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.

After stripping your wood deck, allow the wood to dry for 1-2 days prior to refinishing with a wood sealer or deck stain. Note that RAD Stain Stripper is not intended for use to effectively remove solid deck stains or paints.

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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting fielaw:
I am concerned about the possible harm to plantings adjoining the deck that I am about to strip and brighten. I have Canadian Hemlocks (which I planted 40 years ago) immediately adjacent to one side and evergreens and ornamental plantings on the other two sides. Will the stripper and the brightened be harmful to adjacent plantings, either by the spray when washing off the chemicals, or to the roots through the runoff?

Plants should be covered if possible and rinsed when done. Roots will not be harmed.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I am concerned about the possible harm to plantings adjoining the deck that I am about to strip and brighten. I have Canadian Hemlocks (which I planted 40 years ago) immediately adjacent to one side and evergreens and ornamental plantings on the other two sides. Will the stripper and the brightened be harmful to adjacent plantings, either by the spray when washing off the chemicals, or to the roots through the runoff?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting James Smith:
I have a deck stained with Behr semi transparent. How do I remove the stain. It is water-based. I want to redo with oil based

Apply the stripper at full concentrate of about 10oz per gallon of water. Apply and wait 20 minutes. Pressure wash off. Repeat as needed until all is removed. Use the wood brightener after to neutralize.
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James
I have a deck stained with Behr semi transparent. How do I remove the stain. It is water-based. I want to redo with oil based
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Fred Eckhaus:
I used a two step process several years ago (don't recall the name of the product - (a stain and then a top coat that went on cloudy and dried clear -acrylic?} Deck is surrounded by plantings including several very tall Canadian Hemlocks - how can I assure that the plantings will not be affected by overspray?

Was it Arborcoat by Benjamin Moore?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I used a two step process several years ago (don't recall the name of the product - (a stain and then a top coat that went on cloudy and dried clear -acrylic?} Deck is surrounded by plantings including several very tall Canadian Hemlocks - how can I assure that the plantings will not be affected by overspray?
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Quoting Carolyn Hunter:
Deck stained 4 years ago with SW premium oil-based tint in dark brown. SW said wrong stain for wooded area. Is RAD stripper and brightner what I need to return to natural? 1300sq ft. Best to inject on or pump spray?

What type of stain is the SW? Solid stain, sem-transparent , etc? You can reply to this email with a picture if needed.
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Deck stained 4 years ago with SW premium oil-based tint in dark brown. SW said wrong stain for wooded area. Is RAD stripper and brightner what I need to return to natural? 1300sq ft. Best to inject on or pump spray?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting sherree:
Hi, I have read tons of Q&As, but can't find the specific answer. I have a solid stain on my deck.I know that Restore stripper will not remove the solid stain but will help remove the loose stain. If I use it, but after I still need to sand some areas, would I still use the brightener right after the stripper then sand? Thanks for your help, Sherree

Use the brightener after the sanding is finished. This will help to open the wood pores for the stain. We suggest sanding with 80 grit paper.
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Mrs.
Hi, I have read tons of Q&As, but can't find the specific answer. I have a solid stain on my deck.I know that Restore stripper will not remove the solid stain but will help remove the loose stain. If I use it, but after I still need to sand some areas, would I still use the brightener right after the stripper then sand? Thanks for your help, Sherree
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Eric S:
What is the best product to clean up a fence that was previously treated with boiled linseed oil? Now it has lots of black mold spots on some sections of the fence, especially on horizontal supports.

You should strip and brighten:
restore-a-deck.com/.../...
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
What is the best product to clean up a fence that was previously treated with boiled linseed oil? Now it has lots of black mold spots on some sections of the fence, especially on horizontal supports.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Sandy Novak:
Will the RAD Stripper hurt my screens on the covered deck area? I am not removing them as they are still in great shape.

Hard to say 100% they will not be affected. Usually, there are no issues. It will not harm fiberglass screens which are the majority of screens. If the screens are aluminum and have a painted coating, it could remove the coating.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Will the RAD Stripper hurt my screens on the covered deck area? I am not removing them as they are still in great shape.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Bruce Ray:
I purchase a kit with RAD #1 and 2, plus Restore a Deck stripper. I was thinking that I should first clean the deck to remove the organics growing on the deck, the grey aging, and then strip it to remove any old stain. Reading this instructions, I'm not sure what order I should do things. It appears I should use RAD #1 first, then strip, and then brighten with #2? Can you help me?

