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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    Zurclark · 06/01/2021
    We are interested in this product to restore a 30 year old deck that has been sealed over the years. The wood is beginning to splinter in a few areas but all in all is in good shape. How long does this stain restoreproject last before having to repeat this process.
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    Robert Moran · 06/01/2021
    I'm seeking your advice to restore close to 200 square feet of 25 year old Philippine mahogany deck. It was never stained but instead an oil baed preservative was used many years ago.As you can see in the photo attached it's in oxidized/moldy condition with some lichens(?) growing in one area. I own a Ryobi 2300 psi electric pressure sprayer and could benefit from your advice on how to best use it with your products. Please recommend which of your products I should use and in what order. Thank you for your help.
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2021
      For this, you would want the RAD Cleaner and Brightener Kit. The Cleaner goes on first and is pressure washed off. Brightener after. Stain with RAD Stain in Light Walnut color for best results with your wood type.
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    rob dykeman · 05/31/2021
    Hi , I live in Ontario Canada and I'm getting ready to re-stain my 4 year old IPE 800 sqft deck, I need to clean first , should I use your stripper or cleaner ? half the deck is expose to sunlight so its gone considerably gray with signs of mildew and algae and the other covered half still maintains most of its original oil finish - thanks for your help and do ship to canada ? 
    rob  
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      RAD Products · 05/31/2021
      You will need to strip and then brighten. Yes, we ship to Canada.
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    aMANDA · 05/31/2021
    Can I mix the dark walnut and the light walnut to make. a medium walnut colour?Thanks
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    Mary · 05/31/2021
    Have used Rustoleum Restore for my deck about 8 years ago - the decking is fine but has been coming off the 2 x 4 rails - now need to redo the deck - what can I used to go over the Restore - power washed it and sanded it with 60 grit palm sander - pressure washed again - did this twice - no more comes off - but about 60-70% still on - what can I use to seal over this restore?  What would be the best recommended product that will last.
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      RAD Products · 05/31/2021
      Sorry but you cannot apply any stain over the Rust-Oleum product. It has to fully come off first.
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        Mary · 06/02/2021
        Is there any product beside stain than that could be used?  Perhaps a paint??  
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          RAD Products · 06/02/2021
          No, they will all peel. The issue is the Rust-Oleum. You cannot fix its issues by adding more on top. The new coating will peel as well.
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            Mary · 06/03/2021
            So do you feel your stripper would work to remove what is left on that I cannot get off?  Or is there any product you know of that can help to get this stuff off? And...if I cannot get it off -would your restore-a-deck cleaner, stripper work?
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              RAD Products · 06/03/2021
              Strippers will not get this off. You will have to power sand.
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    Randy · 05/30/2021
    My container says to apply a 2nd coat after the 1st coat in 20 to 40 minutes. Does that mean I can spend 2 hours putting on the 1st coat and then wait 20 to 40 minutes to apply the 2nd coat or start the timer after I start putting on my 1st coat to come back after 20 to 40 minutes and apply the 2nd coat?
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      RAD Products · 05/31/2021
      Second has to go on within 20-40 minutes of first coat, not 2 hours later.
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    amanda · 05/30/2021
    I am having trouble finding examples of the dark walnut on a deck. Can you please post some? thanks
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    PJ · 05/30/2021
    FYI......I mixed a small sprayer full of stripper, booster, and gel in early February but extreme weather changes required me to delay application.  With an extended period of cold weather and rain I gave up on application and with other delays did not apply until this past week, May 28, 2021, at least 2 1/2 months after mixing.  I had stored the sprayer mix under the house in 55-65 degree temps.I agitated the mix for about 5 minutes and sprayed it on the area to be stripped, let it stand 1 hour keeping it moist with a light water spray, and then pressure washed.  The old semi RAD stain washed off beautifully.
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    Craig · 05/30/2021
    I have completed using RAD stripper on my cedar pergola and railings. 1) is it ok to use Brightener the next week and then stain with RAD a few days later? 2) I just sanded my pressure treated deck surface to remove some old coating,  can I use Brightener and then stain with RAD solid? 
