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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    JMS · 10/23/2022
    I have a 50 sq. ft. covered mahogany porch (facing north so no sun) that was last sealed with Cabot Australian Timber Oil about 18 years ago.  It is dirty and has a dark gray appearance.  I started sanding parts of it before learning about your prep products and plan to use the RAD Semi-Transparent Wood Stain.
    1. Should I sand the rest of it before continuing?
    2. Should I Strip or Clean before Brightening?
    3. I liked the rich brownish/reddish mahogany color that I originally had.  Will the Natural color stain give me the color I want or should I go with Cedar?
    4. It is late October and I am in northern NJ and daytime temperatures highs are now in the mid/upper 60s with overnight lows dipping into the low 50s.  Given that I have only a small area to stain, would it be advisable to work on this project now? 
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      RAD Products · 10/23/2022
      1. Sand it evenly.
      2. Cleaner and Brigtener.
      3. Try Light Walnut.
      4. You can do it in those temps.
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    Celeste Warner · 09/12/2022
    Hello, we are hoping to stain our Ipe deck, but are so busy with all this prep work first!  In the course of power washing and cleaning and brightening, we ended up with splinters - and so have now sanded some of the deck.  Do we have to clean and brighten all over again?  How do we get the sanded  dust particles off - can I use a damp cloth?  And then how long do we need to wait to then use the stain?  Many thanks for your help here!  We are in northern California, the deck has been in for about a year, and we are hoping to stain since we didn't like the gray color the deck had gone.  Celeste  Oh, the photo shows where the deck had been cleaned and the lower right gray area shows what it looked like before cleaning.
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      RAD Products · 09/12/2022
      Redo the prep after sanding as you will need to remove sand dust. As for when to stain after, that depends on the stain being used.
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        Celeste Warner · 09/12/2022
        So just to be clear, we go through applying the cleaner, rinsing, then applying the brightener, then rinsing, then wait 3 days to dry, then apply the stain.  Thank you again!!!
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    Rick · 06/09/2022
    I have stripped and brightened my ipe deck I’m ready to apply the Armstrong ipe oil in amber Color. Are there any particular things I should know about Armstrong Clark application. How long should I let it penetrate before wiping the excess away. Can it be rolled on? 
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      RAD Products · 06/10/2022
      Use a stain pad or brush for best results. Rollers can splatter. Just one coat for IPE. Back wipe any excess that does not absorb after 60 minutes and only if needed.
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    Rick · 05/31/2022
    Hi there. Just power washed the deck. The deck builder used ipe oil from deck wise the power washing removed some of the oils but it is very uneven as shown in the pics. Any idea how to make it even again before I stain with your ipe stain. 
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    steve · 05/05/2022
    Last year, I bought RAD Cleaned, Brightener, And Stain.  Of course,  I did not get around to the project. Nothing opened. Shelf life says up to 36 Months. All seems good but Brightener seems to have hardened up in the bag.  Going to start tomorrow any tips for using year old products?
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      RAD Products · 05/06/2022
      They will still be good and the brightener will dissolve. Shake the stain.
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        Steve · 05/31/2022
        Cleaned, Brightened, Waited a week for rain, Stained.
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    Julie · 04/25/2022
    We had our Ipe deck stained with Penofin and they put on too much, we also have stains.  We had stripped and brightened before but with Penofin products.  Can we use the stripper on overstained Ipe? Do you recommend sanding after stripping?
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      RAD Products · 04/25/2022
      Strip and brighten to remove the Penofin with the RAD Stripper and Brightener. No need to sand.
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        Julie · 04/25/2022
        I still have Penofin brightener leftover. Any issues if I use RAD stripper and Penofin brightener?
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          RAD Products · 04/25/2022
          It may not work as well as their brightener is not as effective.
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    BillAP · 04/16/2022
    I have 20 yr. old mahogany deck. For years I applied Ben Moore Australian stain. Two yrs ago I used RAD stripper and then Brightner/ Neutralizer and applied Armstrong Clark semi transparent. Just now applied RAD cleaner then Brightner. Deck is in great shape, there is some residual stain (oil) left on deck. Would like to apply RAD semi transparent light walnut stain on said deck. Can I do it? Will it adhere and be durable?
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      RAD Products · 04/17/2022
      You would have to use the RAD Stripper and then the Brightener to switch to the RAD Stain.
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        BillAP · 04/17/2022
        Thanks for reply. What is longest lasting oil based semitransparent stain. I’d like to skip a year or two before using RAD system. I’m getting to old to do each year! (Mass.)
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    Josh · 10/11/2021
    Trying to decide on color for a new tigerwood deck - natural? light walnut? not looking to change the color much, just preserve the natural look.
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      RAD Products · 10/11/2021
      Any color you like will work. It must be tinted if you want to prevent UV graying and all RAD colors are tinted. 
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    Christina · 09/16/2021
    Hi there. Preparing to re-finishing an ipe deck that was treated with Penofin oil 5 years ago. Should I STRIP, brighten and stain, or should I CLEAN, brighten and stain? The shady areas are almost black in colour now - possibly due to mildew - while the sunny areas are more grey and weathered looking. And if I refinish with Armstrong Clark oil, then next year, will I be best to re-strip, brighten and re-stain, or should I re-clean, brighten and re-stain? Thank-you!
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      RAD Products · 09/17/2021
      Please post pictures of the deck for proper prep help.
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        Christina · 09/17/2021
        You bet. One picture of the darker area (with a bit of water puddled at the right side of the photo, pls ignore that), and one of the greying area. 
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          RAD Products · 09/17/2021
          Strip brighen and stain for prep with this year. Clean and brighten when recoating down the road.
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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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      RAD Products · 09/17/2020
      Only one coat for hardwood decks like yours.
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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.