Restore A Deck Light Walnut Stain on IPE

Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain works very well for exotic hardwoods such as IPE, Mahogany, Tigerwood, etc.  Restore-A-Deck wood stain’s long-lasting composition works hard to absorb quickly and penetrate deep into the hardwood grain to withstand the elements and stay true to its beautiful finish. Even with Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain, yearly maintenance is still necessary for exotic hardwoods. That’s just the nature of the beast when dealing with an Ipe/Hardwood decks. Maintenance can be done by lightly washing the deck with the Restore-A-Deck deck cleaner and allowing it to dry. A thin maintenance coat of the same color RAD deck stain can then be applied.

RAD Stain Steps

 

Before beginning the staining process, it is recommended that wood surfaces be prepped and staining. To prep wood surfaces that do not have a previous coating or doing a maintenance coat of the RAD Stain, use Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener. It’s concentrated powder formula is especially good at removing dirt, grime, mold, and mildew that is prone to showing up on wood surfaces. If a previous semi-transparent coating is on the wood of a different brand, use the RAD Stain Stripper and Wood Brightener. Note, the RAD stripper will not remove solid stains, over applied acrylics, etc. Sanding would be needed for these scenarios.

Note for New Hardwood: New IPE and other Exotic Hardwood needs to weather after install. About 3+ months. Prep with the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kits

After the new wood has been cleaned or stripped, the wood will appear slightly darker. To restore the wood and neutralize the pH, use Restore-A-Deck brightener to lighten it to its original appearance. The RAD Wood Brightener further opens the wood pores for an ideal surface to apply Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent wood stain.

Following Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener, continue with Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain. Unlike other brands of wood stain, Restore-A-Deck’s formula can be applied to wood surfaces following the Brightener on the same day on damp wood or can be applied to dry wood on the following days. If applying to damp wood, it is recommended to allow the wood to dry 2-4 hours after prep is complete.

Only 1 coat should be applied to exotic hardwoods and IPE. A light maintenance coat of stain should be applied 12 months after the first coat was applied. Every year after is normal for exotic hardwoods.