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      RAD Products · 05/31/2021
      1. Brighten as soon as possible. Same day is the best.2. Yes.
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    Joseph Maniec · 05/30/2021
    Hi, 3 yrs ago I prepped my un-stained pine deck using your cleaner & brightner then stained using Pittsburgh Paints Ultra cedar naturetone, water clean up. Decking exposed to sun & rain have dark mildew and some flaking, covered porch deck is in good shape. I have 944 Sq./ft plus log spindle railing!!  Looks like you recommend your same cleaner & brightner prior to re-coating...Question is, I want to use your cedar stain for second coating but is it wiser to re-coat with the same failing brand I used for the first coating?? I already ordered your stain sample kit to test and, I own a pressure washer.  Thanks, Joe M.
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      RAD Products · 05/31/2021
      You cannot apply the RAD Stain over the Pittsburgh stain. That would have to be fully removed first by stripping and sanding. 
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    Ron Magnusson · 05/29/2021
    I applied stripper and brighter today and one coat of Semi- Transparent stain.  That was all I got done today but it looks like the deck could use a second coat.  Can I apply another coat within the next day or two? 
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2021
      No. Second coats have to be applied wet on wet. You can prep and recoat in 6-12 months for another coat if needed.
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    jarod · 05/28/2021
    If I use the gel additive with the RAD stripper, will it still work with a pump sprayer?
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    Megan · 05/28/2021
    May we use a paint sprayer to apply color stain to railings and lattice?
    Thanks
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    Rene · 05/27/2021
    I need some guidance as to how to prep my pressure-treated wood deck for (semi-transparent) stain please. The deck has been pressure washed and sanded to remove the remnants of the old semi-transparent stain. Is it now necessary to use the stripper or cleaner or brightener? If so, how much time am I leaving in between steps before applying the semi-transparent stain? The deck is just under 200 square feet.  What application tool would you recommend I use? Thanks in advance!
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    Wayne W. Elsasser · 05/26/2021
      I have a 40+ yr old 12' X 16' Redwood deck that has had nothing done to it for yearsss.  It is completely covered by a metal roof and screened in.   I am 75 yrs old so my daughter offered to pressure wash the deck for me.  I didn't have a chance to research on what and how to recondition this type of wood deck before she started.  Because the pressure washer roughed up the wood and some boards had a really course texture, I decided to sand the floor and the railings.  I also patched knot holes and deep cracks with epoxy wood putty.  I plan to pre-stain these areas before I apply the finish.   I have sent away for your semi-transparent stain samples and hope to decide what finish would look best.  My wife and I would prefer a clear finish, no color, just the natural redwood look.  I am hoping that your natural finish stain /sealer will maybe work for what we want.  My question now is do I need to still pre-clean the deck even though I pressure washed and sanded? After reading all the positive reviews,  I have high hopes for a great looking deck with your product but also want to " Do it right the first time"!  Thank you for your time in reading this, hope to hear back soon.
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2021
      Hello,
      A few things. A clear will not offer UV protection from graying. It must be tinted/have color to do this. Natural is not clear, it is tinted. You should not have filled the cracks with the putty. It will not work on outside wood (it fails) and will not "stain" or blend with your coating. You will still need to use the RAD Cleaner and Brightener for prep.
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    J · 05/26/2021
    Do you need to use brightener if applying the solid stain? Also, does solid stain have texture so people don't slip when there is water?
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2021
      You brighten after to neutralize. No texture to solid stains.
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    Paul · 05/25/2021
    Which is better for a 24mo old PT wood deck never finished before, TWP 100 or Woodrich? I like the color of woodrich but I read the TWP is the best.  In reality are they the same 
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      RAD Products · 05/26/2021
      TWP is a better stain when it comes to longevity.
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    Aaron Foster · 05/25/2021
    Square Footage of Area to be Restored: The calculator said about 900 sq ft.
