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.

Restore A Deck Stain Application Tips

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    Karen · 07/11/2019
    Hello, I live in NC plan to paint my new Pressure Treated Pine deck (installed Feb '19) with a solid color paint (Behr Waterproofing Stain & Sealer). Do I need to use Restore a Deck Cleaner and Brightener before I proceed with painting the deck? Thank you for your advice.
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    robert wolford · 07/08/2019
    Do you suggest 6 months or 1 year for aging oily woods such as redwood be fore staining?
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    Scot · 07/06/2019
    Why do the instructions say to wait 48 hrs before staining after the using the brightener yet your web site instructions state you can stain the same day? Please elaborate on this.
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      RAD Products · 07/06/2019
      48 hours is for other brands of deck stains. The RAD stain is same day if you want.
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    Kristie R · 07/05/2019
    When my new deck was installed late October I was told the stamps would just wear off. Fast forward, they did not. I recently sanded the stamps off but now those areas are lighter. My question is will the cleaner/brightner even the color or at this point will I need to just sand the entire deck?
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      RAD Products · 07/06/2019
      No, the cleaner will not even this spot sanding out. Either let it weather for a few months or sand it all evenly.
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    Matthew Poncato · 06/30/2019
    I see that rough sawn does not need to weather before applying stain. Would this mean that I could apply a transparent stain on a cedar pergola immediately after being milled and installed? And if so would I need to prep the wood before staining? Thx
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      RAD Products · 07/01/2019
      If the new wood is rough sawn, you can stain without any prep right away.
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    Scott Vorhees · 06/29/2019
    I built a new con-hart redwood porch about 3 months ago, will wait another month, I plan on using the stripper/brighter and then your stain, would you suggest the natural On redwood? I want to keep the redwood color.
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      RAD Products · 06/30/2019
      Cleaner, not stripper. Than brighten. The Natural is tinted and will enhance the grains similar to as if wet with water.
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    Jerry Lane · 06/28/2019
    I have a new cedar fence and red wood deck 3 months old. I will be using the RAD cleaner and brightener. The brightener directions says to wait 48 hours before using the stain. The stain directions says that I can stain the same day.
    Please clear up my confusion.


    Thanks, Jerry
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      RAD Products · 06/28/2019
      The 48 hours is for different brands of stain. The RAD stain can be the same day.
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    Jeff · 06/25/2019
    I have a cedar wood deck in Texas which was stained shortly after installation (new wood). I used Sikken's semi-transparent stain the first time. I've since stripped and re-stained twice with TWC semi-transparent after using your stripper and brightener. We recently had a hail storm which completely ruined the appearance of the deck. I've since power washed the deck and most of the stain has come off. I now need to re-stain and I'm looking for advice. We have thus far had to re-stain every year or two. I plan to use your semi-transparent stain this time based on review at DeckStainHelp.com. Should I wait 2-3 months to allow the deck to weather before cleaning/brightening and re-staining or is the deck old enough to press ahead? (Deck has never gone long without some stain on it) I'd like to get more than a year or two before having to redo this again. Thanks for the advice!
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      RAD Products · 06/26/2019
      You should not have to wait since this is older wood. Make sure you strip and brighten to remove all the TWP first.
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    Jackie · 06/20/2019
    Will the stain work if I used a different brand cleaner and brightener. Was going a different route and then due to the non-stop rain in the NE and online reviews have decided to use now use RAD stain but have already cleaned deck. Also deck is new was installed last summer and has been weathering since.
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    Janet Rice · 06/19/2019
    On our deck, we have fir 8 inch beams and columns that we want to stain with solid stain. They have been up for about 6 months now. They have some rough spots that could use some sanding. Can I sand them and then apply the stain? What is the sequence? Sand, clean, brighten or clean, brighten, sand? i have a glulam roof beam too that I would like to put semi-transparent stain on. It really could use a good sanding. It's an architectural feature of the house that goes from outside to inside. Thanks
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2019
      Lightly sand, yes. Not heavy power sanding. Lightly clean, sand, brighten, then stain.
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        Janet Rice · 06/24/2019
        Can you tell me what lightly clean means? I have the RAD cleaner. Do I need to power wash it off? Thanks.
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          RAD Products · 06/24/2019
          Yes, pressure wash off but not at excessively high pressure.
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        Janet Rice · 06/24/2019
        Thanks. You guys are great! Helpful too :)
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    Ilie · 06/19/2019
    My deck it is one year old , never been stained or painted , which Restore -A-deck stain u recommend ,i have 900 sq ft !how much i need ? Thank you
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    Mark · 06/18/2019
    I built a new deck with kdat pressure treated pine three weeks ago. I was planning on sanding before staining/sealing. Should I sand after cleaning/brightening and right before staining or can I sand anytime ahead of cleaning/brightening/staining process?
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      RAD Products · 06/18/2019
      Sanding is not suggested as it could hinder the stain's ability to soak into the wood. Just clean and brighten for prep.
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    John · 06/09/2019
    I just finished staining the deck. While staining the horizontal planks some stain dripped down the onto the already stained and dried frame and dried before I could rub it off. Now there are large drops of stain on one of the boards. Is there a way to remove the dried up drops of stain? Can I lightly sand the drop to remove it? What is my best course of action?
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    David · 06/07/2019
    I installed a cedar fence 6 weeks ago and cleaned the wood with Rocksold Deck&Patio cleaner 2 weeks ago, before discovering your highly recommended products.

