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Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is a biodegradable, powdered concentrate that is mixed with water to brighten and restore the natural beauty of all species of exterior wood.

Extremely cost-effective. When mixed, the cost is less than $7 a gallon.
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Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener: The Best Stain Remover for Decks

Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is a biodegradable, powdered concentrate that is mixed with water to brighten and restore the natural beauty of all species of exterior wood. This product excels at brightening, removing rust stains, and tannin stains caused by fallen leaves. Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is a safe, eco-friendly product that will not only brighten but neutralize the surface of the wood, creating an ideal surface that is ready to be stained.

This product is the perfect complement to our wood cleaning product, Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner. We recommend you use this product as part of our comprehensive wood cleaning system.

The Restore A Deck system is a multistep deck cleaning system, and best results are achieved when using all 3 products. This product is step 2 of the Restore A Deck system.

Uses of Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener

Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is intended for use on all types of weathered, exterior wood surfaces including decks, fences, siding, outdoor furniture, gazebos, and playsets.

Recommended for surface preparation prior to initial application of semi-transparent finishes and stains. The product can be used as a cleaner and brightener for redwood, or as a neutralizer to further brighten wood species, like pine, that have been cleaned with Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner or stripped with Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. For lasting protection of your exterior wood, after using Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener, treat the surface with Restore-A-Deck Premium Wood Stain.

Note: Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is not formulated to remove intact paint, stain, or clear finishes. This brightener is not a cleaner. It will not remove grayed wood fibers. It is meant to serve as a wood brightener and pH balance after using a deck cleaner or stain stripper. The best application for use is after a wood cleaning product.

ADVANTAGES

  • Neutralizes stain strippers
  • Brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • Removes difficult stains created by rust and fallen leaves
  • Restores pH balance of wood
  • Powdered formula makes 5 liquid gallons when mixed
  • Extremely cost-effective. When mixed, the cost is less than $6 a gallon.
  • Eco-Safe formulas
  • Improves absorption of wood stains
  • Safe to use on all exterior wood surfaces, not just decks

Coverage: 750-1000 sq.feet per container.

Available Sizes:
2 lb Container
Powder Concentrate:
1 Container Makes 5 Gallons
Purpose:
Wood Brightener/Neutralizer
Coverage Per Gallon:
150-200 sq. ft Per Gallon
Application Tools:
Sprayer, Mop

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    Todd · 08/15/2022
    Taking on a DIY salvage scenario of professional improperly prepared new cedar deck. Cabot Timberoil began clouding/peeling after 1 year - manufacturer-evaluated samples revealed dirt and mildew under over-applied double coat. Part of deck has been heavily power washed resulting in light surface gouging but back down to beautiful bare wood. I then took over and have sanded that portion down with 80grit, and will be re-stripping with your products as the Pittsburgh product used by the installer has been suboptimal. Questions: should we let it weather over the winter to let the sanded wood blend with the stripped wood before clean/brighten/stain with RAD next year? Or could we just strip/brighten/stain this year by using just brightener on the sanded wood? Thank you
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      RAD Products · 08/15/2022
      Send some pictures after the stripping is done. 
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        Todd · 08/15/2022
        Thank you. I certainly will!
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    Natalya · 08/11/2022
    I mixed too much stripper and brightener when doing my first deck and have some leftover. I am doing a second deck in a couple weeks. Can I use the leftovers, or will they go bad by then?  
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2022
      They will be fine for the stripper and Brightener. 
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    Andy · 08/05/2022
    I have a bit of brightener left over after my staining project. I'd like to get it out of my pump sprayer. Any suggestions for other uses or appropriate disposal?
    Thanks!
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    Mary · 07/27/2022
    How soon after stripping the old stain and using the brightened does the deck need to be stained ?
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    Greg · 07/18/2022
    I've recently used the RAD Brightener product. It wasn't until after using it that I noticed the packaging says that it contains "sodiumcarbonate peroxhydrate" which is the same ingredient listed on the RAD Cleaner product. The following page however does seem to state that the RAD Brightener contains a mix of citric and oxalic acids: https://www.restore-a-deck.com/restore-a-deck-safe-product-usage.html.

