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How to Restore-A-Deck in One Day

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How to Restore-A-Deck in One Day!

Restore-A-Deck’s three-step process makes it possible to complete a wood staining project in a single day. The stain is safe to apply on damp wood, perfect for those who are busy and want to achieve same-day results for their exterior wood staining projects.

Here’s a rundown of Restore-A-Deck’s three-step process, it’s components, and how they work together to produce an immaculately stained wood surface.

RAD Stain Steps

Step 1: Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Wood Stripper

Are you working with a wood surface that has not previously been stained? If so, use the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner. The Wood Cleaner works hard to remove dirt, grime, mold, and mildew better than the competition after one application. It restores the natural beauty of exterior wood to its original appearance without harming wood fibers, pets, grass, and most plants.

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner can also be used for maintenance coats when using the same brand stain as before.

If you are working with a new wood surface that has previously been stained or painted, strip the wood surface using Restore-A-Deck Stripper. The Wood Stripper quickly and efficiently removes most oil and latex based finishes including clear sealers, transparent stains, and semi-transparent stains. On top of removing the stain, the Wood Stripping formula takes off collected dirt, mold, mildew, and mill glaze.

Both come in a concentrated powder form that is convenient to transport and is extremely cost effective. Can be mixed on site with water then applied directly to the wood.

Step 2: Restore-A-Deck Brightener

After you complete step 1, using Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Stripper depending on your situation, we recommend you follow up with Restore-A-Deck Brightener to neutralize the pH of the surface to allow for proper application of the stain. This formula works hard upon initial application to brighten the wood surface as well as remove stubborn rust stains and tannin stains caused by fallen leaves. Restore-A-Deck brightener will give your deck or wood surface a clean looking finish ideal for applying the stain.

Step 3: Restore-A-Deck Stain

The final step in this three-step process is the Stain. Restore-A-Deck Stain uses the latest in water-based wood staining technology to create a formula that allows for better UV protection, excellent penetration into the wood stain for long lasting beautiful results, and the ability to apply to damp wood for single day project completion or to dry wood the day after prep. The Wood Stain comes in four radiant semi-transparent colors that highlight and enhance the natural wood grain.

Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is best applied the same day as prep typically 2-4 hours at 70 degrees F and less than 50% humidity. Make sure that all standing water has dried off the surface prior to application.

See here for: Wet on Wet Application Tips

See here for tips on new wood: Restore-A-Deck Stain and New Wood

See her for hot sun application: Restore-A-Deck Stain Hot Sun Application

If you have used the Restore-A-Deck in one-day system, we want to hear from you. Feel free to leave a review and don’t forget to include pictures.

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Scott only carries wood deck stains and wood restoration products that perform best based on his experience using the products and his 30+ years of helping others. Scott has been approached about selling numerous restoration products through the years but selects only the products he has used and trusts to perform.
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Beth
Beth
5 hours ago

What if I can’t prep and stain in one day? How many days will the prep “last” before staining?

Jim
Jim
4 days ago

I had a contractor stain my new wood deck while I was on vacation. I have since returned and the job completed by the contractor has some issues that I need to know how to possibly solve or in some way remediate as best I can.

First some background ….. new wood (seasoned for over 6 months and washed with restore-a-deck cleaner/brightener under 2 weeks prior to staining with restore-a-deck stain) application with only one coat, deck is 1000 sq. ft., climate is south Georgia, I believe that the stain was applied when the ambient air temperature was about 90 degrees.

I would like to know the cause and remedy for the following:

  1. 1. Color of stained wood is rather sporadic. This is understandable for the most part but it would be nice if it was better than it is now.
  2. 2. Fuzzy’s on some portions of the decking. The contractor use a pressure washer, could this be that he got too close to the substrate when washing/brightening? Will sanding help and do I need to restrain afterward?
  3. 3. Some areas on the deck are somewhat tacky and slightly darker. Is this because of inadequate back brushing? What can be done to lessen the tacky feel?

Thanks for any help you can provide.
Jim

Jim
Jim
4 days ago
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FYI …. I am not blaming anyone for this outcome, I just want to know how best to handle it. As to the various colors, some of it is due to unequal seasoning times, if a second coat of stain would help that would be fine. If the pictures attached are not adequate resolution, let me know and I will send others.

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Julie
Julie
15 days ago

I have a pressure treated wood deck with older (10 years?) rails and1.5 year horizontal surfaces. None of the wood has ever been stained or sanded. I am planning to clean and brighten all surfaces, and apply stain the same day. Should everything receive two coats of stain? If so, to clarify– a second coat of the semi-transparent stain is applied wet on wet 20 min-1 hr apart, but a second coat of solid stain is applied 2-4 hours after when the first coat is dry?

