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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    Richard Jeffares · 04/17/2022
    I have a pressure treated new dock 10 months old 170feet by 5feet
    It has nothing on it and has weathered thru the winter.
    I want to use the grey semi transparent 
    How many coats? How much product do I need? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 04/24/2022
      Sorry, we did not see this question until today. 2 coats applied wet on wet. 1 Gallon should be enough. 
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    Ernest · 04/08/2022
    Thanks for the awesome website!  I have a few questions if your don't mind.

    1.  RAD is your second best choice, above all the other oil based stains that you like?   

    2.  When I reapply in 9 months, I don't have to strip this water based sealer?  It doesn't create a film or anything?  I just need to clean a bit, and put on a new coat?

    3.  I have rough sawn pickets.  One side is really rough, the other is smoother, but still not perfectly smooth (see attached picts).  I also have 2"x4" that say they are rough sawn, but are smoother than the pickets.  I have then in a barn, and I'm using dehumidifiers and a large fan to get the wood down to 15% moisture (since I was going to use an oil based stain).  Also, the boards were really wet, so I don't want them to dry out fast in the sun.

    Questions:

    a.  I don't have to weather the boards since they are rough sawn?
    b.  You said it was better to apply RAD to boards that are more moist, maybe even wet.  Is this just because you got more coverage?  Or am I degrading the process by drying out the boards?
    c.  Is it bad to back brush RAD in?

    Thanks again!  Best website I've found!
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      RAD Products · 04/08/2022
      1. RAD is our top choice for stains.
      2. No need to strip, just clean and recoat. It will last much longer than 9 months on your pickets. 2-3 years or longer.

      3a. No need to weather.
      3b. No, you are not degrading the boards. Applies easier to damp wood, not better coverage.
      3c. No, but do it right away.
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        Ernest · 04/08/2022
        Wow!  So impressed with this site.  Two follow up if I may?

        1.  The grain is pretty high, which I like.  I assume back brushing is the best. Or is pad the best?  Something else?  Is back brushing even necessary?

        2.  So there is no disadvantage to dryer wood?

        I’ve been googling for a while, and this site is helped so much.

        Thanks!
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    Amy · 03/22/2022
    What's the minimum temperature for application and overnight dry time?
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      RAD Products · 03/22/2022
      45 degrees.
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        Tim · 03/24/2022
        is the lowest apply temperature or the lowest for overnight/ 24 hours time frame? I was planning on doing this Saturday and daytime temps when I would do this would be 56, but the overnight low will be 30. Should I wait for another time when the temps don't ever drop below 45?
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          RAD Products · 03/24/2022
          45 is the minimum temp for application. It can drop below that at night as long as it has 4-6 hours of dry time prior. It cannot drop below freezing the first night.
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    Darrell Olivier · 03/18/2022
    My cedar fence is 4 months old, can i just pressure wash then use RAD semi-transparent stain or is it better to use the cleaner and brightener before staining.
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      RAD Products · 03/19/2022
      Use the Cleaner and Brighener while pressure washing for proper prep.
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    Brian · 03/03/2022
    I am building a deck on my home and I have sawn, kiln dried and milled white oak boards for the decking. The wood has acclimated and has an acceptable moisture content for exterior use in my region (wood is at 15-16% and I’m in the Carolinas). This wood has not been pressure treated and has been sanded to 80 grit. Reading through your installation instructions I believe I can use Restore a deck without weathering at this point but wanted to ask if I needed to prep the wood any way before staining. Also do you feel like restore a deck is the optimal choice for staining this project? 
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      RAD Products · 03/03/2022
      You still need to weather. It is not about moisture % but porosity. For kiln dried wood, weather for 1-2 months and then prep with the RAD Cleaner and the Brighener Kit. 
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    Justin · 02/25/2022
    I have a 5 year old PT deck that has never been sealed or stained. Do I follow “new wood” process and do only 1 coat or would it need two? Thanks! 
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    James · 02/19/2022
    I'm using new "rough cut" cedar board and batten for my exterior siding. Just to clarify, do you need need to use the cleaner and/or brightener to prep new wood prior staining with semi-transparent stain ? Or, if the wood is pressure washed and cleaned lightly prior to stain application, will this be considered adequate preparation ?
    Thank you, JW
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      RAD Products · 02/21/2022
      Not needed to use the prep products for new rough sawn wood.
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    vp · 02/01/2022
    I have to build a structure which is rough sewn cedar 6x6 posts complemented with some KD18 PT wood. I plan to use solid stain all around, in two different tones, one for the posts, one for the PT parts.

