Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only

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Need to use after RAD Stain Stripper or RAD Deck Cleaner!
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Restore-A-Deck's brightener is also available as a stand alone product. 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. We strongly recommend it as the second part of our R-A-D restoration system. It will pH balance and brighten new wood and remove some contaminants. Coverage is 600-800 sq.feet per container.

This mild blend is safer for use than the straight oxallic acid sold in most home centers and hardware stores.


This brightener is also excellent for rust removal on concrete. With enough dwell time, concrete will look much newer. (Brightens only, will not remove oil stains from concrete)

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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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Matt H:
I will be belt sanding my deck to get a 2 year old peeling film (Benjamin Moore Semi) stain off...I have been told with sanding I don't need to use the kit. I am thinking the brightener might still be good but don't want to waste effort/time. Thouhgts?

After sanding we suggest using both the Cleaner and the Brightener for the final prep. This will help the new stain to soak in better into the wood grain.
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Just brightener after sanding
I will be belt sanding my deck to get a 2 year old peeling film (Benjamin Moore Semi) stain off...I have been told with sanding I don't need to use the kit. I am thinking the brightener might still be good but don't want to waste effort/time. Thouhgts?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Joe H:
Will brightener or cleaner damage paint? My deck railings are painted but I have cedar deck boards that I want to brighten. Also, foundation wall of house is painted where deck is attached to house

It should not harm paint.
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Will brightener or cleaner damage paint? My deck railings are painted but I have cedar deck boards that I want to brighten. Also, foundation wall of house is painted where deck is attached to house
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting John Kay:
how long does the brighter last after being applied. Is it 10 or 14 days? I've being getting a lot of rain after being applied does that effect my window of staining of 14 days. Any info would be appreicated. thank you.

About 14 days.
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10 days or 14 days
how long does the brighter last after being applied. Is it 10 or 14 days? I've being getting a lot of rain after being applied does that effect my window of staining of 14 days. Any info would be appreicated. thank you.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Bryan Laskey:
I would like to wash the cedar siding on our cottage. It has a nice coloured stain on it that I like. Not going to restain, sand or touch it up. It's in great shape. Just dirty. Simply want to clean it. Would you recommend the cleaner & brightener? Thank you.

Hello, our products are not designed for when you plan on reapplying the stain only.
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Wash only please!
I would like to wash the cedar siding on our cottage. It has a nice coloured stain on it that I like. Not going to restain, sand or touch it up. It's in great shape. Just dirty. Simply want to clean it. Would you recommend the cleaner & brightener? Thank you.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting John K:
What's the best way to apply Brightener to the rails? my rails will be sanded down, no stripper used it has a solid color stain on it.

Pump sprayer.
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Brightener
What's the best way to apply Brightener to the rails? my rails will be sanded down, no stripper used it has a solid color stain on it.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Mike Adkins:
Our water is very hard. Will it be ok to mix with your chemicals, or should I find soft or RO water?

It should be fine.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Our water is very hard. Will it be ok to mix with your chemicals, or should I find soft or RO water?
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Step 2
This last weekend finished cleaning but held off on brightening. You always say brighten while wet from cleaning.Wonder ing what the risk is?

Answer

Best to brighten/neutra lize when wet. Not brightening right away could results in "furring" of the wood. This of course can be sanded off.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Marie:
Will brightener damage concrete under my deck when applying? Does it damage plants and shrubs?

No it will not damage concrete. It may "burn" leaves of plants some if not rinsed off within a timely fashion.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Will brightener damage concrete under my deck when applying? Does it damage plants and shrubs?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting SumTxDude:
This last weekend finished stripping 130ft of treated pine retainer wall but held off on brightening because I want to do some sanding and not quite through stripping porch post and rails. Basicly I can't get it all done in one weekend which is when I'm able to work on it.
You always say brighten while wet from stripping/cleaning. But I've also seen answers that it would be ok to wait.
Wondering what the risk is? Just neutralize the cleaning solvents before they penetrate deep and dry? Is it ok or more or less the same if you wet it good before brightening?
I was going to finish everything... stripping, sanding, putty joints then wet and brighten 3 or 4 days to a week before finish coat. Thoughts and/or facts behind the timing? -Thanks.