    Can you please confirm the ingredients of the Brightener?
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    Tim · 07/08/2022
    I have an IPE or Ironwood deck that was cleaned and oiled last year. I want to clean and oil it again this year. In addition to the Wood Cleaner product, is it also recommended to use the Brightener in my case or would that not be necessary?
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      RAD Products · 07/08/2022
      Are you staying with the same brand of stain and color as last year?
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        Tim Haley · 07/08/2022
        Yes .. Olympic Maximum Clear Waterproofing sealant penetrating oil formula
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          RAD Products · 07/09/2022
          Cleaner only should be fine for this.
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    Jam · 06/29/2022
    I have white cedar railings with a heavy (glossy) coat of stain. I sanded down to bare wood and had green mildew in some spots under the stain. I used Clorox outdoor bleach and it killed the mildew now I’m ready to re stain. Will your brightener be the right product to neutralize any residual bleach and open the pores of the wood to accept stain better?
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      RAD Products · 06/29/2022
      Yes, it would help.
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        Jam · 06/29/2022
        Ok with “doing it right” in mind, would spraying RAD wood cleaner then brighten be best, or am I at the point where just the neutralizer will suffice?
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          RAD Products · 06/29/2022
          Using the cleaner first, lightly pressure washing and then the brightener after would open up the pores best for the stain penetration. Just one coat of stain when you sand a deck.
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    Philip Grego · 06/07/2022
    I used the stripper on my deck and used the brightener. Problem is The old stain did not all come off.   Do I repeat process,  
    Restrip and rebrighten and then stain?
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      RAD Products · 06/08/2022
      Post pics in the comments.
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        Philip Grego · 06/08/2022
        Here are the pics 

        I did this on Sunday 
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          RAD Products · 06/08/2022
          You have a hardwood deck. What stain brand was used prior? Did you pressure wash off after applying the stripper?
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            Philip Grego · 06/08/2022
            I believe the stain was 
            PENOFIN.  I did pressure wash after stripping.  
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              RAD Products · 06/08/2022
              Yes, you will have to redo it. We are also seeing some swirl marks from your pressure washer and some uneven application spots when applying the stripper? Make sure you follow these steps:

