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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    JIM BORDEN · 09/30/2014
    Hi there, just bought a house that the PO had applied Super Deck semi transparent which has tung oil and other oils. It has turned black/brown and a few parts wearing thin..

    The weather here in central Oregon is turning cool.

    Should I use your stripper or should I use your cleaner to clean this mess up?

    Should I sand first or wait for the cleaner or stripper to do their thing?

    Should I wait for warmer weather?

    Thanks Jim
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    RAD Products · 09/25/2014
    Elizabeth Julien:
    Hi,
    Two questions: 1) Instructions say mist water and then apply Stripper using a pump sprayer or scrub brush. I don't have a sprayer. So, can I just saturate a floor brush dipped in my extra wide bucket and then brush deck? 2))Am wondering how to use RAD stripper on vertical surface? Same process but use a smaller brush? Being a liquid, how will it stay in place? Thanks

    You should invest in a $20-$30 sprayer for this, especially for the verticals. Not easy or as effective to brush it on.
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    Elizabeth Julien · 09/24/2014
    Hi,
    Two questions: 1) Instructions say mist water and then apply Stripper using a pump sprayer or scrub brush. I don't have a sprayer. So, can I just saturate a floor brush dipped in my extra wide bucket and then brush deck? 2))Am wondering how to use RAD stripper on vertical surface? Same process but use a smaller brush? Being a liquid, how will it stay in place? Thanks
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    RAD Products · 09/18/2014
    Mike Edminster:
    can a clean garden pump sprayer be used to apply RAD deck stripper and brightener?

    Yes but make sure to mix the powders in a bucket fist with water then transfer that to the sprayer.
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    Mike Edminster · 09/18/2014
    can a clean garden pump sprayer be used to apply RAD deck stripper and brightener?
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    RAD Products · 08/25/2014
    Cathy:
    Will this stripper remove oil based semi solid stain?

    Most likely but does depend on the amount of coats there are.
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    Cathy · 08/25/2014
    Will this stripper remove oil based semi solid stain?
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    Canyon08 · 08/23/2014
    Found the answer. Thank
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    Canyon08 · 08/23/2014
    Is the stripper harmful to plants?
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    RAD Products · 07/21/2014
    mike a:
    How eco friendly? dock refinishing

    It is safe over water and docks.
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    mike a · 07/20/2014
    How eco friendly? dock refinishing
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    RAD Products · 07/10/2014
    Kathy Schwebach:
    I have used penofin hardwood oil on 8 year old ipe deck. 2 years ago it turned black. Was told to use diluted bleach which has helped but still a lot of stain still remains. Will the stripper work in this situation?

    Yes this stripper will remove the Penofin that has turned black.
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    Kathy Schwebach · 07/09/2014
    I have used penofin hardwood oil on 8 year old ipe deck. 2 years ago it turned black. Was told to use diluted bleach which has helped but still a lot of stain still remains. Will the stripper work in this situation?
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    RAD Products · 07/07/2014
    Dave Hayes:
    Do you offer a package with the Stripper and brightner? I only see the cleaner and brightner.

    Sorry but we do not.
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    Dave Hayes · 07/07/2014
    Do you offer a package with the Stripper and brightner? I only see the cleaner and brightner.
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    RAD Products · 06/23/2014
    Belinda Henson:
    If I am doing in sections, should I finish all sections with the stripper then apply brightener or apply the brightener to sections as they are stripped? Sorry for all the questions but my deck is 15 years old and I need it to last another 15 years so I really need to do this right.

    Strip all than brighten.
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    Belinda Henson · 06/23/2014
    If I am doing in sections, should I finish all sections with the stripper then apply brightener or apply the brightener to sections as they are stripped? Sorry for all the questions but my deck is 15 years old and I need it to last another 15 years so I really need to do this right.
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    Belinda Henson · 06/23/2014
    TheSealerStore:
    Do in sections and do the floors first, than the railings.


    Thanks so very much!
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    RAD Products · 06/23/2014
    Do in sections and do the floors first, than the railings.
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    Belinda Henson · 06/23/2014
    On a deck as large as 10 x 40 would you recommend doing it in sections so I can more effectively keep it misted so that it does not dry out? Should I do the horizontal floor separately from the spindles? Any negative consequences from doing that?

