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Restore-A-Deck Stain Wet on Wet Application

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Restore A Deck Staining BrushHow to Apply Restore-A Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain with wet on wet application

Applying your Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain easily to exterior wood is a reality thanks to advancements in wood stain technology. It should be noted that there is a technique for applying to exterior wood for best results. This is called wet on wet application. Following this wet on wet application guideline is recommended when you wish to apply a second coat of stain on top of your first coat of stain before the first coat has completely dried or cured. This allows for fewer issues to arise over the drying period for a perfect, clean, finished product.

 

Our recommended guidelines for wet on wet stain application:

  • Always properly prep your wood surface first with Restore-A-Deck Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Stripper followed by Restore-A-Deck Brightener.
  • Hot sun application tips: Restore-A-Deck Stain Hot Sun Application
  • Start with vertical surfaces first, such as railings. Make sure horizontal and other surfaces are protected from excess paint. After the first coat is complete, apply a light second coat to the top of the railing only between 20 minutes to 1 hour after the first coat has been applied.
  • Repeat this process for all benches or vertical structures.
  • Once all vertical surfaces are stained, apply one coat of Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain to flooring and horizontal surfaces, ensuring the entire floor is covered.
  • Reapply a second light coat 20 minutes to an hour after the first coat has been applied to all flooring and horizontal areas.
  • Note that it is ok to walk on the first coat of stain even if it has not dried completely, but take precautions to not step in your second coat of stain to ensure a smooth finish.

Some final tips:

  • Only apply 1 coat to new wood. Skip the second coat, you won’t need it. See here for tips on new wood: Restore-A-Deck Stain and New Wood
  • Wear shoes and clothes you do not care about getting the stain on. It’s bound to happen.
  • Apply the coats quickly to ensure you are not overlapping
  • Only apply 1 overall coat to vertical surfaces while horizontal surfaces may require 2
  • Avoid excessive application, filming of the stain may occur
  • It is recommended to use the Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain with the Restore-A-Deck Stain Brush, stain pad applicator, brush, or sprayer. If using the Restore-A-Deck Solid Stain, use a hand brush, roller, or airless sprayer.

If you need Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain application help, feel free to post a comment. If you have any suggestions or tips we are not mentioning, we want to hear from you. Leave a review including pictures of your finished product and indicate how well the project has been holding up over time.

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Scott only carries wood deck stains and wood restoration products that perform best based on his experience using the products and his 30+ years of helping others. Scott has been approached about selling numerous restoration products through the years but selects only the products he has used and trusts to perform.
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Mark
Mark
5 days ago

I apply RAD stain maintainance coat, every two years, clean, brighten, stain. Unexpectantly a thunderstorm popped up 10 hours after application. How do I tell if efforts were successful or do I need to start over?

george
george
27 days ago

drying time for solid stain to walk on

Mike
Mike
29 days ago

What will remove RAD semitransparent stain that has dried on downspouts and roof trim on the facia boards?

Mark Gordon
Mark Gordon
1 month ago

I started my RAD project in mid April with all the vertical boards and 6×6 beams that support the deck. I then sanded with 60 grit orbital hand sander to remove the feathered wood. Unfortunately, weather and travel interrupted the project and I have not been able to stay in the two week intervals you have suggested. The original finish after the deck was built was a Behr stain that lasted less than a year after application. We then put down an Olympic semi-transparent oil based stain that also last a short period of time, ~ 2 yrs Last fall I began to sand the deck surface. This spring after reading multiple sites and reviews, your Restore-A-Deck products were the most consistently highly rated for deck restoration.
I started with the Stripper, Booster, and Thickening Gel. It has taken multiple coats to strip the vertical posts and deck steps, and still required sanding using the 60 grit sanding pads to get the Olympic stain off. The vertical support beams are having to be sanded to remove the stain.
I am now out 2 months on the project. I have to work on ladders because of the deck height from the ground, and am 75 y/o. I need to order additional Stripper, Booster, and Thickener to finish the deck surface and the remaining vertical wood surfaces. I have the Brightener, and 10 gallons of the semi-transparent stain.
Questions:

  1. What do I need to do to improve the Stripper efficiency and reduce the need for reapplications? I was keeping the Stripper moist to avoid drying, scrubbing the Stripper and using a power washer to rinse off as recommended. I was using a sprayer, and a brush to apply the Stripper.
  2. I have not applied any Brightener to the deck surfaces yet while trying to get the wood prepped. Do I need to wait after the deck sanding a specific length of time before applying the Brightener?
  3. I have purchased from RAD the recommended products to apply the stain. We are supposed to have fair weather without rain for the next week.
  4. What are your recommendations to help me get the project done.