    I’m planning to use RAD semi-transparent cedar, but after reading several posts suspect there is additional prep required? (1) Is the full RAD new wood treatment still needed?
    (2) Is next week too early to stain my cedar fence? 2 months old.
    I live in San Diego and it has rained since I cleaned the fence, but anticipating sunny skies for next several weeks.
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    Mark · 06/03/2019
    Good morning
    we have a 10’x16’ new, covered porch we would like to use your cleaner, brightener, and stain. 14 steps, 3’ high rail, app 33’ of railing
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      RAD Products · 06/03/2019
      What are your questions?
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        Mark McGrath · 06/08/2019
        How much product do I need?
        thank you
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          RAD Products · 06/09/2019
          What is the total sq footage when all added up that needs to be cleaned and stained?
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    Nancy · 05/30/2019
    I replaced 3 rotted boards (not in sequence) with pressure treated wood a week ago and plan to strip, brighten, and stain the rest of the deck over the next two weeks. Any tips on how to handle those 3 new boards?
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2019
      Leave them alone for now or plan on applying and prepping another coat to the new wood in 6-12 months since they are not ready for stain yet.
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        Nancy · 06/03/2019
        Thanks for your response. I admire how much attention you folks give to the questions/posts your customers bring to you. Here's another:

        We applied your stripper (with booster and thickener) and brightener to our deck and here's the result. We're contemplating a second round. The vertical surfaces are tough (they had pretty solid coverage whereas the decking was already flaking). Any thoughts on how to proceed? Thank you!
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          RAD Products · 06/03/2019
          You have a solid stain and the stripper is not designed to remove a solid stain even with the additives. While it did remove much of it, you will need a couple more rounds of stripping and some sanding to get it all off.
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    Keith Farquhar · 05/28/2019
    Hi there. I prepped and stained the deck this weekend and looks pretty good. Think I maybe didn't apply the stain evenly or was too hot and i missed a couple or areas and between the boards. Should I touch up now or will this cause an issue with the already stained areas? Thanks for your help.
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    John Sokol · 05/28/2019
    We have a cedar deck that was installed one year ago in June 2018, but has not yet been treated in any way. 1) Do we do the clean, brighten, and stain regimen for this? 2) One or two coats of semi-transparent natural? 3) Do we do the same for the cedar posts and PT horizontal rails? 4) We have vertical black aluminum tubes between the top and bottom rail. Will the cleaner or brightener harm them?
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      RAD Products · 05/29/2019
      1. Yes, that is correct.
      2. One coat of new wood.
      3. Yes.
      4. Shouldn't but always do a test spot first.
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    GailG · 05/27/2019
    I have a PT deck replaced 18 months ago in GA. Plan to wash and brighten but would this deck still be considered ‘new’ after 18 months? Asking if I should follow new deck instructions.
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    HollieJ · 05/25/2019
    I just noticed the following in your instructions: “Only 1 coat should be applied to new wood that is less than 9 months old for the RAD semi-transparent stain.” My unfinished deck was built nearly a year ago. Since I’m past the 9 months do I need another coat. I just ordered enough for 1 coat.
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    Dan · 05/24/2019
