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 · 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.
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    Christine · 09/30/2015
    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?
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    RAD Products · 09/21/2015
    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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    mofarmerchick · 09/21/2015
    Can I strip my covered deck on a rainy day?
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    RAD Products · 09/12/2015
    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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    mofarmerchick · 09/11/2015
    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!
  • We will reply to your comment shortly
    mofarmerchick · 09/11/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 09/11/2015
    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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    mofarmerchick · 09/11/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 09/10/2015
    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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    Louisa Tobias · 09/10/2015
    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!
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    RAD Products · 08/08/2015
    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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    JIM BORDEN · 08/07/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 07/27/2015
    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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    Sam · 07/26/2015
    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.
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    RAD Products · 07/26/2015
    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 S Princing · 07/25/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 07/20/2015
    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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    rocketmanpj · 07/20/2015
    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.
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    RAD Products · 07/19/2015
    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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    Robert Pickett · 07/18/2015
    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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    RAD Products · 07/17/2015
    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?