Thank you for your assistance.

Mike Luecke
Mike Luecke
1 month ago

If you use an airless sprayer to apply RAD semi-transparent stain to vertical walls should you back brush as you apply or, just spray without back brushing? Is 1 coat usually sufficient on walls or should I plan on 2 coats? Thanks, Mike

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Cheryl
Cheryl
1 month ago

I have a large deck, will strip and brighten one day and stain the next. Should the wood be damp when staining? It states reapply 2nd coat 20-60 minutes after the first. Should I apply the first and second coat in sections if I cannot reapply the 2nd coat within an hour?

Timothy
Timothy
1 month ago

Around 7-8 years ago I had a deck constructed from pressure treated pine. I allowed the deck to go for a tad over a year before applying a Baer solid tinted stain, around June. This was done approximately 6 years ago. The following Winter, after the snow melted the deck was flaking and peeling. It was then stripped about 4 years ago, using a diamond bit disc. Once stripped it was stained using “Ready Seal.” The Ready Seal finish was recently power washed and appears to have been completely removed from the deck boards. Questions as follows.

(1) Do I need to use any of the following prior to staining (Cleaner, Stripper, Brightener), or can I simply do one more power wash? It is my opinion that the stripping, using the diamond encrusted disc, probalby somewhat closed the pours in the wood, which made removing the Ready Seal stain much easier.

(2) Prior to staining with one of your semi transparent stains, would it be more effective to dampen the deck with water prior to staining? One or two coats? And should staining be done on an overcast day, or approaching evening when the house has completely shaded the deck?

(3) Once the stain dries and cures, is it safe to seal the deck with something like a Thompsons Water Seal. I have a large dog and during the rainy season, and fall months, she tends to track mud onto the deck, which I ultimately is tracked into the house by me from the tires on my wheelchair. My objective is to do the deck in such a way that I can use the garden hose to spray off any dirt she has brought onto the deck. It seemed that despite the Ready Seal claiming to be a stain with a sealer, dirt and mud was absorbed into the wood.

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Timothy
Timothy
1 month ago
Reply to  RAD Products

Thank you for your prompt reply. My nightmare is the dog tracking dirt and mud al over the deck, which ultimately I track into the house and then spend an inordinate amout of time trying to clean the dirt and tracks off my hardwood floors. Are RAD stained decks easily cleaned to remove dirt, and mud? It seesm that the Ready Seal simple absorbed it and hosing off with a garden hose was innefective. How would I go about cleaning the deck once I have stained it? Thanks again.

Michele
Michele
1 month ago

I have a 25 year old deck and just used the semi-transparent stain with the wet on wet technique, going over everything twice while wet. However, the deck floorboards are patchy in some places. Can I apply another layer of stain now, to even it out?

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Tiana
Tiana
1 month ago

Hi, I used RAD system restore my deck two years ago and was happy with the result. Now the deck has some mildew and pretty bad grayish color. Here are my questions:

  1. Is this normal for deck looks like this after RAD treatment in two years?
  2. I am planning to clean, brighten and then stain the deck. Should i do one coat or two coats, the railing seems better shape so maybe two coats on surface and one coat on railing?
  3. I have plenty of left over stain from two years ago, is it still good after two years?

Thanks a lot!

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Werner
Werner
1 month ago

How much semi transparent stain is required for 450 sqft machine sanded pt deck with wood rails and spindles on two sides. Only one coat for machine sanded?

Werner
Werner
1 month ago
Reply to  Werner

That would be 648. Thanks

John Cox
John Cox
1 month ago

After prep with stain stripper and brightener Should Armstrong and Clark stain be applied wet on wet if two coats are desired

Dave
Dave
2 months ago

Do I treat my decks rim

boards like railings or deck boards?

Ben
Ben
2 months ago

Hi there,
I’ve got a 30 year old Douglas Pine deck that hasn’t been maintained. (See pics)

Do I

A: Sand and apply Semi Transparent stain?
B: Sand and apply brightener then the stain?
C: Strip, then apply stain
D: Strip, Brightener, Stain?

TIA

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Jay
Jay
2 months ago

Hello There ~ I cleaned, brightened, and stained with semi-transparent in the spring of 2023. I’d like to hit it again with another coat now after a VT summer and winter. Do I need to brighten or simply apply the cleaner?

Thanks.

Heather
Heather
8 months ago

I have the semi-transparent RAD stain. I’ve already bought a roller brush. Can i use that even though its not sold stain?

Carl Refo
Carl Refo
9 months ago

I put 2 coats on wet wood. Can i put a third coat on after the second coat dries?

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