True

You do not need the Step 1 Cleaner if using the Stripper. Go right to the stripper and then the Brightener. Save the cleaner for maintenance coats down the road.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I purchase a kit with RAD #1 and 2, plus Restore a Deck stripper. I was thinking that I should first clean the deck to remove the organics growing on the deck, the grey aging, and then strip it to remove any old stain. Reading this instructions, I'm not sure what order I should do things. It appears I should use RAD #1 first, then strip, and then brighten with #2? Can you help me?

True
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Robert Messelheiser:
When I strip the wooden deck
will RAD stripper take the paint
off my metal railings/columns?

The RAD stripper does not strip off paint, unless the paint is alreadt peeling.
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When I strip the wooden deck
will RAD stripper take the paint
off my metal railings/column s?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting G:
I am planning on staining a 1 year old Brazilian hardwood deck that I sanded and sealed with Ipe Oil last year and again in May of this year since it has faded and worn and shows some small signs of dark mold. I would like to switch to Armstrong Clark, this time. Do I really need to use the stripper and brightener? Can I not just use the cleaner and brightener to switch oils?

You do need to remove the IPE oil first so the stripper would be best. Stripping is no harder than cleaning, just apply and pressure wash off.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I am planning on staining a 1 year old Brazilian hardwood deck that I sanded and sealed with Ipe Oil last year and again in May of this year since it has faded and worn and shows some small signs of dark mold. I would like to switch to Armstrong Clark, this time. Do I really need to use the stripper and brightener? Can I not just use the cleaner and brightener to switch oils?
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re: Mixing RAD Stripper
1. Once dissolved the stripper is at full strength
2. No shelf life for the brightener or stain stripper
3. You would need the cleaner for this area. The cleaner does have a shelf life of a few hours at most. Brightener does not clean wood, it neutralizes the cleaner or stain stripper while lightening the wood.
4. Yes
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Mixing RAD Stripper
1. Once the stripper is mixed, is there a suggested wait time before using? Or, once the crystals are dissolved, is the stripper immediately at 100% strength?

2. I want to confirm that, once the brightner and stripper are mixed, they have no shelf-life. So anything left over at the end of the day will be just as effective the following day?

3. I have a covered deck and the underside of the roof has never been stained. It's 20 years old and very dirty looking. I presume I'll need to use the Cleaner agent first, then the brightner? Or will the brightner also clean this wood?

4. I replaced some old deck boards several months ago. I read that I should not use the stripper on that wood. Should I use the Cleaner to remove the mill glaze, then use brightner?

Thank you
Dave
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Quoting Andy B:
Will the RAD stripper or brightener affect a colored and sealed concrete patio adjacent to my cedar deck?

No it will not.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Will the RAD stripper or brightener affect a colored and sealed concrete patio adjacent to my cedar deck?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting janet nelson:
I am doing a ceder sided house, is there any harm in stripping the whole house then coming back to re wet and apply the brightener or should it be done immediately after stripping. Is there any advantage or harm either way?

Strip one side, brighten, and move to next side would be best.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I am doing a ceder sided house, is there any harm in stripping the whole house then coming back to re wet and apply the brightener or should it be done immediately after stripping. Is there any advantage or harm either way?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting humafewtunes:
I just stripped and brightened a front deck. Now am finding out that I will not be able to stain this deck until 2.5 weeks from now, and it will be impossible to avoid using it in the meantime (i.e. construction crew walking back and forth over it).

What would you recommend I do before staining--cleaning/brightening? Thanks.

Yes a light cleaning and brightening should be done.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Louise14845:
I have tried three products and NOTHING is working on the semi transparent stain that is 4 years old on a 22 year old deck.
I want to prep then stain the deck in a similar color.
I have recieved many conflicting reports; sand, never sand, just clean then stain, to remove all stain.
My deck is huge with 5 stairways and this is getting really expensive trying to prepare the deck for staining
Can you help?

