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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    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.
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    Linda Tinker · 09/15/2019
    I have cleaned, stripped, neutralized and sanded with 100 grit a solid stain cedar deck. I didn't have time to do the staining. It then rained for a week. I thought I'd wait until there was no rain for a full day and no rain predicted for a full day after staining. Would you advise waiting until no rain for 2 days? It's a bit confusing how wet the deck can be for successful staining. Since I had to wait for a week of rain to stop will I need to do any further prep when I begin to stain?
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      RAD Products · 09/16/2019
      BTW, you sanded too fine. 60-80 is the finest.
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      RAD Products · 09/16/2019
      No more prep is needed. You can stain 1 day after the rain stops.
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    Curt Kandra · 08/26/2019
    I just applied 1 coat of RAD cedar stain after meticulous prep per directions (cleaner,stripper, brightener.). Ran out of stain for second coat. Upon drying many blotchy light/dark areas. 2 questions- What happened? and will application of a second coat a week after 1st correct the blotchy appearance? Thank you for your prompt response. A bit disappointed in the result of using RAD so far.
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    skd · 08/23/2019
    See my post below. The photos I added were taken this morning. Now, in full sun, the deck looks pretty different--more stripped than I had thought. It's even a little paler than these updated photos show. Am I close to having it stripped, or should I give up? If I do continue stripping, could I use a different brand, to avoid having to wait for shipping?
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      RAD Products · 08/23/2019
      You are pretty close. Some of the areas that look darker may not even be old stain but the wood color after the stripper raises the pH, darkening the wood. Have you applied the brightener yet to see if it lightens evenly?
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        skd · 08/24/2019
        Well no, since it's clear that not all of it is stripped. I have ordered more RAD stripper, plus the additive to increase the time I have to work on it, and this time I'll do it in sections. Thank you for your help!
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    skd · 08/23/2019
    I forgot to mention that the wood is pressure-treated pine.
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    skd · 08/23/2019
    I purchased your stripper and brightener in order to remove the very orange stain that had been applied previously (Woodrich Timber Oil, last applied 3 years ago). I so regret that decision.

    Yesterday I applied the stripper to my entire deck--12' x 16' plus steps and minimal railings. I tried to keep it misted, but it dried so quickly that I couldn't keep up. What a fiasco! It was definitely a 2-person job, but I was on my own. Apparently the stripper should have applied and removed in sections, not the entire deck. I spent HOURS trying to remove the stain with a pressure washer.

    Now what I have is a mess, and I'm not even sure what kind of mess. The deck is partially stripped, much of the deck has a fuzzy texture, and I have serious doubts that all of the stain will be removed with another application of the stripper (which is gone anyway). At this point, I'm willing to go back to the orangy Timber Oil instead of switching to a different stain (TWP 100). But can I, considering how splotchy it is?

    I need to do something ASAP!
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      RAD Products · 08/23/2019
      Best to strip again and then brighten so it all evens out. The TimberOil is very easy to strip and the wood will be fine until you get more stripper.
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    Ann · 07/27/2019
    Can I stain the deck in the early morning while the temperatures are in the 70's if the temps will reach low 90's by the afternoon? Or will the stain need temps between 45 and 90 for at least 24 hours?
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      RAD Products · 07/28/2019
      You can do stain in the 70s and have the temps rise into the 90s later after you are done.
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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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      Kate · 06/23/2019
      What color stain are you using?
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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.