    Type of wood if known: Unknown
    Approximate Age of Wood: Unknown as we bought the house 4 years ago.
    If Applicable, Previous Stain Brand Used and Type (Examples of Type: Transparent, Semi-Transparent, Solid Stain, Oil-Based, Water-Based): Unknown as we bought the house 4 years ago.
    If Applicable, When was the last time wood was stained: We have not stained it since we bought it and it looks like they didn't as well. 
    Wood Type to be Stained (Deck, House, Fence, etc.): Deck, Rails, Lattice
    Do you have access to a pressure washer: Yes

    Also, would it be better for us to go with the semi-transparent stain or the solid color stain? We're looking at more like the Dark Walnut semi-transparent stain. 

    Thanks in advance for your help!
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      RAD Products · 05/25/2021
      Not sure if you have an old stain but it does not look like it. Prep with the RAD Cleaner and brightener kit. 2 of each. About 8-10 gallons of the RAD Stain. You can go with the Dark Walnut color.
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    Bob B · 05/25/2021
    I used your strip, brighten, restrain products last summer. Came out great. I also replaced some decking boards with new pt pine. How do I now prep  and stain the new boards?
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    Anna · 05/24/2021
    Hi, I’ve done the cleaner on my deck; it’s in need of a lot of sanding. Do I do that after the brightener? 
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      RAD Products · 05/24/2021
      Sand and then brighten. 60-80 grit sand paper.
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    Roberto · 05/24/2021
    How long after prepping do I have to apply stain? If it rains after prepping do I have to do prepping again before staining? 
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      RAD Products · 05/24/2021
      Best to stain withing 2 weeks of prep. Rain would not harm the prep.
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    ben · 05/24/2021
    I placed an order but I need to know when it can be delivered... I have  a client with a tight window and the weather is not looking great.  I called but no one answers.  I left a message but I haven't heard back...
    Help?
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      RAD Products · 05/24/2021
      Reply back from your order email for assistance. In addition, when items ship, a UPS tracking email is sent. The only reason we would not answer is due to all lines being busy assisting other customers. Just wait on hold until we have a free line to help.
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    Merwin · 05/24/2021
    The box contains the stain - nothing else. I opened the box when it arrived. I thought that the other items would be delivered separately and that is the reason I waited. I do not have my original purchase email.
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    Jeff Bowen · 05/23/2021
    The stain went on thicker in spots and tacky. What can I use to remove the excess?
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      RAD Products · 05/23/2021
      Sorry but it is not possible to spot fix this. Any attempt would probably make it worse. The tackiness will go away. 
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    Merwin · 05/23/2021
    I ordered 5 gallons of semi transparent, cleaners, booster And brush on April 2. I received the stain  3 to 4 days later but I have not received the rest of my order. Is this unusual or should I remain patient.
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      RAD Products · 05/23/2021
      It is shipped in the same box as the stain. Please reply back from your original order email if you are missing items.
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    Benarcuri40 · 05/23/2021
    Hi, in 2020 I purchased five gallons of stain, I finally got around to staining my fence this weekend. Looks amazing. I overestimated and only used one container. The other container is still sealed. How long will it last? Will I be able to use it next year? 
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    Michael · 05/22/2021
    So here’s a picture of when I first stained my pressure treated deck with the cedar semi-transparent 2 years ago. I missed the one year maintenance coat and now it’s been 2 years.Should I sand before cleaning? And how many coats should I apply? 
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    OneEyeMan · 05/22/2021
    Hello.  Is your Semi-Transparent Wood Stain appropriate for hardwood decks such as Batu?Thank you
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    James · 05/21/2021
    Do I need additives for water based semi transparent Cabot stain?
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      RAD Products · 05/22/2021
      We would need to see pictures of the stain on the wood. You can post them here.
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    Travis · 05/21/2021
    Last year I used Valspar Clear Sealer on my deck and was very unhappy with the results. I'd like to start over this summer. What would you recommend to strip it before cleaning and staining this year?