What brand of stain are you trying to remove?
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deck stain removal
I have tried three products and NOTHING is working on the semi transparent stain that is 4 years old on a 22 year old deck.
I want to prep then stain the deck in a similar color.
I have recieved many conflicting reports; sand, never sand, just clean then stain, to remove all stain.
My deck is huge with 5 stairways and this is getting really expensive trying to prepare the deck for staining
Can you help?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting ShonB:
We have a large deck that was stained in 2011 with Flood semi transparent. This past year we have added a pool and extended the deck as well. I have purchased the stripper/brightener for the stained portions and cleaner/ brightener for my newer portion.

Should I work on stripping all rails / balusters before working on stripping the floor?

Also, will any of the products cause issues with pool (outside wall, , resin top rail, etc)?

Finally, do you recommend a stain type that will not get as hot in the sun? We have thought about trying to locate a gray one. Looking forward to getting this done.

Thanks in advance

Strip the rails first then the floor. It should not harm the pool, but rinse well any over spray. Lighter color tend to have less heat. Not sure about the gray. Try Armstrong Clark in Amber tint.
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product use around above ground pool
We have a large deck that was stained in 2011 with Flood semi transparent. This past year we have added a pool and extended the deck as well. I have purchased the stripper/bright ener for the stained portions and cleaner/ brightener for my newer portion.

Should I work on stripping all rails / balusters before working on stripping the floor?

Also, will any of the products cause issues with pool (outside wall, , resin top rail, etc)?

Finally, do you recommend a stain type that will not get as hot in the sun? We have thought about trying to locate a gray one. Looking forward to getting this done.

Thanks in advance
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Tony Ritchie:
I have a new deck made with pressure treated wood. It has never been stained. I mistakenly purchased the Stain stripper instead of the deck cleaner. Can I still use the stain stripper to clean my deck or will it cause damage?

We would not suggest this. Best to use a cleaner.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I have a new deck made with pressure treated wood. It has never been stained. I mistakenly purchased the Stain stripper instead of the deck cleaner. Can I still use the stain stripper to clean my deck or will it cause damage?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting judd:
we use armstrong transparent redwood stain each fall for our redwood deck. couldnt fo the deck last fall. so its time now. the verticals are looking good but the horizontal deck surface needs stripping and staining. do we need to strip the verticals too? we normally clean and recoat without brightener or stripper.

It would be best to strip all and brighten so it is even.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
we use armstrong transparent redwood stain each fall for our redwood deck. couldnt fo the deck last fall. so its time now. the verticals are looking good but the horizontal deck surface needs stripping and staining. do we need to strip the verticals too? we normally clean and recoat without brightener or stripper.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Jeff Harris:
Hi. I am at a point where I need to stain my deck. The only problem is I don't remember if I used a semi-transparen t or solid stain previously. The retailer I bought it from doesn't sell it anymore. Instead of buying a whole $29.99 product, would there be a way that I could buy a "small" sample from you from which to try out on a very small portion of my deck to see if it will strip the old stain? If it does successfully, then I will place another order afterwards to complete the whole deck. If it doesn't, then I will have saved money and prevented wasting your product. I again only need a small enough sample to try stripping old stain from a "very small" section of wood. Please advise.

Best regards,

Jeff Harris

I am sorry but we do not have samples of our stripper. A solid stain looks like a paint and does not show the grain of the wood while a semi-transparen t does show the grain of the wood.
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stripping old stain
Hi. I am at a point where I need to stain my deck. The only problem is I don't remember if I used a semi-transparen t or solid stain previously. The retailer I bought it from doesn't sell it anymore. Instead of buying a whole $29.99 product, would there be a way that I could buy a "small" sample from you from which to try out on a very small portion of my deck to see if it will strip the old stain? If it does successfully, then I will place another order afterwards to complete the whole deck. If it doesn't, then I will have saved money and prevented wasting your product. I again only need a small enough sample to try stripping old stain from a "very small" section of wood. Please advise.

Best regards,

Jeff Harris
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting diane dulude:
Does the temp need to be above 45 degrees all day and night or only during daytime

For applying the Stain Stripper, best to be above the 45 while using the product. Does not matter what temp it drops to at night.
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Does the temp need to be above 45 degrees all day and night or only during daytime
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Dee Jay Donlin:
Hello,
We recently moved to a home that has a cedar deck covered with Cabot semi-solid deck and siding stain (sandstone color). It is worn (some places have bare wood showing and other places are still completely covered). It is ready for restoring. We are wondering if your stripper would remove the semi-solid stain? It looks like we may need to go with the stripper and brightener rather than the cleaner and brightener.
Please advise.
Sincerely,
Dee Jay Donlin

