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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    Jeannie · 09/10/2020
    In listing the recommendations for use/application of the Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain, all items are mentioned except a roller. Can a roller be used in its application on a wood fence?
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      RAD Products · 09/10/2020
      Rollers do not work very well with penetrating semi-transparent stains as they splatter and do not apply very evenly.
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    Julie · 09/09/2020
    Pressure treated pine deck. 15 months old. First time for prep and stain. Cleaned and brightened with RAD products two days ago to prep for RAD semi-transparent stain.

    1. Light graying remains in a few places. Leave as is or spot treat with cleaner and brightener?
    2. Goal is to stain within two weeks of prep, correct?
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      RAD Products · 09/09/2020
      You are good to stain within 2 weeks.
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        Julie · 09/12/2020
        Are the ends and edges of decking and stair treads considered vertical or horizontal surfaces?
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    Jennifer V. · 09/07/2020
    How long do I wait after stripping to apply brightener?
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    Kit · 09/03/2020
    Can you apply a second cost the next day?
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    Fran · 09/01/2020
    Why is my deck tacky and what to do about it. Really followed instructions.
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      RAD Products · 09/01/2020
      That would happen from over application and or improper prep.
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    Gena · 09/01/2020
    We have a 1400 sq. ft. deck that is pressure treated pine that has been down a year now, so we need two coats withing 20 to 40 minutes of each other. My question if my husband starts the first coat and I come behind him with the second coat we will eventually have to walk on it when applying the second coat. Will that damage it or show foot prints?
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    Tom · 08/31/2020
    I stripped a large 1600 s/f deck about a month ago. We had a death in the family and I had to travel for work. Can I just brighten and use the semi-transparent stain or do I need to clean and brighten again?
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      RAD Products · 09/01/2020
      Clean and brighten would be best.
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        Tom · 09/04/2020
        Do I need to use a pressure washed again with the cleaner?
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    Julie · 08/31/2020
    Have RAD Semi-Transparent Stain and RAD Stain Brush. Any tips for applying stain to decking where the RAD brush can't reach, such as decking tucked under siding and under Trex railing? I am concerned that addressing these places on all four sides of deck is really going to slow me down and mess with the finished look.
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    Natallie · 08/31/2020
    I am in the process of stripping and sanding my deck. Should I fill the old nail holes with exterior caulk before or after I clean and brighten?
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    Russ · 08/30/2020
    I applied the brightener 4 days ago....I am going to wait a full 2 days without rain before applying the stain....is that ok or do I have to brighten again.
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    Dan · 08/29/2020
    I got some fuzzy wood after stripping and brightening, not fibers ripped from power washer but the fuzzy wood that alwasy seems to show up, is it ok to stain over top of it or does it need to be completely sanded?
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    joe · 08/25/2020
    I stripped, lightly sanded and then use brightener about a week ago. All RAD products. Weather is good to stain now with RAD products. Since easier to apply wet should I lightly mist the deck boards (very light no puddles)?
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    joe · 08/17/2020
    Hi - If I am using RAD Brush on deck floor, is back brush by hand still required on 1st or 2nd coat?
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      RAD Products · 08/17/2020
      Using the RAD brush is back brushing so no need to do anything else. You only back brush after spraying.
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        joe · 08/26/2020
        Hi. Front deck and pillars look amazing - RAD cedar has deep, rich color. Rear deck not as good. Rear is same wood but more weathered because not under porch. Some parts of same board are not as dark / rich as front or even some in rear. Did I not apply enough? Not wait long enough between coats? Thoughts would be helpful so I can fix in 9 months. Next year can I clean with Oxi clean then RAD brighten and rad restain heavier where it’s too light ?
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          RAD Products · 08/26/2020
          Post some pictures and not suggested to prep with OxiClean but the RAD Cleaner. Much more effective.
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            joe · 08/26/2020
            Front porch looks great
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            joe · 08/26/2020
            Front deck comparing. Looks amazing
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            joe · 08/26/2020
            And far corner showing not as dark
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            joe · 08/26/2020
            Here is picture of rear
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              RAD Products · 08/26/2020
              The difference in color for the floor is based on the prep and the wood, not the stain. You have some internal darkening going on. You may need to strip and brighten next year so the color evens out.
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                joe · 08/26/2020
                What about the far corners. Yes there is some darkening in middle. But same issue in corners or did I apply heavier in those places
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                  RAD Products · 08/26/2020
                  Yes, looks like you applied heavier there.
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                    joe · 08/26/2020
                    Also if I decide not to stop again can I just clean next year and apply heavier where it is too light...as if I were doing 2nd coat again?
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                    joe · 08/26/2020
                    Thanks. Last question for now. Does it matter how long it dries after first coat 15/20 minutes v 1 hour. Will longer dry result in darker 2nd coat wet on wet?
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                      RAD Products · 08/27/2020
                      No, that does not matter as long as it is applied evenly.
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    veronica · 07/20/2020
    Also, does the deck need to be sprayed with water before applying the stain? It's a porch and so not in full sun. Thanks!
