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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    David P · 06/16/2019
    I applied RAD semi-transparent to home deck last week. Looks great...so far. Was easy. Am tempted to use RAD SOLID to vacation deck (only horizontal surfaces, in Vermont, wide temperature swings, 1980s PT yellow pine (we think)). We are not fussy about the color...only want BEST protection and easiest for periodic rejuvenation. I can find no info showing a comparison between your Solid and your Semi-transparent. Where do I find this info - ESPECIALLY as to rejuvenation at the 2 or 3 year mark? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 06/16/2019
      The main difference would be that one is opaque and the other is semi-transparent. In terms of longevity, they are about the same and they can both be cleaned and recoated as needed.
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        DavidP · 06/16/2019
        Thanks for info...Your text in the materials re the solid stain seems to indicate that the solid will last longer, is more durable, and needs only touch up for rejuvenation rather than clean/brighten and re-stain.....or am I reading it it wrong. Also, we do NOT care about the texture/grain of the wood...it is totally undistinguished wood. Would that also point us toward the solid stain rather than the semi transparent?
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    Neel · 06/16/2019
    Hello - we would like to use RAD solid stain to refinish our deck. Do any of your premixed colors match our current stain? I have attached a picture.
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      RAD Products · 06/16/2019
      Nothing will match this. Closest would be Cypress.
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    PR · 06/16/2019
    How long can leftover stain be stored and safely used?
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      RAD Products · 06/16/2019
      Opened, about 12 months, maybe longer. Unopened, a few years. Cannot freeze.
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    Jerry · 06/14/2019
    Because the stain does not come in gallon style cans will I need to pour the stain into another container for applying with my brush? I have a new redwood fence (6 weeks old), can I just stain it without prep?


    Thanks
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      RAD Products · 06/15/2019
      Yes, pout into a larger bucket or paint tray. As for prep, that would depend on the condition and if the wood is smooth or rough sawn. Best to reply with a picture.
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    Colonel · 06/14/2019
    I live in the mountains of western Montana at 5000 feet, lots of winter snow (hate it) and with no shade around the house lots of summer direct sunlight on my cedar three sided 2,400 sq ft deck. I have an additional 500 sq. ft. of railing horizontal/vertical surface. The deck and railing were installed in 2000 (19 yrs ago) and have been stripped and refinished with Benjamin Moore Arbor Coat in 2012 which is aggressively peeling down to bare wood. I have a pressure washer and wonder the following:
    1. Approx. how much stain would be required to refinish the deck and railing color to be determined?
    2. Would your stripper be of service with the pressure washer to help remove the remaining Arbor Coat?
    3. What is the formula of materials you would recommend start to stop for the project?
    Wifi here is so slow and unreliable that the addition of photos would take a long time to upload and would exhaust the little cyber munchkins carrying the signal up here in their tea cups.
    Thank you for your assistance,
    Colonel
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      RAD Products · 06/15/2019
      1. About 20-25 gallons if using the semi-transparent stain.
      2. No. Arbor Coat is too thick to be stripped. It typically needs to be sanded off. Feel free to reply with a picture if you need help.
      3. Need a pic. Try downsizing the file size of the pics before uploading.
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    Rosanna · 06/14/2019
    we have cleaned and brightened our deck and now there is 30% chance of rain for next three weeks. What is the minimum dry time before any rain that would allow us to use the stain? we have twp 1500 stain.
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    Rosanna · 06/14/2019
    We have TWP 1500 stain
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    Rosanna · 06/14/2019
    we have cleaned and brightened our deck and now there is 30% chance of rain for next three weeks. What is the minimum dry time before any rain that would allow us to use the stain?
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    Judy Haig · 06/13/2019
    How often does RAD need to be refreshed (stripped, brightened, restained) after the initial RAD staining? We live in Edmonton, Alberta and have a pressure treated wood deck.
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    Debbie · 06/13/2019
    I recently ( within the last few weeks) cleaned, brightened and then applied a RAD solid stain. It came out great but the color is lighter than I wanted (trying to match an existing color) Can I just go over with the same solid stain mixed a little darker this time? I only applied one coat the first time.
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    Lori · 06/13/2019
    How can I track my order?
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      RAD Products · 06/13/2019
      Check with the link on your order email and look for the shipping email from FedEx that is sent when it ships.
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    Scottbuf · 06/13/2019
    Hi there,


    We live in Buffalo, just arrived in our home a year ago, and need assistance with details on both cleaning/stripping and then covering our fence and deck surfaces for long-lasting quality. Very impressed with the comments/reviews for RAD. From the West Coast, we've been familiar only with other products that we've used on fences and decks there and are experienced in the procedures, including heavy-duty applications as we had a much larger house with much more deck and fence coverage there.