Best to brighten/neutra lize when wet. Not brightening right away could results in "furring" of the wood. This of course can be sanded off. Putty does not work in outside wood and will not blend or "stain" to match the deck stain.
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Timing on Brightening...
This last weekend finished stripping 130ft of treated pine retainer wall but held off on brightening because I want to do some sanding and not quite through stripping porch post and rails. Basicly I can't get it all done in one weekend which is when I'm able to work on it.
You always say brighten while wet from stripping/clean ing. But I've also seen answers that it would be ok to wait.
Wondering what the risk is? Just neutralize the cleaning solvents before they penetrate deep and dry? Is it ok or more or less the same if you wet it good before brightening?
I was going to finish everything... stripping, sanding, putty joints then wet and brighten 3 or 4 days to a week before finish coat. Thoughts and/or facts behind the timing? -Thanks.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Julie Blenn:
I also realized that some of the Part 1 cleaner dried onto the glass of my deck windows. What harm will this do, and how can I reverse the problem ?

Just rinse well with water and make sure all the residue comes off. Brighten when done. It will be fine.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
I also realized that some of the Part 1 cleaner dried onto the glass of my deck windows. What harm will this do, and how can I reverse the problem ?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
I applied step one Restore-a-deck, the cleaner, and was not able to finish washing it before the sun went down. By morning , the cleaner will have dried onto the unfinished portions, and I know the can says "do not let it dry on".

Will this cause harm ? How should I handle it ?
I plan to finish pressure washing in the morning : will this be adequate ?
The rest of the deck looks fabulous !! Thanks for yur excellent product !
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Dana Clark:
Ive stripped my deck with a Behr product which pretty much sucked. I'm going to buy your deck stripper to go back over the entire deck,and hopefully finish it off. Do I follow with just the brightener or do I need both the cleaner and brightener? Also, I started stripping the deck this past weekend and it won't be until after I recieve your product that I resume. Is it okay that my deck is sitting there, or should I go ahead and use the Behr product (brightener & cleaner) I have on hand to "Neutralize" the current stripper?I've rinsed and rinsed, but from what I've read there's surely still some stripper in the wood.

After the stripper you go straight to the brightener. No need for the cleaner. You are fine with being halfway done. Just start stripping with the Rad.
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Ive stripped my deck with a Behr product which pretty much sucked. I'm going to buy your deck stripper to go back over the entire deck,and hopefully finish it off. Do I follow with just the brightener or do I need both the cleaner and brightener? Also, I started stripping the deck this past weekend and it won't be until after I recieve your product that I resume. Is it okay that my deck is sitting there, or should I go ahead and use the Behr product (brightener & cleaner) I have on hand to "Neutralize" the current stripper?I've rinsed and rinsed, but from what I've read there's surely still some stripper in the wood.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Maggie, you should not mix stains of different brands. Also you have to strip all if switching stain brands.
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More detail about the too much intricate stuff
I just reread my questions. Actually the wood deck is 3 levels plus the long bench which acts as a railing along the back, plus there are two large square holes that go around a couple of ornamental trees and the horizontal boards go in different angles to each other in a pattern and there is a natural cedar sauna barrel on top of part of the deck. Since trees have died from a disease, it is now a good time to strip what I have to, since they will not be affected. Still there are way too many angles and areas on which I must watch for drips and pooling while lying at odd angles with a paint brush to really want to have to do what currently does not need refinishing. After the advice to mix 2 different stains made by 2 different SW affiliates;even though the SW rep said it was "normal" for people to mix stains in this way, I did not bother to inquire about preparation. I do not want to be stripping fresh stain because it failed quickly; so I am seeking advise on mixing similar products.
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Too much intricate stuff
30 year old deck. Around 800+sqft horizontal surface with two levels and built in long bench along the back. Deckscape semi-transparen t was used last 3 times I stained deck. I pressure washed and spot scrubbed in the past. Last done 2 years ago. I blow leaves, etc off around 5 times a week from April to November and about twice a month in the cold months and keep gaps between boards clean. Verticals and shaded areas holding well. Flat, sunbaked surfaces peeling, some dry rot & other damage, but too expensive to replace so much, especially since odd thickness & width boards. Can I use stripper on flat and not mess up verticals too much? Then use RAD cleaner on the verticals and areas that are intact. Then restain all? Seems odd, but man @ Sherwin Williams said OK to mix 2 unopened cans of Deckstain & new SuperDeck semi-transparen ts in same 5 gallon bucket to keep color uniform. Wise to mix SW's old product & new product lines w/ different chemistry even though both water based? Thanks.
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Quoting Frank:
Hello. Used the cleaner and brightener and love how they made our Tigerwood deck look beautiful again! Unfortunately, unexpected delays now make it at least 3 or maybe 4 weeks out from time of brightening to applying the stain (Armstrong Clark for hardwood). Must I re-brighten before applying stain? Do I also have to re-clean?
Thank you!