Mary
Mary
18 days ago

After stripping and brightening there was no rain in forecast for 12 hours so applied 2 coats of semi-transparent RAD stain to deck. 4-8 hours later we got a total of 1/2” of rain. Will I need to start over?

John
John
24 days ago

My deck pictured below. I have stripped both sides but put a lot more effort and elbow grease into the left side. If I leave the deck as is, will your solid stain cover both sides equally?

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Glenn
Glenn
26 days ago

I have a new treated wood deck built 1 yr ago. It has not been cleaned, brightened or stained yet. I would like to avoid the re staining process every couple of years. Can I just clean & brighten every couple of years and forego the staining step?

Kimberly Cope
Kimberly Cope
30 days ago

how to stir/mix deck stain in a jug? – would shaking it produce bubbles/foam?

Carolyn
Carolyn
2 months ago

I am going to stain my back deck that was replaced last summer. I’ve got your cleaning and brightening products, and the solid stain. I don’t have a sprayer, is it okay to just use a brush? I bought a deck cleaning brush and thought I could just dip it in the solution for cleaning, and then just gently apply the brightened? Also, since it’s “new” (never stained) wood, can I clean and brighten one day and stain the next? Temps are expected to be in the high 50’s and low 60’s during the day, but dip down in the 30’s at night. Will that be a problem?

Matthew
Matthew
2 months ago

I have an older deck that was stained with semi-transparent Restore-A-Deck several years ago. Do I need to strip it before freshening up the stain?

Matthew
Matthew
2 months ago
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The wood is in good shape. However, it’s in need of a good power washing and probably brightening. It was stained with the Cedar color the last time around.

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Lance Vasquez
Lance Vasquez
4 months ago

Hi. I used the RAD stripper brightener and stain about 2 years ago. It’s a little faded but still good. Do I just need to use RAD cleaner and re stain or the brightener too ? Also I have a gallon left over from 2 years ago is it still useable never opened ?

Olgie
Olgie
8 months ago

Good afternoon, I purchased restored deck in the solid color two-tone white and coastal gray about 2 years ago. It was towards the end of the summer so the contractor only did one coat and that was it.

My question is, is that I would like to possibly use the same color scheme to cover the decks. What are your suggestions and what should I use? As far as stripper versus cleaner versus brightener?

Olgie
Olgie
8 months ago
Reply to  RAD Products

This is what it looks like after one power wash. (It only had one coat to begin with because the contractor did not understand that he had to apply the second coat before the first coat fully dried, so I didn’t allow him to do a second coat). Right now its still semi damp as the weather is damp this morning.

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LJones
LJones
8 months ago

Good morning, have an old deck, needed stripping. Applied stripper and brightened. Would you recommend a second application with the additive? It didn’t do as well as other decks but this one in bad shape. Thanks

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Ljones
Ljones
8 months ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Yes sir, that’s after stripper, brightener and power wash. It had multiple coats of unknown and 6-7 years after.

LJones
LJones
8 months ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Ok, ordered the additive yesterday. Will be in touch.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

I have a two tiered deck system. Pool deck a few steps up extending from regular deck. When cleaning and brightening, should I be concerned about cleaner and brightener dripping down. For example, if I clean and brighten my railing and spindles, it will likely drip down to my deck floor. Then when I clean and brighten the deck floor that area may have been cleaned and brightened more than other areas. Just trying to figure out if this is something to be careful about.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago
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Also how long is typical shipping to NY. Ordered yesterday.

Scott
Scott
10 months ago

How long after you apply Restore a deck natural stain should the deck be rain free

Susan
Susan
10 months ago

I have stripped and pressure washed my deck. I will not have time to stain it today (pressure washing took longer than I thought it would). Should I apply the brightener now or wait until tomorrow?

Kevin
Kevin
11 months ago

My massarenuba deck is a disaster with a number of stains on it. I can’t pressure wash it on. Can your restore system get it out?? It really bad.

Justin Hankins
Justin Hankins
11 months ago

My deck is a trex/composite surface with wooden rails that I’ll be stripping/re-staining. Is it necessary to protect/cover the trex/composite surface when applying the stripper to the rails? Will the stripper or brightener affect the trex surface if any gets on there.

Mike Coleman
Mike Coleman
1 year ago

Last year we sanded deck rails and applied 1 coat of your walnut stain. Can I just lightly sand and apply another coat?