    We want water-based cedar-colored stain, and for the following package:
    Square Feet single coat coverage

    Section details Length x Width x Height = Total SF


    Main backyard fence (complete coverage, one side) 78x 6= 468
    Smaller 48 ft section to be covered on second side (one 30-ft section unreachable-on neighbors side of fence) 48x 6= 288
    Side by garage is 23x4x2 sides 23 x4 =92
    Deck fence section start to finish 44 12= 528
    Deck floor first section 11x 10= 110
    Posts up from deck floor, 1/3 coverage 7x 3= 21
    Deck floor second section 20x 11= 220
    Railing for deck 13x 3= 39
    Total Square feet of single coverage deck/fence = total of 1727 Square feet

    A few quick points:

    1) We have a nice and powerful pressure washer. We are cognizant of the care required when setting the power level for this type of application and avoiding damage to the wood

    2) We don't know the age of the structures but estimate around 7 years? Wood is in relatively good condition, only a bit of fence warping, none on the deck surfaces to speak of...

    3) Hot tub covers part of the deck, made a minor allowance for this in measurements

    4)We don't know the previous stain used, but looks like cedar that may have had a two-year cover and then weathered?


    Look forward to hearing back with estimates/recommendations ASAP. Also, please advise of likely time required to ship, how long one-coat coverage will take to dry and then reapply. Rainy here now, so given that and other factors, would like to apply partially with a pump sprayer and then finish with roller/brush as required.


    Final note: you may see one fence section in back of yard - that is the one on which we will only plan to apply one side of coverage. There IS a possibility we cover this other small side but would need to meet the neighbors to ask :)


    Thanks much and look forward to hearing back!
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    Bud · 06/12/2019
    We bought enough stain for two coats for about 1200 sq ft. To make it lighter, we are going to hold to one coat. We will have a lot left and wonder what the unopened shelf life for the 2 1/2 gallon containers?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2019
      3-4 years as long as it is stored in a temperature controlled room.
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    Ben · 06/12/2019
    Hey, Should I use both the cleaner and the stripper?
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    Bud · 06/12/2019
    All we have read says that we can put the stain on a damp surface, but on the instructions on the container, it says the wood should be dry to the touch. What do you advise?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2019
      The instructions on the stain container say damp or dry wood, not just dry wood.
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    Bud · 06/12/2019
    We ordered enough dark walnut stain for two coats on our deck, but after doing the railing, the two coats is darker than we want. If we apply only one coat to the deck floor, will it provide adequate protection?
    We ordered the samples and put two coats on the back of a board we are staining and it is lighter than when we actually put it on the top side.
    Oh, to prepare for stain, we power washed, stripped and brightened the deck floor.
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2019
      Yes, one coat will work if you want it to be lighter.
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    Rick Sercu · 06/12/2019
    I have a Barn that has been coated With CWF-UV, it is pealing and have to remove it before re-staining. I have tried other stripper from the big box store, it removes it after applying 3 times. will your stripper take it off faster and less coats?
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    KWall · 06/12/2019
    We stripped and brightened our deck on Saturday... once dried, we opted to do a second stripping on Sunday. After stripping it the second time, we let it dry, then we power sanded (80grit) the entire deck. We ended on Sunday afternoon with a brightening step.