Re brighten and rinse well with water. Only clean again if it gets dirty or starts to gray again.
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Interrupted between brightener and staining
Hello. Used the cleaner and brightener and love how they made our Tigerwood deck look beautiful again! Unfortunately, unexpected delays now make it at least 3 or maybe 4 weeks out from time of brightening to applying the stain (Armstrong Clark for hardwood). Must I re-brighten before applying stain? Do I also have to re-clean?
Thank you!
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Gianni:
Hi, I'm build a covered porch using 6x6 and 6x9 cedar posts and beams. I had the cedar milled locally last summer 2014. I lightly sanded it before building. It still looks clean and new. Do I really need to use the cleaner or can I just use the brightener before I apply my stain? Thanks.

You should do both.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Hi, I'm build a covered porch using 6x6 and 6x9 cedar posts and beams. I had the cedar milled locally last summer 2014. I lightly sanded it before building. It still looks clean and new. Do I really need to use the cleaner or can I just use the brightener before I apply my stain? Thanks.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting mldriscoll:
Does the brightener need to be rinsed off?

Most do rinse but it does not have to.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Does the brightener need to be rinsed off?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting mldriscoll:
I have both stained and unstained boards on my deck. I just cleaned the unstained boards and that went well. My question is can I wait to apply the brightener after I have stripped the stained boards? Also, what is the maximum amount of time I have to apply the brightener? I seem to remember someone saying 2 weeks was the max, but I'm not sure. The weather looks like it will be bad all week so I probably will not be able to strip it for a week or two. Can the boards that I just cleaned wait that long to be brightened?? Thanks!

You want to brighten as soon as possible after you are done stripping or cleaning, not wait weeks.
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I have both stained and unstained boards on my deck. I just cleaned the unstained boards and that went well. My question is can I wait to apply the brightener after I have stripped the stained boards? Also, what is the maximum amount of time I have to apply the brightener? I seem to remember someone saying 2 weeks was the max, but I'm not sure. The weather looks like it will be bad all week so I probably will not be able to strip it for a week or two. Can the boards that I just cleaned wait that long to be brightened?? Thanks!
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Jeff T:
A follow-up question:

After using the cleaner and brightener, the 4x4 posts for the rails (and the one 6x6 deck post I had replaced) now have a near-uniform green tint compared to the rest of the deck, which is very nice-looking clean wood. Previously, these posts had brighter green streaks in them. Is there anything that can be done about this, or do I just make do with the green tint? I have 5 gallons of amber semi-transparent arriving today regardless.

Thanks,

-Jeff


Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Jeff T:
I have a pressure-treated pine deck that had everything but the posts and joists redone last October - it is essentially a 2nd story deck coming off the back of a single story ranch with basement on a slope, 12 x 16 feet with stairs coming down the long side. ...

You do not have to wash off the brightener.

That is the wood itself and not much you can do about it.
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Green-tint on posts
A follow-up question:

After using the cleaner and brightener, the 4x4 posts for the rails (and the one 6x6 deck post I had replaced) now have a near-uniform green tint compared to the rest of the deck, which is very nice-looking clean wood. Previously, these posts had brighter green streaks in them. Is there anything that can be done about this, or do I just make do with the green tint? I have 5 gallons of amber semi-transparen t arriving today regardless.

Thanks,

-Jeff


Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting Jeff T:
I have a pressure-treated pine deck that had everything but the posts and joists redone last October - it is essentially a 2nd story deck coming off the back of a single story ranch with basement on a slope, 12 x 16 feet with stairs coming down the long side. ...

You do not have to wash off the brightener.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Jeff T:
I have a pressure-treated pine deck that had everything but the posts and joists redone last October - it is essentially a 2nd story deck coming off the back of a single story ranch with basement on a slope, 12 x 16 feet with stairs coming down the long side. I was able to do the cleaner step yesterday (power washed the posts and rails, scrubbed the decking) and washed it off until I couldn't see suds.

Today, I applied the brightener - and then ran out of daylight after work. As you can imagine the older framework remains darker than the new decking and rails, but not gray (darker brown).

Reviewing the posts here, it seems that washing the brightener off is not necessary. Is that true? I will be using Armstrong-Clark oil-based, semi-transparent (amber tone).

