I need4]do I apply a thin 1st coat, wait 24hours and apply 2nd thin coat5] do I brush the sides in between the boards first and than roll the top of the boards with the stain6] I it looks like rain within 24 hours of doing the 1st coat can I wait a few days to do the 2nd coat 
            Any other advise you can give me would be appreciated.  Thanks you for all of the advice above you have given me.
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              RAD Products · 04/27/2021
              1. About 2 gallons.2. Any roller will work.3. Any paint brush will work.4. Apply the second coat the same day as the first coat, as soon as it is dry.5. You can do this.6. No, same day is best.
              Directions are on the containers for more tips.
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                Al · 04/28/2021
                I am confused after reading the instructions for applying Rad solid stain.  You said to apply 2nd coat the same day as soon as 1st coat is dry.  It says solid stain will be DRY TO TOUCH in 1-2 hours, but says "complete cure on walk on surfaces takes 24-48 hours."  If I walk on top of first coat after 2 hours to apply 2nd coat won't it mark up where I walk or possibly peel up the first coat since it is so fresh. Should I be safe and wait 24 hours before doing 2nd coat.  I do not want to mess it up after all the work I did in sanding & prepping. Please explain and advise.  Thanks
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                  RAD Products · 04/28/2021
                  No, walking on it not going to harm it after it is dry to touch. Do not wait 24 hours, do the same day before full cure for best results.
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                    Al · 04/30/2021
                    I have read the instructions on Rad water base solid stain.  It does not state how much stain to apply for each coat.  1] Should I apply a thin 1st coat, meaning it would show some of the wood . Than after it dries apply another thin coat 2] Also if using a roller do I go over the same area with a brush?  3] Is a roller or stain pad better? 
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                      RAD Products · 04/30/2021
                      1. One coat covers about 200 Sq feet per gallon. Cover it fully with the first coat. Let dry and repeat.2. No need to back brush.3. Roller and brush for the solid stain.
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                        Al · 05/01/2021
                        I have no luck in using a garden sprayer.  I have 2 and neither will spray right.  Can I use  the cleaner and brightener mixed in a bucket and use a deck brush to apply. 
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                          RAD Products · 05/02/2021
                          Yes, but it will take a longer this way. Pressure wash after using the cleaner.
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                            Al · 05/04/2021
                            I sanded the deck on 4/10/21.  Due to the weather and other issues I will not be able to prep and stain my deck for another two weeks.  I hope this will be ok and hope I do not have to sand again.  Will I have any problems  waiting so long?
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                              RAD Products · 05/04/2021
                              No need to sand again.
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                                Al · 05/05/2021
                                You answer s a little confusing. does your answer to my question mean i do not have to sand again.
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    AngelP · 04/05/2021
    Hi. I notice that you recommend a brush to apply semi-transparent stains. Is this not recommended for solid stains? If not, what is?
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      RAD Products · 04/05/2021
      You can use a hand brush and roller for applying the solid stain.
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    Esteban · 12/22/2020
    What are the best applicator tools for a pergola?
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    Corie · 09/22/2020
    Which color nozzle on the Chapin Sprayer is best for applying the RAD Stripper and Brightener? This is a cedar deck that was installed a year ago and was given one coat of Penofin at that time.
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    Brad Marr · 08/23/2020
    I read in other sections of this site that if using the cleaner and brightener that you should allow your deck to dry before applying stain. Other tips in the restore in a day and wet on wet, and even hot sun, sections indicate I can clean, brighten, and stain all in the same day. What is the best approach? I have a 5 year old deck and it has been completely sanded and is ready for cleaner.
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      RAD Products · 08/23/2020
      If using the RAD Stains you can do the same day. Any other brand of stain you will need to wait 48 hours after prep.
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    Mark · 08/05/2020
    I have a cedar-tone pine treated pier that is now 5 months weathered, what do you recommend for the staining process.
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    John · 07/28/2020
    I had washed the deck about 4-5 weeks ago and used a brightened about a week ago. I am planning to do the staining in 2-3 days. Would that be OK? Or Am I gonna need to do the whole chemical cleaning process and the apply the brightened again? It rained a few times in the meantime.