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    veronica · 07/20/2020
    if I am using a staining pad to apply the semi-transparent stain, do I dip the pad into a bucket of the stain and then rub it on the wood? how do I know that I am not over-applying?
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      RAD Products · 07/21/2020
      Make sure hen applying that it fully soaks into the wood.
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    Dave c · 07/20/2020
    If you use Your solid stain Over a semi transparent stain all I have to do is pressure wash and I can’t apply damp? Isn’t this advice the opposite of everything else your website says. Please clarify since you say your product works best with damp wood that has been stripped.
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      RAD Products · 07/20/2020
      You cannot apply a solid stain over an old coating of the semi-transparent stain while the wood is damp. It would have to be dry. If you strip and brighten all of the semi-transparent off, then yes, you can apply it to damp wood.
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    Jim Abbatoy · 07/06/2020
    I didn’t know of the RADbrush when i ordered. Can a paint roller or other soft broom be used with semi-transparent?
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      RAD Products · 07/07/2020
      Not a roller or push broom. Use an exterior stain pad or regular handheld brush.
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    Insley · 07/05/2020
    I found the stripper onlyoption. Sorry.
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    Corie · 07/04/2020
    Regarding cedar decking that is weathered (18 months) and will be cleaned and brightened...do we need to apply two stain (semi-transparent) coats wet on wet? The deck is too large to do wet on wet in one day. If we can do one coat, when can we do a second coat?
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      RAD Products · 07/05/2020
      Two coats wet on wet. It cannot be wet on dry of doing two coats.
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        Corie Turner · 07/05/2020
        Thank you. If the deck is too large to do two coats wet on wet, can we do one coat and do another a few months later?
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          RAD Products · 07/06/2020
          The size of the deck does matter when it comes to wet on wet. Just break it down into sections or have someone start applying the second coat 20-45 minutes after the first. If you end up only doing one coat, then wait until the Spring of next year to apply another.
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    B Taylor · 07/04/2020
    Video of mold.
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    Insley · 07/04/2020
    Hi! I laid a new deck last summer and bought you cleaner/brightened/semi-trans dark walnut stain kit to protect the deck. Everything went smoothly until a flash storm came out of nowhere. My awning covered most of it, tarps the other parts. But some rain (a lot in some places) got through and parts of the deck have somewhat lighter spots today and it’s still tacky/damp on the deck. Is it possible
    to do a third coat since it’s still wet? Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 07/05/2020
      No, you cannot do a third coat after it dries and it will not take. Best to leave as is.
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        Insley · 07/05/2020
        That’s what I figured. So I left it. It looks awful - when can I start the process over? Do I need to strip so that the new stain will be an even coat when I redo it?

        Thanks!
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          RAD Products · 07/05/2020
          You would have to strip it and brighten for prep. You can do this now or later.
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            Insley · 07/05/2020
            Do I need any of the additives?
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              RAD Products · 07/05/2020
              Both would help to make the stripping easier.
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                Insley · 07/05/2020
                I’m only doing a horizontal surface. Is the gel necessary? Also, I have brightener. Is it possible to just purchase stripper?
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    Shara · 06/24/2020
    I have been told that the darker color stains actually protect the wood better from UVs. I plan to use RAD semi-transparent stain on a pressure treated pine deck. I like the natural color but am wondering if the light walnut color would give more protection since it is darker?
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      RAD Products · 06/24/2020
      Slightly more but not that much. You will still need to redo at the same time.
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        Shara · 06/24/2020
        OK, I'll go with my first choice, natural. Thank you very much!
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    Amanda · 06/23/2020
    We followed the directions to the letter to do a wet-on-wet application of your stain following the Stripper and Brightener, BUT the finish is not beading up when water hits it as I think it should. Our deck is a long-neglected meranti (hardwood) - it looks great, but I'm concerned that the water is still soaking in despite 2 coats of stain. Any suggestions?
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      RAD Products · 06/24/2020
      It is not supposed to bead water but shed water. The stain is breathable. It is correct.
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    Scott · 06/19/2020
    We did a second coating on a portion of our deck on a hot day. It is now 48 hours since application, and that portion of the deck has a shiny/blotchy appearance. I think this is "filming"/why we weren't supposed to do this. What is the solution to this? Wait a while and then start from scratch? Sand it down later? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      You over-applied. Leave it as is. If it starts to fail in a year or two you will have to remove and start over.
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    Danny Hawtin · 06/19/2020
    I applied my first coat last evening and it has been drying all night. Is it ok to put a light second coat on this morning?
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      RAD Products · 06/19/2020
      No, second coats have to go on wet on wet, not after the first coat cures. You can lightly clean and recoat in late Fall or Spring.
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    isaac · 06/17/2020
    After using wooster brush for semi transparent how should i clean it?
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    isaac · 06/17/2020
    when should i use stain pad and when should i use wooster brush?
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      RAD Products · 06/17/2020
      Use pad for floors and brush for rails or edges of floors as needed.
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    isaac · 06/17/2020
    Can i shake the gallon semi-transparent bottle to mix? Or should i pour into 5 gallon bucket and stir first before applying?