It depends on if this old Cabot is a water based or oil based stain. I assume it is water based since it is custom color. This means it is a filming stain like a solid stain where it dries on top of the wood. These type of stains are the hardest to remove with a stripper as you are almost removing a paint. The RAD stripper and pressure washing will remove much but possibly not all. In this case sanding the rest will be required. FYI, RAD strippers will not remove a paint or solid stain. Your water based semi-solid is one step below a solid stain when it comes to difficulty of removal.
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clarification on stripper
Hello,
We recently moved to a home that has a cedar deck covered with Cabot semi-solid deck and siding stain (sandstone color). It is worn (some places have bare wood showing and other places are still completely covered). It is ready for restoring. We are wondering if your stripper would remove the semi-solid stain? It looks like we may need to go with the stripper and brightener rather than the cleaner and brightener.
Please advise.
Sincerely,
Dee Jay Donlin
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting DanB:
I used the Restore-A-Deck stripper today on my deck. It did a great job even though I may have to go back and re-do a few spots. I had intended on applying the Brightener when I completed the stripper, but discovered the brightener was in my wife's car. So, after stripping, the deck has dried out completely. So, should I apply the brightener as a stand-alone step, or, since I have a few spots to touch up with stripped, just do the stripper again and then apply brightener?

Spot strip what you need to then brighten all at the same time. Let the brightener sit on the wood for at least 20 minutes before rinsing.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I used the Restore-A-Deck stripper today on my deck. It did a great job even though I may have to go back and re-do a few spots. I had intended on applying the Brightener when I completed the stripper, but discovered the brightener was in my wife's car. So, after stripping, the deck has dried out completely. So, should I apply the brightener as a stand-alone step, or, since I have a few spots to touch up with stripped, just do the stripper again and then apply brightener?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting dale fraser:
do any of the 3 RAD products have a shelf life once mixed where they are no longer effective
Thanks

The Cleaner becomes inactive after an hour or two. The Stripper and Brightener do not have a shelf life.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
do any of the 3 RAD products have a shelf life once mixed where they are no longer effective
Thanks
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Bruce Kapp:
do you know if anyone has been successful in removing Penofin with your RAD stripper.
Thanks

Penofin can be removed with the RAD stripper.
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Penofin removal
do you know if anyone has been successful in removing Penofin with your RAD stripper.
Thanks
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Dan Beke:
Do I have to use the brightener immediately following the stripper? Could I strip the deck this week and then use brightener a few weeks later when ready to re-stain? If I do use the brightener immediately after the stripper, how long do I have before I have to apply the new stain?

Yes you need to neutralize with the brightener as soon as possible after the stripping, while the wood is still wet. Let dry for 2-3 days after the prep to apply the stain.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Do I have to use the brightener immediately following the stripper? Could I strip the deck this week and then use brightener a few weeks later when ready to re-stain? If I do use the brightener immediately after the stripper, how long do I have before I have to apply the new stain?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Jane:
I have olympic maximum cedar naturaltone semi-transparent exterior stain on my 8 year old deck that gets full sun in North Carolina. What would you suggest as a means of stripping and then restaining?

Use the Restore A Deck Stripper and a pressure washer to remove. Neutralize with the Restore A deck Brightener when done.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I have olympic maximum cedar naturaltone semi-transparen t exterior stain on my 8 year old deck that gets full sun in North Carolina. What would you suggest as a means of stripping and then restaining?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting jen fournet:
Two questions:
1) Is this and appropriate produce for redwood screened porch walls?
2) Do walls need to be scrubbed clean before using this product?

Thanks,
Jen Fournet

You do not need to clean before stripping. It can be used on redwood.
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house owner
Two questions:
1) Is this and appropriate produce for redwood screened porch walls?
2) Do walls need to be scrubbed clean before using this product?

Thanks,
Jen Fournet
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Rob:
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting JIM BORDEN:
Hey folks, if you have a gap in time, say months, between striping and applying stain, should you apply the brightner right after staining or wait until your ready to stain? JIm

If you wait months between the stripping and staining, you will need to clean then brighten for prep.
You should brighten after the stripping now to neutralize.