Thanks for a great product and informative website,

-Jeff

You do not have to wash off the brightener.
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Do I need to wash off brightener?
I have a pressure-treate d pine deck that had everything but the posts and joists redone last October - it is essentially a 2nd story deck coming off the back of a single story ranch with basement on a slope, 12 x 16 feet with stairs coming down the long side. I was able to do the cleaner step yesterday (power washed the posts and rails, scrubbed the decking) and washed it off until I couldn't see suds.

Today, I applied the brightener - and then ran out of daylight after work. As you can imagine the older framework remains darker than the new decking and rails, but not gray (darker brown).

Reviewing the posts here, it seems that washing the brightener off is not necessary. Is that true? I will be using Armstrong-Clark oil-based, semi-transparen t (amber tone).

Thanks for a great product and informative website,

-Jeff
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting sue:
I have a cedar deck which according to the calculator has a surface 880 sq ft. The estimate is 2 "jars" of RAD stripper and 2 jars of RAD brightener, AND 9 gallons of TWP stain.

A few questions:
1. According to your website, one 2 lbs "jar" of stripper is enough for 10 Gallons that should cover about 2,000 sq ft (100-300 sq ft/gallon). Why does the calculator assume 2 jars for 880 sq ft? Why is the range (100-300 sq ft/gallon) so 'wide", what amount should one use?

2. The estimate states that "Material requirements may vary according to application method, surface condition and weather conditions". How should one translate this, what could be the impact of these variables. Please give some examples.

3. The estimate states: "9 gallon(s) of TWP Wood Deck Stain (assuming 2 coats wet on wet use 2/3 amount for 1 coat)". What does the comment in parenthesis mean? I am sorry, I do not understand it, please explain.

Thanks.

1. Each Jar covers between 500-1000 sq feet. It is not exact.
2. Older wood take more stain than newer wood, If you spray the stain you will waste some and need more, certain wood types take stain differently, etc
3. If you apply only one coat you would need only 6 gallons compare two 9 for 2 coats.
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Quoting sue:
I have a 6 yr. old 300 sq ft stained cedar deck that I am preparing to strip/brighten/stain. I live in Oegon where it rains a lot but the deck is mostly under cover. Is there a recommended periodic maintenance "procedure" that will extend the life of the stain? If so, is it described someplace on your website? Should we apply another coat of stain a year from now on top of the 1 yr old coat? How many coats of stain should we apply now after stripping and brightening? Thanks.

Depends on the stain brand you are choosing as to the amount of coats needed and reapplication for maintenance.
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Question re. calculated estimates
I have a cedar deck which according to the calculator has a surface 880 sq ft. The estimate is 2 "jars" of RAD stripper and 2 jars of RAD brightener, AND 9 gallons of TWP stain.

A few questions:
1. According to your website, one 2 lbs "jar" of stripper is enough for 10 Gallons that should cover about 2,000 sq ft (100-300 sq ft/gallon). Why does the calculator assume 2 jars for 880 sq ft? Why is the range (100-300 sq ft/gallon) so 'wide", what amount should one use?

2. The estimate states that "Material requirements may vary according to application method, surface condition and weather conditions". How should one translate this, what could be the impact of these variables. Please give some examples.

3. The estimate states: "9 gallon(s) of TWP Wood Deck Stain (assuming 2 coats wet on wet use 2/3 amount for 1 coat)". What does the comment in parenthesis mean? I am sorry, I do not understand it, please explain.

Thanks.
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Recommended maintenance
I have a 6 yr. old 300 sq ft stained cedar deck that I am preparing to strip/brighten/ stain. I live in Oegon where it rains a lot but the deck is mostly under cover. Is there a recommended periodic maintenance "procedure" that will extend the life of the stain? If so, is it described someplace on your website? Should we apply another coat of stain a year from now on top of the 1 yr old coat? How many coats of stain should we apply now after stripping and brightening? Thanks.
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Quoting Eric S:
My deck looks exactly like this at the moment.

Is heavy powerwashing neccesary to get the brightener out of the wood? Rain or a garden hose would leave the black spots the next day. Leaving the brightener on without rinsing looked fine until it got wet again.

The brightener is fixing the rust that is there now but as soon as it rains the screws are rusting again. The issue is the screws. They are rusting and ever time it rains it will get black again. Not much you can do except maybe replace all screws.
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Dark Spot Troubles Part2
My deck looks exactly like this at the moment.

Is heavy powerwashing neccesary to get the brightener out of the wood? Rain or a garden hose would leave the black spots the next day. Leaving the brightener on without rinsing looked fine until it got wet again.
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Dark Spot Troubles
The water based stain was Defy on a pergola structure.