    Now Mother Nature is not agreeing with us. It may be a week or two before we will have the proper weather to stain. Are we ok to go straight to the staining step, or do we need to repeat the brightening step the day before we actually get to stain?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2019
      If within 1-2 weeks, you should be okay to stain.
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    Steve · 06/11/2019
    Also, I'm ok if this pulls up the old stain. No worries with that. If some gets on my white painted spindles, will it take the paint off those?
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    Steve · 06/11/2019
    I have pressure treated deck wood that was put down 4 years ago. We stained it with semi-transparent stain, fairly dark stain. The deck is approx. 650 square feet. I have access to a pressure washer. Multiple sizes and strenghts. The images attached are from when I built the deck 4 years ago. It shows the stain. I want to give it a serious cleaning and stain again. What product do you recommend? Will it pull up all of the old stain?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2019
      Restore A Deck Semi-transparent stain cannot go over this coating that is on your floor. It would have to be removed first. Do you know the brand and type of stain that is on there?
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    Rick · 06/11/2019
    Hi there I have washed and brightened my ipe deck but am having very mixed results. I have attached a picture. Would it be beneficial to rewash and brighten with a stronger formula?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2019
      Are you washing or stripping? Looks like you should be stripping.
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    Frank · 06/11/2019
    How long does one have to wait to brighten after cleaning application?
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      RAD Products · 06/11/2019
      Do it right away while wood is wet.
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        Frank · 06/11/2019
        And stain immediately after the brighten step is done?
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          RAD Products · 06/11/2019
          No. Damp wood, not soaking wet wood. 2-4 hours later is normal.
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    John R · 06/11/2019
    I have sanded, stripped and brightened my deck and plan on staining with RAD semi-transparent this weekend.(1) Should i mist the deck with water or stain it dry, which is best? the temp is mid 70's.(2) I plan on doing two coats my wood is 20 years old. How do i know when to start second coat? Do i just set the clock and start 20 min to 1 hour or are their physical signs such as tackyness or loss of sheen to signal its ready?(3) I have a 16.5 x 20.5 foot deck with no railings is 3 gallons enough for two coats?(4) Can i lightly hand sand with 60 grit some fuzz off from power washer, without having to brighten again? Thank you!!
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      RAD Products · 06/11/2019
      1. Both work well. Easier to spot if damp
      2. 20-60 minutes after the first coat. Just do not step on first coat if soaking wet. Do not over apply. Only apply as much as the stai. Can absorb.
      3. Close but you may need one more gallon.
      4. Hand sand yes. Do not power sand.
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    Stacey · 06/11/2019
    I need to stain an approximately 2 year old cedar fence that has not been stained before. Will be using the RAD semi-transparent stain, planning on using an airless sprayer and back brushing. The total sq. ft. is 2,976. It looks like we would need at least 3 stain/cleaner/brightener kits, but probably 4 to be safe for just one coat. Assuming we will need to do two coats, how many additional gallons of stain would you estimate to be able to do a 2nd coat? Also, what size tip for the airless sprayer would you suggest for the semi-transparent stain?
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      RAD Products · 06/11/2019
      If you do a second coat you will need about 25-30 gallons total. Any tip will work. Wider fan tips are better.
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    CLARK · 06/10/2019
    if I only get half of my deck done in solid stain,then the next day it rains,the day after can I resume staining or need to wash after rain. thanks
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    Ian Grant · 06/10/2019
    We have a cedar deck which has been stained with one coat wood mate APM transparent finish. Will the stripper work or will we have to sand?

    also if we use the stripper what happens to all the residue, does it dissolve in the water or does it need collecting and disposal?
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    jackie leonard · 06/10/2019
    My deck is about 4 years old, pressure treated wood, i stained it with Behr stain, i have been sanding it to get the stain off so I can put new stain on it. It has taken forever, is there anything i can do to quicken the process, i have the steps left. Once done sanding I should still use brightener before staining correct?
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      RAD Products · 06/10/2019
      The only way to remove this solid stain is to sand. Clean and brighten for best results after the sanding.
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    Jack · 06/10/2019
    I have just installed a new Tiger Wood deck. Can I prep, and stain with the natural right away?
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    Bert · 06/10/2019
    If the deck dries after I rinse the cleaner off, can I wait a few hours, then wet it again before I apply the brightener?
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    Bert · 06/10/2019
    If the deck dries after I rinse the cleaner off, can I wait a few hours, then wet it again before I apply the brightener?