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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    Jessica · 09/27/2021
    Are cedar pickets that are not pressure treated considered rough sawn, so no need to weather?
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      RAD Products · 09/27/2021
      Cedar pickets can be smooth or rough sawn.
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    synda crawford · 09/22/2021
    I have a pretty large boat dock (over water of course) installed 5 months ago with PT pine, and I am ready to stain.  We are in central MO, Lake of the Ozarks. We like the coastal grey color but are trying to decide between semi-transparent and solid stain.  I like the look of the solid as it seems similar to the composite wood we had wanted but could not justify the cost.  We do not care about seeing the wood grain.  Can you help me understand differences with the two types of stain? Questions:  1) does the solid wear as well as semi trans and does it work well on boat docks?2) will I be able to just clean/brighten next time and reapply or is other treatment needed?  3) we are first time stainers, is the solid harder to apply or use?  4) my husband measured the dock and it totaled just under 1400 sq ft.  Can you please advise on how much materials we would need for prep materials and both semi and solid stains for this area?
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      RAD Products · 09/22/2021
      1. They last and wear the same.2. Clean and recoat as needed.3. About the same for application.4. About 12-15 gallons of stain for two coats with the solid stain. One coat with semi-transparent for the new wood. About 9-10 Gallons. 2 RAD Brightener and 2 RAD Cleaners.
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    J Stuart · 09/21/2021
    I have an unstained cedar deck that was installed over a year ago, so I'm planning to clean, brighten and stain.  There is a large grill that I cannot move off the deck.  Would it be possible to clean, brighten and stain half the deck on one day, move the grill once dry, and then finish the second half?  Or do I risk introducing inconsistencies in color by dividing the job?
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      RAD Products · 09/22/2021
      Best to do it all at once so it dries uniformly.
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        J Stuart · 09/23/2021
        Thank you, and I have a follow-up question: based on the age of my deck (15 months, cedar, never stained), I need to powerwash before cleaning and brightening, and apply 2 coats of stain (semi-transparent cedar).  Is that correct?
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    dave keith · 09/21/2021
    Some questions. Attached is pic of a white substance that showed up after I wetted down yesterday just with water my two-year old, never been stained pine treated deck. QUESTION 1: What this?  Wondering if this was leftover cleaner I was not able to get off well with a garden house a year ago? The cleaner was from cabot for a stain I never applied.  Or, could this be substance from the wood still "leaking out" on these boards? QUESTION 2:  Assume this will come out when I apply my RAD cleaner? Interesting, new mill glaze showed up on some of my boards after just spraying down the deck with water.  QUESTION 3: When I go to apply the RAD cleaner, do I first power wash the boards, to get off as much grime as possible, before I spray on the cleaner? QUESTION 4.  Lastly, when you say RAD can be applied when the wood is "damp," I assume this means when the wood does visibly show water on it, but it feels damp to the touch?  I ask because your instructions say wait 2-4 hours for wood surface to dry before applying stain. THANK YOU
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    SteveH · 09/20/2021
    In a quandary for time yet again.  I have a flight of deck stairs, PT pine, that has boards I am replacing due to fit, and some that are still ok, but need stain.  I have RAD solid grey stain.  Question is, should I replace the boards, strip old stain and brighten, and do a coat of my RAD stain over all the boards, or just the old boards?   The new boards are green PT 5/4 x 6.
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      RAD Products · 09/20/2021
      You cannot stain the new wood for at least three months and prep. 
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        SteveH · 09/20/2021
        So I should prep and stain the old boards, then install the new boards and leave them alone?
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    WALT MCCORD · 09/14/2021
    REPLACED NEW 2X6 TOP RAILS ON DECK. SHOULD I CLEAN BEFORE SANDING WITH 80 GRIT PAPER & PALM SANDER AND THEN BRIGHTEN BEFORE STAINING
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      RAD Products · 09/14/2021
      No need to sand, just follow the directions for new wood.
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    JMH · 09/10/2021
    I have a new outside staircase installed 15 months ago-new wood. Contractor said I should wait at least a year before staining so would I still just do the one coat of semi-transparent now and a second coat in a year? Or should I go ahead and do two coats? Thanks 
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    dave keith · 09/07/2021
    Question on sandpaper: I've seen use nothing less than 60 grit paper but in a different posting nothing less than 80. Which do you recommend?  