              -Apply stripper after mixing correctly with a pump sprayer to all wood.
              -Let dwell from 15-20 minutes
              -Pressure wash with a fan tip and using a pendulum motion, getting close to the wood about 6-10 inches away with each pass. Always wash in the direction of the wood grain/board.
              -Make sure to mist areas of the deck that have not been stripped yet with water to keep the stripper from drying out. 
              -When done, rinse all wood and posts thoroughly to remove the old stain, dirt, and wood fiber.
              -Redo the brightener.
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              Philip Grego · 06/08/2022
              I have purchased RAD Stain 
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    Maureen · 06/01/2022
    I plan to strip & brighten our cedar deck tomorrow morning.  May rain tomorrow night then 2 clear days after.  Is that ok & can I stain with TWP on the third clear day?
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2022
      48 hours after prep or rain when using the TWP stain. 
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    Sean · 06/01/2022
    If I’m using a solid stain do I need the brighter or just the cleaner?
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    Phil Régimbald · 05/20/2022
    Are restore-a-deck products safe to use on a dock that will go in the water?
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    Larry K · 05/16/2022
    so I'm in process of stripping deck...more than a 1 day job to get old stain off.  So on the 2nd day of stripping do I just start up again stripping and then immediately use the brightener on the wet deck created by stripper? Spray Brightener on and wait? and then rinse off? and then wait couple dry days to apply a Defy clear stain?...can I wait longer to stain if need be?
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      RAD Products · 05/16/2022
      Yes, just finish the stripping and then brighten all wood. Apply the sealer within a couple weeks of the prep.
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    Jim S · 05/11/2022
    Unfortunately, I used a bleach containing wood cleaner on my 1 year old redwood  deck almost two weeks ago. I'm very unhappy with the look of it and have been worrying over it ever since not knowing what to do. Is it too late to use a wood brightener before staining and if not, should I sand/buff the extensive fuzzies off before or after the brightener?
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      RAD Products · 05/11/2022
      Buff first and then brighten the wood. That should help.
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    Bo · 10/02/2021
    About how long should I plan on taking to stain my 200 sq ft deck using your wood staining brush?
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      RAD Products · 10/03/2021
      For the floors, about 10-20 minutes.
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        Bo · 10/03/2021
        I managed a coat in 42 minutes, but then, again, I am 85 years old and took a couple of short breaks. At any rate your answer was very helpful in that it helped me understand that “I can do this” before the sun hits the deck. In addition I appreciate your very patient answers to my many questions along the way. The result is not quite what I had hoped, but about what I expected. Many errors have been made along the way like using too powerful a power washer and a less than thorough stripping. At least the wife is happy with it so I am happy, doubly so since I do not have to do anything more until my 88th year. Hooray! See you in 2.5 years.
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    Rod · 10/02/2021
    I stripped and brighter my deck, but am going to need to go over a part of it again as there is some stain remaining. There is a lot of wood fibers after stripping and brightening so I am going to need to sand some of the boards. Do you recommend an order of process?  Is it ok to re-strip, brighten, sand then stain?  Some of the posts seem to indicate that brightening should be done after sanding, but I wasn't clear.Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 10/03/2021
      Strip, sand if needed, then brighten.
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        Rod · 10/03/2021
        Thanks!  Couple more questions.  1. I stripped and brightened a my hand railing yesterday. Although I kept the pressure washer 18 in away from the wood, it left a lot of wood fibers and I now need to sand the railing with 60 or 80 grit sand paper.  After I sand, do I have to brighten again, or can I just stain without doing another round of brightener?2. The instructions on the stripper say to whiten immediately after stripping. I have a large surface area to strip and plan to strip in sections.  Can I wait until the entire area is stripped rather than stripping and immediately whitening in sections?  How long is the longest time between when I strip and when I absolutely must whiten? I assume there can be a length of dry time since you commented above that I can sand between stripping and brightening, and sanding on soaked wood wouldn't be very effective.
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          RAD Products · 10/03/2021
          1. Best to brighten and rinse well to open up the pores.2. Yes. Brighten the same day as stripping for best results but if sanding do that first and then brighten.
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    Stu · 08/10/2021
    I have started my deck project by using your deck stripper.  I then want to sand the deck with a floor sanding machine once the wood moisture meter reads below 18% so it does not tear up the fibers.  Once the deck is sanded and swept, is there a specific waiting period to put on the deck brighter?  Any wait time for the TLP1500 after the brightener?
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    Daniel W Bigger · 07/19/2021
    How long after rinsing brightner off can I begin to stain
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    Daniel W Bigger · 07/19/2021
    re doing brightner after weeks of having stripped the pine soffitts.  Do I need to wet the wood before applying brightner or apply to dry wood and rinse?
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    Daniel · 07/17/2021
    My deck was painted and I have just finished sanding the paint off the entire deck. I didn't use stripper, I just sanded. Now I am ready to stain. The wood is bright and not weathered. Do I need to use brightener and cleaner or can I just go ahead and stain? Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 07/18/2021
      Clean and brighten the wood will open the pores after standing and allow the stain to soak in deeper. Just one coat of stain.
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    Heather · 07/08/2021