    Thanks so much!
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    RAD Products · 06/22/2014
    Mike Chan:
    Hello,

    I have a 10ftx10ft cedar deck with an old cabot oil stain on there. On this deck there is a waterproof under decking made of galvanized steel (corrugated roof sheet) so that I can store stuff under the deck. Can I use your product to strip the old stain off my deck? Is your product corrosive to the galvanized steel? If not can you recommend what I can do to strip the stain as it is failing.

    Thanks.

    Mike

    It should remove the Cabot well and will not harm the steel.
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    RAD Products · 06/22/2014
    Belinda Henson:
    Hello,

    I have a 10 x 40 deck that has previously been stained that I would like to strip. My hesitation is that it has pickets spaced about 4 inches apart and I'm worried about being able to effectively remove the stain from all sides of them. Any tips on the easist most time effective way to do that?

    Also, will your products hurt 1) my vinyl siding on my house 2) my aluminum rain gutters and downspouts 3) My concrete patio below my deck 4) My dogs if they happen to eat any grass that it got on during the process?

    It should not harm the siding but always best to test first. Do not let the dags eat anything that is wet with the stripper. Spray on the stripper and pressure wash off.
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    Mike Chan · 06/22/2014
    Hello,

    I have a 10ftx10ft cedar deck with an old cabot oil stain on there. On this deck there is a waterproof under decking made of galvanized steel (corrugated roof sheet) so that I can store stuff under the deck. Can I use your product to strip the old stain off my deck? Is your product corrosive to the galvanized steel? If not can you recommend what I can do to strip the stain as it is failing.

    Thanks.

    Mike
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    Belinda Henson · 06/20/2014
    Hello,

    I have a 10 x 40 deck that has previously been stained that I would like to strip. My hesitation is that it has pickets spaced about 4 inches apart and I'm worried about being able to effectively remove the stain from all sides of them. Any tips on the easist most time effective way to do that?

    Also, will your products hurt 1) my vinyl siding on my house 2) my aluminum rain gutters and downspouts 3) My concrete patio below my deck 4) My dogs if they happen to eat any grass that it got on during the process?
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    RAD Products · 06/17/2014
    BRUCE CROCKER:
    My deck was stained a few years ago with a latex attain. The color is now "worn off" the horizontal surfaces but is still visible on the railings. Do you recommend the stripping process for any parts of the deck or can I just do the cleaning and brightening steps. I plan to use your oil based stain after whatever prep you recommend.

    You cannot add any stain on top if this so you will need to strip and possibly sand to get it all off first. Brighten as well.
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    BRUCE CROCKER · 06/16/2014
    My deck was stained a few years ago with a latex attain. The color is now "worn off" the horizontal surfaces but is still visible on the railings. Do you recommend the stripping process for any parts of the deck or can I just do the cleaning and brightening steps. I plan to use your oil based stain after whatever prep you recommend.
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    RAD Products · 06/16/2014
    Eric Skrout:
    I used the RAD stripper and brightener this weekend and it got most of the stain off. After it dried, I noticed that the boards were more of a whitest color. It almost is as if the wood is bleached. I sanded a small spot and it will sand off to natural wood but I dont want to have to sane my entire deck before staining. Any suggestions?

    No issues and the stain will enhance the wood grain.
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    Eric Skrout · 06/16/2014
    I used the RAD stripper and brightener this weekend and it got most of the stain off. After it dried, I noticed that the boards were more of a whitest color. It almost is as if the wood is bleached. I sanded a small spot and it will sand off to natural wood but I dont want to have to sane my entire deck before staining. Any suggestions?
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    RAD Products · 06/08/2014
    Rick:
    My deck is 10 years old western red cedar. It has been stained with PENOFIN Red Cedar Oil stain every 3 years, after a light power washing each year. Can I remove the old stain with RDA Stripper? It has turned dark in many places and has light and dark wood, after this years strong power washing. I wish to bring back ,as much as possible, the western red cedar color. Thank you.

    Yes use the RAD Stripper and pressure wash again. Use RAD brightener when finished.
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    Rick · 06/07/2014
    My deck is 10 years old western red cedar. It has been stained with PENOFIN Red Cedar Oil stain every 3 years, after a light power washing each year. Can I remove the old stain with RDA Stripper? It has turned dark in many places and has light and dark wood, after this years strong power washing. I wish to bring back ,as much as possible, the western red cedar color. Thank you.