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    Dave · 09/06/2021
    installing a cedar deck should be completed by October 1st - would it be advisable to wait until next spring to do the semi transparent RAD stain (I live in Alberta and the weather can get cooler in October for staining) thanks
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      RAD Products · 09/07/2021
      You will have to wait until spring to prep and stain.
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    dave keith · 09/06/2021
    Installed pine treated deck planks two years ago-two years of MI winter behind them.  As attached photos indicate, have brown substance leaking out of some knotts and mill glaze (fuzzies)on some planks.  3 questions 1-assuming I will need a deck cleaner and brightener and if so what do you recommend?  2-Assuming I must sand any planks that have the mill glaze and brown substance coming out of knots. If so, what grit type sandpaper and do I sand after brightener, or after cleaner but before brightener?  3-one coat or two?  4-When it comes to reapplying years later, will a simple cleaner and power washing suffice?  Or must I strip deck and sand it?  Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 09/06/2021
      Pressure wash first the Gemini Restore Kit Cleaner. Let dry and sand 60-80 grit. Brighten all after. You will need the Gemini Restore Kit for prep when redoing in the future.
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        dave keith · 09/07/2021
        1) After sanding-how to remove dust/debris from surface before staining?  2) Apply one or two coats? 3) Where to buy your product in MI? or it only available online?  
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          RAD Products · 09/07/2021
          1. Use the Brightener after sanding and then rinse well with water.2. One coat if sanding.
          3. We are located in Bloomfield Hills MI.
          2388 Franklin RdBloomfield Hills, MI 48302
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            dave keith · 09/14/2021
            Thanks.
            1) Why only apply one coat of TWP 100 after sanding instead of two?  I assumed I should put on second coat as directed.2) When you say 60-80 grit, do mean using EITHER 60 grit sandpaper or 80 grit sandpaper?3) If I ordered in a.m. from your online store, is shipping free?4) Do you have next day shipping to Lansing (if I can't make it down there to purchase in person?5) Hours of operation at your Bloomfield store during week?/May I ask questions to your experts at the story about TWP?
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              RAD Products · 09/14/2021
              1. Sanding reduces penetration of the stain so only one coat will soak in.2. Either.3. Not sure what you mean by AM? Most items ship free as stated on the website.4. 1-2 days is normal Lansing. We do not ship Next Day.5. 9am to 5pm.
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                dave keith · 09/14/2021
                Thanks.  Question. After I use the gemini restore a deck cleaner, sand, brightner and apply the first coat to this pressure-treated pine wood that has been exposed to the elements for 2 years and never been stained, should I jus stop after the first coat--or is there a way to determine if a second coat could be applied after first coat?  Wait 20 minutes? If so, what is that test?
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                  RAD Products · 09/14/2021
                  Just one coat to sanded wood, do not do a second.
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                    Joy · 09/25/2021
                    This is what I did to my powersanded deck - one coat of semi-transparent.  Powersand - stripper - brightener - stain. It looks thin. What is the reason for only one coat? Would it hurt for me to put a second coat on?
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                      RAD Products · 09/26/2021
                      A second coat will not take to power sanded wood as it will not absorb. You can add another in 6-12 months after prep.
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                    dave keith · 09/16/2021
                    Hi, thank you for the help. RE: Restore a Deck semi transparent water based stain-
                    Here in MI, how long must I wait for deck to dry after applying brightner before applying stain?
                    do I need 24 hours without rain after one or two coats applied? or 48 hours?
                    Lowest temperature it can be at night so as to not negatively impact drying time?  We've been averaging 50 with dew and fog in some places in MI.
                    Thank you very much.
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                        dave keith · 09/16/2021
                        About wet on wet:
                        do 3-4 boards at a time for first coat?
                        thin first coat and thin second coat? Or liberal first coat and light second coat?
                        How long to wait until going back to brush or apply second coat?
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                          RAD Products · 09/16/2021
                          Do the entire deck and then go back and recoat again within 60 minutes. Two thin coats.
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                            dave keith · 09/17/2021
                            You folks are awesome. Thanks. Here's my last 2 questions:
                            Cleaning
                            1-Power wash deck first, to clean and get off dirt?1-Then, spray on cleaner -- a few boards at a time -- let sit for recommended time and wash off?
