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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    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
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    Dawn · 04/27/2020
    I just purchased a indoor plant stand that I want to use outside on an uncovered porch. It is constructed of some sort of soft wood, made in China. Will your product work to make it weather safe? And if yes, do I follow the new wood process? Seems like weathering it outside will cause it to fall apart before the weathing time is up.
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    Doris · 04/26/2020
    I have a 250 sqft area of pressure treated deck incl stairs - 1 yr old- never been stained. Wish to use your cedar semi transparent stain. After cleaning and staining do you recommend a sealer? If so do you have one or do you have a recommendation?
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      RAD Products · 04/26/2020
      No sealer is needed nor can you apply a sealer over a deck stain.
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    Lance · 04/11/2020
    I will be laying down new 5/4" cedar deck boards on a ground level deck with only 8" or 10" below joists to the ground. Your product says to wait several months before putting the stain on new boards, but I have to install the boards in the next couple of weeks. I would prefer to have protection on all 4 sides of the board, but installing them before finish would only allow me to protect 3 sides. What would you suggest in this situation?
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      RAD Products · 04/12/2020
      No need to stain all sides and no advantage if you do. Install, wait, prep, then stain the exposed wood only.
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    NM · 04/11/2020
    Are you still shipping during this pandemic if we order through your website? Is shipping delayed?

    Would any of your advice change for a new pine fence instead of a deck (waiting time, cleaning then stain, application type such as brush or pad, etc)
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      RAD Products · 04/12/2020
      Yes, we are shipping and yes we are delayed. Use the above tips for a new wood fence.
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    Robert Wolford · 04/11/2020
    When. Performing maintenance on a redwood deck, should I use cleaner and brightner before stain?
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    Meg · 04/11/2020
    We just received our materials for cleaning, brightening and staining our new barn (shiplap siding).The instructions on the back of the cleaner package say that the brightener gets applied right after the cleaner (while wood is still wet). Instructions then say to wait 48 hours but not more than 2 weeks before staining. This seems to conflict with information I have read on your website (indicating that stain can be applied a few hours after prep?). Can you clarify whether we need to wait 48 hours after prep before we stain? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 04/11/2020
      That's if using a different brand of stain. If using the RAD Stain, then you can apply the same day as stated not the stains label.
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    Mark · 04/02/2020
    I applied the semi-transparent cedar stain to a new pine deck last summer, now I plan on doing a maintenance coat in next few months. Do I need to use both cleaner and brightner again?

    Also I have an outdoor sauna made from cedar, that I am building, the wood has been sitting inside all winter, do I do the same process of cleaner/brightner for this also
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      RAD Products · 04/02/2020
      Yes, clean and brighten. Same for new wood as well.
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    John · 02/26/2020
    Is there a step by step process (including tools to use) for how to apply the stain? I'm seeing paint brushes, mops, foam pads, bristle brushes, etc. and I'm confused on how to apply it properly.
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    DUSTIN · 02/20/2020
    About 8 months again I had a new deck installed. It's southern yellow pine, KD, HT, RED. I'm looking to stain it but I heard yellow pine can be tricky. Can you recommend a color? After I get that here's my plan:

    1. Wait for a dry weekend and apply cleaner and brightener on Saturday
    2. If it's 70 and low humility(unlikely in Georgia) i'll wait 2-4 hours and then stain, otherwise I'll stain on Sunday


    Does that sound right? Thanks for your help
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      RAD Products · 02/21/2020
      Any of the colors would work. Best to try some samples and test to see which you would prefer. Your plan is correct as far as prep and staining.
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    HHM · 02/13/2020
    I have some rough sawn timbers I plan to use a RAD stain on. They were just delivered today and are stored in a covered area. Will they need to be cleaned and brightened etc prior to staining?
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      RAD Products · 02/14/2020
      If rough sawn wood, you can stain right after install. No need to prep unless dirty.
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    Linda · 02/03/2020
    Hello, we stained our cedar deck in Oct 2019 with your semi transparent restore a deck in cedar. The color seems very orange looking to me, is there any way to tone down the color if we reapply this coming fall?
    Thanks for any suggestions,
    Linda
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      RAD Products · 02/03/2020
      You could brown the cedar color some by adding some Dark Walnut into it. It is not possible to lighten it up.
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    John · 01/24/2020
    I am staining some dog eared cedar fencing that I got from the home-improvement store. Is this considered new wood? Dose it have to be weathered or is it considered rough sawn and can immediately stain? Almost all of the fencing seems to be damp .
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      RAD Products · 01/24/2020
      Post a picture to help determine if rough sawn or not.
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    Tom · 01/20/2020
    I have an old redwood deck (~20+ years) that had a solid stain. I gave it a power wash to get some of the dirt up, but some of the old stain is still there. I am planning to sand it to get a nicer surface.

