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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    Chuck Beck · 05/18/2020
    We have a deck that was stained with a Behr semi-transparent deck stain a few years ago. Although it is supposed to be semi-transparent, it appears more opaque and is now chipping and peeling. What's your best advice for stripping the old stain and refinishing the wood before restaining? I'm sure others have asked this, so I apologize in advance if I am asking a FAQ...
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      RAD Products · 05/18/2020
      You will have to sand to remove. Strippers will not work on an opaque stain.
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    chris · 05/17/2020
    I just want to see if the color is what I'm looking for (I already purchased the strip/brighten pack)
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    chris · 05/17/2020
    To apply a stain sample---does that require the strip/brighten?
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      RAD Products · 05/17/2020
      It has to be properly prepped to see the color it will be on your deck.
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    Joe bernardy · 05/15/2020
    Can you mix the cleaner and brightener in on 5 gal bucket of water?
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    Robert · 05/14/2020
    On old wood deck with opaque stain and many now bare spots - do I need the cleaner product before applying stain?
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      RAD Products · 05/14/2020
      Pressure wash with the stripper. This will help to remove the loose and peeling solid stain. Once done you can cover the rest of the solid stain that is not peeling with a new coat of the RAD Solid Stain.
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    Maria · 05/09/2020
    Which semitransparent color is more resistant to weather damage: neutral or light walnut?
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      Danny Crockett · 05/10/2020
      I used the neutral on my wife's disability ramp which was quite large and modular due to our building code. I used the Restore A Deck system and applied last season. We had a very icy winter here in NE Ohio and had to deal with shoveling it. Hard work. I will need to reapply this year as the stain has worn to that point. The handrails, siderails, posts and frame look new so 1 gal should do the trick. If anyone knows a safe deicer, I'm all ears.
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      RAD Products · 05/09/2020
      Same.
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    Maria · 05/09/2020
    Can I mix RAD semitransparent neutral with light walnut?
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    Jeri · 05/08/2020
    Using the expresso stain what could Put on top to give it luster. How much stain for. 12x16 deck with railing.
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      RAD Products · 05/08/2020
      Sorry but you cannot add anything on top. It will peel.
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    Maria · 05/07/2020
    How many galons Semitransparent stain do I need for a 400sq feet deck?
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    eileen · 04/12/2020
    Would like to restore the cedar siding on the house as well as the deck. Both surfaces have the same stain. Should I do the house first and then the deck or do both at the same time?
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    Bryan · 04/02/2020
    Last summer I used RAD semi transparent natural. I used 2 coats but the wood really soaked up the stain. I was thinking of applying another 2 coats this spring. Good idea? If so should I use cleaner, brightner, and stain?
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      RAD Products · 04/02/2020
      Only reapply if needed.
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        Bryan · 04/02/2020
        How do you know when to reapply? If I were to reapply what process do I use? Cleaner, brightner, stain? Or stripper, brightner, stain?
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          RAD Products · 04/02/2020
          More is not better. Only reapply if it is starting to fail. As for how to prep, that depends on the current condition and we would need pictures.
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    Marianne · 10/09/2019
    Solid stain... wait how long between coats?
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      RAD Products · 10/09/2019
      As soon as the first coat is dry to the touch. 1-3 hours is normal.
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        Marianne · 10/09/2019
        Thank you for all your help with my numerous questions about this big (for me) project! ❤️ PS... I am a 63 year old woman doing this project!
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    Brian Rice · 09/28/2019
    I had my deck sanded and used the RAD brightener, then stained with RAD light Walnut. 1 coat only. Very pleased with the result, but when it rains, I get no beading. I'm very hesitant to do a 2nd coat as it looks very good with only one coat and I know that I got very good penetration. Can I use a Thompson's water seal or similar clear water proofing product ?
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      RAD Products · 09/29/2019
      It is not supposed to bead water but shed water. You cannot apply a sealer over the RAD stain. Do not add a second coat at this point. Second coats need to be applied wet on wet.
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    Peter · 09/28/2019
    I just stripped and brightened. Used a brush and follies with a power washer. Deck has some Fuzz as others have called it. Does that have to be removed before staining? If so what is the best way to do this? Staining tomorrow.
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      RAD Products · 09/29/2019
      Sand or buff these off. Typically they do not show when stained.
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    Greg · 09/23/2019
    I used the RAD solid stain Cypress but did not have enough to do 2 coats. Ordered more, can I just apply again a few days later?