    Questions:
       1. If I hand plane the cedar (not sand), is it considered smooth and I have to wait 3 months? how long should i wait before entire structure can be done at once?
       2. What is the expected moisture content for Cedar and PT wood, before I can stain?
       3. I live in south texas and since summer is coming, can I apply during summer, if i start early in the morning before full heat? Assume 90-95F and 80-90% humidity worst case. No exposure to salt water, but there is direct sun.
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    Darrell Olivier · 01/07/2022
    I installed a cedar fence with treated pine runners in November. How long do I have to wait before I can clean and stain my fence with your cleaner and restore a deck semitransparent stain. I don’t want my fence to turn gray before I can stain.
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      RAD Products · 01/08/2022
      Hi, the above article explains this and it does apply to fences as well.
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    bpiner · 12/20/2021
    We have a ton of redwood fencing to stain and plan to use a sprayer for the first time. Any tips on applying with a sprayer? Also, the top quarter of the fence is woven lattice which looks like it could be tricky to stain correctly. Let us know if you'd recommend a different application method for that section.
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      RAD Products · 12/21/2021
      Spray evenly and back brush any drips or runs right away. Spraying lattice is the easiest way.
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    Alex · 12/15/2021
    Planning to prep and stain a 50 ft long fence. Should I prep in sections to avoid having the cleaner/brightener sit too long before powerwashing? Or is it okay to apply in one go?  
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      RAD Products · 12/16/2021
      Do one side and then the other side. Brightener after the cleaner.
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    JimTurner · 12/11/2021
    When is it good to do 2 coats? It's an 8-year old premium grade redwood gate that has just been sanded to super clean. 
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    Z · 11/16/2021
    Hi, I'm in the Pacific Northwest. We installed a new cedar deck in July 2021. I see above that the wood stain is best after 3-6 months of weathering. It rains frequently here. Is it ok to wait until summer or should we try to catch a dry few days now to be able to stain within the 6 months to stain?
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      RAD Products · 11/16/2021
      Waiting until next Spring to prep and stain is fine.
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    A. Walker · 10/29/2021
    Novice here, this may be a stupid question but do I need to apply a sealer on top of the RAD stain? 
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    Scorr · 10/20/2021
    I did the one coat only to a new deck last year and now I am ready to do the second coat. Do I use just the cleaner and brightener then stain. I don't use the stripper correct?
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      RAD Products · 10/20/2021
      Clean and brighten. No stripper is needed.
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    Leslie S · 10/19/2021
    I'm staining a shed built with rough cut pine. The siding was installed 8 months ago. We ran out of cleaner/brightener with about 20 square feet left. This is up at the roof line and now looks the same as the rest of the wood (which) has been prepped. I'm racing the clock with both the two week window and cold temps and need to stain thursday. What should I expect on that one patch? If it ends up being a problem, what will I need to do? 
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      RAD Products · 10/19/2021
      If when wet with water it all blends, then you should be okay.
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    dave keith · 10/07/2021
    Hi, forgot to ask this question in my last inquiry: If I have to sand some of the boards of my 2-year-old pine treated deck that has never been stained -- boards that have white fuzzies (previously you told me to sand after applying cleaner and before brightner), does this mean I can only apply ONE coat of the semi-transparent RAD product because the wood has been sanded...and therefore I should wait a year before applying the second coat? And when I apply that second coat, can I just wash the deck with water before applying second coat in a year, or must I use cleaner? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 10/08/2021
      You always need the cleaner when reapplying. Just one coat if you power sanded.
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    dave keith · 10/07/2021
    Hi, I need to purchase some more stain and return a brush I never used for a refund.  Want to visit your store.  Hours of operation M-F for October and November?  Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 10/08/2021
      9am to 5pm October. 10am to 3pm November.
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    B Taylor · 10/02/2021
    I stained a deck last year with semi-transparent stain after lightly sanding after stripping the old stain. It has held up really well.

    Lately, I noticed some white streaking. And recently cleaned the gutters using a pressure washer. The cleaner caused white spots in the deck that I tried to carefully pressure wash off. This caused further white streaks.

    Can I clean, brighten, and restrain over this? Also can I use wet on wet? That worked so well on another deck. Or do I only apply one coat?

    Or do I have to strip and start over?

    Thank you!
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      RAD Products · 10/03/2021
      Post pictures.
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        B Taylor · 10/03/2021
        I went ahead and cleaned the deck yesterday, I am wondering if I left the cleaner on too long. It actually began stripping the stain.
        I also used some bleach in places because the cleaner was not getting off the green algae.
        I used a pressure sprayer as I rinsed is when I noticed the stain coming up, so we used a stiff brush to get all off we could.

        Please see before and after pictures below.
        Please help. I think I need to go ahead and strip?
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    Randy · 10/01/2021
    I want to stain a new pergola made of rough cut western red cedar and a deck made of treated yellow pine.  Both were installed about 11 months ago. After I prep with cleaner and brightener.  How many coats of semi-transparent stain should I apply?
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      RAD Products · 10/02/2021
      One coat for the smooth wood and two for rough cut. 
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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.