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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    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.
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    Tony Ritchie · 06/08/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 05/30/2016
    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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    judd · 05/30/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 05/02/2016
    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-transparent 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-transparent does show the grain of the wood.
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    Jeff Harris · 05/01/2016
    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-transparent 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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    RAD Products · 04/30/2016
    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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    diane dulude · 04/30/2016
    Does the temp need to be above 45 degrees all day and night or only during daytime
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    RAD Products · 04/03/2016
    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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    Dee Jay Donlin · 04/02/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 04/02/2016
    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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    DanB · 04/01/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 03/30/2016
    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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    dale fraser · 03/30/2016
    do any of the 3 RAD products have a shelf life once mixed where they are no longer effective
    Thanks
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    RAD Products · 03/29/2016
    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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    Bruce Kapp · 03/29/2016
    do you know if anyone has been successful in removing Penofin with your RAD stripper.
    Thanks
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    RAD Products · 03/02/2016
    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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    Dan Beke · 03/02/2016
    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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    RAD Products · 03/01/2016
    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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    Jane · 02/29/2016
    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?
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    RAD Products · 02/18/2016
    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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    jen fournet · 02/17/2016
    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