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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    RAD Products · 05/15/2017
    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 Smith · 05/15/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 05/05/2017
    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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    Fred Eckhaus · 05/05/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 04/18/2017
    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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    Carolyn Hunter · 04/18/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 04/06/2017
    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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    sherree · 04/05/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 04/05/2017
    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:
    https://www.restore-a-deck.com/order-restore-a-deck/rad-kits-best-price/restore-a-deck-stripper-brightener-kit/flypage.tpl.html
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    Eric S · 04/05/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 03/20/2017
    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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    Sandy Novak · 03/20/2017
    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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    RAD Products · 10/17/2016
    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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    Bruce Ray · 10/16/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 10/15/2016
    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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    Robert Messelheiser · 10/15/2016
    When I strip the wooden deck
    will RAD stripper take the paint
    off my metal railings/columns?
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    RAD Products · 09/20/2016
    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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    G · 09/20/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 08/21/2016
    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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    David Latch · 08/21/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 08/04/2016
    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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    Andy B · 08/04/2016
    Will the RAD stripper or brightener affect a colored and sealed concrete patio adjacent to my cedar deck?
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    RAD Products · 07/05/2016
    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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    janet nelson · 07/04/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 06/26/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 06/26/2016
    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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    Louise14845 · 06/25/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 06/20/2016
    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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    ShonB · 06/19/2016
    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
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    RAD Products · 06/09/2016
    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.