Restore A Deck Stain Application Tips

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    Pat · 07/07/2021
    I stripped and sanded my IPE deck. Do I realy need to use cleaner before the brightner or a good rinse would be enough ?
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      RAD Products · 07/07/2021
      Both would be best so the IPE is absorbent as possible for the stain.
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    Aumfwd · 07/01/2021
    I am getting ready to apply a maintenance coat on my IPE dock and all I have right now is the stripper. CAn I use that before I put on the maintenance cot instead of the cleaner? or should I order cleaner before I apply the stain? In other words, can I use stripper in lieu of cleaner before I appl maintennace coat of stain. I also pressure washed it. Thank you!
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      RAD Products · 07/01/2021
      Yes, you can use the Stripper. Brightener after to neutralize.
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    Ken D Mcfadden · 06/30/2021
    I will do my deck with Jatoba.  The place I am buying from wants to include IPE oil, which I guess they recommend.  I believe it is a linseed based product.  My understanding is that water based products "sit on the surface" like a film, while oil base sink into the wood.  Is that true with the Restore hardwood product...from the description is sounds like it penetrates...there is no danger of peeling of a film?
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      RAD Products · 06/30/2021
      The Restore A Deck Semi-transparent stain is a fully penetrating water-based stain.
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    Pat · 06/28/2021
    Hello, I have a 600 sq. ft ipe deck that I have stripped. On the picture, I used the light walnut (4th spot from left) and cedar (last spot) colors samples you provided me. After one week with a thunder storm, cedar color would be my best color option. Does it provide the same UV protection as cedar ? And do I need a brightner before staining ? 
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      RAD Products · 06/28/2021
      They all provide the same UV protection. You are supposed to brighten after stripping to neutralize.
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    David Spuria · 06/13/2021
    I have a 2 year old IPE diving board that is turning gray. I have power washed it (see attached photo).  No need to strip it, and I was not planning on sanding. I was thinking of using RAD brightener followed by RAD stain, but not sure whether I should get Natural stain or a colored stain. If I use Natural, will it stay gray or will the brightener bring back the color? Thanks. 
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      RAD Products · 06/13/2021
      Use the Light Walnut color for IPE for best results. Natural is tinted, not clear so it will enhance the grain as well.
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    Chris · 06/11/2021
    Hi, I have a 20 year old farmer's porch-deck, stairs and railings are mahogany. Should I use the Booster additive and thickening gel to the stripper for best results with the mahogany?Thanks for your help!
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      RAD Products · 06/11/2021
      We would need to see pictures of the deck and know the brand and type of stain you are removing.
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    Bill Goodwin · 05/22/2021
    Is it absolutely necessary to use stripper on an ipe deck previously stained with Floods Hardwoods Semi transparent water based stain? We Are at the beach and beach sand -sands the stain off. I had to strip the deck prior to using the Floods product to remove oil based stain used by builder- it was a tough time consuming messy job that I could do without. I have two large decks and three one story staircases! Sort of like applying a light annual maintenance coat?
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    Brad · 05/12/2021
    I have a hardwood deck (either Mangaris Diamond or Gold wood) that is raised above the ground 10 feet and wraps all the way around my house. Do I need to lay down plastic to protect the ground and house walls below (concrete, garage door, light fixtures, front door, plants, etc.)?  If so, would I need to provide protection during all stages/steps?  I plan to do the following steps: stripper/brightener/light walnut stain.  Also, do my aluminum railings need to be taped off or can they be wiped clean afterwards?  One last question: is one coat sufficient?  Thank you in advance !
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    Amanda · 04/30/2021
    I forgot to mention that in my previous question that the furniture is 5 years old, and two years ago we sanded them and applied a water based stain and protectant. So, we will use the stripping product first, of course.
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    Amanda · 04/30/2021
    I see below that you recommended applying stain to Ironwood, an exotic wood, when dry. Is this what you recommend for all exotic woods? I will be using the stripping product, clean and brighten, and then stain on exterior wood loungers made of Tzalam wood (an "exotic" Mexican wood similar to mahogany or Ipe). Is it ok to apply stain on this furniture when damp, or better to let dry for several days? Thank you!
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      RAD Products · 05/01/2021
      If using the RAD Stains, you can apply to dry or damp wood, just not visibly soaking wet wood.
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    Sarah · 04/27/2021
    This summer I am planning to use black locust for a horizontal fence here in Chicago, can I use the RAD semi-transparent stain? How long do I wait to stain after installation of the new wood, and do i use the cleaner/brighten system first? Thank you for any help you can offer 
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    Brad · 04/05/2021
    Here 14 year old ipe stripped and coated with dark walnut in case anyone was torn on color choice.  Nothing lasts more than one season on ipe. I’ve tried em all  and nothing makes it look like it did when new   
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    Bob W · 09/17/2020
    An addition to my earlier post. The wood is dry, not having been recoated for a couple of years. My original reason for a wet-on-wet coat.
    Thanks, Bob W
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    Bob W · 09/17/2020
    Hello:
    Setting up to start my one day deck restoration. I planned on doing a wet-on-wet procedure. First strip, then brighten and finally stain...two coats.

    The Deck is Mahogany. After looking over your procedure for Mahogany (IPE & Exotic Hardwoods)...you folks suggest just one coat of stain? I’m confused, what is the proper procedure?
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    Tom · 08/29/2020
    When doing a maintenance coat on 2 year old mahogany deck (did not do maintenance coat last year) should I plan on using your cleaner and brightener, and then one coat semi-transparent stain. Can I apply stain on damp wood or let dry overnight. If some of the deck is in the sun, should I light mist part in the sun to dampen it, or apply dry. I plan to do this in September when sun is not the hottest.
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      RAD Products · 08/30/2020
      Use the prep products when recoating. You can apply to dry or damp wood.
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    Paul · 07/07/2020
    Follow up question, would you stain all sides or just the top?
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    Paul · 07/07/2020
    Installing a new kayu batu covered porch. Do you have a special product for exotic woods or does the normal stain work? As for color, we want to highlight the natural red tones it has, would you recommend your natural semi transparent over the walnut or other colors?
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      RAD Products · 07/08/2020
      The RAD semi-transparent stain in any color will work. Most use the Light Walnut color.
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    Sarah · 05/15/2020
    I applied stain to my ipe deck last year using your cleaning and brightening system. Yesterday I started prepping for my maintenance coat by using the cleaning solution, however, it appears to be taking off the stain from last year. Is this normal?
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      RAD Products · 05/15/2020
      Yes.
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        Sarah · 05/15/2020
        Thank you. So since it took it off, do I do a wet on wet application again? Or just one coat? Everything has made it seem like this would be a “quick” process for a maintenance coat, but it’s like starting all over!