    Also, can I apply the RAD semi-transparent stain with a Deck&Home Universal Sprayer (or an HDX sprayer )?

    or can I use a Quickie outdoor brush to apply it?

    Thanks
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      RAD Products · 07/28/2020
      It should be okay to stain. You can spray but you will need to back brush to ensure it is applied evenly.
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        John · 07/28/2020
        I can go with a brush instead of a sprayer, then. But would this Quickie Heavy Duty Jobsite Deck Scrub Brush be OK?
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    Tahoe Jim · 07/19/2020
    If I’ve RAD stripped, light sanded, and just finished RAD brightener, by just got a surprise weather warning for a storm tonight, can I stain (RAD semi) in a couple days? Any additional prep needed before I stain assuming it is within a couple days?
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      Tahoe Jim · 07/19/2020
      Okay I see on another comment that I need 4-8 hrs dry time before any rain and I’m not going to make it. So now my question is how many days can I wait between strip/sand/brighten and RAD semi stain? And do I have to do any additional prep if I have a couple days gap between prep and staining?
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      RAD Products · 07/19/2020
      No other prep is needed. Just stain when you can.
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    Janice · 07/13/2020
    The instructions say the surface temp should be under 90 degree when applying.... but is it ok if the temp goes above 90 later in the day after the staining is complete? Also my deck was stripped, cleaned and brightened about 4-5 weeks ago but we didn't get to the staining. What do I need to do now to prepare it for staining hopefully tomorrow?
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      RAD Products · 07/13/2020
      It can go higher later in the day. Lightly clean and brighten again for prep.
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    Tyler · 07/07/2020
    I have 8x8 rough cut cedar on my front that has turned gray, will this restore the natural color? If I use the natural stain do I need to deal it with a water sealer after staining?
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      RAD Products · 07/08/2020
      Use the RAD Cleaner/Brightener Kits first for pre and then stain and it will look like new. You do not apply a sealer over the RAD Stain.
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    Mark · 06/28/2020
    I only have one access door into the house we live in. What is the minimum time veggie you can walk on the treated surface as I also have a dog that will have to go out to go to the bathroom..
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    Ronald McMasters · 06/27/2020
    I just installed (6/27) some new 4"x6" pressure treated lumber with ground contact on one edge at the bottom of a steep bank. When can I apply your semi-transparent stain and do I have do any special prep work before using other than cleaning?
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    Stephanie · 06/25/2020
    I am trying to find an optimal day to stain my deck. I live in SW Missouri, and the humidity tends to get very high in the summer. Next week there is a sunny day with high temperatures forecasted to be 90 but with high humidity too. Should I wait for a day where temps and\or humidity are lower? I'm most concerned about effects of humidity.
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      RAD Products · 06/25/2020
      Humidity is not so much an issue as the temps. Do not apply above 90.
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    isaac · 06/22/2020
    the temperature will peak at 90 deg, is that fine i’m staining. If not what should i do
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      RAD Products · 06/22/2020
      Just follow the directions above.
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        isaac · 06/22/2020
        ok i misted the deck until it looked a little damp, and less than 2 min later the wood looked like it hadn’t had any mist on but i continued anyways to stain, and the stain color doesn’t look as strong as the other days i stained when it wasn’t this sunny or hot. Today it’s full sun and 90, any recommendations?
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          RAD Products · 06/22/2020
          The color would not change based on the temps. Just continue doing what you are doing.
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            isaac · 06/22/2020
            ok should i remist other areas that dried up right before staining them?
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              RAD Products · 06/22/2020
              That would make it apply easier.
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                isaac · 06/22/2020
                ok how much of a mist? and shouldi wait beforeapplying stain?
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    Kathleen Rizzo Young · 06/14/2020
    Finished and looks great. We live in a snowy area is there any problem with putting down some heavy duty rubber mats on the porch to provide some traction?
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      RAD Products · 06/15/2020
      It should be fine but make sure the stain is fully cured. Takes a few days.
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    April · 06/08/2020
    We have applied a single coat of stain to the floor of the deck and plan to wait a few days before applying the second coat. Should this cause any problems?
