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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    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

      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?