Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions and How To Help

Maintaining a woodRAD STRIPPERdefault deck will ensure you get the longest lifespan and most use out of the extra outdoor living space. To maintain the appearance of a deck it should be cleaned and recoated every couple of years on average.

When preparing a deck for refinishing it is vital that it be cleaned properly. It is important to remove any old stain or sealer remnants that may be on the deck that would block the new stain or sealer from penetrating the wood properly.

Restore A Deck Stain Stripper is a specially designed two-part system for stripping old transparent and semi-transparent deck stains from wood prior to refinishing. There are some basic step-by-step instructions for stripping a deck with the RAD Stain Stripper system.

Restore A Deck Stripper Steps

1. Be sure air temperatures are within 45-90 degrees before starting.

2. Remove all furniture and décor from the deck and the surrounding area. Move at least 20 feet away and downwind from overspray.

3. Although RAD products are Eco-Friendly it is still recommended to cover any sensitive landscaping, shrubbery, and/or plants or pre-wet with water. Make sure to rinse well any overspray that may get on plants.

4. Cover any windows, doors, and other areas of the house with plastic or pre-wet with water.

5. Be sure to wear personal protection equipment such as eyewear, gloves, and clothing.

6. Mix Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper by following the suggested instructions. Mix until all the crystals are fully dissolved. If using a pump sprayer to apply, mix in a separate bucket first and transfer to sprayer to avoid clogging of sprayer inlet tube.

7. Option 1: Mist fresh water onto the deck then apply RAD Stain Stripper using a pump sprayer or scrub brush. This is the most effective way.

   Option 2: Use your chemical injector to apply RAD Stain Stripper for medium to light stain removal.

8. Allow RAD Stain Stripper to sit on wood for 10-15 minutes or until the surface becomes slippery. Keep misting deck with water so is not allowed to dry.

9. Gently pressure wash at 1500 PSI or hand scrub vigorously the deck until all dirt, grime, and gray fibers are removed. Rinse deck, shrubbery, and surrounding area with fresh water. Pressure washing is more effective.

10. Reapply RAD Stain Stripper to any stubborn areas repeating steps 7 & 8 to remove old stain or sealer as much as possible.

11. While wood is still wet apply Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener following the mixing instructions and using a pump sprayer. The RAD Wood Brightener does not need to be washed or scrubbed, simply rinse off after 10 minutes of dwell time. Make sure to rinse the RAD Brightener thoroughly for 20 minutes until all soap suds are removed after the 10 minutes dwell time.

Note that RAD Stain Stripper is not intended for use to effectively remove solid deck stains or paints.

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    Corie · 06/30/2020
    We intend to use RAD stripper on our cedar deck (new last year and has one coat of Penofin). Do you sell the "scrub brush" for application? We do not use sprayers.
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      RAD Products · 06/30/2020
      Best to scray it on and then pressure wash off. Much easier.
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    Brandon B · 06/25/2020
    I would love the deck to look like this after sealer/stain/protector. Is it possible? would the wood fade to gray without a tinted stain?
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      RAD Products · 06/25/2020
      The RAD Stain does not come in a Clear. Clear sealers will not provide any UV protection from graying. It must be tinted and that will enhance the grain. So no, it is not possible to maintain this new look.
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    Brandon B · 06/25/2020
    I want it look like this. No color in the stain, just a sealer or wood protector if possible.
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    Brandon B · 06/25/2020
    The new deck before stain.
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    Brandon B · 06/25/2020
    I wanted my deck to look as close to the natural cedar as possible, it turned out orange after using Cabot Semi-transparent New Cedar color stain. Will using stripper and brightener restore the deck to a new look? What stain would be the least amount of tint? I would prefer it to be completely clear but haven't found one. All these stains I tested were either yellow or orange- a slight brown tint would be acceptable.
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    Merland L. Clark · 06/24/2020
    I stained our deck yesterday. It looks good. This morning I noticed that I had accidentally left two drips on the boards. Can I need to sand that off or what do I do?
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    Jen · 06/23/2020
    Looking for a couple days in a row of weather meeting the temp and humidity requirements to do this project. Is the humidity an issue for the stripper and brightener stage? I'm hoping the stain is the humidity constraint. Thank you for all your help!
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    Kevin · 06/22/2020
    I have replaced my old wood railings with new aluminium railings. Will the stripper and the brightener damage the paint/finish of the aluminium railings? Do I have to wrap up the railings before I apply the stripper and brightener? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 06/23/2020
      It should not but always do a test spot first to be certain.
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    John · 06/22/2020
    I bought your stripper, cleaner and brightener. In what order should I use them on the deck?? Do I need to use a cleaner if I use the stripper?
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      RAD Products · 06/22/2020
      No need for the cleaner if using the stripper. Brightener is last.
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        John · 06/22/2020
        Thanks for the quick reply...
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    Paul · 06/20/2020
    Does this product also remove paint?
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    Jen · 06/20/2020
    Received our order today. Several days of possible rain in the forecast but I'm concerned about temps getting too high. Is it okay to strip and brighten on rainy days?
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      RAD Products · 06/21/2020
      Yes, that us fine but not in a heavy downpour.
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    David · 06/20/2020
    Thanks for the your response. To clarify: I'm refinishing a large ipe deck surface, doing sections at a time. If I mix up a batch of stripper, use some and put the rest in a plastic sealed container, how long will the mix still be usable for applying on the next section? Same question for the brightener.
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    David · 06/19/2020
    what is the shelf life of stripper mix in plastic containers?
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    Kari · 06/18/2020
    Hi there...I recently purchased a home that has a low to ground deck that must have had various 'quick fix,' poorly applied stains prior to my purchase of house. I hired someone to stain my fence and deck. i used Defy stripper and powerwashed it myself. It didn't remove all of it, that's for sure. My deck guy said it's not a problem and he would sand it. I had purchased semi-transparent Ready Seal in Dark Walnut. Fence (new) looks amazing...the deck is horrible. He sanded it using a small orbital hand sander and immediately proceeded to stain. What a disaster. When he said he'd sand it...I thought he meant he'd get it to bare wood. It truly was a mess...and I think if he had done another round of stripper, it wouldn't be such a disaster. Will I be able to fix this? I'm quite aware that semi-transparent does not hide like solid stain and that's why I wanted it back to natural wood. I looked to him for expertise. Nope. Do you think the RAD stripper can help?
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    Joe · 06/14/2020
    Previous owners applied Behr Deckover. I’m pressure washing and sanding to try to remove it all. I noticed on your other responses that one can never change from a solid stain to a semitransparent. However I’m not sure if that product is a solid stain or actually a paint. If I remove it all by sanding, can I then apply a RAD semitransparent stain?
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    Lynn · 06/09/2020
    We have a bronze colored aluminum deck/stair railing. Is it safe to use the stripper and brightener around it or will we need to cover the railing to protect it when we apply either or both of these products?
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    Jeannie · 06/08/2020
    Here aRe pics to the comment below
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    Jeannie · 06/08/2020
    What do you recommend for a deck with solid paint? Do we need to strip it or can we just apply rad over the old paint. It is peeling but we power washed it and scraped what we could.
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      RAD Products · 06/08/2020
      You will have to fully sand it off as you cannot apply a stain over a paint.
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    Jason A · 06/02/2020
    Hello,
    We stained our deck a few years ago with a Sherwin semi stain. Although now that we are looking to strip the stain, I question whether it was a solid.