    I have 2 questions:

    1) If I sand any bits of the old stain off is that sufficient or do I need to use a product to get into the wood and remove it too?

    2) After sanding can I clean/brighten/stain with RAD right away (after vacuuming) or should I wait for the new surface to weather a couple of months first?
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      RAD Products · 01/21/2020
      1. You can use the RAD solid stain over the current solid stain but you cannot use the RAD semi-transparent stain unless you remove 100% of your current solid stain.
      2. Do not sand finer than 60-80 grit. Pressure clean with the RAD products, let dry and then you can apply the solid stain.
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    Sandy · 12/23/2019
    What about the interior facing wood on these barn doors? They wont be exposed to exterior weathering during the wait period so how will stain penetrate?
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    Sandy · 12/22/2019
    Also, I'm in south central Virginia. What temp is required for using restore a deck stain? Is this the product to use on barn doors or might something else be better for vertical surfaces such as this?
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      RAD Products · 12/23/2019
      55-90 degrees. Works great for vertical barn doors.
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    Sandy · 12/22/2019
    Just built exterior barn doors. Used kiln dried untreated yellow pine. Boards were run thru planer to remove ink stamp and to tongue and groove the verticals. Will the boards weather enough if stored in the open air barn rather than hung and exposed to weather? Will they change color less this way? If so, what is the least amount of time before prepping and staining with your product?
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      RAD Products · 12/23/2019
      No, you still need to weather the wood outside for exposure. Wait for the 3 months and then prep.
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        Sandy · 12/23/2019
        The wood facing inside cannot weather outside so how do I deal with that? Doors are very large so i don't want inside surface coatt to fail.
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    Jeanette · 12/04/2019
    We live in Georgia and have extremely hot summers. We have a new deck that has weathered for 9 months and we used the RAD cleaner and brightener and then applied the semi-transparent stain last weekend. Some of the deck looks darker than other areas. We followed the directions to a the letter and made sure we washed off all the cleaner and brightener. What could cause this? When can we apply a second coat to see if we can even out the color? When applying the second coat do we need to use the cleaner and brightener again or just the cleaner?
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      RAD Products · 12/04/2019
      Feel free to reply with a picture to help determine what went wrong in your prep and or application.
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    Jacinda · 12/04/2019
    My husband and I are building a bridge over our pond in the back yard. The slats to the bridge will be redwood. I see it says to wait 3 to 6 months before staining new wood. Why is that?
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      RAD Products · 12/04/2019
      New wood needs to weather and then needs to be prepped so the stain can properly penetrate in.
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    Clair · 11/14/2019
    I have a 3-month-old PT pine deck, about 1000 sq. ft., that I have just cleaned/brightened with an all-in-one wood cleaner (it has the brightener in it). I've also just read not so great reviews about the stain I had planned to use, and am now thinking I'll use RAD. Will I still need to use the RAD cleaner and brightener?
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      RAD Products · 11/15/2019
      Yes, you will need to prep with the RAD products.
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    Kay · 10/30/2019
    I hired a team to stain the PT fence put up 2 years ago. We used RAD Cleaner, then Brightener. They didn't rinse off either solution within the time frame given in instructions. The fence has dried in some spots looking like these photos (ignore neighbor's older fence in the background). Should I rinse again? I plan to put Armstrong Clark semi-transparent stain on fence, once dry. Thank you
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      RAD Products · 10/30/2019
      Go over it again with cleaner and pressure washing and then brighten again. They did not remove the oxidation fully.
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    Andrea · 10/23/2019
    We used a different brand's cleaner to clean our new deck. It's been weathering for about 12 months. Haven't brightened yet but am I ok using the RAD brightener? If so, how long do I have to wait to stain with the RAD semi-transparent after using the RAD brightener?
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    Insley · 10/21/2019
    I just pressure washed my new deck (4 months) before learning about your products. Do I still need to clean and brighten?
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      RAD Products · 10/21/2019
      Yes, that would help the stain to soak in deeper.