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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    Annette Metcalf · 08/15/2019
    How do I get stain splashes off my vinyl siding?
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    Clarke · 08/15/2019
    I have a large deck that was painted with Benjamin Moore Deck paint last year....it is terrible. How would I prepare deck? I would like to use the solid stain, Gray. Deck is 20 years old , but very good shape.
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      RAD Products · 08/15/2019
      Pressure wash to remove any loose stain. Let dry and then sand any remnants of loose stain. You can then stain over the intact stain with the RAD Solid Stains.
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    Jonah · 08/13/2019
    I have a new deck that I stained with valspar semitransparent stain 2 days ago. I did a horrible job staining. I need to strip it I think. Can your products help?
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    jonah · 08/13/2019
    Where at in michigan can i find your products?
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    Karen Corbett · 08/12/2019
    I purchased the RAD Deck Cleaner and it did a fabulous job! However, i used it all up and now see that there are few spots that need more cleaning. Is there anything I can use besides plain water on these small areas before I stain?
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    David Bowers · 08/12/2019
    I have previously been advised to sand my very large deck that was stained three year ago with Behr solid stained rather than use a stripper and then use a sander to remove remaining stain. That advice has been based on the belief that a stripper is very ineffective in removing Behr solid stain. However, after learning about your booster and gel products, I need to know if the Restore-A-Decker stripper would be effective when use with the Restore-A-Decker booster and gel in removing the Behr solid stain.
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2019
      No, deck stains strippers will not remove a solid stain effectively.
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    GaryK · 08/12/2019
    Going to stain my IPE deck. Deck is 4 months old and has some greying from the sun (Pacific Northwest, so not a lot of sun!)


    After cleaning, power washing and brightening, the IPE in the sun has quite a bit of white exposed. I'm assuming this is from the oxidation and greying. Do I need to clean and brighten again to get rid of the white? I've attached a picture.
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    Kjay · 08/12/2019
    Hello, House is 3 years old. Builder used Sherwin Williams water based semi transparent stain (river wood). Want to use ur dark walnut semi- transparent stain.
    Can I use ur RAD cleaner then pressure wash before applying stain. Difficult area to navigate? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2019
      The current stain will need to be fully removed when switching brands. This would require stripping and or sanding. Birghener after.
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    steve · 08/12/2019
    My customer wants to preserve the "old gray weathered look" of the barn wood on his property. There is algae that needs to be removed (cleaner & brightener stage). If these two stages are done with out a pressure washer will the "gray color" stay? And then I could apply a tinted sealer?
    Whats the best way to make this work for them? Thanks for your help.
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2019
      No, the gray will be removed. There is not a way to just remove the algae/mold without removing the gray as well.
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    Mike Porter · 08/12/2019
    I plan to use Restore-A-Deck Cleaner, Brightener and then Solid Stain on my new PT pine wood dock. Will any of these products harm the aquatic wildlife in my pond (fish, turtles, etc.)?
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2019
      No on the prep. Try not to get the stain in the water. It would not harm them but it would be messy.
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    Brad · 08/12/2019
    Can I get expedited shipping?
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2019
      Please call to enquire about this. 866-856-3325
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    Lisa · 08/11/2019
    Our deck is 2 tiers approximately 768 square feet in total. Approx 10 years old or so, pine. We used Behr semi transparent or so we thought looked more like solid. We did it a few years ago and the entire floor is peeling. Railings are fine. We are in the process of sanding down to the bare wood. We do have a pressure washer, which we tried first. What process should we do next and what products do we need to complete the project? Your advice is much appreciated
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2019
      Once you sand off the current stain, use the RAD Cleaner and Brightener for the final prep. Stain with 1 coat of the stain after.
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    Thomas Lofton · 08/10/2019
    Time acceptable between coats for solid stain? Is wet to wet applicable for solid stain?
    If you wait a few days after prep do you recommend a rinse and drying period prior to painting solid stain ? If ok to wait a few days prior to second coat, do you recommend any additional cleaning.

