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.

Restore A Deck Stain Application Tips

 

 

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    Karen · 06/02/2019
    I have cleaned and brightened my decks. Have been waiting for it to stop raining long enough to stain. FINALLY tomorrow and Tuesday are supposed to be rain free. Tomorrow morning the decks will be damp from either rain or dew. Can I apply stain onto damp wood or do I have to wait for it to be totally dry?
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      RAD Products · 06/02/2019
      If using the RAD stain, it can be applied to damp wood but not soaking wet wood.
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        Karen · 06/02/2019
        Cannot be applied to damp wood or CAN be applied to damp wood?
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    Jan · 06/01/2019
    We have a decorative cedar gate that was purchased about two years ago. I was told there wasn't a stain on it; however, after using RAD cleaner and brightener, I think it was stained. Can I use the stripper on it right after I've used the cleaner/brightener or should I wait a while? I'm concerned because some of the wood seems 'fuzzy'.
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    Carmen · 05/31/2019
    I have an older deck made if pressure treated wood that has a semi transparent stain in a grey on the rails, seats and upper small area. The main flooring however seems to have been painted over with a deck over type product or a solid stain. The floor is peeling badly and has been pressure washed but some areas won't come off so I believe I need the stripper. The total area is about 500 sq feet. I'm thinking the small kit would suffice with the stripper and brightener. Does your stain come in a light grey color. If so I would purchase that too. Any help would be great thanks.
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2019
      Strippers will not remove a solid stain. You will need to power sand to remove all if you want a semi-transparent stain. Another option is to use the RAD Solid Stain to cover the current coating.
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    CLARK · 05/31/2019
    and best way to apply solid,with roller,what nap,or with brush
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    Liz · 05/31/2019
    Can unopened recently purchased cleaners and brighteners be returned? Ordered too much
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    CLARK · 05/31/2019
    can you order 5 gal. pails of solid , I need 10 gallons according to your calculator,thanks
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    Robert2764 · 05/31/2019
    Hi,

    can your stripper/Brightener/stain be used on cedar house shingles? Thanks!
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    paula · 05/30/2019
    I want a 5 gallon pail of the solid stain, why is that not available...and i have to buy 5 one gallon pails?

    Would it be less if I ordered in 5 gallon qty?
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2019
      It only comes in singles gallons. No, it would not be less if had come in larger quantities.
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        Paula · 05/31/2019
        is there anyone in Grand Rapids MI that sells this?
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          RAD Products · 05/31/2019
          No there is not.
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            Paula · 05/31/2019
            can i apply over Behr solid stain that has been power washed and loose stuff scraped?
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              RAD Products · 05/31/2019
              Yes
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                Paula · 05/31/2019
                using your solid stain product do I really have to get it wet to go over old solid stain (per above) and what is the warranty? I don't want to do this again for a while its a massive deck system.
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                  RAD Products · 05/31/2019
                  When applying over another solid stain, you do not have to wet the deck. It can be applied to dry wood. Warranty is on the label. Warranties against product defects, etc. We do not warranty in years.
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    Mark McGrath · 05/30/2019
    Good afternoon
    10'x16' covered porch
    will cover floor with IO carpet
    14 steps
    36" high railing, app 36' of railing
    8 months old
    How much product will I need
    thank you, Mark
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    Kathy Jo Goeken · 05/30/2019
    Is there any additive I an can add to the stain to make it a no-slip surface? This deck I am redoing is next to our pool. Worried about the grandkids falling on a slippery surface:)
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    jim · 05/29/2019
    Can you use a roller to put on the sealer and if so what type of roller or do you recommend a stain brush.
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    Kelly · 05/29/2019
    Will the stripper harm metal balusters
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    SS · 05/29/2019
    I'm interested in using Restore-a-Deck stain on my deck. I purchased the house last fall and don't know the deck's history. It's PT lumber and my best guess is that it's 2-3 years old. It's in quite good condition, but there is no obvious stain/coating on the deck currently. I'm not sure if it has ever been stained. What is the proper prep given that I don't know if there's anything to strip off?
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    David S · 05/28/2019
    I have a 4 month old deck that was part of newly constructed home and want to apply the RAD Natural Semi Transparent to go ahead and start protecting it. My question is, at this point do I need to use a cleaner and brightener before the stain application, or any at all.

    Also, would 1 gallon be enough or 2 to cover this area.


    The deck is 16x14, treated pine.

