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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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RAD BRIGHTEN STEPS

DESCRIPTION
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, 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 step 2 of the Restore A Deck system.

WHERE TO USE
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.

ADVANTAGES

  • Neutralizes stain strippers
  • Brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • 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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    RAD Products · 08/03/2015
    Maggie, you should not mix stains of different brands. Also you have to strip all if switching stain brands.
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    Maggie · 08/01/2015
    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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    Maggie · 08/01/2015
    30 year old deck. Around 800+sqft horizontal surface with two levels and built in long bench along the back. Deckscape semi-transparent 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-transparents 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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    RAD Products · 05/12/2015
    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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    Frank · 05/12/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 05/08/2015
    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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    Gianni · 05/08/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 05/04/2015
    mldriscoll:
    Does the brightener need to be rinsed off?

    Most do rinse but it does not have to.
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    michelle · 05/04/2015
    Does the brightener need to be rinsed off?
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    RAD Products · 05/04/2015
    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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    michelle · 05/03/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 03/18/2015
    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


    [quote name="TheSealerStore"][quote name="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. ...[/quote]
    You do not have to wash off the brightener.[/quote]

    That is the wood itself and not much you can do about it.
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    Jeff T · 03/18/2015
    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


    TheSealerStore"][quote name="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. ...[/quote]
    You do not have to wash off the brightener.
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    RAD Products · 03/18/2015
    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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    Jeff T · 03/17/2015
    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
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    RAD Products · 06/16/2014
    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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    RAD Products · 06/16/2014
    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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    sue · 06/15/2014
    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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    sue · 06/15/2014
    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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    RAD Products · 06/15/2014
    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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    Eric S · 06/15/2014
    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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    Eric S · 06/15/2014
    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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    RAD Products · 06/14/2014
    Eric S"][quote name="TheSealerStore:

    Yes and leave it on the wood without rinsing.[/quote]

    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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    Eric S · 06/13/2014
    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.
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    RAD Products · 06/11/2014
    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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    Jimmy Robertson · 06/10/2014
    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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    RAD Products · 04/27/2014
    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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    David Vittorio · 04/26/2014
    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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    RAD Products · 03/10/2014
    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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    Kim Glancy · 03/10/2014
    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.