    I have a red cedar deck in Western Oregon, with full sun and rain exposure. I replaced some boards last year - they are untreated, clean, and grey from Winter. I just replaced the rest of the boards, so they are brand new. I want to stain transparent or semi-transparent, and want the old and new boards to be uniform in appearance/color after it's done. What's the best approach?
    1) Let the deck rest for 3-6 months, then treat and stain.
    2) Something else?
    Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 05/24/2019
      1. Yes you do have to weather and prep.
      2. It is impossible to have new wood match older wood exactly with a semi-transparent stain. The new wood will always be lighter in color as it is less absorbent.
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    Steve · 05/21/2019
    I installed a new redwood deck last week and would like a transparent stain to protect the deck from water, sun, and keep it looking new. I want the natural redwood look. I have a few questions:
    1) What product would you recommend?
    2) Can I apply the product immediately?
    3) Do I need to do any special prep work?
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    Terri Sherwood · 05/16/2019
    I want to use RAD semi-transparent stain for a lodge pole pine log cabin we just completed. The logs are untreated and have been exposed to the weather for 3 - 6 months. We have had heavy rains recently. Do I need to wait until the logs are visibly dry to begin the prep? Will adding an insecticide additive such as Bug Juice alter the performance of the stain? The carpenter bees are attacking! Terri Sherwood
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      RAD Products · 05/16/2019
      No, you can prep now. The Bug Juice does not harm the stain.
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    Craig · 05/11/2019
    My deck is pine approx 600sq 2 years old. Verticals posts are cedar. Never been treated. How much stain do you think I need. 1 or two coats. If two, how long after applying should I do the second.
    Apologies as I am sure you have answered this dozens of times.
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    Scott · 05/05/2019
    Hi, new pressure treated wood deck, 850 ft². How much stain, cleaner/brightener will I need to purchase?
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    David ward · 04/26/2019
    I built a new uncovered deck 8 months ago. I used treated pine. The deck has been exposed to the winter weather (snow and ice) and the frequent rain. There are no trees shading the deck and it is exposed to direct sun most of the day. The boards are well seasoned and clean. Do I need to prep with the cleaner and brightener before applying the stain and if so why? I appreciate your help. Thank-you.
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    Mike · 04/25/2019
    I have a 18 x 12 foot new deck with about 16 foot of steps and wood railing with aluminum balusters..how many gallons and prep materials would I need?
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    Jennifer · 04/07/2019
    Can RAD stain be used on black locust lumber?
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    Jenny · 03/19/2019
    I am in south Alabama. I have a new deck that was installed in July 18. I did the cleaner/brightener combo one day and stained the deck the next day. I used RAD light walnut. One coat on everything. My vertical surfaces are darker than the floor. It’s been almost a week since I’ve stained. Would it be okay for me to do another coat on the floor? I used a paint brush and back brushed everything so there wasn’t extra stain sitting on top. I don’t want it to peel.
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    Ricardo · 12/04/2018
    I'm in Northwest Georgia...

    I really need to stain my deck and I've waited a bit into the winter here. What are the downsides if it gets too cold?

    Will it mess it up completely? Will it just not take?


    The daytime highs run into the mid 40 to 50s, most overnights it doesn't freeze.


    Can I do it on a weekend where the weather is cooperative?


    Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 12/04/2018
      It needs to be 50-55 during the day. Cannot freeze at night. No rain for 12-24 hours after application at these temps. As long as it soaks into the wood, you will be okay.