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    Michael · 09/18/2019
    Second time using the cleaner and brighter due to weather and recent party of foot traffic. This time lots of fuzz. I try to power wash and scrub again. I’m about to rent a buffer to sand lightly. After so do I blow off with compress air or power wash then let dry lightly before staining?:
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    Jo · 09/16/2019
    I have a deck that was previously stained, more than 3 years ago. Most of it has worn off, but in the lower traffic areas the stain is still in ok condition. Not sure if I should go with the Cleaner or the Stripper. This article says that the Cleaner should be used on wood that's never been stained and the Stipper is for new wood. I have old wood that has been stained, which falls into neither of these categories. Please advise!
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    Mike · 08/31/2019
    One day! Used the cleaner, brightener, and the light walnut stain!

    Was done at 4pm, and late last night we got a lot of morning dew, so hopefully all stays nice. But I love the color!
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    Danny Crockett · 08/11/2019
    Have ordered the natural semi-transparent stain, cleaner and brighter to stain a PT handicap ramp, posts and railing. The ramp is 10months old. Not thrilled with how PT wood has aged. The railing has horizontal side rails that have shrunk and there are small gaps between rails where you can see some of the brads. I have small cracks and some warping of the handrail. I screwed down the top hand rail which helped a lot but it's not flush as I would like. Everything I have read advises not to fill cracks, splits etc..but I want to be sure to get the stain in as deep as I can.The floor boards are in good shape. I have anti-slip tread tape down for traction. Wood under the tape looks newer as it hasn't had sun exposure. 1st question: Can you put a little stain in a spray bottle and target gaps and cracks? 2nd: Would it be okay to use just a hose instead of a pressure washer for the job? The ramp has had light traffic and no snow melter in the winter. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2019
      1. It can be sprayed if you want to do this.
      2. No, you need to lightly pressure wash for best results.
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    Tom · 07/10/2019
    Can solid stain be applied same day as using the cleaner and brightener? I seem to have read can be done in one day and also need to wait 48 hours.
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      RAD Products · 07/10/2019
      Yes, it can be applied the same day as the prep.
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    Marie · 07/03/2019
    I am planning on using RAD solid stain on my 280 sf pressure treated deck. It was previously stained using Behr semi solid stain (Ugh). I am a little confused as far as how much old product must be removed. The verticals are not peeling. My preference is to pressure wash then sand instead of strip. Can I give it a light sanding & use cleaner or do I have to sand to bare wood?
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      RAD Products · 07/03/2019
      When applying the solid stain you do not have to remove all the previous stain. Pressure wash for prep to remove dirt and the loose or peeling stain but you can leave the stain that is not peeling and cover over.
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    Michelle · 06/28/2019
    our deck is approx 30 years old but we have been power washing and cleaning every 2 years. We have used TWP cedar tone. I am trying to find something that will last longer than 2 years. If we switch to RAD semitransparent stain do you think it will last longer? Also must I strip it, and brighten it before staining it?
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      RAD Products · 06/29/2019
      When switching brands, you will have to strip and brighten. The RAD stain lasts about 2 to maybe 3 years for most scenarios. Nothing will last longer.
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    Jimmy Bryant · 06/20/2019
    Can you use TWP 100 over a cleaned but previously alkyd product?
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      RAD Products · 06/21/2019
      No, previous coatings have to be removed when switching brands of stain.
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    Jay · 06/06/2019
    I'll be stripping, brightening and staining this weekend. The exterior of the house that abuts the deck is standing seam. Will any of the products damage the metal siding? I plan on wetting the standing seam prior to RAD product application. Same question for perennials around the deck. Thanks!
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    Nettie · 06/05/2019
    After 2 coats of wet on wet stain application, how long do we need to wait before placing furniture, walking on it? Thks!
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      RAD Products · 06/05/2019
      24 hours is normal. Just make sure it is fully dry.
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    Richard · 06/04/2019
    I sanded to remove Behr oil based stain and scrubbed the deck. 95% of the stain was removed but some remained in the grain beyond the reach of the sander. Can I use stripper to remove?
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    Jay · 06/04/2019
    I have about 625 sq.' of 2 year old pressure treated deck I'd like to stain with RAD. It was treated last year with TWP and developed a slight coating of black mildew in numerous places. My plan is to do a wet on wet application of two coats. What quantities would you recommend for stripping, brightening, and staining? Many thanks!
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    Chris · 05/30/2019
    I just finished power washing our deck and handrails. Is sanding necessary prior to applying the Brightener and then the stain?
    thanks
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2019
      No need to sand after using the cleaner or stripper before the brightener.
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    Jerry · 05/28/2019
    How long does RAD need to set after staining before use ? I finished last night
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    Kevin · 05/26/2019
    Have a rare stretch of nice weather here and I have RAD semi transparent at the ready but I still need to brighten and only have Cabot Wood Brightener 8003. Can I still do same day application with Cabot Brightener and RAD stain? Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2019
      Not sure as we have never tried that combo. Most likely okay.