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Restore-A-Deck Stain for New Wood

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RAD STAIN 1gal MenuWhen working with newly installed wood and decking surfaces, the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is ideal after 3-6 months of natural weathering. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain’s long-lasting composition works hard to absorb quickly and penetrate deep into the wood grain to withstand the elements and stay true to its beautiful finish long after the staining project is complete.

Before beginning the staining process, it is recommended that new wood surfaces be installed 3-6 months before prepping and staining. To prep new wood surfaces after the waiting period, use Restore-A-Deck Cleaner. It’s concentrated powder formula is cost-effective, easy to transport, and especially good at removing dirt, grime, mold, and mildew that is prone to showing up on new wood surfaces.

Note: Kiln dried and KDAT wood still needs to weather after install. About 1-2 months. Rough sawn cut wood does not need to weather.

After the new wood has been cleaned, the wood will appear slightly darker. To restore the wood and neutralize the pH, use Restore-A-Deck Brightener to lighten it to its original appearance. The RAD Wood Brightener further opens the wood pores for an ideal surface to apply Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain.

Following Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener, continue with Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain. Unlike other brands of wood stain, Restore-A-Deck’s formula can be applied to wood surfaces following the Brightener on the same day on damp wood or can be applied to dry wood on following days. If applying to damp wood, it is recommended to allow the wood to dry 2-4 hours after prep is complete.

Only 1 coat should be applied to new wood that is less than 9 months old for the RAD semi-transparent stain. A light maintenance coat of the RAD semi-transparent stain should be applied 12-18 months after the first coat was applied. Every 2-3 years after that is normal.

For the RAD Solid Color Stain, apply 2 coats. Reapply as needed down the road.

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If you have any questions, please comment below.

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Derrick
Derrick
14 days ago

I wanted to use R.A.D stain on a Pergola with 6×6 post, that has been weathered for 6 months. What would be the best application for this process. Thx.

Peter
Peter
30 days ago

How much Cleaner, Brightener and Solid Stain do I need for 582 sq ft

anna maria
anna maria
1 month ago

i want to apply new wood before installation? do I have to wait for 3 to 6 month of natural weathering?

anna maria
anna maria
1 month ago

Since I apply dark walnut Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is going to be dark, I don’t have to apply Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener to my new wood after Restore-A-Deck Cleaner?

Jo P.
Jo P.
1 month ago

I have used the solid stain on my deck and it is holding up well. Now I need to replace the risers on my stairs. Can solid stain be placed over wood that has previously been treated with linseed oil or mineral spirits?

Kate A.
Kate A.
5 months ago

I’ve used this stain on my decks for years and am more than pleased. I am having a new fence installed this week and wonder if I can use this on new cedar fence pickets or if I need to let it weather first. I’m not sure if fence pickets are considered, “rough sawn cut wood.” Please advise. Thanks!

Tom
Tom
5 months ago

I have stained the deck with your product and I am very pleased with results. Now I need to stain support posts. What kind of roller is recommended for this application?

Jerry T
Jerry T
6 months ago

I just completed replacing the boards on my 35yr old cedar deck. The railing is original and was stained with an oil base stain last year. I know I will need to strip the railing, can I use this same stripper as a cleaner on the new decking instead of purchasing a separate cleaner?

Daniel
Daniel
6 months ago

Hey, I’ve never used an exterior stain before. I am making a play set for my children out of old scrap/recycled wood. None of the wood has been stained before, but it all has been installed for multiple years on other exterior structures before I got it.

I used my old hand planes to straighten the wood and remove all mildew and oxidized wood layers, so the boards now all have a glistening/shimmering smooth surface on them. (It was quite a workout!) I am concerned that this ultra-smooth surface will not absorb your stain well.

Should I let this new surface weather for multiple months before I apply your stain even though the boards themselves are old and much dryer than new stock? Also, do you think I still need to use chemical prep even though I have planed the boards down past any mildew or dirt concerns? Thanks!