I'm in a similar situation. I am getting new PT deck boards now on a multilevel deck, but the original risers between levels will stay in place and they need to be stripped. I probably will not stain until spring. If I strip the old wood before the new deck boards are in place, do I have to brighten them now as well, or can I wait to until the new boards are in place and then apply cleaner to both new boards and stripped wood in the spring and then use brightener on both and then stain it all at once? This would avoid having to apply stripper to the risers after the new boards are in place.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting TheSealerStore:
Quoting JIM BORDEN:
Hey folks, if you have a gap in time, say months, between striping and applying stain, should you apply the brightner right after staining or wait until your ready to stain? JIm

If you wait months between the stripping and staining, you will need to clean then brighten for prep.


I'm in a similar situation. I am getting new PT deck boards now on a multilevel deck, but the original risers between levels will stay in place and they need to be stripped. I probably will not stain until spring. If I strip the old wood before the new deck boards are in place, do I have to brighten them now as well, or can I wait to until the new boards are in place and then apply cleaner to both new boards and stripped wood in the spring and then use brightener on both and then stain it all at once? This would avoid having to apply stripper to the risers after the new boards are in place.
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Quoting Chad:
I've replaced a number of the horizontal boards on my deck with new pressure treated pine. I intend to strip the remaining old boards and stain the whole deck.

When stripping stain from the old boards, should I try to avoid getting the stripper on the new wood?

That wil not be possible to avoid. Also you cannot stain brand new wood right away. Best to wait until spring to do the deck. Make sure to brighten after the stripping. Minimize the dwell time of the stripper on the new wood as much as possible.
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Stain Stripper on New Wood
I've replaced a number of the horizontal boards on my deck with new pressure treated pine. I intend to strip the remaining old boards and stain the whole deck.

When stripping stain from the old boards, should I try to avoid getting the stripper on the new wood?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting RedBarn:
If I use RAD's stain stripper to remove existing stain, am I still supposed to use RAD's cleaner prior to brightening and staining? Or does the stain stripper already clean the surface?

No need to use the cleaner of you use the stripper. Use the brightener after the stripping.
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RAD stripper vs cleaner
If I use RAD's stain stripper to remove existing stain, am I still supposed to use RAD's cleaner prior to brightening and staining? Or does the stain stripper already clean the surface?
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Quoting mofarmerchick:
Just a huge THANK YOU for getting rid of my orange deck! Your product is great - still a lot of work mostly due to the 100+ spindles placed every 6 inches on my 10 x 40 deck but I can honestly say that stripping them all would not have been possible for me without your wonderful product. Still have a bit of touch-up to do on a few orange spots still left on the floor that I didn't notice until the floor dried completely (I think I rushed those sections and didn't leave the stripper on long enough as it was getting late and I was getting very tired) but I am SO very pleased with the results. But I do have one question - my wood no longer looks like treated wood - is it possible I did something wrong and stripped out the chemical used to treat it? Thank you thank you thank you for helping me love my deck again. :-)

You cannot strip out the chemicals. Did you apply the brightener?
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No more orange deck
Just a huge THANK YOU for getting rid of my orange deck! Your product is great - still a lot of work mostly due to the 100+ spindles placed every 6 inches on my 10 x 40 deck but I can honestly say that stripping them all would not have been possible for me without your wonderful product. Still have a bit of touch-up to do on a few orange spots still left on the floor that I didn't notice until the floor dried completely (I think I rushed those sections and didn't leave the stripper on long enough as it was getting late and I was getting very tired) but I am SO very pleased with the results. But I do have one question - my wood no longer looks like treated wood - is it possible I did something wrong and stripped out the chemical used to treat it? Thank you thank you thank you for helping me love my deck again. :-)
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Christine:
I'm a bit confused, and can't tell from the instructions. I have a deck I'm refinishing, which still has areas that have a previously applied solid deck stain that I want to remove before refinishing. Seems I need to use the stripper, but if I use the stripper, do I still need to use the cleaner/brightener? If I don't use the cleaner, do I use the brightener after the stipper?

Restore A Deck Stripper does not remove solid stain. You will have to sand the solid stain off. Once removed you would use the cleaner and brightener kits for the prep.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I'm a bit confused, and can't tell from the instructions. I have a deck I'm refinishing, which still has areas that have a previously applied solid deck stain that I want to remove before refinishing. Seems I need to use the stripper, but if I use the stripper, do I still need to use the cleaner/brighte ner? If I don't use the cleaner, do I use the brightener after the stipper?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting mofarmerchick:
Can I strip my covered deck on a rainy day?

