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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    RAD Products · 05/19/2013
    Rain will not affect the deck in anyway.
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    Dave LoMonaco · 05/18/2013
    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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    RAD Products · 09/15/2012
    It is best to brighten as soon as you are done with all of the stripping.
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    Brian Schrameck · 09/15/2012
    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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    RAD Products · 07/18/2012
    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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    Julie L. · 07/18/2012
    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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    RAD Products · 06/24/2012
    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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    Eric · 06/23/2012
    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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    RAD Products · 06/18/2012
    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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    Jerry B · 06/18/2012
    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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    RAD Products · 06/17/2012
    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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    Jerry B · 06/17/2012
    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).

    [u]Questions[/u]:
    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)


    [u]Deck info[/u]:
    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-transparent) still intact but the floors and steps are starting to show signs of gray as well as splintering.

    Thank you!
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    RAD Products · 05/25/2012
    Brightener neutralizes the caustic of the stripper leaving the wood in a neutral pH balance.

    Glad you liked the stripper!
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    James Crum · 05/25/2012
    We did the stripper...LOVED 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