    Hi, I'm planning on using the semi-transparent stain on a rough (primarily cedar) fence that's quite aged (7-10 years).  I believe I saw somewhere on your site that the recommendation for vertical surfaces was different than horizontal when it came to coats.  Would it make sense to do two coats or one for a surface like this?  I'm in a very dry climate (Colorado), so while I would like to avoid any peeling potential, I would also love to protect the wood. Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 07/08/2021
      You will need two coats on vertical rough sawn wood. Applied wet on wet.
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    Allen · 07/07/2021
    I used your cleaner and brightener this spring to prep deck for staining with TWP 1500. Looked great when finished staining but now have mildew /mold growing on deck. cleaned it with simple green, but mold/mildew has come back. Should I clean it with a diluted mix (3 to 6 oz. per gallon) of cleaner? Should I follow up with brightener even though I won't be staining? If so what strenght? What maintenance cleaner or routine would you recommend for mold mildew?
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      RAD Products · 07/07/2021
      Try a product called "Wet and Forget" for removal and prevention. You can get it at local stores.
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    Meli · 07/04/2021
    I stripped & brightened my cedar rails. They looked great. Overnight the rain came & I thought in the moment it was a good thing, it would re-rinse the cedar. It’s now been days of rain. The tannins have leached out & made a mess. My question is how do I handle this now? Do I clean/brighten or just brighten? TY
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    Frank · 06/23/2021
    Just used RAD cleaner and brightener 2 days ago. Cleaner did wonders for the wood. Not sure that I used the brightener properly (it's just railing that have been done, floor being replaced in the fall).
    The brightener didn't seem to do much... no suds, went on like water. Waited 15 - mins and rinsed thoroughly, though there was really nothing to see washing away.
    2 days later, rails look great! No graying, nice grain, nice new natural color. Did I do it right? My #2 tank sprayer was acting kinda sad, but it did spray. Should I really brightener, or cleaner and brightener, or go ahead and stain now? It's a 4 year old never-been-stained-before cedar railing.
    Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 06/23/2021
      It should be good to stain.
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        Frank · 07/07/2021
        I have stained the railings - the portion that I was concerned about regarding the brightener application, and the portion that I used a new tank sprayer to apply the brightener. Both sections took the stain extremely well, cured nicely, look great, and no difference between the two sections.
        Great products! Have already recommended it to friends. Truly does look like new wood!
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    Jean · 06/16/2021
    I am removing a Behr solid stain from a 2 year pt deck floor. PW got 80% off, then used both Valspar and Behr stripper to remove the balance. Both were like using water. Heart wood, knots, protected areas are like a rock. I took back the rest of the stripper and ordered your clearer/brighter/ ST dark stain while I sanded the rest off just the areas that still had stain/primer. I planned on cleaner/brightner/stain as soon as I was done sanding. I just saw the post the post about waiting 1-2 months. Ugh. Not going to go over well with a July 4th party planned. If I am forced to stain, what might happen? Uneven coloring sanded vs not sanded area? 
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      RAD Products · 06/17/2021
      It may not stain evenly if you are spot sanding.
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        Jean · 06/17/2021
        How will I know I’ve waited long enough? What should I be looking for?
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          RAD Products · 06/18/2021
          Wait the 1-2 months and then clean and brighten for prep.
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    Dawn · 06/08/2021
    Did a test run on a small section and loved the results! Now for the rest of the deck. What is the maximum amount of time between brightening and staining when using Armstrong Clarke semi-transparent? Having to work around job and rain. Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 06/08/2021
      About 14 days after prep to stain.
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        Dawn · 06/08/2021
        That works out so well. Thank you!
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    Rich · 06/05/2021
    I applied the stripper and now I am going to apply the brightener.  Do I have to make sure that the brightener stays wet and does not dry on the wood prior to rinsing?  It's a sunny, hot day and I'm sure it will dry if I don't mist it occassionally.
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      RAD Products · 06/05/2021
      Just mist it if it starts to dry. Needs about 20 minutes to react.
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    Bill · 05/29/2021
    I just re-decked a 10'x16' deck with redwood s4s 2x6, and am wondering how long to wait until we prep and stain.  The deck has been weathering about five weeks.  Do i need to sand, and if so should i sand now then let it wait a certain period of time to weather again, or sand just before prep?  We like the pink/yellow look of the redwood, so are planning on using natural semi-transparent stain.  Thanks.
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    Mark · 05/24/2021
    Follow-up re: Sarah's question from 4/22: Why do you need to wait to clean & brighten after sanding?  I just sanded the old finish off my cedar deck and wanted to stain next weekend.  What is the advantage to letting it weather first?
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      RAD Products · 05/24/2021
      This allows the wood to become porous so the stain can soak in better/deeper into the wood grain.
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    GH · 05/22/2021
    What process should I used to restore pine PT deck that’s been sealed with Boiled Linseed oil and mineral spirt mix.
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      RAD Products · 05/22/2021
      Use the RAD Stripper and Brightener kit for prep and then the RAD Stain.
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    WG · 05/21/2021
    Do you also have to keep the RAD brightener misted after applying like you do for the cleaner?
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      RAD Products · 05/21/2021
      No, just rinse it well after 10-20 minutes.