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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    Shay · 08/12/2020
    1. I have 2 gallons of SOLID BODY RAD stain left over. Never opened. What is the "shelf life" if I keep it? 2. What is the 'cure' time frame? 3. What if it rains after 5 hours of finishing the second coat? 4. Please explain, in detail, the recommended maintenance after the two coats of your product. Exact procedure please, with approx. time frame. THANK YOU for all your help!!!!!
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2020
      1. Couple of years or longer but it cannot freeze.
      2. 1-2 days.
      3. It should be fine.
      4. Just clean and recoat as needed when it starts to show any wear. About every 2-3 years.
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    scott a · 08/12/2020
    I have repurposed Ipe decking that I reversed because it was painted. The boards have discolored where they were in contact with the pressure treated frame. Will RAD help neutralize the stains?
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2020
      The marks are most likely deep water stains. If so, nothing will remove them.
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    steve · 08/12/2020
    Can I use this product around bushes and plants?
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2020
      All products are eco-safe but do take care to cover surrounding areas to protect from overspray.
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    Sam · 08/12/2020
    What is the shelf life of mixed stripper in a pump up sprayer? In other words, can I leave it in the sprayer for a day or two, or must it all be used and then the sprayer cleaned? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2020
      About a week or two but the stripper will not go bad, but the sprayer's seals could be compromised.
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    Brandon · 08/12/2020
    how long is ground shipping to canada?
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2020
      Depends on where in Canada?
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        Brandon · 08/12/2020
        b3g1b9. eastern passage, NS. Just looking for a ballpark as it doesn't say in checkout. Is this a get it in a week kinda thing, or get it in October.
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    Jordan · 08/12/2020
    I forgot to add this is for a Redwood rough-cut fence
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    Jordan · 08/12/2020
    I got the restore-a-deck stain and was going to use a Graco Magnum X7 sprayer to apply it and backbrush as I go. It says not to dilute it when using a pump sprayer - is there any recommendation on PSI or the tip I should use? Thanks
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    Robert M Souter · 08/11/2020
    Recently built a porch over a PT deck. I plan on using stripper with additives and a solid stain on the PT deck. Will the stripper damage fiberglass screening both on the sides of the porch as well as underneath the porch? Also, could the stripper damage a Trex railing system?
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2020
      You do not need the stripper for new wood. Use the Cleaner and then the Brightener. Does not harm fiberglass or Trex.
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    Rich · 08/11/2020
    What is the shipping cost for 2 gallons of stain to zip code 61073
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      RAD Products · 08/11/2020
      Best to add to cart and enter shipping info for the total cost.
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    John · 08/10/2020
    I plan on using RAD solid stain on a 25 year old previously stained deck. I recently replaced several boards with new pressure treated lumber. How long should I wait before staining the deck given that several boards are now new?
    Thanks!
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    Angie · 08/10/2020
    RAD 8/10/2020
    We have purchased your Cleaner and Brightener, along with the stain for our new deck. We put the redwood deck in 6 months ago and were thinking about prepping and staining it this month. Upon inspection today, we noticed some of the boards still have that reddish hue to them, while others are starting to turn a silver-grey. Should we wait another month or longer for all the wood to further age, for better stain penetration?

    Thank you
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    noralb · 08/10/2020
    I rebuilt a 14' x 28' deck last summer using 2x6 PT Fir. I plan on using cleaner and then brightener. I may do this in stages depending on:

    1) What is the maximum amount of time between brightener and applying a a solid stain?

    2) Are there any issues with getting cleaner and/or brightener on freshly painted (dried) portions of the deck?

    3) Coverage is advertised as "200 to 350" feet per gallon. That is quite a range and I will try and order plenty as I don't want to run out in the middle of a project. What is the shelf life of your solid color stain?

    4) Will any decent grade synthetic (nylon) brush be OK? Any preference of brush vs roller?

    Thanks for any comments.
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      RAD Products · 08/10/2020
      1. About 2 weeks.
      2. You should prep all first before staining anything.
      3. A couple of years if unopened.
      4. Both rollers and brushes are best. Any quality one will work.
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    Murray Chapman · 08/10/2020
    do you ship to Canada
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    David Smith · 08/10/2020
    I am getting ready to apply a maintenance coat of your stain on a deck that was stained using your product about 2 years ago. Instructions say to clean with the cleaner product and then apply maintenance coat. Before doing so, I want to verify if I skip the brighter step after cleaner and before stain?
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      RAD Products · 08/10/2020
      No need to brighten when reapplying a maintenance coat.
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    Robert Godfrey · 08/09/2020
    Can dogs walk on the deck after the semi-transparent stain is dry to the touch?
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    David Hofmann · 08/09/2020
    I am located in central Iowa and have a 780sf cedar deck that was rebuilt around 2013. Last treated in 2017 with Olympic Maximum semi-transparent stain. I have a power washer which I used to prep in 2017. Deck is low to the ground (8-18 inches above grade), with parts in damp shade and full sun. A few small spots are soft and will be replaced, and there are a few raw boards that have been patched in but not treated for about a year. I’m thinking it might be time for a solid stain in order to blend old and new boards, but am willing to try a semi-transparent stain again if I can get it prepped correctly. Any recommendations for prep and final product are appreciated.
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      RAD Products · 08/09/2020
      Use both stripper additives with the stripper and brightener kit. You should be able to then use the Semi-Transparent stain.
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    Chandra · 08/09/2020
    Is the Stain Stripper safe to use around pets?
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      RAD Products · 08/09/2020
      Not while using it. Once dry and neutralized with brightener it is fine n
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    sun · 08/09/2020
    I want to order RAD cedar (I received a sample of) however, I cannot find cedar in a larger size. Please advise.
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    Karine Benoit · 08/08/2020
    Hello,

