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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    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
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    RAD Products · 11/19/2015
    Rob"][quote name="TheSealerStore"][quote name="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[/quote]
    If you wait months between the stripping and staining, you will need to clean then brighten for prep.[/quote]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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    Rob · 11/18/2015
    TheSealerStore"][quote name="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[/quote]
    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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    RAD Products · 10/31/2015
    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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    Chad · 10/30/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 10/26/2015
    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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    RedBarn · 10/26/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 10/05/2015
    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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    mofarmerchick · 10/05/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 10/01/2015
    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.