                            Brightner
                            I have to let the deck dry after applying the cleaner to sand off some fuzzies/mill glaze that's been on some boards for some time on my never stained deck. toward this end...
                            1-wet the deck, apply cleaner few boards at a time, let stand for required time, then rinse off with power washer?
                            Stain
                            1-Must I wait for deck to dry --and if so how long -- after rinsing off the brightner --before applying the stain?
                            2-Or, is the stain formulated to be applied while the deck is still soaking wet after rinsing off the brightener?
                            THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                              RAD Products · 09/17/2021
                              1. No. Apply cleaner to all wood than then pressure wash off after about 10 minutes. Rinse well and then brighten all wood. Rinse after 10 minutes.
                              2. Stain can be applied to dry or damp wood. Never soaking wet.
                              All instructions are on the website and containers as well.
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    John Volker · 09/05/2021
    Just finished the clean/brighten/semi-transparent stain on the main deck. Now we decided to put up a wooden privacy wall made from the old pressure treated deck boards that have been rough sanded down. It is installed next to the main deck. Will the clean and brighten treatments harm the newly stained boards of the main deck?
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      RAD Products · 09/06/2021
      It could so best to avoid it from getting on the new stain.
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        John Volker · 09/07/2021
        That’s what I thought. Thanks!The cleaner & brighter work very well. The semi-transparent cedar stain went on a bit blotchy, but I see that I can put a thin coat on next spring to smooth it out. All good!Great products!
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    Edward Vargas · 09/03/2021
    Ok, we stained the deck but some of the boards came out uneven. It was hard to tell when applying the stain but some boards are lighter than others...even on the same board. We also opened the second bottle of stain and wondered if that had anything to do with it. We kept it stirred but the end of first bottle seemed more of a chocolate color when we poured it. Is there anyway to correct this? Should we try to go over the lighter areas to even out the stain? Any help is appreciated. 
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      RAD Products · 09/03/2021
      You cannot add anymore now that it has dried. You can lightly wash and apply another coat in the Spring. It should even it out then.
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    Edward Vargas · 08/30/2021
    I posted some questions and can't find them...sorry. I am getting ready to clean, brighten, and use cedar semi-transparent stain (all your products) on our deck. The wood is new though it has been 12 months since built and it is exposed to bright sun. It is graying somewhat but was wondering if you think I still need to use just one coat...especially on the horizontal boards? Secondly, I know the directions say you can apply it wet on wet. Should I do this or is it ok to apply to the deck dry? Is one better than the other? Lastly, we are going to have some more help and will need to get some additional brushes. What type of brush is best used for your water based semi-transparent stain? I have a hard time finding that answer online for some reason. Thank you in advance.
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    Deb · 08/22/2021
    We are making an outdoor table for our daughter out of kiln-dried cedar. She lives in Milwaukee, WI. We have never used your product before. She wants a dark brown tone with gray to get as close to her existing fiberglass table which has failed. See picture below. 1.  Is 80 grit the finest sand paper that should be used?  2. Should this new wood be cleaned and brightened? Any suggestions?3.  Do you have any suggestions to achieve the look we re trying to replicate? 
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      RAD Products · 08/23/2021
      If you sand, do not sand finer than 80 grit. Yes, you should clean and brighten. It is not possible to achieve this look with exterior wood and deck stains.
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    Todd Syrell · 08/21/2021
    I have a new cedar deck (installed 9 months ago). I plan on using the cleaner and brightener then one coat on the bulk of the deck and 2 coats on the inlaid design to make the design darker. The stain I'm using is semi-transparent light walnut. First question, will this allow the design to be darker than the rest of the deck as I hope? Second question, how long should I wait between coats?
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      RAD Products · 08/22/2021
      You cannot add two coats to new wood and that would not give a large contrast that it will be darker. You would need a darker stain color.
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    KB · 08/19/2021
    Our deck has been left to weather in full sun and elements since it was built 14 months ago. I am planning to use the cleaner/brightener/2 coats of semi-transparent Cedar stain in the next month or so. I put a rug down about 12 months ago which I now regret due to the huge discrepancy of color from uneven fading. Will the brightener correct this, or would we need to do something in addition to end up with an even-toned finished product?
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      RAD Products · 08/19/2021
      Only way to fix this would be to strip and brighten for prep. 
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        KB · 08/19/2021
        So use the strip/brighten kit on the whole deck instead of clean/brighten kit? Or just strip the unfaded part and clean the rest?
