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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    RJ · 06/28/2020
    I have some of the light semi walnut transparent stain left over. It has not been opened. How long Is it good for? Also I want to use it in a glider bench than is built out of non grated wood. Can I apply it to that? Wood is 6 months old but has been stored inside. I’m sure it’s dry. Thanks
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      RJ · 06/29/2020
      Would 3 months, then prepped by cleaning be enough?
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      RAD Products · 06/28/2020
      The glider should weather outside and then prepped before staining. The stain if stored correctly is good for a few years.
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    Scott Mueller · 06/22/2020
    We installed a new pressure treated pine deck in June 2019. We are now ready to stain using your semitransparent stain. Should we use 1 coat or the 2 coat wet on wet application?
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    Dan · 06/20/2020
    Hi, We have a deck that is a mixture of old and new wood. Didn't notice the bit about weathering new wood for 3-6 mths before staining. (Lumberyard recommended staining immediately upon installation.) We have cleaned and brightened the deck already. Will we need to clean and brighten again in 3 months? Thanks
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    MM · 06/19/2020
    Hi-- a few questions.

    We have two rotted boards in our deck (not sure what type of wood the deck is, but I'd assume pressure treated pine) that need to be replaced, and the rest of the deck needs to be stripped, brightened, and stained. Should we:

    1. Replace the boards, let the whole deck sit for 3 months, and then do the 3-step process, or

    2. Do the 3-step process, then replace the boards, and treat the whole deck together for the maintenance coat 12-18 months later

    Also, we recently power washed the whole deck, which resulted in some rough patches. Should we sand these before the 3-step process, or will the process help smooth those areas?

    Finally, how many days of clear weather in a row do you recommend for finishing the whole process? Can the deck get rained on between the brightening and staining steps? How long after applying stain does it need to dry before the risk of rain?

    Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      Either 1 or 2 is fine. Sand know if needed, 60-80 grit paper. Rain does not harm the prep before staining. The stain can take a rain 4-8 hours after application.
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        MM · 06/20/2020
        Great, thanks. We want to use a decking oil after cleaning and brightening, but one that is clear/transparent so it will bring out the natural color in the wood, as opposed to tinting it. We think our deck is pressure treated pine. What would you recommend?
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          RAD Products · 06/21/2020
          You have to have a tinted stain if you want UV protection. Try the RAD Stain in Natural.
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    Ric · 06/17/2020
    sorry, accidentally posted to the wrong page, please feel free to delete comment and I will post on correct page!
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    Ric · 06/17/2020
    Hi if I just want to do a color test on an inconspicuous spot, will it be enough to power-wash off a small section of whatever is on the deck now (prior owner indicated power wash will take it off) and test stain? Will the test spots for colors we don't choose come off with the cleaner or a power wash when I come back later to do the full deck or would I need to strip it? Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 06/17/2020
      If the wood is bare then yes you can test spot. As for later one, you should strip so it all blends.
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    Dean · 06/14/2020
    I applied the RAD semi-transparent natural color stain to a new pressure treated pine deck last summer, now I plan on doing a maintenance coat in next few months. I plan to only do the horizontal surfaces this time. Should I use stripper/brightener or cleaner/brightener before staining this time?
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    Kenneth E Biggins · 06/14/2020
    We stained our one year old pressure treated deck yesterday. There seems to be some lighter spots. ca we touch up these spots today, or do we need to wait.
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      RAD Products · 06/14/2020
      It will probably not take if you try to spot apply and will not even out.
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    English · 06/13/2020
    After cleaning and brightening with RAD, the grain on the cedar railing raised making them rough to the touch. What method do you recommend for smoothing the railings?
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      RAD Products · 06/13/2020
      You can lightly sand with 60 grit to remove splinters, etc if needed but do not heavy sand as you want the wood porous for the stain.
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    Rixie · 06/12/2020
    Hi, we just got a new deck installed. The deck rails are cedar and the floor is pressure treated. When would you recommend we begin the cleaning/brightening/staining process? Should we do the cedar now and do the pressure treated next spring? If at all possible we'd like to do it all at once but we are concerned about the cedar cracking if it gets too dry.
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      RAD Products · 06/13/2020
      Do it all at once either late Fall or Spring of next year.
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    Ronald Reaves · 06/12/2020
    I have a full container of your deck cleaner. Would it be safe to use Olympic 52120/01 Deck Brightener & Wash following use your deck cleaner?
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      RAD Products · 06/12/2020
      No, that is not a true wood brightener and will not neutralize. Their product is bleach-based and is bad for wood.
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    John · 06/07/2020
    I just cleaned and brightened yesterday, planning to stain today when the shade is on the deck. Deck is 1 year old.