The floor is still to be stained.
I plan to use Armstrong Clark for the deck floor. I've tried to fix the dark spots around screws 2-3 times with different brightener concentrations and leaving it on without rinsing. It would look great the next day. But we are having terrible rainy weather with off and on rain every other day. If it rained or got wet afterwards the spots seemed to get darker than before. Is the brightener reacting to the screws or rust in a negative way? Will the dark spots return even if I am able stain after brightening but before a heavy rain?
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Quoting Eric S:
Quoting TheSealerStore:

Yes and leave it on the wood without rinsing.


I removed dark spots around screws by using this method. When dry the wood looked amazing and the black spots were gone. However when I went to stain over this the stain turned into more of a paste as it absorbed dried brightener. It smeared rather than penetrated. The stain was a water-based semi-transparent. An oil based stain may soak right through an be unaffected by the dried on brightener.

There is no issue doing this with an oil based stain.
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Quoting TheSealerStore:

Yes and leave it on the wood without rinsing.


I removed dark spots around screws by using this method. When dry the wood looked amazing and the black spots were gone. However when I went to stain over this the stain turned into more of a paste as it absorbed dried brightener. It smeared rather than penetrated. The stain was a water-based semi-transparen t. An oil based stain may soak right through an be unaffected by the dried on brightener.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Quoting Jimmy Robertson:
I stripped my deck with Restore-a-Deck stripper and then used the brightener afterward, but I forgot to rinse off the brightener. I haven't started staining. Can I rinse now, or do I need to re-apply the brightener and rinse? Thanks.

You will be fine without rinsing.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
I stripped my deck with Restore-a-Deck stripper and then used the brightener afterward, but I forgot to rinse off the brightener. I haven't started staining. Can I rinse now, or do I need to re-apply the brightener and rinse? Thanks.
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Quoting David Vittorio:
I used the restore a deck stripper and brightner. The wood has become very dark. Should I brighten again and will the wood become more natural (Pressure treated)
Thanks,
David

Yes and leave it on the wood without rinsing.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
I used the restore a deck stripper and brightner. The wood has become very dark. Should I brighten again and will the wood become more natural (Pressure treated)
Thanks,
David
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re: not sure
You apply the brightener as soon as you are done with the stripping, while wood is still wet. Hard to say if the deck will get dirty or not. Be careful with pets until everything is dry after the prepping. Wait a day or so.
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not sure
I have purchased the stripper and brightener and plan on doing the deck over spring break. Do you recommend stripper and brightener in the same day? Can I wait a week or so to apply the new stain which is Behr deck over or will the deck get dirty again. How is this stripper with pets? I have rock and stone under the deck with the water delute the product so it is safer for my pet.
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Cheryl, I would rewet it all and brighten everything at once.
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Stripping the balusters fully is taking quite awhile and I have a lot of them. By the time I finish stripping everything, it will be several days since I stripped the original section. Do I need to rewet all of the surfaces before I use the brightener? Do I need to try and keep things wet from stripping to brightening.
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Matthew, the "fuzzies" typically do not show when stained. If you cannot see them when wet with water than you most likely will not see then when stained. Not sure if the mold will stay permanently. I doubt that it will.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
I just finished up with the cleaner and brightener and wow what difference!! But I've got a few questions...

The mildew that I didn't remove (tough to get it ALL) can it be removed with next years cleaning or will it be sealed away and locked up forever when I apply the TWP?

When I power washed everything I developed the "fuzzies". They don't really bother me that much if they won't be a problem and wear away after time, or should I sand them down? If sanded do I have to re-rinse the deck and wait 48 before sealing it, or lightly sand after stain application?
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re: Interrupted before brightening
Just proceed when you can.
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Interrupted before brightening
I completed cleaning the deck, but before I could apply the brightener a storm started coming through town. So now there is a 2-day (wet) gap before I can apply the brightener. Is there any additional step I should take first, or just proceed as soon as the weather dries?

Thank you,
Nadia
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re: Powder Coated Balusters
Probably not but best to test first to make sure and rinse right away if any of the products gets on them.
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Powder Coated Balusters
Will this product affect my powder coated balusters/raili ng system?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Brightener Only
Rain will not affect the deck in anyway.
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Rain after stripping and brightening
Hi!