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    Cpip · 08/16/2021
    Another pic
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    Cpip · 08/15/2021
    I have a brand new fence installed about a month ago. I believe the fence is pressure treated pine. I noticed this greenish blue stuff on the deck and am curious as to what it is and how to get rid of it before we stain. We have had lots of dry weather where we are since it was installed but it’s Indiana so you get extremes often. What is it and how do I get rid of it? Is it ok to use the restore-A-Deck on this deck when it’s dry?
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      RAD Products · 08/16/2021
      That is part of the wood pressure treatment. It is embedded throughout the wood so it will not come out fully when you prep. Use the RAD Cleaner and then the Brightener for prep. You can stain on wet or dry wood.
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    Kelly Caudill · 08/11/2021
    I have a deck built 2 years ago with pressure treated wood. Has not been stained yet. The deck has a curve along a sidewalk and they left the old base board of the deck. It has Deck Restore product on it. How should I prep the deck. I feel I may need the stripper to get the old stuff off the curved portion. I also have a few stains from flower pots sitting on the deck. So I’m not sure if I need the stripper on all of it or just the old wood and use the cleaner and brightener on the new portion? 
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      RAD Products · 08/12/2021
      You will have to sand to remove the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore on the curved section as it cannot be stripped. Clean and brighen all after.
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    Katcar · 08/09/2021
    I built a table out of cedar fence materials, so I had to sand the rough posts with sand paper this weekend, used as fine as 150 grit. What products would I use and how long do I have to wait? I live in Texas, and want to protect it as soon as possible, but I’m curious what you recommend. 
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      RAD Products · 08/10/2021
      Treat like new wood to weather for 3 or more months outside and prep just as the above article explains.
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    aleta · 08/07/2021
    how long does pressure treated wood need to weather before i apply your stains?
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      RAD Products · 08/08/2021
      3+ months as the above article explains.
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    Edward Vargas · 08/06/2021
    Couple questions, I bought your crack and groove tool and staining new wood with one coat. I'm also using your brush. Should I use the crack and groove tool first to get between the boards before doing the deck floor? Will the brush work very well on the deck spindles? We have a lot of them! If not, what type of brush do you recommend for semi-transparent stain?
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      RAD Products · 08/06/2021
      Do the groove tool first and then follow right away with the floor brush. Move quickly. The brush would be too messy for the railings. Use a stain pad.
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    Erica · 07/30/2021
    Oh how I wish I had found this website about a week ago! I think I screwed up my new deck… I have a 6 month old cedar deck, we let weather, and then I started to prep it for sealing. However, I treated it like an old deck (only experience I had) by pressure washing and then sanding the whole thing. Oops! I’ve now learned that is not good for new decks… so now should I either just use brightened to open pores and then 1 coat semi-transparent stain or do I need to wait a month and use the cleaner, brightened, and then 1 coat of semi-transparent stain?? I really want to stain to work well and not mess it up! Thanks! 
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      RAD Products · 07/30/2021
      How fine of a grit did you sand and was it power sanded or hand-sanded?
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        Erica · 07/30/2021
        It was power sanded with 150… I know, way too fine! 😳😔
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          RAD Products · 07/30/2021
          Give it a month or two and then clean and brighten for prep.
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            Erica · 07/30/2021
            Okay, will do. Thanks for the prompt replies! Your advice to everyone’s comments are super helpful to read! 
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    Greg · 07/29/2021
    Just sanded entire deck. Had Behr stain on it but was too difficult to strip so sanded. The deck is 3 years old. Since I sanded do I have to wait like it is new wood or can I proceed with brightener and stain? 1 coat only right?
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      RAD Products · 07/29/2021
      As long as you did not sand finer than 80 grit, you can then prep and stain with 1 coat.
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        Greg · 07/29/2021
        Ok I used 80 grit but now I am kind of nervous if I should wait a little while. You think it will be fine though? What could happen? No penetration?
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          RAD Products · 07/29/2021
          You can wait a month or two and do it in the late Sumemr or Fall. No issues.
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    Sheila · 07/27/2021
    We have a 15 yr old redwood deck that we replaced half the boards on last summer.  We have just cleaned, brightened and sanded.  Do we now apply one or two coats of semi-transparent stain? Also, do we need to wipe off any excess stain that isn't absorbed and if so, how long do we wait to do that.  Thank you.