    Once this is done, I should re-apply the stain same time next year? Do I ever have to clean and brighten again in the future?
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      RAD Products · 06/07/2020
      Reapply as needed and always prep the same kit.
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        John · 06/08/2020
        I got some pulpy substance on my brush while scrubbing during the step 1 cleaner. Is that just the layer of old grey wood getting taken off?
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    Lincoln · 06/03/2020
    I have added a set of stairs using pressure treated pine to my deck. I plan on waiting the 3 the 6 month time period to clean, brighten then stain them. The wood next to the new stairs has been recently stained, will the cleaner and brighten deteriorate the stain next to the stairs so that I would have to restain it as well.
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      RAD Products · 06/04/2020
      It may.
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        Lincoln · 06/04/2020
        So do I just retain the wood next to the area that I will clean and brighten?
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          RAD Products · 06/04/2020
          If compromised, yes. if not, leave alone. You will be able to tell
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    Paul · 06/02/2020
    I have finished staining and have a couple of questions i hope you can help me with. After the brightening step i had 1/2 dozen boards that developed the black spots shown in the attached photos. The boards were randomly spaced out across the whole 850sqft. Also, now that the deck is dry i have a couple of very obvious spots that i missed (attached) can i go in with a small brush and blend those in? i only put on a single coat as i had sanded down to bare wood. Lastly, i got significantly better coverage than expected (<2.5 gals for 850 sqft) I have 3 unopened jugs of semi-transparent and 1 bag each of cleaner and brightener. How long will each last if stored in a cool dry basement? Great product, love the color! Thank you for the on-line support and for patiently answering many of the same questions over and over again :)
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      RAD Products · 06/02/2020
      That looks to be mold that was not cleaned out prior with the prep. Not much you can do about it now. You can try and touch up your missed stain posts but be careful so it blends. A few years when storing.
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    Amanda · 05/31/2020
    My kids splashed minwax stain on my porch. Will semi transparent cover this? What would I need to do to get it to the point that I could use the cedar color or light walnut.
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    Amanda · 05/31/2020
    I just ordered the sample stains and plan to order the cleaner, brightener and stain. We have a new deck (roughly 6 months old) that is untreated. We just finished painting the ceiling of our overhang and a lot of paint sprayed and fell onto the wood. I'm trying to understand the process we need to follow before staining this deck. We planned to pressure wash and then sand to remove dirt and paint and also because some areas just need sanding. Then we'd follow with the cleaner, brightener and stain. Do we need to use the cleaner and brightener before pressure washing and sanding too? Or what would you suggest for this process?
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      RAD Products · 05/31/2020
      Sand off the paint first and then clean and brighten while pressure washing.
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    Bryant · 05/30/2020
    I have a 3 year old pressure treated deck that has never been cleaned or stained. Looking to use your product, what is the recommendation? Cleaner, brightener and stain? I'm assuming I can skip the stripper since nothing has been applied before? Also, with it being 3 years old should I go with 2 coats wet on wet? Any other recommendations for cleaning/prepping? Is a pressure washer needed? Thanks!
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    rusberri · 05/27/2020
    I just finished building a small deck and playfort with swingset with pressure treated wood for my kids. If I read correctly I need to wait 3-6 months before I clean it, use the brightener and stain?
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    AJ · 05/23/2020
    I am really struggling with which color to go with. It's between Cedar & Light Walnut. I've looked at every picture on your website and sometimes the 2 colors look the same on the pictures. I think though that the Light Walnut seems redder and the Cedar has more yellow & brown in it. Would you say that's true?

