When using the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper you can and should use one or both additives for certain scenarios as not all stain removal projects are the same. This article is a guide to help determine the best way to strip your exterior deck or outside wood so you can achieve the maximum results.
Let’s breakdown the three Restore-A-Deck Stripping components that can be used while removing your exterior stain.
Note: The Gel and Booster work as additives for the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper and are not effective as standalone products.
Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain Stripper
Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain Stripper is a biodegradable, powdered concentrate that is mixed with water. Each RAD Stripper container makes 5 liquid gallons. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain Stripper removes most oil and latex-based finishes including clear sealers, transparent stains, and semi-transparent stains.
Restore-A-Deck Thickening Gel Additive
Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Thickening Gel is a special blend that is added to premixed 5-Gallons of the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. With a longer dwell time, Restore-A-Deck Stripper Thickening Gel will raise the effectiveness of the stain stripping by adding the ability to cling to vertical and horizontal surfaces for up to 1 hour. Works especially well on improving the performance of the stripping on vertical wood such as wood railings, wood fences, and wood-sided homes.
Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster
Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster Additive is a special blend of solvents that is added to premixed 5-Gallons of the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. The Restore-A-Deck Stripper Booster will raise the effectiveness of the stain stripping up to 300% by helping to break down the surface tension of difficult to remove wood stain finishes.
Use the chart below to help determine the proper products to remove your stain.
Note: You must Neutralize after Stripping with the Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener.
For any questions, please ask in the Comment Area with some pictures of the stain stripping project.
Hi, I’m getting ready to strip my deck. How long does the stripper with additives last after mixing? If I don’t get it all done within a couple days (or weeks), will it still be good?
Stripper once mixed will last many days or weeks.
How long can I wait after stripping to use brightener? I have a very large deck and it is taking a long time to strip
Strip as soon as possible is best. Same day.
Is a garden sprayer the best way to apply the stripping and brightening products? If so, can I still use a sprayer even with the additives (particularly the thickening one) or will it be too thick to come through? If a mop or something works better, I’m good with that too – just want project to be as successful as possible.
Spraying is best and it will spray with the additives using a quality pump sprayer.
Could you define a quality pump sprayer? I don’t own one yet – what features should I look for to ensure it works with the additives? Thank you!
Not the cheapest one. Need a fan tip. See ours: https://www.restore-a-deck.com/Sprayers/Chapin-Clean-Stain-Sprayer/flypage.tpl.html
I used RAD products and stripped a 800 sq ft redwood deck, 10 days ago, and sanded areas still with stain 3 days ago to totally get rid of all 4 year old stain. I have now ordered the RAD cleaner and hope to get it early next week so I can then clean and brighten the deck on 1 day and do 2 coats of RAD semi-transparent staining the next day using wet-on-wet method. The temps are suppose to be 74-78 daytime but lows 43-45. 2 coats are wanted to get the deep dark walnut color we want. Can I apply stain in early morning, best time so stain does not dry too fast, when temp is non 40s? Since I sanded areas, I am also concerned if 2 coats will work? Thanx for your thoughts! Mike
Only one coat for sanded wood, not two. You can lightly clean and apply another coat next year if needed.
Hi will this stripper work for DWD and intergrain merbau stain that has been down some years and recoated every 2 years. how much would I need for a deck and walkway that is 90m2. Thank you Don
Not sure what DWD is? Send a picture of the deck.
I have used restore a deck for years on my deck. I have some stripper left from 5 -7 yrs ago. I am interested in knowing if I could use it on a Wood bench, photo attached. Bench was Initially unfinished and sprayed with acrylic clear varnish, apparently unsuccessfully. If I can use the stripper on this, would I need the booster and additive because of vertical surfaces. Just didn’t want to waste good product. Also have brightener left. Thanks.
The stripper even with additives will probably not remove a varnish.