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      RAD Products · 07/28/2021
      Just do one coat on this newer wood. You do not back wipe excess, just apply evenly and make sure to not puddle it or over apply.
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        Sheila · 07/28/2021
        Because we've sanded you're considering the entire deck new, so only one coat? Just making sure. Thanks for the info on "back wiping," didn't realize that was what you called it.
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          RAD Products · 07/28/2021
          Yes, just one coat for newer wood and sanded wood. 
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            Sheila · 07/28/2021
            Thanks much!! 
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    Scott B · 07/20/2021
    I have a 15 year old deck that had previously had the Rustoleum Restore product on it.  I had to use a heat gun and belt sander to remove.  So I have completely sanded deck which I've also cleaned and brightened.  

    I purchased your RAD Semi-Transparent Stain in Cottage Gray and applied a single coat today.  It seems very light after application; I'm guessing I need a second coat but surprised given your instructions where I should treat sanded wood as new wood and only a single coat required.
    Did I do something wrong?
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      RAD Products · 07/20/2021
      Could be how fine of a grit you sanded. The smoother you sand, the lass the stain will absorb and that will result in lighter colors. Only one coat for sanded wood is correct.
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        Scott B · 07/20/2021
        I started with 40 and finished with 80.  What would you suggest I do now?  Would a second coat help or hurt?
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          RAD Products · 07/20/2021
          You cannot add another coat now, it will not take and it would not darken it up much or at all. Best to lightly clean off dirt and apply another coat next Spring.
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    Raymond H · 07/18/2021
    Do I need to use the stripper or cleaner for prep?  Deck was last stained with One Time Wood clear stain about 10 years ago. Deck was stripped prior to applying One Time Wood product. The One Time Wood product is no longer visible. Thanks.
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    Jeremy Johnson · 07/12/2021
    I’m getting ready to start sanding a deck, and want to know what product  I should use after to prep wood before solid staining.  
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      RAD Products · 07/12/2021
      Use the Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kits.
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    Brianne · 07/11/2021
    Hello - I have a new deck with tiger wood railings - the top surface of the railing has black spots all over it - it’s been pretty dry here so I don’t think it’s mildew - maybe tannin stains from pollen? How do I treat this? Will your cleaner remove these stains? I’m spot testing with oxyclean which also has percarbonate. Also - for the red in tiger wood, is the natural semi transparent stain the way to go or do you recommend something else? Planning to stain early fall to give the wood the weathering time it needs. I don’t want to change the color at all, just keep the natural red. Thanks in advance!!
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      RAD Products · 07/12/2021
      Send some pictures. Most use the Light Walnut color but you can use any. You must use a stain for UV protection from graying and that means the color will be enhanced. It is impossible to have a clear (no color at all) and protect the wood from graying.
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        Brianne · 07/18/2021
        Photo 3/3 (sorry for the multiple posts, tried to attach all three to my reply and only one showed up)
        This photo is near a rose bush and and the spots are worse here vs other places on the railing
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        Brianne · 07/18/2021
        Photo 2/3
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        Brianne · 07/18/2021
        Sounds good re: stain/UV protection and see attached photos for the black spots. The areas where the railing is covered by something (porch, umbrella) the black spots are non-existent, which makes me think it’s a reaction in the wood to something floating around in the air. I spot tested with oxyclean and a different spot test with bleach, and neither made any difference in removing the spots. Sigh. Our deckers don’t know why this happened either. Thanks for your help.
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          RAD Products · 07/18/2021
          Looks like rust spots form some kind of metal that got in the wood. Prep with the cleaner first and then the brightener. If it is indeed rust, then the brightener will remove it.
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    Allen Monsarrat · 06/30/2021
    I have used the RAD system for a new deck built in 2020. First application of TWP 1500 stain done last summer, second application using cleaner and brightener this Spring. I have mildew developing on the deck surface. ( I can take it off with a scrubby pad, so I know it is on the surface.) What should I use to clean the mildew/mold off with? Your cleaner diluted 2-3 oz. per gallon? Does it have an ingredient to prevent mildew/mold growth? If not is there a product you would recommend to prevent mildew mold growth? 
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      RAD Products · 06/30/2021
      Try a product called Wet and Forget. Spray on and let dry. Supposed to help clean and prevent mildew.