    From Louisiana where humidity, rain and heat are near impossible guesses and shooting for the best. Thanks
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2019
      You cannot apply the solid stain wet on wet. Apply as soon as it is dry. A couple of hours. No need to clean again if you wait a few days between prep and stain.
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    Scott Reitz · 08/10/2019
    Attached are 2 pictures of my ramp that were not attached to last message. Can see residual clear stain on railings. Should I apply stripper again and stain or finish sandinding, apply brightener and stain.
    Tks scott
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    Scott Reitz · 08/09/2019
    I have a 600 sq ft wheelchair ramp that had a previous coat of clear sealer. I applied RAD stripper and brightener. The deck was mostly stripped but little sealer was removed from railings and most vertical wood. I used both supplements u recommend and not sure why it did not work better. I I ended up sanding most of my railings but there is still residual sealer in hard to get areas.
    I tried putting on RAD semi transparent stain and areas I sanded and was surprised at how watery it was. Dont see how u can put it in anything verticlewithout it dripping.
    So my questions are : do I need to reapply stripper and if so, what is best application method. I used a sprayer last time with power wash, but thinking should apply with brush and rub it in?
    Scott
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      Scott Reitz · 08/10/2019
      I applied the stripper, then pressure washed. This was followed up by sanding. So picture if handrail I'm sending has had mist of clear stain removed. I'm trying to decide whether to sand more, than reapply brightener or to apply stripper again. Also can see residual stain on deck, which has not been sanded
      Thanks
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      RAD Products · 08/10/2019
      Are you apply the stripper and then pressure washing off? Feel free to post a picture of the deck.

      The RAD is a deep penetrating stain and is supposed to be thin in consistency because of this.
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    David · 08/07/2019
    We have 2 pressure treated decks that have an oil based sealers with a solid latex deck stain, ie Shark Skin. Can we use the Restore-a-deck stripper with booster? We purchased four gallons of Armstrong-Clark semi solid Woodland Brown. One other question please? On the Armstrong-Clark cans it states to call the company if the decks are less than 18inches off the ground. Ours are and perhaps that's why both Behr and Shark Skin both failed. Perhaps the same will happen with the Armstrong-Clark.

    Regards,

    David Waterhouse

    Victoria BC Canada
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      RAD Products · 08/08/2019
      No, the RAD Stripper will not remove a solid stain fully. You will need to power sand to remove the Sharkskin. The AC will not fail like the other brands you used.
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    wkirk · 08/06/2019
    Can you recommend one of you products for removing solid stain. It's about 3 years old and some of it is peeling off pretty easy; but a lot of it still has good adhesion. Ideally I would like to take it to bare woo and do a semi-transparent stain. Pressure treated wood. the deck is 32ft x 14 ft and about 20 years old. Thanks
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      RAD Products · 08/06/2019
      Sorry, but it is not possible to remove a solid stain fully with a deck stain stripper. You may be able to remove some or most but you will need to sand to get it all off.
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        wkirk · 08/06/2019
        would you recommend a drum sander that you would use on a hardwood floor or is that overkill
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    Jason · 08/05/2019
    Hi There! Just discovered your site and I'm interested in your product. I have a large deck (1,200 square feet) and a good portion of it is adjacent to and partially over a koi pond. I read that your stripper and brightener is "eco friendly". Does that mean that I can trust that runoff from the deck into the koi pond won't harm the fish? Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 08/06/2019
      They are eco-friendly but it would be best to avoid getting the stripper in the water as it is caustic and will raise the pH balance.
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        Jason · 08/06/2019
        Ok, I can sand the deck wherever there's a danger of runoff getting into the pond. How about the brightener?
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    Aaron Frey · 08/05/2019
    I have a new 12X14 deck with pressure treated decking, cedar posts & railings, and black aluminum balusters. The deck has weathered for 12 months and I am ready to stain. I was going to use the RAD cleaner and brightener and then stain with RAD semi-transparent light walnut.

    1. Is there anything special I need to do to protect the metal balusters before prep or staining? Can the cleaner or brightener damage metal balusters?