I have a cedar deck. I just received the RAD stripper and brightener and planned on doing both today, but the forecast calls for rain all week so I couldn't possibly stain until next weekend. Should the stripping and brightening be done when no rain is expected so that the stain can go on 48 hours or more after the brightening step is completed and without rain on the deck in between? In other words, assuming I wait 48 hours or more after the deck dries, will rain affect the deck in a way which could affect the stain if it falls on the deck after the brightening step?

Thanks!

Dave
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re: How long can I wait to brighten?
It is best to brighten as soon as you are done with all of the stripping.
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How long can I wait to brighten?
I just got finished stripping, but it turns out I didn't order enough for the whole deck. :sad:

Is it OK to wait until next weekend to brighten while I wait for more stripper?

Thanks,
Brian
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re: Time between stripping old and applying new stain
The brightener goes on the wood as soon as you are done with with stripper. Let that dry for 2 days before applying a stain.
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Time between stripping old and applying new stain
I need to strip the old stain from my wood deck and then re-stain it with a semi-solid stain. We've stripped and re-stained the deck multiple times so I'm hoping using a different stain product will help. How long should I wait between using the RAD stripper and brightener and then applying the new stain?
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re: Fuzzy wood
If the wood was very gray then this could have happened. You are basically removing a layer of wood cells.

You can slightly sand if you would like to.
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Fuzzy wood
Hi we just finished using the cleaner and brightener on our deck and the wood looks a lot better than it did before. We used a house and a pistol nozzle to rinse the wood but now the wood is Fuzzy. Some people said this is a common side affect of power washing the wood and to use i low grit sand paper to remove the fuzzy wood before staining.

Would you recommend sanding the wood to remove the fuzzy parts before staining?
Also what could have caused this is our hose nozzle too strong of a PSI for the rinse process? Or did we leave the cleaner on too long/short or something like that?

Thank you,

Eric
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re: brightener
If you do not use the brightener then you will leave your wood in a high caustic state. This can potentially break down the stain faster then normal.

Brightening is the easiest step. It would take less then an hour.
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Brightner
Hi,

I know it is recommended to use the brightner after stripping to get PH balance on the wood, however, what are the consequences of not using the brightner after stripping and just sealing/staining?

The reason I ask is that my deck is large with alot of spindles and I am trying to do this myself within a reasonable time (2-4 working days, not including drying time)

Thanks!
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re: Cleaner and Stripper
If you use the RAD Stripper you do not need the cleaner. Both will remove mold or mildew but cleaners or strippers cannot stop it from coming back.

You clean again before reapplying a stain down the road.
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Cleaner and Stripper
Hi,

I am uncertain of the type of stain (oil vs acrylic base) previously used on my pressure treated deck. The deck needs maintenance and I believe it is to be cleaned, stripped, brightened, sealed and stained (seems like too many required processes and maybe painting is an option).

Questions:
A) I see if your stripper product is used that the cleaner is not necessary but it seems the stripper only removes the stain but not any potential mold or mildew and their spores like the cleaner states. Please elaborate.
A2) If recommended to use the cleaner as well as the stripper would you use the cleaner or stripper first?

B1) Does your product also destroy or penetrate any mold/mildew under the deck (all the way through the wood) or just prevent it from surfacing?
B2) If yes to B1, would it be the cleaner and/or stripper product?

C) Do you recommend using the cleaner only on an annual basis for maintenance? Or what do you recommend should be done as maintenance annually (I understand to clean, strip, brighten and seal/stain should be done every 3-4 years if done properly)


Deck info:
I have a large deck surrounding my entire backyard (approx 650 sq ft) with a 15ft pool slightly to the right back middle part of deck. I have not performed any maintenance on the deck (3 years) and believe the deck is approx 5 years old. The deck is hit with a lot of sun in the summer and subject to snow and rain (we get a bit here in NY). The deck also sits on soil and I notice some mold/mildew underneath the deck.
The spindles and rails have much of the stain (either transparent or semi-transparen t) still intact but the floors and steps are starting to show signs of gray as well as splintering.

Thank you!
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re: brightener?
Brightener neutralizes the caustic of the stripper leaving the wood in a neutral pH balance.

Glad you liked the stripper!
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brightener?
We did the stripper...LOVE D IT! Amazing results!! Very easy to use. We have a wrap around porch so it did take a while ;-). We followed with the brightener, but we didnt see any discernable difference.Our wood never really darkened after the stripper...so maybe that is why. Hoping that it really helps our sealer adhere better.

Love the Restore A Deck stripper...but couldnt see any brightening effect or purpose.

Thanks!
Michelle Crum
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