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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.


  • 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
Wood Brightener/Neutralizer
Coverage Per Gallon:
150-200 sq. ft Per Gallon
Application Tools:
Sprayer, Mop


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    Dave LoMonaco · 05/18/2013

    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?


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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?

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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,

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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

    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)

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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

    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).

    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 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.

    Michelle Crum