Not in a pouring rain. A light rain should be fine.
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Rain
Can I strip my covered deck on a rainy day?
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Quoting mofarmerchick:
I'm getting ready to start my deck stripping project and have a couple more questions. I have a large deck so the stripping will be done over several days. What is an acceptable gap between stripping and brightening? What is the shelf life of the stripper after it has been mixed? You mentioned in another post that the stripper should be mixed in a bucket then transferred to the sprayer. Is there a reason why it can't be mixed in the sprayer? I think that's all for now - thank you very much for your attentiveness in answering questions about your product. Support like that is truly appreciated!

Best to brighten the same day as stripping and all the wood at the same time. If you cannot do it the same day then just do all at once. Stripper and brightener do not have a shelf life when mixed. Do not mix in the sprayer as you may not get all the powder to dissolve and that would create a possible clogging issue in the sprayer tip.
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More questions ugh
I'm getting ready to start my deck stripping project and have a couple more questions. I have a large deck so the stripping will be done over several days. What is an acceptable gap between stripping and brightening? What is the shelf life of the stripper after it has been mixed? You mentioned in another post that the stripper should be mixed in a bucket then transferred to the sprayer. Is there a reason why it can't be mixed in the sprayer? I think that's all for now - thank you very much for your attentiveness in answering questions about your product. Support like that is truly appreciated!
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Thank you. I'm getting ready to start my deck stripping project and have a couple more questions. I have a large deck so the stripping will be done over several days. What is an acceptable gap between stripping and brightening? What is the shelf life of the stripper after it has been mixed? You mentioned in another post that the stripper should be mixed in a bucket then transferred to the sprayer. Is there a reason why it can't be mixed in the sprayer? I think that's all for now - thank you very much for your attentiveness in answering questions about your product. Support like that is truly appreciated!
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting mofarmerchick:
Good morning,

The instructions on the package say to test on a small area before using. Since I don't want to mix up an entire gallon before I'm ready to use it what ratio of stripper to water would you recommend to mix a small amount for testing? I want to make sure I'm testing with a proper proportion to get an accurate test of whether it will work to strip off the current stain.

Thanks in advance.

1 oz of powder to 2 cups of water would be the same ratio as 8oz to 1 Gallon.
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Testing before use
Good morning,

The instructions on the package say to test on a small area before using. Since I don't want to mix up an entire gallon before I'm ready to use it what ratio of stripper to water would you recommend to mix a small amount for testing? I want to make sure I'm testing with a proper proportion to get an accurate test of whether it will work to strip off the current stain.

Thanks in advance.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting loose51:
I applied Olympic semi-transparent stain on my new 100 sq ft porch floor made of pressure-treated pine. I didn't stir often enough AND I did more than one board at a time.Now I have very dark lap marks. Is using your stripper & re-staining (correctly!)the best option for me?
Thank you!

You would need to strip, pressure wash and then brighten for prep. You may need to strip and pressure wash more then once as well it is hard to remove a newly applied stain.
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My Mistake
I applied Olympic semi-transparen t stain on my new 100 sq ft porch floor made of pressure-treate d pine. I didn't stir often enough AND I did more than one board at a time.Now I have very dark lap marks. Is using your stripper & re-staining (correctly!)the best option for me?
Thank you!
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting JIM BORDEN:
Hey folks, if you have a gap in time, say months, between striping and applying stain, should you apply the brightner right after staining or wait until your ready to stain? JIm

If you wait months between the stripping and staining, you will need to clean then brighten for prep.
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worker bee
Hey folks, if you have a gap in time, say months, between striping and applying stain, should you apply the brightner right after staining or wait until your ready to stain? JIm
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Sam:
I am looking for something to effectively strip "Sikkens Cetol Siding Rails Decks Semi-Transparent Stain" from a deck in preparation for refinishing.

Currently, some parts of the deck has checking, peeling and weathering. I have removed the looser checks through power washing (set on wash, then strip), but in many places the stain remains(between checks). Appears to be time for a stripper and a different stain.

Your RAD Injectable Stain Stripper has great reviews, but your product description says is is not intended to use for removal of solid deck stains or paints. Do you think it will work on the Sikkens?

