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 can be 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

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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    Adam · 09/20/2018
    Hi there I know it's late in the season to be staining but I must do it I'm hoping we get some warmer weather this fall in Ontario Canada but do you have any tips or is there any issues for staining in cooler weather
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      RAD Products · 09/20/2018
      Just make sure the temps are about 50 f and is does not drop below freezing at night.
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    Alfred Gomez · 09/15/2018
    RAD Team - I have about a 950-sf pt deck that's 5 yrs old. First time used TWP, next two times used Ready Seal pecan. Been staining every year past couple of years, and plan on staining again this year (in Oct). Was hoping I could get away with staining every 2-3 yrs, but no luck so far. Anyhow, saw the great ratings and reviews for your products, so I want to try your RAD products. Especially like the idea of doing everything in 1-2 days (vs. a couple of weekends). Based on size of our deck, I "think" I need to get 2 ea containers of the RAD stripper, 2 ea containers of RAD brightener, and maybe even 2 ea of the 5-gal containers of RAD light walnut stain. Do those amounts sound right?? Then I plan to spray down with stripper, then power wash. Then spray with brightener. Do I put the brightener on while still wet? And do I simply rinse off the brightener with a hose after it's sat on the deck for a while? Lastly, it sounds like your most recent RAD stain formula will allow me to begin staining the deck even before it dries, is that right? Or do you recommend letting it dry first? Sorry for all the questions. Sorta frustrated with all the deck work I've had to do these past 5 years, and there's so much literature out there on do's and don'ts of staining a wooden deck, my head hurts after a while. Appreciate all your time and assistance. Once I get these questions squared away, I plan to place my order for the applicable amount of RAD products. Thanks!! -Al
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      RAD Products · 09/16/2018
      Hello,

      Yes, the amounts sound correct. Best to get our combo kits so you can save a few dollars as well.

      1. Apply stripper and pressure wash off. Rinse well.
      2. Apply Brightener while wood is wet. Let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse for 10 minutes when done until all soap residue is gone. Make sure to rinse well.
      3. Stain with RAD Stain to damp deck (2-4 hours after prep) or dry deck. Wood can be damp to touch but not visibly soaking wet.
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        Alfred Gomez · 09/16/2018
        RAD - 3 more questions please. And I attached 2 photos for reference.
        1) I plan to apply 1 coat of stain. Will that suffice? And if I need to do 2 coats (but hopefully I don't), do I need to increase the amounts of products I'm ordering (per original post)?
        2) As you can see in the photo, there is algae on the composite boards which trim the deck. Can I use the stripper on the composite boards to remove the algae when I'm stripping the wooden boards?
        3) There are a lot of spindles. A lot! Guessing I need to strip and brighten each one of them, correct? :-(