Mike Coleman
Mike Coleman
1 year ago

Step 1 Wood and Deck Stain Stripper (was 2 lbs. now just under 1/2 lb.)

Mike Coleman
Mike Coleman
1 year ago

How much stripper will it take to do a 70 sq. front porch? I have some left from my big deck in back.

jill richards
jill richards
1 year ago

I have some left over Geeni cleaner and brightener from old deck. If I use their product to prepare my new pine deck, can I still use your product for wet wood application?

Joni Gonzales
Joni Gonzales
1 year ago

I cleaned and brightened today but wasn’t able to stain. I know I need to stain within 2 weeks. If it rains in the meantime, do I have to reclean and/or rebrighten? I’m using RAD semi transparent

steve
steve
1 year ago

I used your product about 3 years ago. Deck looked great. Now it’s kind of wearing off and some of the wood grain is showing. Deck needs to be done again. What steps should I take? Please advise. Thanks

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

Stained our deck with RAD products (cleanser and stain) 2 years ago. Time to restain. Do we need to repeat prep steps? Thanks.

Dan Kennedy
Dan Kennedy
1 year ago

Hi I have a 20year old Epi wood Deck, 400sq ft Deck. The last time I stained my deck was in 2021 I used an oil-based product. I have access to a power washer. The railings are very dark in color almost black I think from all the oil used in the past.If you could please advise me on what I can do to bring this deck back to life.
Thank you

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P.k.
P.k.
1 year ago

I completed the first 2 steps on my fence yesterday and was left with some vertical stripes. I followed all of the instructions as stated and am a little worried about the result. Can you advise me on what to do next?

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P.k.
P.k.
1 year ago
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Wow, I really don’t see how that is possible. I used a sprayer and went board by board in each section. It took an entire day to complete about 60 feet of fencing. I timed each application and kept everything moistened as per the instructions. It is really disappointing and I’m hesitant to repeat the process and get even worse results. Not too mention I will have to rebuy cleaner and brightener. Would the recommended 2 coats of stain bond properly if I just leave the current results?

Barbara S.
Barbara S.
1 year ago

I have stained my deck with RAD semitransparent light walnut stain 1 year after it was built. Followed with second coat the following year (2 years ago). Last year I have noticed chipping of the horizontal surfaces. Was told it happened most likely due to too high temperature when stain was applied. This year I purchased RAD products to prep the deck for restraining. The deck has been already power washed without using any cleaning/stripping RAD products. It doesn’t look bad. Should I still use stripping followed by brightening or just use the brightener only. Also should I apply 1 coat vs 2? How soon can I apply the stain after brightening? For the staining what would be the best tool for RAD semi- transparent stain. Roller or applicator pad?

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Barbara Anna Savoy
Barbara Anna Savoy
1 year ago
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Unfortunately I have a picture before power washing. It does not look now after when it’s dry. Looks clean.

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Barbara Anna Savoy
Barbara Anna Savoy
1 year ago
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Was able to take a pic as deck is dry

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Jay
Jay
1 year ago

We’re getting ready to strip and brighten vertical cedar siding trim that is above standing seam siding on our house. Will either product (including gel and booster) damage the metal siding or window trim? Is plastic sheeting necessary around the whole house?

I can have my sidekick present with a power present to rinse as the need arises if that helps.

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Buzz
Buzz
1 year ago

How long does it take to ship to Illinois?

Buzz
Buzz
1 year ago

Shipping time

Lyriclyd
Lyriclyd
1 year ago

I have 2 small decks with a 2-3 year old Behr acrylic stain that is starting to peel/wear in a few spots, but not much.  They are fairly clean and stain free, the colour is very much like it was to begin with, just less shine & the few small areas of peeling.  What is the minimum number of steps/products required to use RAD stain in this situation?

susan weckbaugh
susan weckbaugh
1 year ago

Insurance company had Benjamin Moore solid cedar put on old deck and house 3 years ago. (Hail damage) It’s peeling in spots. I had semi-transparent previously. House built in 1989 and I’m 74. What can I get away with?

Julie
Julie
2 years ago

Which application product do you recommend?   I’m unsure of the difference between the speed mop, the wood staining brush and the stain pads?  I have a 700 sq. ft. deck to clean and stain, as well as a long wooden fence.  My in-laws are also interested in using your RAD products for a cottage dock.  I’m just not sure which brush/pad to purchase.  Thanks for your help!

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2 years ago

I have completed the prep work and applied one coat of stain on my one year old pressure treated deck. I am now too tired and it is too late to apply a second coat. Can I wait a day or two before the second application? Are there any special instructions I need to follow? Thank you!