Jae
Jae
6 months ago

Hi,
I need to stain only the posts and top and bottom rails of my new composite/wood hybrid deck. The wood has seasoned about 2.5 months.
Will I be able to stain earlier than 3 months or is it recommended I wait the minimum 3 months.
Also, will I be able to use only the cleaner and apply the stain or will I need to use the Brightener as well.
Thank you

Jim Kempf
Jim Kempf
6 months ago

I have a new PT deck that has been seasoning for 7 months. The total square feet is 1300. How much cleaner/brightner and how much sei-transparent stain will I need. I am considering the cedar color.

Linda
Linda
7 months ago

We have 15 steps of treated pine stairs that are one year old. I need to stain not only the top, but the bottom of all the stairs and the under structure for the stairs since it is exposed. Spraying the understructure with cleaner and brightener may be pretty difficult
without raingear. Any suggestions or tips for how to best handle this part of the job? Also do I need to apply a sealer after the RAD semi-transparent stain is applied or is the sealer part of the RAD stain?

Dean
Dean
7 months ago

My deck was put in almost 3 years ago. I finally got around to putting RAD on, 2 coats. It soaked up a LOT of product. The second coat was put on 2 days. Currently it is raining and the water is only kind of beading up. I would have expected the water to completely bead up. Does it need a third coat?

Kevin Destiny
Kevin Destiny
7 months ago

Why only one coat of semi-transparent stain if new wood is less than 9 months old? What would happen if I gave it a second coat?
Kevin

Larry Thoman
Larry Thoman
7 months ago

I just installed a new rough hewn pine privacy fence. The wood is quite green with splotches and streaks of green, especially around knots. The wood also feels slightly damp although we a haven’t had any rain for over a week. Should I wait for the wood to weather and age before applying RAD stain or can I apply now? If wait, how long?

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

I have a ton of spindles on my deck. Is a contour applicator a good method for these spindles?

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Hey just exploring the option of a two toned deck. I’m sold on the light walnut semi for the deck boards and horizontal boards. I have a darker gazebo built on the deck. Do you think two toned would look nice? If so what solid color do you recommend? Also, is the lattice better off light walnut in semi transparent or a solid color if I go two tone?

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Joe
Joe
7 months ago
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I think that’s what I’m struggling with. If I go white to match the trim of the house, I’d have 3 colors (with the white, the darker gazebo, and the light walnut. Do you think it would look better matching the trim of the house or the gazebo being that the gazebo is integrated into the deck. I’m thinking I go the darkest solid stain on my lattice and spindles. If I do that, is there anywhere else I should put the solid stain? Also, should the vertical posts behind the lattice also be solid or would they be light walnut?

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Looking for some advice on good color options for this deck. It has not been stained yet. I’m also thinking I want to utilize a stain at least close to our shed (which is Sikkens Butternut 072 stain). Doesn’t have to be a perfect match but close enough. Check out my pics and I’d love some professional advice on a good stain color from RAD for the deck.

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Joe
Joe
7 months ago
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With the deck being a few years old but never stained, should I do one or two coats of semi-transparent RAD stain?

Joe
Joe
7 months ago
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Even if I do a light sand throughout the whole deck before brightener?

Joe
Joe
7 months ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Sorry for all the questions but your responses are helping us big time. The deck is 3 years old but never stained. I will be using RAD cleaner and brightener. In your experience, would I get better results with a full power sand and one coat or skip the sand and apply 2 coats wet on wet? We are excited to use RAD for our deck but just want to make the best decision for our first time prepping and staining

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

New deck is 3 years old and is pressure treated pine. I’m thinking it needs a good pressure wash with RAD cleaning product. I’d like to sand. Should the brightener be used after I sand or before?

Ryan
Ryan
8 months ago

I bought a house that has a cedar deck, which is clearly many years old. It had some remnants of solid stain left on it in spots, was otherwise weathered and chipped free of it. I pressure washed, then sanded thoroughly with 80 grit, so I’m down to good wood, with only a few signs of gray in deeper ruts. I want to apply RAD solid stain to freshen it up and protect it, is the brightener required at this point?

Karen
Karen
8 months ago

I have a 12×30 pressure treated pine deck. We do not know if it was previously stained with a water or oil based stain. It was a cedar tone. We have had to replace some of the wood – so there is a mixture of old and new. We have partially sanded about a 3rd of it and have stopped before moving on to the remainder after doing some research. We are not as concerned about it looking homogenous as we like the different tones. We are more concerned about getting good protection. 1) Do we need to strip the remaining pevious stain (left after sanding) to ensure good adhesion. 2) Since we have new wood mixed in, should we wait until it has been in for 3 months before sanding or striping the remaining deck? 3) Once prepped what would you recomend for stain?

