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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    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?
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    Mike Schwarz · 07/16/2015
    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?
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    RAD Products · 06/10/2015
    Dwayne S:
    I have a 400 sq ft Mahogany deck that was sanded and stained with BM Arborcoat semi-transparent stain. I'm looking to strip, sand, brighten and apply TWP 1500 stain. My plan was to strip with RAD, sand, and then use the RAD brightener prior to staining. Will this work? Is the stripper a waste of time if I'll be sanding, or will I even need to sand after using the stripper?

    Thanks

    You will definitely need to sand to remove the Arborcoat but you will remove some with the stripper so it will be an easier sand.
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    Dwayne S · 06/10/2015
    I have a 400 sq ft Mahogany deck that was sanded and stained with BM Arborcoat semi-transparent stain. I'm looking to strip, sand, brighten and apply TWP 1500 stain. My plan was to strip with RAD, sand, and then use the RAD brightener prior to staining. Will this work? Is the stripper a waste of time if I'll be sanding, or will I even need to sand after using the stripper?

    Thanks
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    RAD Products · 06/01/2015
    Susan M:
    I used your product two summers ago and my deck still looks beautiful. Wondering if I should re-stain just deck floor this spring to keep it looking beautiful. Do I need to re-clean and brighten before reapplying Armstrong Clark oil or can that wait another year as long as deck looks fine?

    If you reapply then you will need to prep with the RAD products.
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    RAD Products · 06/01/2015
    Lance Nethery:
    I have a transparent oil based Superdeck stain on my decking.It needs to be redone and my queston is should I strip it or can simply use the cleaner and brightner.
    Thanks.

    Strip and brighten it.
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    Susan M · 06/01/2015
    I used your product two summers ago and my deck still looks beautiful. Wondering if I should re-stain just deck floor this spring to keep it looking beautiful. Do I need to re-clean and brighten before reapplying Armstrong Clark oil or can that wait another year as long as deck looks fine?
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    Lance Nethery · 06/01/2015
    I have a transparent oil based Superdeck stain on my decking.It needs to be redone and my queston is should I strip it or can simply use the cleaner and brightner.
    Thanks.
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    RAD Products · 05/14/2015
    Jugs:
    Can I use the same sprayer for both the Stripper and Brightener

    Yes you can.
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    Jugs · 05/14/2015
    Can I use the same sprayer for both the Stripper and Brightener
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    RAD Products · 05/05/2015
    Kevin A.:
    Hi. If I am using the stripper first but also want to sand for a smooth finish to an older deck, what order am I going in? Strip, sand and brighten? Or strip, brighten and sand? Or does it matter? Thanks!

    Strip first, light sand when dry, and brighten and rinse well when done.
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    Kevin A. · 05/05/2015
    Hi. If I am using the stripper first but also want to sand for a smooth finish to an older deck, what order am I going in? Strip, sand and brighten? Or strip, brighten and sand? Or does it matter? Thanks!
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    RAD Products · 05/04/2015
    Mike S.:
    I am interested in purchasing and trying your Restore-a-Deck until I read that is is not recommended for solid stains. I have a 15yr. old deck with peeling/weathered solid stain that is in need of a refresh. Do you have any products that you could recommend to remove solid stain?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    Mike, it is not possible to strip a solid stain effectively with a deck stain stripper. No stripper will do it. It will get off some but you will still need to sand ti get it all off.
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    Mike S. · 05/04/2015
    I am interested in purchasing and trying your Restore-a-Deck until I read that is is not recommended for solid stains. I have a 15yr. old deck with peeling/weathered solid stain that is in need of a refresh. Do you have any products that you could recommend to remove solid stain?

    Thanks,
    Mike
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    RAD Products · 04/28/2015
    Dan Maker:
    Hello, Is the RAD stripper save to use around aluminum. I have aluminum stiles between the rails on my deck.

    Depends if the spindles are clear coated and the type they are. Rarely an issue but some of the older spindles where not made well and you could get a reaction from the RAD brightener.
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    Dan Maker · 04/27/2015
    Hello, Is the RAD stripper save to use around aluminum. I have aluminum stiles between the rails on my deck.
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    RAD Products · 04/27/2015
    Cameron Brister:
    Good morning, I used an Armstrong Clark semi transparent stain on a cedar deck three years ago. Underneath, I sanded all I could but there are still remnants of an old coat of Behr premium stain, particularly in hard to reach places. I'm looking for reccomendations for a chemical stripper to take that stuff off.

    Try the RAD Stain stripper and pressure wash off. Make sure to use the brightener when removed.
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    Cameron Brister · 04/27/2015
    Good morning, I used an Armstrong Clark semi transparent stain on a cedar deck three years ago. Underneath, I sanded all I could but there are still remnants of an old coat of Behr premium stain, particularly in hard to reach places. I'm looking for reccomendations for a chemical stripper to take that stuff off.
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    RAD Products · 04/17/2015
    Sue"][quote name="TheSealerStore"][quote name="Sue:
    The chemical injector on my pressure washer mixes detergent at a ratio of 1:20 with water. How much powder per gallon of water should I use to make the stripper solution? Thank you[/quote]
    Not sure if that ratio will work well or not. It is really watering down the stripper at 1:20. Do you know what stain brand and type you are removing?[/quote]

    Unfortunately, don't know the stain brand but there is not much of it left on the deck. Make stripper solution twice as concentrated? Also, what kind of pressure would you recommend for injecting the stripper? 100 psi? 500 psi?

    You would be best to get a pump sprayer and apply the stripper that way. Injectors work well for certain types of stain removal but since we do not know the type, it is possible it might not work as well as you would like. Pressure does not matter when injecting the stripper but you must use a black soap tip when injecting.
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    Sue · 04/16/2015
    TheSealerStore"][quote name="Sue:
    The chemical injector on my pressure washer mixes detergent at a ratio of 1:20 with water. How much powder per gallon of water should I use to make the stripper solution? Thank you[/quote]
    Not sure if that ratio will work well or not. It is really watering down the stripper at 1:20. Do you know what stain brand and type you are removing?


    Unfortunately, don't know the stain brand but there is not much of it left on the deck. Make stripper solution twice as concentrated? Also, what kind of pressure would you recommend for injecting the stripper? 100 psi? 500 psi?
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    RAD Products · 04/16/2015
    Sue:
    The chemical injector on my pressure washer mixes detergent at a ratio of 1:20 with water. How much powder per gallon of water should I use to make the stripper solution? Thank you

    Not sure if that ratio will work well or not. It is really watering down the stripper at 1:20. Do you know what stain brand and type you are removing?
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    RAD Products · 04/16/2015
    Sue:
    How long do I have to use the stripper after mixing?

    It does not go bad or have a shelf life.
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    Sue · 04/15/2015
    The chemical injector on my pressure washer mixes detergent at a ratio of 1:20 with water. How much powder per gallon of water should I use to make the stripper solution? Thank you
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    Sue · 04/15/2015
    How long do I have to use the stripper after mixing?
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    RAD Products · 04/14/2015
    Brandee Black:
    Hello,

    My question is, if I use a stripper on our deck do I sill need to use a cleaner or just the brightener. Sorry if this was answered somewhere in your webpage.

    Also if I am sanding the deck do I still need to Stripper or a Cleaner?

    Thank You
    Brandee

    If you use a stripper you do not need a cleaner but will need a brightener. If you sand you should use the cleaner and brightener after the sanding.