Also, is it correct that after using the stripper, the the cleaner is not needed before using the brightener? Is the cleaner needed at all?

Thank you.

As long as it is not the "shiny" varnish looking Sikkens version, then yes the RAD stripper should work. Best to pump spray on the stripper then pressure wash off. No need for cleaner if you use a stripper first.
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Stripping Sikkens Semi-Transparen t Stain
I am looking for something to effectively strip "Sikkens Cetol Siding Rails Decks Semi-Transparen t Stain" from a deck in preparation for refinishing.

Currently, some parts of the deck has checking, peeling and weathering. I have removed the looser checks through power washing (set on wash, then strip), but in many places the stain remains(between checks). Appears to be time for a stripper and a different stain.

Your RAD Injectable Stain Stripper has great reviews, but your product description says is is not intended to use for removal of solid deck stains or paints. Do you think it will work on the Sikkens?

Also, is it correct that after using the stripper, the the cleaner is not needed before using the brightener? Is the cleaner needed at all?

Thank you.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting nsprincing:
We have a deck that is 19 years old. It was stained early on but in recent years has only been power washed with water/bleach.
We have your RAD cleaner & brightener and today started to clean a small portion of the deck (14X12). It is a hard job & we have been at it for 5 hours.
Should we first have used the RAD stripper to help do the job? We have 3/4 of the deck to finish and running out of energy.
How can we make it easier?
We live in Northern Michigan on Lake Huron with lots of trees, and ice and snow off the Lake in the winter.

If you have an older stain still then yes you would need the stripper to remove.
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Nancy
We have a deck that is 19 years old. It was stained early on but in recent years has only been power washed with water/bleach.
We have your RAD cleaner & brightener and today started to clean a small portion of the deck (14X12). It is a hard job & we have been at it for 5 hours.
Should we first have used the RAD stripper to help do the job? We have 3/4 of the deck to finish and running out of energy.
How can we make it easier?
We live in Northern Michigan on Lake Huron with lots of trees, and ice and snow off the Lake in the winter.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting rocketmanpj:
There are several hinges and pieces of other hardware bolted to the wood on our deck/siding. Do these need to be removed prior to using the stripper/brightener.

There should be no need but it always best to test to make sure there is no reaction between the products and the hardware.
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Is removal of deck hardware required?
There are several hinges and pieces of other hardware bolted to the wood on our deck/siding. Do these need to be removed prior to using the stripper/bright ener.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Robert Pickett:
In step 7, it mentions either using a pump sprayer or chemical injector from a pressure washer.

Is option 1 saying that a pump sprayer is more effective than the pressure washer for this?

Thanks!

Yes a pump sprayer will be more effective for most scenarios.
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Deck Owner
In step 7, it mentions either using a pump sprayer or chemical injector from a pressure washer.

Is option 1 saying that a pump sprayer is more effective than the pressure washer for this?

Thanks!
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Mike Schwarz:
I have a 7 year old 200 sq ft cedar deck stained with Behr Premium Natural Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Finish. We re-stained the deck two years ago and decided on stripping and re-staining this year. I used the Behr stripper product (4 times over) and only got about half the stain off. Just applied a coating of Restore A Deck stripper in a test area using a scrub brush per the instructions but still don't seem to be making any progress after leaving the product on (and keeping moist) for 30+ minutes. Any advice on what we are doing wrong? Do I need to use a stronger mix of stripper (having done the 1 cup stripper + 1 gallon of water)? Or do I just need to get a sander and finish the job that way?

Sounds to me you have buildup of the Behr stain to the point that is is filming on top of the wood like a solid deck stain. Deck Stain strippers will trouble removing when a excessively thick acrylic filming stain like the Behr. Can you reply to your email (not here as it is hard to do) with a picture so we can determine the best course of action?
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Stripping frustration
I have a 7 year old 200 sq ft cedar deck stained with Behr Premium Natural Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Finish. We re-stained the deck two years ago and decided on stripping and re-staining this year. I used the Behr stripper product (4 times over) and only got about half the stain off. Just applied a coating of Restore A Deck stripper in a test area using a scrub brush per the instructions but still don't seem to be making any progress after leaving the product on (and keeping moist) for 30+ minutes. Any advice on what we are doing wrong? Do I need to use a stronger mix of stripper (having done the 1 cup stripper + 1 gallon of water)? Or do I just need to get a sander and finish the job that way?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Dwayne S:
I have a 400 sq ft Mahogany deck that was sanded and stained with BM Arborcoat semi-transparent stain. I'm looking to strip, sand, brighten and apply TWP 1500 stain. My plan was to strip with RAD, sand, and then use the RAD brightener prior to staining. Will this work? Is the stripper a waste of time if I'll be sanding, or will I even need to sand after using the stripper?

