Restore A Deck Prep and Staining Steps

We understand that everyone needs help with their wood/deck restoration and that not all projects are the same. Different species of wood, the age of wood, and types and brands of previous coatings make it difficult for homeowners to determine what is needed to restore their exterior wood or deck correctly.

We will ask some specific questions and reply to what you will need to do in your restoration process and the appropriate products and amounts to purchase, so it receives the proper prep and treatment required.

In the comment section below, you must include:

  • Square Footage of Area to be Restored:

-For Decks, use the calculator in the right column (scroll down) for desktop or below this article/comments on mobile

-Fences: Length x Height x 2 (for both sides) = Total square footage

-Homes: Do each side Lenght x Height, then add up all sides.

  • Type of wood if known:
  • Approximate Age of Wood:
  • If Applicable, Previous Stain Brand Used and Type (Examples of Type: Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Solid Stain, Oil-Based, Water-Based): 
  • If Applicable, When was the last time wood was stained:
  • Wood Type to be Stained (Deck, House, Fence, etc.):
  • Do you have access to a pressure washer:
  • Miscellaneous Info:
  • *Must Include 1-3 Photos of Restoration Project. There is a link to upload photos in the bottom right corner of the comment area.

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    jimmy · 06/21/2020
    after staining my deck which came out great, I walked on it next morning and even know it appeared dry dirty boot prints are all over the deck, tried washing it off and scrubbing it with a brush and its still mostly there. my question is should I stain over that, or do I have to do the deck clean, brighten, and stain all over again.
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    Rick · 06/21/2020
    We got rad natural semi-transparent and did a test patch on the deck and it's too yellowy. Is there an additive to use to get it looking more like the cedar semi-transparent.
    Thanks
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      RAD Products · 06/21/2020
      Sorry but not you cannot add tint to it. You can mix colors if you like to darken it. Some Dark Walnut can be mixed into it.
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    K Bartley · 06/21/2020
    I need to clean and re-stain a cedar T&G ceiling on my outside covered deck. What product do you recommend for cleaning and staining?
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    Rick · 06/21/2020
    I power sanded the deck and will be using rad natural semi-transparent. I read only to do 1 coat but was going to do 2 for durability. Is doing 2 coats a problem.
    Thanks
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    Chuck Smoley · 06/21/2020
    When I opened the box with the two gallons in it I had a bit of a surprise. One of the gallons was leaking into the bag it was wrapped in. The container had a whole in the bottom. The seal under the cap was still intact. I have pictures if you want them. I opened the bag in the sink and had to wash off the stain to find the leak. I put clear packing tape over the leak and it is holding so far. I turned it upside down so the leak was on top and of course it started leaking from the cap. I need more stain anyway as the wood is soaking it up like a sponge. I'm hoping you can do something on the pricing of the order I am placing tonight. I need three more gallons to finish.
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      RAD Products · 06/21/2020
      Respond to your order email about this. Thanks
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    Eileen Filler · 06/20/2020
    Hi, I have a 22 yr old deck. I ordered semi transparent stain. We have replaced about six boards. Should I wait to stain for several months? Thanks, Eileen
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    Jay · 06/20/2020
    How much to ship to Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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      RAD Products · 06/21/2020
      Add products to cart and enter shipping info. It updates automatically.
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    Eth · 06/20/2020
    I stripped part of my deck successfully with RAD stripper and had earlier successfully stripped part of it with Behr stripper. Some of the deck is not successfully stripped, but I’m not able to get back to working on the deck again for a few more weeks. The stripping process started a number weekends ago (probably a month at least on the earliest areas). Should I use RAD brightener right now to neutralize the stripper, so it doesn’t darken the PT pine? I heard it the caustic nature of stripper will darken the wood? I’m not sure of my plan to re-stain because of the difficult removal of Behr semi trans in some areas.
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      RAD Products · 06/20/2020
      Brighten all when done.
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        Eth · 06/20/2020
        So is it accurate to say there won’t be a risk of appreciable darkening if the wood hasn’t been brightened for a few months after stripping?
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          RAD Products · 06/20/2020
          It will restore the color when you do it later.
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    Karine Benoit · 06/20/2020
    Can I use RAD on LVL and if yes, is it better to use the solid stain.
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      RAD Products · 06/20/2020
      Yes and use the solid stain.
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        Karine Benoit · 06/20/2020
        Thanks! Also, a few years ago I had put natural semi- transparent stain on my deck but seems like there is nothing left anymore. Should I use only the cleaner or the striper?
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    Robert M Souter · 06/20/2020
    Will RMD stripper and brightner effect Trex railing and post systems?
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    Robert M Souter · 06/20/2020
    In the process of preparing to stain my 18 year old PT deck using RMD solid stain, I had to replace several deck boards that had signs of rot with new PT deck boards. Can I proceed to prep using the RMD strip with additives and brightner before staining? About 20% of the deck have new PT deck boards. I was hoping that I didn't have to wait 60-90 days.
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    Lucie Griggs · 06/20/2020
    After stripping and sanding PT wood deck, I applied brightner to dry wood instead of damp wood. Some of product dried before I was able to hose it off. Do I have to re-apply the brightner to damp wood?
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    Michael · 06/19/2020
    300 sq ft cedar deck. 3 yrs old. Not previously stained or sealed. Currently sanding to remove grey surface and restore the original look. I’m considering the semi transparent natural or cedar products.
    1.How many gallons do I need?
    2.What is the future annual (?) maintenance/ reapplication process (in Canada/harsh winter)?
    3.Is it ok if it rains between sanding and application?
    4.Other than cleaning off sawdust after sanding, are there any additional steps required before applying the product?
    5.Is a paint brush the best way to apply the product?
    6.what is the usual shipping time to Quebec?
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      RAD Products · 06/20/2020
      1. About 2-3.
      2. Clean and recoat as needed every couple of years.
      3. Yes.
      4. Clean and brighten the wood after sanding.
      5. Brush or stain pad.
      6. 1-2 weeks.
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    Chuck · 06/19/2020
    Do I need a second coat of solid stain on horizontal surfaces? If so how soon do I apply it?
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      RAD Products · 06/20/2020
      Yes, you need two coats when using the solid stain. Apply the second as soon as the first is fully dry.
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    Valerie Fremin · 06/19/2020
    I've ordered the stripper and additives/boosters + brightener but not the stain Q: Can I wait several weeks after stripping before I stain, if so, should I wait to brighten right before staining. Thank you.
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    Chuck · 06/19/2020
    How much drying time do I need before rain is a problem with a solid stain.
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    Teresa Looney · 06/19/2020
    Oops, this is for Gerald Jenkins (6/18/2020) not Brad Jenkins. Sorry for the error. Gerald, would you
    please tell me why you are switching from Defy semi-transparent stain to RAD semi-transparent
    stain? Also, what wood is your deck?