Caroline Soltys
Caroline Soltys
9 months ago

I cannot seem to find how long do I need to wait before walking on newly stained fresh wood dock? (It looks beautiful!!)

Larry
Larry
9 months ago

I built adirondack chairs out of red western cedar wood bought from a local big box store. The wood is kiln dried and surfaced on one side (the side that will mostly be exposed to sunlight). Do I need to let the chairs age before staining? If so, do I also need to clean and brighten before staining?

Denise
Denise
9 months ago

New ramp two years ago. Do you have to get the gray color all off before staining?

Ashley
Ashley
9 months ago

I have a new pressure treated deck , that has been weathered for 6 months . I’m ready to clean and brighten. Then I will apply the stain . In the following years to come , will I just stain directly on top ? What prep, if any, will I take as I need to re apply more stain. Thanks

Ashley
Ashley
9 months ago
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Is restore a deck water or oil based ?

Paula Lilley
Paula Lilley
2 months ago
Reply to  RAD Products

OK I need to add on to this question. I had a new PT deck about 5 years ago. I have used all RAD products and now its time for another coat of the Light Walnut stain. You state above “you always have to PREP when recoating”, does the mean you should user the cleaner, brightner then stain. Sorry, I just need to know the specific products to purchase as part of the PREP for a deck that will be restained with the same product from RAD

Sheri
Sheri
10 months ago

Hi,I have an 18 year old deck I’ve cleaned and pressure washed this past week. I have some sanding to do to the old wood and have replaced a couple of the boards with new pressure treated wood. How long should I wait for the pressure treated wood to age before applying stain and do I apply the stain to the old boards in a different way than the new boards?

Brian
Brian
10 months ago

Hello, I just applied RAD semitransparent stain on my deck after cleaning and brightening with RAD products. The deck looks great other than a few shoe prints where I stepped before the stain was dry enough. The stain has been on for more than 24 hours. Can I sand off these shoe print marks and just apply stain over the sanded areas?

Thanks for your help!

Brian
Brian
11 months ago

How long is it okay to delay between brightening and applying RAD semitransparent stain?

shirley
shirley
11 months ago

how many gallons for new wood deck installed in july 2022 ….square footage of deck is 1400

Evey
Evey
11 months ago

I have applied the cleaner and have a lot of raw wood fibers after power-washing — it is also taking a long time so I have a few questions.

I am no longer able to do it all in one day due to time. If it rains prior to staining (it’s supposed to rain tomorrow), do I need to re-prep with cleaner prior to staining? Should I brighten today and stain after rain? or brighten AND stain after rain?

Tim
Tim
11 months ago

I have rust oleum deck restore on my deck will this product work?

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Jay
Jay
11 months ago

I have a 5 yr old pressure treated deck with PPG ProLuxe solid stain on it. The strain peeled badly after 1 yr and we are in search of a better option.

All decking is weathered already 3 months (some newer boards). How important is it to get all of the old solid stain off the deck of going with a new solid stain again?

Whatever can come off easily has already been removed. Can i just follow the clean/brighten/stain sequence at this point or will the properly adhered old stain need to be completely sanded off?

Larry Elseman
Larry Elseman
11 months ago

I have an unopened gallon of Restore-A-Deck Cedar stain that is dated 2021. Can I use that this Spring?

Larry Elseman
Larry Elseman
11 months ago
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Great! Thanks for the quick reply!

Joey Knoff
Joey Knoff
1 year ago

I used RAD Light Walnut Semi-Transparent stain on a new 600 plus SQ’ cedar deck. To my great dismay the snow finally melted last week, and the deck is peeling!

This is exactly what I did not want to ever see! I can live with fading color but my selection of using the RAD product was to avoid future high maintenance deck stripping.