    We have a 7 years deck with pressured treated wood. We are currently preparing the deck for staining. We want to change a few board that have been damaged. Wondering if we just do the steps for those board (cleaner, brighter and two coats of semi-transparent stain? Thanks!
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    Mark Day · 08/08/2020
    Got 20 year old deck, refinished it in 2016 with Behr semi-transparent weather proofing all in one stain and sealer. Not worried about seeing the woodgrain. Would like to use your solid color. Will your solid color work?
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      RAD Products · 08/08/2020
      Yes, but make sure to prep by pressure washing and removing any loose or peeling stain.
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    Laurie Hochberg · 08/08/2020
    we have a 25-year-old original cedar deck with various boards replaced with pressure-treated wood over time. It is 950 sq ft. It has peeling and lifting solid Sherwin Williams stain as it's the previous coating. We have Stripped it, power washed it, Brightened, and then sanded the whole deck. Approximately 12 hours ago we finished the second coat of solid Restore a Deck stain on the stairs. 3 Questions:
    1. from the picture you can see the previous color is bleeding through on the steps, can we do a 3rd coat? 2. the steps were brushed on - will this cover better if it is rolled on? and 3. With the solid Stain, it says to wait for it to dry completely before the next coat - is this 1-2 hour dry? Do we need to do the second coat BEFORE it fully cures? We are trying to complete this weekend as the weather is cooperating as a quick reply would be awesome!! Thank you so much in advance!
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      RAD Products · 08/08/2020
      Yes, you can another coat as needed. Rolling might give better results. It typically dries in 1-2 hours for another coat.
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        Laurie Hochberg · 08/08/2020
        Thanks for the quick reply! Just to clarify - what’s the LONGEST period you can wait between an additional coat -1-2 days?
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    Victor · 08/04/2020
    I’ve prepared my deck for staining, using RAD stripper/brightener. How critical is it to ensure that all of the old semi-solid stain visible in between the deck boards (which have rounded/beveled edges) is removed before applying new semi-transparent (non-RAD) stain? Stripping/sanding the top surface of a large deck was tough enough - I’m a bit reticent to aggressively attack the cracks if failing to do so won’t result in failure of the new stain to adhere properly.
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    Deborah Krogan · 08/04/2020
    Sorry, here is the picture!!
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    Deborah Krogan · 08/04/2020
    Added a picture to comment below....the pergola is very simple....
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    Deborah Krogan · 08/04/2020
    Hi, we have built a 12' x 8' x 8' high pergola in June and plan to stain it in the Fall. We used eastern white cedar. I expect we will only need 1 gallon of semi transparent stain. My question is whether or not it is essential to do both the cleaning brightening process? We do not have access to a pressure washer. Thanks in advance!
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    Karen Ranney · 08/04/2020
    We have a 25+ Recycled material (composite?) deck floor. Will the RAD solid stain work?
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2020
      Sorry but it has not been tested for composite wood. In theory, it should work as long as it is porous.
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    Susan · 08/04/2020
    My order was shipped 7/25. Do you have have a tracking number since I still have not received it?
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2020
      Do you have an order number or last name?
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        Susan · 08/04/2020
        1BE4032049 Susan Parker
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          RAD Products · 08/04/2020
          We replied to your order email with the tracking info. Arrives today.
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    Bradley J Banyai · 08/04/2020
    Our deck is 2 years old and made from IPE wood. I want to confirm that your cleaner and brightener products are safe for this wood. Also is your semi-transparent wood stain similar to an IPE oil? And is that what you would recommend for an IPE deck or do you have other suggestions that work better?

    Thanks
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    Jon · 08/04/2020
    I have 10+ year old composite wood deck that is losing its color. I tested a interior polyurethane on a scrap piece and it brought the color back. I know poly will not work in outdoor applications however. Do you have a product that work to bring the color back and withstand Minnesota climate? Thinking of trying your semi transparent natural stain. Thoughts?
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2020
      I am sorry but no, we do not have a stain for composite decks.
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        Jon · 08/04/2020
        Okay thank you. Would there be negative
        affects on my decking if I did apply it to the composite boards?
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          RAD Products · 08/04/2020
          It may work fine and others have used it but we have not actually tested it.
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    Lyn · 08/03/2020
    for your solid RAD stain what type of roller should I get? the stores have so many to choose from. fabric, polyester/knit high or low density?

    nap size?

    thanks.
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2020
      1/2" to 5/8' nap and any material will work as long as it says for latex coatings. We would not suggest a foam roller though.