    Thank you much.
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    Teresa Looney · 06/19/2020
    I would like Brad Jenkins (6/18/2020) to tell me why he is switching from Defy semi-transparent stain to RAD semi-transparent stain. I'm trying to decide between the two. Thank you, Brad.
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    Curt · 06/19/2020
    I have just powerwashed my deck. Then I applied Thompson water seal. We have decided we want to use a solid stain on the deck. Can I apply solid stain over the freshly applied Thompson product?
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      No, as it will repel the stain. You will need to strip and brighten for prep.
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    Chatch · 06/19/2020
    Hi,

    Just finished staining our deck and I have 1 unopened, and one half used gallon of solid stain left over. How should I store these and how long is the shelf life.

    Also wondering what the prep is for any touch ups next season?

    Thanks,
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      Shelf life if opened is about 12 months. Unopened about 3 years. Store where it cannot freeze.
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    Jerry · 06/19/2020
    i have PTP deck i used your semi transparent stain 2 gallons.I did not mixed the first gallon properly. The second gallon i empty the jug and cut the bottom and the i mix it thourlghy as resullt
    i have diffient shades. I am in the process of stripping the deck.I plan to redo the deck early October shoud I brightner now,clean an brightner in October.I will be using your semi transparent
    Thanks
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    Mike CArter · 06/19/2020
    How do I just clean a deck that has Semi-Transparent stain on it. The deck is still in great shape, just want to clean it from dust, mildew etc.
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    Bev · 06/19/2020
    Deck is 220 sq ft. 9 years old. Treated pine. Redone 3years ago with Cabot semi transparent. Will an orbital sander remove this product down to wood so we can stain with your product? Would we need to use stripper?
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      This is a solid stain on your wood. You will have to power sand to remove as a stripper will not remove it fully.
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    Derek · 06/19/2020
    Hello, we have a 720 sq.ft. weathered PT deck that is about 8 years old. It has not been properly cared for, never cleaned / brightened or stained (see photo). Do you think if properly prepped (cleaned and brightened) we can use a semi transparent stain to finish or should go with opaque? How much cleaner and brightener and stain do we need to order? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      Use Semi-transparent. One prep kit should work. About 7-8 gallons of the stain for 2 coats.
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    Esther · 06/19/2020
    Does your stripper in the process work on this form of solid stains? Pictures are before any pressure washing and sanding/cleaning.
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    bluedemon24 · 06/18/2020
    I moved into a house earlier this year with a solid stain chipping away, not sure about brand/type. What should be my process wit this deck?
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    John Masseau · 06/18/2020
    After filling out an Order form and giving my address in Toronto Ca. I don’t see that I would be charged an exchange rate for Can. funds? Is this so or am I in for an annoying surprise when I see my credit card bill.
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    Gerald Jenkins · 06/18/2020
    My deck was stained with Defy semi transparent light walnut stain. I will be staining with RAD semi transparent dark walnut stain. I have stripped, pressure washed and then brightened and then noticed some stain still left on the deck. Can I hand sand just the areas with residual stain? If so, do I need to brighten and then stain with 2 coats? Or should I sand the whole deck with a 5 inch random orbital sander, brighten and then stain with one coat?
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    Brian Wilton · 06/17/2020
    We previously used Thompson water seal semitransparent stain on our deck floor. What would we have to do to use yorvproduct?