Thanks

You will definitely need to sand to remove the Arborcoat but you will remove some with the stripper so it will be an easier sand.
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Stripping and Sanding
I have a 400 sq ft Mahogany deck that was sanded and stained with BM Arborcoat semi-transparen t stain. I'm looking to strip, sand, brighten and apply TWP 1500 stain. My plan was to strip with RAD, sand, and then use the RAD brightener prior to staining. Will this work? Is the stripper a waste of time if I'll be sanding, or will I even need to sand after using the stripper?

Thanks
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Susan M:
I used your product two summers ago and my deck still looks beautiful. Wondering if I should re-stain just deck floor this spring to keep it looking beautiful. Do I need to re-clean and brighten before reapplying Armstrong Clark oil or can that wait another year as long as deck looks fine?

If you reapply then you will need to prep with the RAD products.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Lance Nethery:
I have a transparent oil based Superdeck stain on my decking.It needs to be redone and my queston is should I strip it or can simply use the cleaner and brightner.
Thanks.

Strip and brighten it.
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Maintenance
I used your product two summers ago and my deck still looks beautiful. Wondering if I should re-stain just deck floor this spring to keep it looking beautiful. Do I need to re-clean and brighten before reapplying Armstrong Clark oil or can that wait another year as long as deck looks fine?
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
I have a transparent oil based Superdeck stain on my decking.It needs to be redone and my queston is should I strip it or can simply use the cleaner and brightner.
Thanks.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Jugs:
Can I use the same sprayer for both the Stripper and Brightener

Yes you can.
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Strip and Brighten Sprayer
Can I use the same sprayer for both the Stripper and Brightener
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Kevin A.:
Hi. If I am using the stripper first but also want to sand for a smooth finish to an older deck, what order am I going in? Strip, sand and brighten? Or strip, brighten and sand? Or does it matter? Thanks!

Strip first, light sand when dry, and brighten and rinse well when done.
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strip, sand, then brighten?
Hi. If I am using the stripper first but also want to sand for a smooth finish to an older deck, what order am I going in? Strip, sand and brighten? Or strip, brighten and sand? Or does it matter? Thanks!
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Mike S.:
I am interested in purchasing and trying your Restore-a-Deck until I read that is is not recommended for solid stains. I have a 15yr. old deck with peeling/weathered solid stain that is in need of a refresh. Do you have any products that you could recommend to remove solid stain?

Thanks,
Mike

Mike, it is not possible to strip a solid stain effectively with a deck stain stripper. No stripper will do it. It will get off some but you will still need to sand ti get it all off.
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Stripper for solid stain
I am interested in purchasing and trying your Restore-a-Deck until I read that is is not recommended for solid stains. I have a 15yr. old deck with peeling/weather ed solid stain that is in need of a refresh. Do you have any products that you could recommend to remove solid stain?

Thanks,
Mike
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Dan Maker:
Hello, Is the RAD stripper save to use around aluminum. I have aluminum stiles between the rails on my deck.

Depends if the spindles are clear coated and the type they are. Rarely an issue but some of the older spindles where not made well and you could get a reaction from the RAD brightener.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Hello, Is the RAD stripper save to use around aluminum. I have aluminum stiles between the rails on my deck.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Quoting Cameron Brister:
Good morning, I used an Armstrong Clark semi transparent stain on a cedar deck three years ago. Underneath, I sanded all I could but there are still remnants of an old coat of Behr premium stain, particularly in hard to reach places. I'm looking for reccomendations for a chemical stripper to take that stuff off.

Try the RAD Stain stripper and pressure wash off. Make sure to use the brightener when removed.
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RE: Restore A Deck Stain Stripper Instructions
Good morning, I used an Armstrong Clark semi transparent stain on a cedar deck three years ago. Underneath, I sanded all I could but there are still remnants of an old coat of Behr premium stain, particularly in hard to reach places. I'm looking for reccomendations for a chemical stripper to take that stuff off.
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