So here is my story…

I built this crazy expensive very large cedar deck in the Fall of 2020. I let the cedar age through the winter and did the RAD prep (Cleaner/Brightener), in early August 2021. I absolutely followed all directions and thoroughly hosed off all products. On August 22nd I applied the stain using a low-pressure sprayer and soft brush pad. I used the pole mounted brush pad to be certain that I did not overapply and have pooling. I stained the cedar railings before installing the very expensive cable rail system to avoid staining the cables.

The end result looked great and met both the customers’ and my expectations.

18-months later… peeling! The deck is not used or shoveled off during the winter, so the peeling is not a result of abrasion. The deck did not see rain after applying the stain for about 20-hours. The deck is in the sun, and I did read the hot sun tips but perhaps still experienced some flash drying but I was not aware of it at the time.

Please help explain what went wrong and how I remedy the situation… I’m afraid this is going to be a ton of labor and cost. I am very detail-oriented and tried to do everything right the first time.

Please see the attached pictures throughout the process.

Thank you,
Joey K

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Joey Knoff
Joey Knoff
1 year ago
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In my last picture I show the peeling that is occurring. Do I need to use the stripper first? or will the cleaner remove any loose product in preparation for a new semi-transparent application? And will the new semi-transparent RAD stain application provide a uniform finish?

I assume with the cleaning process you also need to neutralize with the brightener prior to staining.

Still, this doesn’t explain the peeling. I would not have thought with a semi-transparent product that peeling would result, only loss of color pigment over time.

Thank you.

Michael Cramer
Michael Cramer
1 year ago

My deck is 1200 sq ft including 6×6 support posts. 9 year old PT yellow pine. Stained 8 years ago with Sherwin Williams Deckscapes (oil) Semi Transparent. Planning on using RAD Stripper and Brightener, before applying a non RAD solid stain (heavy sun exposure). I have some filling to do on cracks in posts and some on deck boards. Will have to sand some. Is this the correct order: Strip, Fill, Sand, Brighten, Stain?

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Steven L
Steven L
1 year ago

Redoing an 18×22 deck… The only thing that will be old wood is the 4×4 posts.. Everything else that can be seen will be “seasoned” pressure treated pine.. The 4×4 posts have been sanded to look new… Thinking I would like to stain them before putting down the new boards since I’ll need to wait for the deck boatds to weather a few months before staining them.. What is the best process for my sanded 4×4 posts? Also, the decking has been covered and outdoors for over 6 months, how long should I wait before I stain it as well?

John Nardone Jr
John Nardone Jr
1 year ago

Hello, I just bought an enclosed trailer with an OSB floor and interior walls. I would like to stain and seal to protect. I am not able to “weather” the inside of a trailer. Will this product work on fairly new OSB?

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1 year ago

Hello, I just had a new rough sawn cedar fence installed one week ago.
1) Does it need to be prepped with products, pressure wash, or nothing at all?
2) Do I apply one coat or two coats of the semi-transparent stain for the first time? 
3) For maintenance – it sounds like I need to clean and brighten in 18 months. Then one or two coats of stain? 
4) Then how often do I repeat that in the future? 

James Page Crouch
James Page Crouch
1 year ago

Where do I start to treat new treated deck wood?

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

when applying the stain, how much do you put down and do you rub it with a cloth to remove any excess?

Kelly
Kelly
1 year ago

We have sanded the old solid stain off our pergola, treated mold with Concrobium, and then used Concrobium mold stain eraser, which contains peroxide, various acids/alcohol, and alkali metal carbonate (ph adjuster). All is rinsed off to remove any residue.  We hope to use semi-transparent stain.  After all of that:
1) Will one coat suffice?
2) Do we still need to use your cleaner and/or brightener or can we just move to staining?
Thanks!

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1 year ago

Just completed this outdoor patio table for a friend. Made from Kiln dried Doug Fir. Just delivered it the other day and it will be on a covered patio, exposed to the elements but shaded from the sun. I told it would a few months before I can finish it with RAD Semi-Transparent Stain. We’re in California along the coast so we will have a mild winter. Should I just wait until early Spring to prep and stain the table? I did sand the table, but only with 80 grit.

Luke
Luke
1 year ago

How after rain should I wait before using the cleaner, brightener, and semi-transparent stain (using all on the same day) on my 12 month old untreated deck? If it rains a lot the day before, is that too soon? Or should it have a full 24 hours (or longer?) of drying in between rain and treatment? If the weather is relevant, I’d expect it to be in the mid 50s during the day most of the time.