    Can I buy both colors and mix them to get a blended color??
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    Aundrea · 05/22/2020
    If I use the RAD Stripper, can I go straight to the Brightener after or do I still need to use the Cleaner between the two? Also, how much of the RAD stain do I need for a 300 sq.ft deck?
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    am · 05/18/2020
    My deck is a year old. Can I apply 2 coats of stain?IIf so, how long to wait between coats?
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    BB&R · 05/16/2020
    After applying one coat of RAD semi-transparent stain to new pressure treated decking and then waiting 12-18 months, do I need to clean, strip, or brighten before applying a light maintenance coat.
    What are the steps for reapplication?
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      RAD Products · 05/19/2020
      Clean and brighten.
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        SL · 05/20/2020
        Same question; stained new deck for 1st time last year with RAD semi-transparent. To clarify for this year, we should clean and brighten and then just ONE light maintenance coat?
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    Kcenteno · 05/14/2020
    We had sand our whole deck after a cleaner we used last year ruined our deck leaving work wood pulp. We just finished doing this and would rather just go straight for staining of it's possible since we're afraid the products would undo our sanding.
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      HollieJ · 05/14/2020
      I did the same thing last summer. It happened after I over-cleaned it and had to sand it before I could stain it. Next time I won't wash it so aggressively in terms of water pressure, perhaps too much cleaner and too much scrubbing with a hard brush.
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      RAD Products · 05/14/2020
      FYI, cleaners do not ruin wood with pulp, that is a result of oxidation (graying of the wood) that has to come off. Your wood does need to be porous after sanding so you will need to do a final cleaning and brightening to open the wood grain for the stain.
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        Kcenteno · 05/14/2020
        It was all over the deck and it was a one year old deck so I was concerned. Since we already sanded it, do we still need to do the cleaner or the brightner should just do?
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          RAD Products · 05/14/2020
          Do both. Just lightly apply and lightly pressure rinse. No heavy washing is needed.
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            Kcenteno · 05/14/2020
            We don't have a power washer. Would a hose nozzle set to jet suffice to get the product off?
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              RAD Products · 05/14/2020
              In your case, yes.
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                Kcenteno · 05/14/2020
                How much and for how long should we leave the applications? I haven't gotten the products yet so I'm not sure if they include light application instructions.
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    Ramcharan Richard · 05/12/2020
    Deck was installed 12 months ago using Home Depot siena brown PT wood. It has not been stained yet. Bought semi transparent and solid stain today with cleaner and brightener. Do I follow the instructions for new wood?
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      RAD Products · 05/12/2020
      Yes, correct. Two coats for the solid and one for semi-trans.
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    Bo · 05/11/2020
    I am cleaning/brightening/staining an eight month old pine deck for the first time. Will the cleaner harm the finish on our black aluminum railings? Should I apply two coats of stain? Thank you.
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    Susan · 05/10/2020
    Will be first time staining a year old redwood deck. There are some knots in wood. Should I fill any of the knots and small holes with wood filler, or do anything else? Should this be done before or after I clean and brighten, the deck? First time staining does it need 1 or 2 coats? Will be using pressure washer and The RAD cleaner, brightener, and semi transparent stain. Thank you.
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      RAD Products · 05/11/2020
      No. Wood filler will not work. Just leave as is. One coat should be good.
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    Lisa T · 05/09/2020
    I have a deck that I put in two years ago, pressure treated pine, and I've never stained it. Going to stain it with semi-transparent RAD, water based (after cleaner and brightener). One coat or two? It's more than 9 months old, so wondering. Thanks!
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    Doug in Spokane · 05/07/2020
    I have an 11 year old cedar deck, 12 x 20 ft., that was previously covered in 3 coats of water based acrylic stain. Our cold winters in Spokane, WA finally caused the previous stain to blister and flake. Removal is almost impossible, so we decided to simply unscrew the deck boards and turn them over with the unfinished side up. This allows us to start over. Unfortunately I have had to sand the entire surface with 60 grit paper to remove old stain drips from the other side, as well as mildew and other minor discolorations. See photo of sanded boards (a day after rain).

    1) We are looking at re-staining now with your semi-transparent product. This is at least 11 year old lumber, but will the sanding still require weathering before staining with your product as if it were new lumber? For what period would we need to weather? How many gallons would be needed to stain this 240 sq. ft. deck?

    2) Should we decide to use a solid stain, will this type of stain crack and peel like the acrylic products do? Is there a limit to how many times it can be recoated before it fails and needs to be stripped?

    Thanks for your assistance!
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      RAD Products · 05/08/2020
      Weather for 1-2 months and then clean and brighten for prep. About 3 gallons. The stains do not crack and peel.
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    Sue · 05/07/2020
    Any suggestions for semi transparent color for redwood deck, first time staining, has been 9 + months since installation.
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      RAD Products · 05/07/2020
      Any color that you like. That is your preference.
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    george miles · 04/29/2020
    hi, i am about to assemble a new '10x'10 outside shade structure. all lumber is new clear unfinished blond toned cedar. this was a kit where all lumber is precut, drilled and ready to assemble. the four 6x6 post are made of four "1 inch thick pcs. with opening at bottom. {meaning not a solid column}. the rest of the wood is solid. most of column is solid just not the bottom. the wood is pretty smooth so i doubt you would consider it to be rough sawn. my question is do i still need to use a cleaner and brightner on it and should it be left to weather first because i would love to stain it before putting it outside. thank you