Note: The RAD stain can be applied to damp or dry wood. Tips below would work for both.

Today we will outline some things you need to know about how to apply Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain to damp wood for best results. Recent advancements in wood stain technology have allowed for a number of benefits, including better UV protection against the sun’s rays, excellent penetration into the wood grain for long-lasting results, and the ability to apply the stain to damp wood the same day as completing the prep steps. Since staining damp wood may be a new concept to some of you, as it has not been a possibility before, we have some tips and things to take into account so you can achieve the best-finished product.

New Wood Note: New wood is not the same as "damp" wood and needs to weather and be prepped before staining. Restore-A-Deck Stain and New Wood

Before you start your wood stain project, ensure your temperature conditions are optimal for best results. The surface temperature should be between 45 degrees F and 90 degrees F. Check the weather forecast and do not start the staining process if the temperature is expected to drop below 45 degrees or if rain is a possibility in the next 12 hours.

If the weather is on your side, first, complete steps 1 and 2 of the Restore-a-Deck in a day process by applying either the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Stripper depending on whether there is already stain on the wood surface, followed by the Restore-A-Deck Brightener. Allow the wood surface to dry for 2-4 hours before tackling the staining process.

Make sure you mix Restore-A-Deck wood stain well initially and periodically throughout the staining project. Protect all non-target surfaces with cardboard or drop cloths. For equipment, you can use the Restore-A-Deck Stain Brush, hand brushes, or staining pads to apply. Apply the stain to vertical surfaces such as railings or posts first, and protect the horizontal surfaces from the excess stain. Apply stain to the full length of the board, making sure to not break in the middle of the board. Apply 2 coats wet on wet for older wood and 1 coat only for newer wood.

Restore A Deck Stain Application Tips

And there you have it. We recommend allowing the surface to dry for 24 hours before walking or placing furniture on the surface.

Have you completed the Restore-A-Deck 3 step process in one day? Any tips we are missing? We want to hear your reviews. Be sure to comment with any photos and let us know how the project is holding up over time.

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    S Jones · 07/18/2018
    Am I doing something wrong? It has taken me almost 4 hours to clean 16 feet of railing and have used a little over 1 gal of cleaner. I spray railing and then SCRUB with a hand brush. Lots of small areas and all four sides of rails. At this rate I won't even finish the railings today. Is it ok to do the brightening tomorrow? And then the staining later. There is rain forcasted for tomorrow night
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      RAD Products · 07/19/2018
      Are you using a pressure washer? It will be much easier.
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    Fred · 07/18/2018
    Applied 2 coats of Restore-A-Deck neutral stain 2 days ago. It rained last night and the water did not bead on the old doards. Is it ok to apply a third coat tonight?
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      RAD Products · 07/19/2018
      No, do not add a third coat as it will not soak in. The 2 coats is correct and the RAD stain is not designed to bead water but shed water.
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    K W · 06/15/2018
    I mean , will it adhere over old stain?
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      RAD Products · 06/16/2018
      No, you cannot apply the RAD Wood Stain over a different brand. It will adhere but it will not soak into the wood as it should and could fail prematurely.
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    K W · 06/15/2018
    Here’s pic of railings
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    K W · 06/15/2018
    I have stripped the flat surfaces, but not the vertical railings. Previous stain was Olympic maximum semi-transparent stain/sealant in natural cedar. #1- will RAD stain go over previous stain on railings , and #2, there are pea-sized spots of old stain that wouldn’t come off. Can I put the RAD stain on anyway (I assume the spots will show thru). My concern is sealing and protecting the wood. KW
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      RAD Products · 06/15/2018
      1. No. When switching brands, you need to remove the previous coating on ralings.
      2. The floors are good to stain.
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    Vicki · 06/01/2018
    How long to wait between coats of stain?
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    John · 05/21/2018
    Can stain be applied with a sprayer?
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      RAD Products · 05/21/2018
      Yes but back wipe for an even application and proper absorption.
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    Leah · 04/16/2018
    My new deck has weathered for over a year; however, before staining, I need to sand off the lumber yard stamps. How long do I need to let the sanded areas weather before I'm able to clean, brighten, and stain using the RAD products?
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      RAD Products · 04/16/2018
      Sand now and wait a few weeks before cleaning and brightening for the final prep.