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    bill · 06/05/2020
    I have stainless steel cables for balusters. Is it okay if I get the cleaner or brightener on the metal?
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    Justin · 06/02/2020
    Applied today with no rain in the forecast and a surprise rain hit us 4 hours after I applied. Will it be okay?
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    Jacob · 05/26/2020
    I went with one coat on my 10 month old new deck. It looks like I should have went with two. Can I apply a second coat now since it's not a wet on wet coat?
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    Becki tenza · 05/26/2020
    I used another cleaner couple days ago but want to switch to RAD cleaner and Brightener. Can I do that or will there be a difference? Becki from Erie PA
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2020
      Just redo all the prep and you should be okay.
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        Becki · 05/26/2020
        Thing is what I did already is a lot but our deck is 2100 sq feet just horizontal so I prefer not to redo what I just did. The wrap around to our garage is cleaned and 3/4 of the whole deck still needs cleaned. I’d like to use Rad for that job. The wrap around to garage done cleaned butts up to rest if deck by 2 steps. Do you think it still would show the two cleaning projects at a disadvantage? Because our deck is huge, I need to really ask and be sure.
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          Becki · 05/26/2020
          The walk way was cleaned with another cleaner. The rest I’d like to use rad.
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            RAD Products · 05/26/2020
            The walkway looks like you have an old stain on the wood and that means you need to strip it and then brighten.
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          RAD Products · 05/26/2020
          It is possible that the end results turn out differently due to the current prep materials. There is no way to say for certain that it will or will not have a different appearance.
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    Ron · 05/22/2020
    I have completed stripping and brightening my 3 year old redwood deck. It appears I missed a couple of spots. Can I go back and just treat as I would have done at the start? Have not applied the TWP 1500 yet. Live in warm Sacramento area.
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      RAD Products · 05/23/2020
      Just spot strip and then brighten again.
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        Ron · 05/23/2020
        One other question. Is it possible to "over brighten" and get a bleached look? Maybe it is such a stark contrast to the problem I had which was a blackening from the Sherwin Williams Deck product. I suppose 2 coats of stain might be warranted? I selected the TWP 1530 Natural. Thank you for your quick reply, by the way.
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          RAD Products · 05/23/2020
          No, you really cannot over brighten the wood. 2 coats.
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    Robert M Souter · 05/17/2020
    I have power washed and drum standed my pressure treated deck and still have some deck boards that are not down to bare wood. As a new home owner, I am not sure how the deck was coated, solid stain or possibly paint. If I use RAD stripper with additives and still have not been able to remove the remaining coating, can I still apply RAD solid stain? If not, how should I proceed?
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      RAD Products · 05/17/2020
      You do not have to remove 100% of the current stain to be able to use the RAD Solid Stain.
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    Gary · 05/14/2020
    Applied semi-solid oil base stain last year. Can I apply restore-a-deck solid this year?
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      RAD Products · 05/14/2020
      As long as you use the RAD Stripper/Brightener Kits for prep, you should be okay.
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    Jerry · 09/22/2019
    Just installed a new redwood deck. There are a few of the cuts we need to sand. Any suggestions on deck prep and a transparent stain for Colorado. Thank you
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    Linda R · 09/19/2019
    I have a 20 year old treated wood deck that had a solid stain. Last year year we power washed, scraped and sanded the deck and rails and got most of the stain off but due to Chicago weather ran out of time to stain.

    A few weeks ago we went over the deck with a hand sander using 60 grit paper. I have RAD solid stain and am ready to stain tomorrow. I have your cleaner and brightner but need clarification on next steps.

    I clean then brighten. Then wait 2 hours to stain? I'll start with the rails but the floor will be dry by the time I start. Do I need to moisten the floor first?

    How long do I wait between coats?

    Is is better to put on 2 coats on the rails on day 1, then 2 coats on the floor day 2? Can I apply to dry wood?

    Or 1 coat on rails and deck day 1 and 2nd coat on both day 2?

    thanks.
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      RAD Products · 09/20/2019
      No need to moisten the floor again. Just continue staining until done. Recoat as soon as the first coat is fully dry. Do it all the same day if you can.