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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 $6 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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    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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    Robert Perkins · 05/13/2021
    can it be used with a powerwasher
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      RAD Products · 05/14/2021
      The RAD Brightener is not applied through a pressure washer but a pump sprayer. 
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    Jonathan · 05/08/2021
    After using the brightener on our deck it turned parts of our wood green. Is this normal? 
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      RAD Products · 05/09/2021
      There is nothing in the brightener that would turn the wood green. The green would be part of your wood or the pressure treatment process.
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        Jonathan · 05/09/2021
        Will this affect the stain or am I ok to go ahead with this process?
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    Phyllis · 05/08/2021
    If planing to paint (not stain) after using RAD Stripper, is the Brightener still needed?
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    Sarah · 04/22/2021
    Hi there. Last fall we purchased the RAD stripper and brightener for our pine deck. We stripped and power washed but needed to stand to ultimately get all the paint off the previous owners put on. Due to baby coming early and the winter weather, we’ve only just picked back up with this project. The deck is now completely sanded. My question is: can we just do the brightener this spring now that we’ve sanded or do we have to clean and then brighten before we stain it? I attached a picture (including a before and after) for reference if it helps. Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 04/23/2021
      Clean and brighten for best results after letting the wood weather a little. 1-2 months. Just one coat of the RAd Stains.
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        Sarah · 04/23/2021
        Do I need to let it weather even though the wood is 7+ years old? I live in Texas and the weather will likely be too hot in 1-2 months to stain. I have a TWP 1500 stain that I plan on using. Thank you. 
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    DJ · 04/16/2021
    Is it okay for the RAD cleaner and brightener to come into contact with metal? Do they corrode or damage metal? Our elevated deck has a metal railing with ipe on both sides of the railing. Thanks.
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    Chrissy · 04/14/2021
    Hello, I have a cedar privacy wall on my composite deck. I never sealed it and it looks horrible. I power washed it and in some parts it dented the wood. I tried to sand it and it looks really flat. You can’t see the grain of the wood. I only did this on a little section. What do you recommend I do? If I sand it and use your cleaner and Brightener will the grain and color come back? Will your product be harmful to my composite deck?  I have added photos of before I power washed then after the power wash and where you can see it wrecked the wood. I have also attached an image of the board I sanded. Thank you for your help. 
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      RAD Products · 04/14/2021
      You damaged the wood with the pressure washer. Outside of sanding out your damage marks, there is not a way to fix. You will then need to stain the wood to restore some color.
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        Chrissy · 04/14/2021
        Only stain it nothing else? How come it looks so flat when I sand it? Will that go away when I stain it? What stain do you recommend? 
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    Ana · 01/28/2021
    Would RAD brightener work on pine tongue and groove boards in the barn? We have them in stalls and on the isle walls. Since it took some time to cover all the areas, the boards installed earlier already yellowed some, so the new boards are brighter. This is all new wood, and we plan to clear coat it with water based poly. If the brightener would work, does it need to be rinsed or is it left in?
    Some areas in the stall got dirty - could we use a cleaner, and if so, what is the best way to rinse it off? It is not practical to pressure wash inside the stall.

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      RAD Products · 01/28/2021
      You would have to clean and brighen all for prep while using a pressure washer to restore color.
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    iRONic · 01/19/2021
    Here's our new fence installed October of 2020 in Louisville. This coming spring we'll;
    1. Clean with RAD Cleaner
    2. Neutralize with RAD Brightener
    3. Stain/Seal with what??

    My wife wants to keep that warm, yellow, natural color. Thanks!
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        iRONic · 03/16/2021
        Time to protect this 6' high, 120' long double-sided PT pine beauty. Two questions;
        1. Will one (1) Natural Semi-Transparent Stain 5 Gallon and Cleaner/Brightener Combo Kit + one (1) more gallon of stain applied wet cover both sides of it? 6 gallons total.
        2. Could I come back in a few years to re-stain and go with Ceder Semi-Trans if I wanted to go darker?

        Thanks!
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          RAD Products · 03/17/2021
          1. No, you have a total of 1440 sq feet to stain. You will need close to 12-15 gallons for two coats.
          2. You will have to strip and brighten to switch color.

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            iRONic · 03/17/2021
            Two (2) wet on wet coats on 6 month wood?! The NEW WOOD guide says *"Only 1 coat should be applied to new wood that is less than 9 months old for the RAD semi-transparent stain."*

            Confused here now...
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              RAD Products · 03/17/2021
              Your wood looks rough sawn cut, not smooth and that would require two coats. If you want to only do one, then you will need about 10 gallons.
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    Jennifer · 09/23/2020
    Can wood brightener be stored once it's mixed? I made more than I needed but will probably be ready to use it within a week. Thanks!
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    Rachel · 09/20/2020
    We’ve got a garapa deck that we’ve neglected for a few years that had previously been sealed with a Messmer’s UV product. We originally used Messmer’s clean/brighten products before we learned that they were now inferior and just used RAD cleaner and brightener (slightly more concentrated) with better results. However, we still have several stubborn stains but can see where the brightener cut unevenly through some of them (where there was less water pooled). We plan to try and brighten again with an even more concentrated batch of brightener to rid of the rest of the deck stains before we stain with RAD hardwood semi-transparent. Any issue with this since we will not be cleaning/stripping first and any recommendations?
    I tried to find a product sheet for the components of the brightener (as we’re used to oxalic acid) but couldn’t find one?

    Thank you!
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      RAD Products · 09/20/2020
      No issues but make sure to rinse very well when done. If you leave the wood too acidic and not rinse well, you can have a reaction with the stain.
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    Tina orsi · 09/16/2020
    Hi, I have a previously stained deck that needs to be re-stained, it has green mold/mildew on it. We used the restore cleaner on it and power washed. The green is still there should we use the Brightener on it will this remove this. Any suggestions Thanks
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      RAD Products · 09/16/2020
      The cleaner removes what is on the surface. If the green is deep in the wood grain then it will probably not come out. The brightener may help
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        Tina orsi · 09/16/2020
        Ok Thanks, can we still stain over it, or should we strip it, if we strip,it will that get the green off if it is deep in wood. Thanks
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          RAD Products · 09/16/2020
          You can stain over it. Stripping would not remove it either if deep in the wood grain.
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    marcus · 09/14/2020
    Hi, unbeknownst to me I used a bleach based cleaner on my unsealed deck boards and I ended up with some spots and discolouration on my deck boards. I phoned PPG (maker of the Olympic Deck Cleaner product) and they advised a Cleaner, Conditioner and Brightener product that I cannot seem to source in Canada.

    I was always hoping to apply a translucent stain to the boards but the blotches will impact this. Would the restore a deck brightener help me? Thank you for your help -
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      RAD Products · 09/14/2020
      A brightener will probably not even out "bleach" spots.
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        marcus · 09/14/2020
        Ok. Well thanks for the quick follow-up!
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    LP · 09/14/2020
    Have a 20 year old cedar deck, it has been stained 3-4 times, last time was 4 years ago. That time I just power washed it really good and stained with TWP I used the previous time. It looked good and lasted pretty well but a hail storm has put ping marks all over it. If I decided to do more thorough prep work this time, use your stain stripper then brightener? How much will a gallon do? Deck is large, two tiers (24'x16' and 10'x16') and all cedar stairs and railings all around. Lastly, if I need to replace a couple boards, should I let them weather over the winter (in Minnesota) and do the whole process in the spring or can I replace them and do the process right away? Thanks.