        Thank you,
        Al
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          RAD Products · 09/16/2018
          1. 2 light coats applied wet on wet is what is best and the amount you have is enough for both. Only need to do this to the horizontals. No need for the two coats on the verticals.
          2. Yes, it should remove this.
          3. Yes.
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            Alfred Gomez · 09/16/2018
            RAD - sorry for more q's, but thanks for your help. Okay, so I'm sure I'll need to use a small paint brush for staining the spindles, right? Or do you have any other suggestions? And for the horizontal deck boards and steps, we've used a paint brush roller in the past, along with a paint brush to get in between the boards. I see you have a RAD staining brush and a Padco Deck and Stain Pad (7" & 10"). And you also have a Speed Mop Kit. Suggestions for the easiest, most effective method? Or should I just stick with a small paint brush for the spindles and paint brush roller for the deck boards & steps? I'm trying to make an unpleasant task a little more bearable. Thanks! -Al
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              RAD Products · 09/16/2018
              Use the RAD stain brush for floor and a stain pad for the verticals.
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        Alfred Gomez · 09/16/2018
        RAD - thank you very much for the prompt response and steps' breakdown!
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    KevinM · 08/21/2018
    Have a 20yr old PT deck,980 sq.ft, Northeast Ohio, direct sun 8am until 4:30pm,originally had Behr semi transparent stain tinted gray, changed to Behr solid stain tinted gray in hope that it would last longer. Semi transparent stain had to be re-stained every spring after pressure washing the winter grim. Solid stain looked good after 1st year but various family members started applying the stain heavy and closed up the gaps between boards, stain started lifting, did not adhere due to heavy applications. This year we have stripped with pressure washer and Zep deck cleaner, hand scraped areas that didn’t come off with PW. Renting a drum sander, will sand deck boards against the grain and final with the grain, to get the remaining tough spots and replacing rotted boards. Old screws are rusting and heads snapping off, re-screwing with new deck screws. How long before new PT boards can be stained? What can I use to plug old screw holes? Exterior wood filler? Would the dark walnut hide rust stains? Does chorinated pool water affect the stain?
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    Doug · 08/19/2018
    I have removed "BEHR restore", replaced some bad cedar boards and then sanded my deck. There is a little gray on some boards. Can I move forward with cleaner, brightener and stain or should I wait ?? months to start the finish process? Thank you.
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      RAD Products · 08/20/2018
      Wait a month and then clean, brighten, and stain.
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    Kathy Hand · 08/12/2018
    If I use RAD stain, do I need a sealer.
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      RAD Products · 08/13/2018
      No need. Just an FYI, you cannot add a sealer over a deck stain. Will not work.
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        Kathy · 08/13/2018
        That’s great news. Thanks for your help.
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    Susan · 08/07/2018
    I am needing to take up an old semi solid stain. Is it alright to use another brand of stripper (already purchased) and then RAD brightener, and stain afterwards? Also, if I need to sand, would I need to do that before the stripper, or if after the stripper how long would I have to wait until I can sand(do you sand after its completely dry)?
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      RAD Products · 08/07/2018
      Yes that is fine. Sand after the stripper but before the brightener. Has to be fully dry when you sand.
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    Dennis Patrick · 07/30/2018
    I followed the 1 day restore process yesterday. After the second coat of stain was applied, it dried in direct sunlight at about 90 degrees. Then we had on and off rain through the night, sometimes heavy. Rain predicted on and off though today. Water seems to be beading up....what do I do now?
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    Ujjaval · 07/21/2018
    I have decks which has been stained by previous owner sometime in last 4 years. The stain was applied in an unprofessional manner and only 50% area shows some stain on wood.
    What should I use cleaner or stripper?
    i want to stain my decks with RAD
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      RAD Products · 07/21/2018
      You will need to strip and sand to remove fully. Brightener after. The reason you will need to sand is the stripping will not remove the previous coating fully. It is a solid or semi-solid coating that will not fully come off with a stain stripper.
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    Sal Gordon · 07/16/2018
    How long does the deck need to cure before we can move furniture etc. onto it? Thanks.
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    Tim · 06/13/2018
    Here you state you can clean, brighten and stain in one day yet, the Brightener package says to wait 48 hours before applying the stain. Please clarify.
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      RAD Products · 06/13/2018
      That is with other brands of deck stain. If using the RAD Wood Stain, you can do the same day as stated on the Restore A Deck Wood Stain Label.
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    Rick · 05/23/2018
    I plan to use RAD products on a shed with T1-11 rough siding. What is the best way to apply the stain?
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    johnnyR · 05/21/2018
    ive used rad and the brightner yesterday, followed all instructions, today when examining the boards some of which a bleach-like white stain on them. 90% of the wood looks great ,10 however look bleached. i used pressure washer to clean off and also ran hose setting lightly after to remove any loose mildew. is this okay to stain? should i re-wash it?
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      RAD Products · 05/21/2018
      Picture please.
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        JohnnyR · 05/21/2018
        Picture oh white boards
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          RAD Products · 05/21/2018
          That looks like oxidation of the wood cells that were not fully removed during the washing. Did you use a pressure washer? If the white does not show when wet with water then it should not show when you stain the wood.
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            Johnnyr · 05/21/2018
            Yes used pressure washer. Didn't appear white when wet.
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    Rob · 05/17/2018
    What is the coverage area per gallon?
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      RAD Products · 05/17/2018
      Hello,

      Ths varies based on which Step you are inquiring about?
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        Rob · 05/18/2018
        The stain . Thanks
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          RAD Products · 05/18/2018
          About 150-200 Sq feet per gallon for one coat.
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    Betty · 05/16/2018
    Where can I buy restore-a-deck products
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    Chris · 04/30/2018
    Which is better: Spraying, brushing or wiping stain on the deck?