Restore-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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    JoelK · 05/29/2019
    I have an older Ipe deck that I need to prep for restaining. I bought the RAD stripper and brightner products and tested them out on three boards. I was disappointed with 2 of the boards but the middle one was good. I am writing to find out what might be different for the two that didn't strip well - note the slight brown streaks going along the grains. I applied the stripper for 15 minutes, mixed at 1/3 cup for 1/2 gal, completely dissolved. The stripper actually dried on the boards during the 15 minutes and all three boards looked black while the stripper was on them but then they assumed their normal color after the brigthner/rinse and they had completely dried. I can sand out the brown flecks but I think the stripper is working well, see the middle board, and I want to get that performance on the rest of the deck. I've attached a picture of the boards dry and wet to show the details better. Suggestions? Finally, any tips for how to strip/brighten a whole deck? It is about 20 feet long by 15 feet deep. I was thinking to do 3 boards all the way across at one time and then rinse and brighten so the stripper is not on the boards too long. But that seems like a hassle to keep the stripper/brightner off the boards yet to be stripped. Looking forward to advice.
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      RAD Products · 05/29/2019
      This should be an easy strip. Apply to all wood. Wait 15 minutes and then start to pressure wash off, Mist the areas that you have not worked on yet periodically with water to keep the boards wet. This will keep it from drying out. When done with all wood, rinse and apply the brightener right away.
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        JoelK · 05/29/2019
        It should be an easy strip - so WHY did two of the boards not strip easily?
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          RAD Products · 05/29/2019
          Try dwelling longer and use a pressure washer to remove. It also mixes at 8oz per gallon of water.
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    Darrin · 05/25/2019
    Applied initial coat of RAD semi transparent stain fall of 2018 and now ready to apply maintenance coat. Forecast for this memorial Day weekend here in Alabama is dry and very hot, highs upper 90's and lows in the 70's. Should I use RAD cleaner, pressure wash, and apply stain first thing in the morning allowing stain to dry throughout heat of day? Or should I clean and apply stain close to dusk allowing to dry overnight?
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    Hank · 05/19/2019
    I have just used the RAD step 1 and 2 on a 1 yr old cedar deck. The results, while very labor intensive w/o a pressure washer, turned out great. There was not enough time left in the day though for me to begin applying your Natural semi-transparent stain. I would like to try and get the rails stained after work tomorrow, and then the deck boards stained after work the following day. Since the wood will likely be dry, do you recommend I lightly dampen the wood again with a hose first on each day of stain application?
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      RAD Products · 05/20/2019
      A light mist of water to dampen the wood will make it so it is less hot and easier to apply.