    Thanks
    Dave S.
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2019
      Yes, you must clean and brighten for prep. Just one coat. 2-3 gallons for all since you have railings as well.
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    Jen Milewski · 05/28/2019
    Would Coastal Grey cover a darker solid stain previously applied? We power washed and a lot of the dark is off, but some boards seem to have absorbed more than others.
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      RAD Products · 05/28/2019
      Yes, but you will need at least two coats.
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    robert worcester · 05/28/2019
    Will prepping an area on an adjacent higher or lower area mess up a freshly stained area, if so how long after staining can prep be done on nearby area without spoiling stain.
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    robert worcester · 05/28/2019
    in your experience does the stain brush get the stain between the boards good enough or is the crack and groove tool necessary. If the crack and grove tool is used, should the cracks be done first and then the surface or vice versa. My treated pine deck is over five years old and never been stained or painted or sealed. should I go with the 100 sq ft per gal rate.
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      RAD Products · 05/28/2019
      The brush usually works well for in between boards. For two coats applied wet on wet, about 100 sq feet per gallon.
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    Michael Cotton · 05/27/2019
    We have an older deck (~900 Sq feet horizontal surfaces) around our lake house and a new and old dock that need staining. A portion of our dock is stationary and is covered by lake water a few times a year, and the remainder floating. We're wondering how to attack this. Should we use semi-transparent or solid stain?
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2019
      Use the RAD semi-transparent. Prep with the RAD Cleaner/Brightener Kits.
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        Michael Cotton · 05/27/2019
        Between the deck and the dock portions I have approximately 1,500 Sq feet of horizontal surface area. How much cleaner/brightener and how much stain would you recommend I purchase?
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          RAD Products · 05/27/2019
          15 gallons of stain for the two coats. 2 of the Cleaner/Brightener Kits.
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    robert worcester · 05/27/2019
    I have a 3 level treated pine deck with steps to the ground making 4 levels. top level is ~ 120 sq ft, next level is ~ 500 sq ft., next level is ~ 600 sq ft, and the steps are ~ 120 sq ft. Each level is one step below the higher level. I have trex guard rails. Should I tape off the bottom of the guard rails when prepping and staining. Is it advisable to prep each level separately and stain each level separately?
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2019
      Prep all at the same time. Stain each level individually. No need to tape.
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    Dave · 05/27/2019
    Applied the stripper and brightener on my 2.5 year deck. How long should I wait until I apply the stain?
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2019
      If using the RAD stain, you can apply to damp wood the same day or dry wood the next day.
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    Bud · 05/26/2019
    Do you ever mix colors? We are afraid the dark walnut will be too dark, but the light walnut looks too light. We were hoping for something in between.
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2019
      We do not mix colors but you can mix the two colors together on your end.
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    Maggie · 05/26/2019
    I have used the restore a deck stripper but still, have a fair amount of stain that is not coming up. I am concerned about pressure washing it and ruining the wood (as I have used on a small section and "fur" occurred.) Can I use the stain on the tough spots again? Do I just need to sand the stain that remains?
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2019
      The stain does have to come off so either by stripping/pressure washing and or sanding.
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    Monica · 05/25/2019
    We got someone to fix our deck and it basically looks like it was painted. We were told it was a "semi-stain" but there are areas where it is lifting up. I would like to redo it but was wondering how to get the "paint" that is on the wood now off. Would the stripper be appropriate? but it is opaque not transparent
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2019
      You will have to sand this. Strippers will not work on opaque deck stains.
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    Bob · 05/25/2019
    I live in western Montana zip 59827. Where can I purchase your products in this general area? Missoula is closest city of any size. Would like local purchase in case additional material is needed during refinishing my large deck.
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2019
      No dealers in MT. We ship from our website directly to you.
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    Bud · 05/25/2019
    I would like to begin stripping before we can get your products. Can I use other strippers and then use your restore a deck stain?
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2019
      That would depend on how effective the product is or not. If you do remove all of the previous coating and brightener the wood, you should be okay to use the RAD Stain.
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    Bud · 05/25/2019
    How will your Restore a deck work on a river dock?
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    Bud · 05/25/2019
    How long does it take to ship to Heber Springs, AR
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    Chris · 05/24/2019
    I recently cleaned my deck with stripper and then brightened to prep for staining. Once the deck dried, the dreaded furry wood occurred. I had to sand/buff to remove the furry wood remnants. After I finished sanding the weather has not cooperated to allow for staining. (it has been about 2 weeks since the initial stripper/brightener combo was used). When I stain it in the future, will I need to use the cleaner and brightener combo before staining? Or can I just move straight into the brightener and then stain? I'm hesitant to use the cleaner cause I am concerned it will leave the deck furry again. Can I use a reduced amount of cleaner? 1/4 cup per gal? Maybe just do a pressure wash of the deck and then brighten?
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      RAD Products · 05/25/2019
      Brightener alone will not prep wood for recoating. You will need to clean and then brighten. Use at normal strength.
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    Kathy Jo · 05/24/2019
    I just received my order of the 5 gallons of stain kit (stripper and cleaner), Now I get a coupon for the restore-a-deck. Would this be a better product than the stain that I purchased? I had asked before that I had a fifteen year old deck, and what would be best on it. Now I am totally confused about what to use.
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      RAD Products · 05/25/2019
      the stain you bought will work great on your deck.
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    Harold Schick · 05/23/2019
    I just ordered 4 five gallon containers of Woodrich Timber Oil today, 5/23/19. How long will it take for it to be delivered?