    The attached photo is after power washing the deck recently. We have purchased the restore stripper, including booster and additive.

    I am now concerned this is not going to work. Is there a ratio for solution to best attach this stain, or might we be best in returning the product?
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    Eileen · 06/01/2020
    Hello, I have a 22 yr old deck which was stained 8 yrs ago with Sherman Williams semi transparent stain. I have clean the deck oxy clean and there are just a few areas that have stain remaining. Do I need to apply stripper to the entire deck? I would like to paint over the rails with a semitransparent stain. Do I have to strip them first?
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2020
      You will have to strip all off to be able to use a new stain.
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    CJ Hertrich · 05/29/2020
    We just moved into this house a few years ago and I'm just getting around to restoring the deck. It is pressure treated wood but I can't really tell what they applied to it...looks like red paint or a paint stain of some sort? It's extremely weathered in most areas and was wondering if the RAD stripper with the additives and the use of a pressure washer will remove this red paint/stain? My end goal is to remove the red color entirely. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
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      RAD Products · 05/29/2020
      No, the stripper with additives will not remove a paint fully. It will remove some and that will make your sanding easier to remove the rest.
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    Randy Johnson · 05/28/2020
    Bought a house with a nice cedar deck but ugly barn red stain covering it. Suggestions on stripper would be helpful. I realize it won't all get fixed in this first year.
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    Merland L. Clark · 05/27/2020
    Will the cottage gray semi-transparent cover deck boards that still have some redwood color on them?
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      RAD Products · 05/27/2020
      No, and you cannot use the RAD semi-transparent over different brands of stains.
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    Darren · 05/24/2020
    When using your stripper and brightener, if some sanding needs to be done on certain areas after stripping, can I let the wood dry for a couple days after stripping, then sand the areas needed, and then use the brightener over the entire deck (to neutralize the stripper and open the wood pores after sanding) or does the brightener have to be applied right after the stripper in order to neutralize it?
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    Lorraine · 05/21/2020
    Can I use your stripper and gel additive application in direct sunlight? Temperature is 65 degrees.
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    Steve · 05/20/2020
    I have a deck with several layers I think I need to strip off - 3 of oil-based, 1 (the last), water-based (though you wouldn't know it has that many layers, as I guess the weathering has worn to an extent the deck between stainings.) I want to use an oil-based stain this time. I have a couple of questions. First, does RAD strip down to the wood so I do not have to use a sander or a scraper? Does it chemically do the job? My second question is: after using RAD stripper & brightener on the deck - what about the spindles? With applying RAD to them, will they be prepped? My deck is 15 years old, in good shape in general. I have never used a stripper prior to the other applications, just a good cleaning. The spindles concern me, though. They're not peeling at all, but I don't want to not re-stain them.
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      RAD Products · 05/20/2020
      Send pictures of the deck for prep help. You have to remove all if you want to use the TWP.
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    Mo · 05/18/2020
    picture of the wall
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    Mo · 05/18/2020
    pic of wall
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    Mo · 05/18/2020
    What is recommended for the siding wall of a wood deck? My plan was to go with black and deciding on paint or a solid stain. The rest of the deck will be black painted spindles, TWP cedertone floors and railings.
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      RAD Products · 05/18/2020
      You already have a solid stain on the deck so you will need a solid stain again. We do not sell the RAD Solid Stain in a black color.
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    Laine · 05/17/2020
    I applied Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Stain (see photo) 4 years ago. It is peeling (see photo). Will your Stripper remove this? Do you recommend the Booster and Thickening Gel Additives? I would like to get it stripped down to the wood so I can apply your semi-transparent stain.
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      RAD Products · 05/17/2020
      You will need both additives for the stripper and possibly some sanding as well to get it all off.