        Second- in the picture you can see that it didn’t take it all of. Does it need to be completely off for a consistent finish? Or since I’m using the same color, will it be ok?
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          RAD Products · 05/15/2020
          Only one coat for IPE wood. It is good to stain, it will blend if the same color.
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    Larry · 05/11/2020
    I have taken ownership of a garapa deck that's in good physical condition. Previous owner used a Flood "Pro Series CWF Hardwoods" penetrating finish for exotic hardwoods. What prep should I use for your product and what semi-transparent stain color would you recommend?
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    Paul · 05/09/2020
    I just cleaned, used the Brightener and stained my mahogany deck. I noticed the grain of the wood is now raised. I first thought it was due to the cleaner but I stained a hand rail that was brand new and it has the same rough surface after staining only.
    Any thoughts
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      RAD Products · 05/09/2020
      Oxidation removal during the prep can cause this.
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    Rick · 02/11/2020
    Hello. I used the natural color last year on my ipe deck, but turned out looking a little orange colored. Can I apply a different color for my maintenance coat this year to darken it, or make it more brown?
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      RAD Products · 02/11/2020
      Best to use the RAD Stripper Kit and remove it down to the bare wood. Try the RAD stain in Light Walnut or Dark Walnut.
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    Mark · 08/25/2019
    I have a 2 year old Ipe deck that I have not previously stained. I used RAD cleaner and brighter last year (using brush instead of power wash) and was very happy with the result. I am planning on doing the same again this week (but with power wash instead of brush clean...), and then following up with a RAD stain. What stain variant should I use?
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    Barbara · 08/03/2019
    I have a 22 year old ironwood deck that was stained once after installation and allowed to gray naturally after that. The vertical elements of the deck at pressure-treated. After cleaning, it all looks very good for its age but there is some minor cracking and softening and even slight cupping in places so I'm planning to apply a penetrating semi-transparent stain after using the RAD brightener. Because I'm fine with the natural graying of the wood, this is really just for maintaining the wood itself and I hope not to have to reapply every year. Which stain do you think is best for my purposes? I have not found much about the RAD stain online - it is not reviewed by Consumer Reports, I suppose because it is new. How many years do you have experience with this formulation? If I use the RAD product, is it better to apply after the ironwood has dried for a couple of days instead of applying wet? I'm more interested in doing what is best for the wood than convenience.

    Thanks,

    Barbara
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      RAD Products · 08/03/2019
      Ironwood being an exotic hardwood will require an annual cleaning and reapplication. This is normal for all hardwoods and exterior deck stains. For Ironwood, it would be best to let the wood dry before applying. the RAD Stain. Use the RAD Stain in Light Walnut semi-transparent. Just one coat.
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        Barbara · 08/03/2019
        How many years experience do you have so far with this product?
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          RAD Products · 08/03/2019
          3-4 years in real-time. 5-6 in test environments.
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    Pat · 07/01/2019
    I have 2 mahogany decks that were last treated approximately 5 years ago. Most likely have an oil based stain which is pretty much nonexistent.. which products should I use ? Thanks
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      RAD Products · 07/02/2019
      Prep with the Cleaner/Brightener Kits and pressure washing. Apply the RAD semi-transparent stain in Light Walnut.