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2 years ago
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So when I reapply in the fall or spring, can I clean and brighten on one day and stain the next day?

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2 years ago

My question is how many coats of semi-transparent stain. Here’re the details:

Deck is 6 year-old pressure-treated pine and has never been stained
Last weekend I powerwashed, sanded with 60 grit, cleaned with RAD cleaner and powerwashed off, and  then brightened with RAD brightener. Wood looks like new.

Do I use one or two coats of the semi-transparent stain?

Thanks!

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2 years ago

I was going to do my deck today, but now i hear that we may get spotty showers starting around 5am tomorrow. Will there be a problem if rain gets on my deck within 12 hours of staining? 

Patty T.
Patty T.
2 years ago

can light walnut and dark walnut be mixed?
Have cats how long to keep them off decck after staining?

M.Lebo
M.Lebo
2 years ago

After a lot of spring rain my deck is pretty water logged.  How long does it need to dry out before I can use the solid stain?

Xxx
Xxx
2 years ago

Purchased the complete stripping and stain kit along with the stripper booster and thickening gel. For assurance, all 3 items (stripper, booster, & gel) can be mixed together for better results? Thx

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2 years ago

I want to apply a very light coat of stain to a fence.  I am going to use the dark walnut semi transparent.  Can I use the sprayer you sell?

Constantin
Constantin
2 years ago

I successfully applied your stain last year. Now, I have some bare areas from snow shovelling and such. I need to reapply this year again. So, cleaner, brightner, stain? Any need for pressure washing or anything like that?

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2 years ago

which color semi-transparant is closer to a reddish color? 
2nd Application process, do you spray on cleaner and then scrub or apply the let sit for awhile?  20 yr old non-stained deck, or 

Ann
Ann
2 years ago

I’m going to apply 2 coats of classic white solid stain to the 20 year old 6 x 6 posts that support my decks. I also want to apply the solid white stain to two benches built January 2021. I’m planning to clean and brighten both first. I’d appreciate any advice on keeping the cleaner/brightener on the vertical posts. I also want to know how long I should wait between applying the 2 coats of stain.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

The overnight temps are getting down into the 40’s. What is the minimum temp we can start applying the stain in the morning?

Joe Williams
Joe Williams
2 years ago

I have a 2nd floor deck that is surrounded by painted railing and  support structure, will the stripper damage the latex paint in these areas?

JC
JC
2 years ago

What size/type nozzle should I use on the pressure washer for rinsing the stripper and then the brightener? 

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2 years ago

Hi, We found out that the house we purchased has a non-PT wood deck, heat-treated only (pine). What can we do to preserve it/maintain it? Location: SC mountains, partial shade, surrounded by deciduous forest.

Lorri
Lorri
2 years ago

Hi.  My older redwood deck is 205 sq feet.  I have just sanded it completely.  I would like to use RAD semi transparent stain.  How much should I purchase?

Cheryl
Cheryl
2 years ago

If you stain, the same day as your strip/brighten how long should you wait before applying the stain? Part of my deck is covered, concerned the wood in the uncovered portion will be dryer than the wood that is covered.

Cheryl
Cheryl
2 years ago
Reply to  RAD Products

It took the entire day for me to strip and pressure wash. I didn’t have time to brighten before it was dark. The deck has some areas where the old stain did not come up. Should I strip again or go ahead and brighten.  I will have to order more stripper, if I need to strip those areas a second time.  

Cheryl
Cheryl
2 years ago
Reply to  RAD Products

I used both additives with the stripper the first time.  Should I use the additives for spot stripping as well?

Cheryl
Cheryl
2 years ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Once the wood is wet it is hard to see the spots that need stripped a second time. Is it ok to apply the stripper to dry wood when spot stripping or would it be best to strip the entire deck a second time?

Carolyn
Carolyn
2 years ago

Do I need to remove all of the Behr semi-transparent stain before using Restore a Deck? It’s nearly gone on horizontal surfaces, but still pretty firmly attached to many vertical surfaces. Will your stripper remove it readily?

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2 years ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Here are some photos. The deck itself has just bits of stain left. Many of the verticals are still pretty well covered.

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2 years ago
Reply to  RAD Products

I already submitted my order earlier today. Can I update it to include the additive?

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2 years ago
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Also, can you tell me what the coverage of the additives are? I ordered the 5 gallon set of stain/stripper/brightener. The horizontal part of my deck (which will not need additive) is about 600 sq ft. How much of the additive will I need?

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