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1 year ago

In response to questions regarding RAD solid stain custom color, the answer always seems to be that it cannot be done, although it was stated that two different premixed colors could be blended (adding a little white to coastal gray to lighten it up). On the Product Data Sheet for Solid Stain, however, it is stated: Color Tinting: Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Wood Stain can be colored/tinted with any high quality, water soluble universal colorant.

Which is correct?

Robb Rempel
Robb Rempel
1 year ago

I am installing new rough sawn cedar siding. It sounds like rough sawn cut wood does not need to weather. Is that correct? Can I apply RAD semi-transparent stain now to the siding or do I need to clean and brighten new wood before  I stain?

Robb Rempel
Robb Rempel
1 year ago
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Can I put on two coats of the RAD semi-transparent stain?

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

We used the RAD stripper, cleaner/brightener & stain last year. Neighbor is paying to have 20 year old cedar fence replaced w/PT pine on 1/3 of our fence, today. Will be moving overseas in Jan/Feb, and want to stain the new pine before leaving. We live near Nashville, TN and want to know if staining in early Jan will be ok. If so, anything other than stain needed on the new pine? 

Roberta
Roberta
1 year ago

Hello, we are in the process of restoring our large deck. We had some bad boards replaced (redwood), and the rest of the deck sanded down. Then, we applied your cleaner and brightener to all. Now we are ready to apply the stain. However, I am just waking up to the fact that some of the boards are NEW wood, and have not been weathered, as recommended. My question: if we stain the whole deck now, then come back next year and add another coat, will that be ok for the new boards, or will the premature application of the first coat ruin the new boards for taking up the second coat next year? 
Thank you! 

Roberta
Roberta
1 year ago
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Thanks so much for your prompt reply! I realize that waiting to do all the staining in the Spring would be ideal. But we would prefer to protect the old wood (30 years old!) before winter here in the Colorado foothills. Can you help me understand HOW bad it would be to stain the new wood now? Would it make it so the boards would never take the stain right or something?
I do not think we can get the crew to stain around the new boards. If we did stain the whole deck, should we strip the new boards of the RAD before cleaning and adding a new coat to the whole deck in the spring?  If we did that, would we then need to let them weather for 3-6 months, after the stain is off? How much additional benefit would we gain if we did this, as opposed to just adding an additional coat to them in the spring?
Please help me understand why the wood needs to weather first– that will help me make a decision. Is it that weathering dries it out, leaving more room for the stain to penetrate?
I greatly appreciate your willingness to help with all these individual variations and concerns, and to set it up so we can read others’ posts as well. I’ve learned a lot! This is a valuable benefit of using your product. 

John
John
1 year ago

Can i use RAD on a 1 year old rough cut cedar deck that was originally stained with oil based stain? There are some high traffic areas where the surface looks bare and i dont want the wood to grey. 

Terry Fletchall
Terry Fletchall
1 year ago

My deck wood is 2×6 cedar.  Stainless steel screws were used. It is 15 years old. It was cleaned with tsp and bleach and sealed with a light oil-based cedar tone semi-transparent stain 10 years ago. Last fall I used Restore a Deck Stripper and Brightener with a power washer. The result was the wood blotchy. My house is at the beach in Oregon. Cold weather and rains set in with fall and I determined to not move forward with the staining. Over the spring and summer, the deck turned light uniform grey.  I have sanded the grey off the wood with an orbital sander so it now looks like dried cedar.  

I have just finished sanding and it looks like the weather will hold for the next 10 days.  Can i used the Restore a Deck stain I purchased last fall to proceed without preping with cleaner or brightener. 

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1 year ago

Deck is Yellawood flooring, rails, pickets, almost 2 years old and unstained. Cleaned in May but unable to complete project at that time and plan to do full prep. I have RAD cleaner, brightener, semi-transparent stain.
1. Any special suggestions for Yellawood? One or two coats of stain for new wood over 9 months old?
2. Several grease spots 3-7″ long under grill. Any suggestions? It will be covered up again but would like for stain to “take” in those spots if possible.

Thanks!

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