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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    RAD Products · 05/08/2014
    Guy Wentworth:
    I used Cabot Australian Timber oil on my last deck treatment 3 years ago. Will your stripper remove this product?

    Yes it should. Brighten when done.
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    Guy Wentworth · 05/08/2014
    I used Cabot Australian Timber oil on my last deck treatment 3 years ago. Will your stripper remove this product?
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    RAD Products · 05/06/2014
    You need to remove the Sikkens SRD so you would want the Stripper and the Brightener.
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    Tom Nemeth · 05/05/2014
    Hi folks, your records will show I have purchased Restore a Deck from you 2-3 times. Great product too! It's time for me to redo my deck. I use Sikkens CETOL SRD the semi transparent brown. Not sure if they make the same color. Anyway, I'd like to remove the finish and redo it probably in the same brownish color. I have a deck that's about 30x15 with railings etc and about 12 steps.
    So should I get the stripper or the cleaner?
    Can you pls respond to my email address?

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    RAD Products · 04/19/2014
    David, Use the Stripper to remove as much as possible first than sand if needed after. It will make it much easier for you.
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    David Vittorio · 04/18/2014

    I have a large deck 750 feet and it is 3 years old,. 2 years ago I used cabots translucent stain (A honey color). After the winter I needed to restain the deck and I used Thompsons, Translucent gold. This year the deck is peeling and looks terrible. Should I sand with an Orbital sander or will Your Deck stripper work?

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    RAD Products · 04/14/2014
    Dean, no the RAD stripper does not remove solid latex stains or paints. It will remove the majority of semi-transparent stains.
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    Dean DEMars · 04/13/2014
    Will RAD stripper remove latex stain? Is the best method with hand sprayer?
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    RAD Products · 03/12/2014
    The Stripper does remove mold and mildew. You do not need the cleaner if you use the stripper.
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    Camille Willman · 03/12/2014
    Does the stripper help with mold/mildew, or do I need the cleaner also?