    2. When staining how do I know how much stain is enough yet not too much? What application method typically has the best result (pump sprayer, deck brush, pad applicator)? If I use a pump sprayer do I still need to run a pad or brush along the boards to ensure even coverage?
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    Mark · 08/05/2019
    Can you apply RAD stain with an airless sprayer?
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    Brent Hupp · 08/05/2019
    I’ve used your cleaner and brightener on my nearly 1 year old redwood fence. A couple of questions.
    1- the stain from the nails are still present. How can I best remove them?
    2- will the RAD semi transparent stain prevent the nail stains from returning?
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      RAD Products · 08/05/2019
      That is rust from your nails. There is not a way to remove that fully as it is deep in the wood. You will have to replace the nails to prevent the rust.

      BTW, the fence installer or manufacturer should be liable for this as they used the wrong type of nails.
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        Brent Hupp · 08/07/2019
        Thanks for the reply. If I remove the nails, can the rust discoloration be removed with a product? Or with sanding / planing?
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          RAD Products · 08/08/2019
          The RAD wood brightener works best to remove the rust but it may not remove all if the rust is deep in the wood grain.
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    Steve Hayworth · 08/04/2019
    We have a new deck made of pressure treated wood. Can we use RAD on this kind of wood immediately or do we need to wait for a few months for it to weather a bit?
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    Tom · 08/04/2019
    About a year ago I used RAD cleaner and stain on a 100 sq. treated pine hot-tub deck that had aged in the sun for about 6 months. The stain has worn off in some high traffic areas. Do I just pressure wash and re-stain the entire deck, or do I need to do more? I love your products. I might have applied stain too thickly the first time.
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2019
      Use the Rad cleaner and pressure washer for prep.
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        Tom · 08/04/2019
        Should I use the RAD neutralizer/brightener also? The underlying wood shows no signs of greying.
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    Denise · 08/04/2019
    I used RAD cleaner and brightener 3 weeks ago to prep my deck for staining but, due to weather limitations, was only able to stain rails. I still need to stain Ipe floor boards with Defy hardwood stain. Do I need to use brightener again? I’m afraid it will possibly ruin stain on rails when applying or rinsing floorboards. If I need to brighten again, can I use a diluted strength mix? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2019
      Yes, brightener again. Do not dilute. It does not harm stain.
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    Don · 08/04/2019
    I need to remove Behr premium acrylic solid stain from my deck. Much of it is already peeling in areas. Deck is 5 years old and I was told never to use solid stain in New York environment. I would then like to re-stain using semitransparent stain instead. How do I remove the Behr solid stain and what semitransparent stain do you recommend? Deck is 16' x 22', 5 years old, New York
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    Luis · 08/03/2019
    Got the samples yesterday and stained a block of sanded redwood today to chose the color. Here is the picture. We are trying to decide between Cedar and Light Walnut.
    The deck has been fully sanded and I think we will just do the brightener before the stain. What do think?
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      RAD Products · 08/03/2019
      How smooth of sandpaper grit did you use?
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        Luis · 08/03/2019
        36->80
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          RAD Products · 08/03/2019
          Best o clean and brighten after the sanding as this will remove sand dust and open the pores of the wood. Just one coat of stain to a sanded deck.
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            Luis · 08/03/2019
            Perfect, thanks! Will post pictures when done. Cheers!
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    Rick · 08/01/2019
    I am using TWP 1500 on a RAD stripped and brightened deck. The stain advises that you should not apply stain if rain is expected within 48 hours. I live in VA and it can rain or thunderstorm without warning. What can you do to preserve the work done if it unexpectedly rains after 24 hours but prior to 48 hours?
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      RAD Products · 08/02/2019
      You cannot do anything about rain but typically the TWP is forgiving as long as the stain has at least 12 hours to dry.
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    Steve · 08/01/2019
    Any recommendations for redoing barn wood? Or is this product mainly for treated wood?
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    Dennis · 07/30/2019
    What color do you recommend to "redo" a redwood deck. These desks were stained with transparent SuperDeck #1903 initially. Do you have any pictures of you colors on redwood? Or anyone ready this post? Thanks,
    Dennis
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    Harvey Knuth · 07/30/2019
    I'm having trouble deciding which color semi transparent stain to choose.
    Do you have any pics of cedar decks with different stain colors...cedar, lt walnut and dk walnut?