Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain 1 Gallon

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Recent advancements in water-based wood stain technology have allowed the active ingredients in the Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain to offer better UV protection, excellent penetration into the wood grain, the ability to apply to damp wood, all in 4 beautiful semi-transparent colors that highlight the natural wood grain.

Note: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain can be applied to dry or damp wood.
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Stain and Prep on the Same Day!

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Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is an advanced, water-based, semi-transparent stain formulation designed to penetrate deep into wood pores for maximum protection and longevity. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain protects wood from harmful UV rays and damage caused by water penetration. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is safe to use, has a low odor, and is easy to clean up with soap and water. It is ideal for all wood types including pressure-treated pine, cedar, fir, or redwood.

Recent advancements in water-based wood stain technology have allowed the active ingredients in the Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain to offer better UV protection, excellent penetration into the wood grain, the ability to apply to damp wood, all in 5 beautiful semi-transparent colors that highlight the natural wood grain.

RAD Semi-Transparent Wood and Deck Stain will increase the life, appearance, and durability of all exterior wood surfaces. With the easy to apply and maintain Eco-Safe formula, you'll be able to finish faster and enjoy your exterior wood or deck for years.

WHERE TO USE
Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain is intended for all wood types of weathered, exterior wood surfaces including decks, fences, siding, outdoor furniture, gazebos, and playsets. You can apply Restore-A-Deck Premium Wood Stain to hardwoods including mahogany, ipe, or other types of exotic hardwoods. 

Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain can be applied the same day as the prep. Make sure that all standing water has dried off the surface after prep. Typically 2-4 hours at 70º F and less than 50% humidity.

Note: Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain can be applied to dry or damp wood. 

New Wood Note: New wood is not the same as "damp" wood and needs to weather and be prepped before staining. Restore-A-Deck Stain and New Wood

Coverage:
RAD Wood Deck Stain applies at about 100-200 feet per gallon. Actual coverage varies depending on wood porosity.

Restore A Deck Stain Application Tips

ADVANTAGES

  • Stain the same day as the prep!
  • Utilizing the latest advancements in water-based stain technology
  • Cost-effective stain and sealer for your wood
  • Deep penetration into the wood grain resulting in less chance of wear and tear
  • Protects wood from damaging UV oxidation and graying
  • Available in 4 beautiful semi-transparent finishes – Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, & Dark Walnut
  • For use on all exterior wood types and surfaces, not just decks
  • Eco-Safe
  • Dries to a flat, natural-looking finish
  • Water-based, easy cleanup
  • Easy to reapply as needed
  • Easy to remove if needed
  • Does not promote mold/mildew growth
  • Low VOC content, compliant with all US states and Canada

Restore A Deck Semi-Transparent Stain Color Chart

Gallon Sizes:
1's and 5's
Coats  Required:
1-2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon:
100-200 sq. ft
Temperature:
45-95 F
Application Tools:
Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time:
4-8 Hours
Cleanup:
Soap and Water
VOC Compliant: 50
Compliant in all States
More Info:
Product Data Sheet

Reviews

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Awesome deck stain. Prepped the wood and 2 hours later we stained the deck. All done in half a day!

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    Robert Arbios · 11/05/2020
    Just attempted 1st try of stripping our 20-year old, 15’ x 15’ cedar deck but am afraid “no rain/above 45 degrees” window is now closed here in Seattle for some months. In the meantime, I have these questions:

    1. Deck was last stained in 2009, with Daly’s Cedar DeckStain, an alkyd resin base which Daly’s says is considered “transparent.” Can I expect the deck to accept your Dark Walnut stain after the stripping done so far?

    2. Should I try re-stripping the darker, more weathered boards NOT under the overhang?

    3. About 4 or 5 of the weathered boards have some gouges I hoped the Dark Walnut stain would help mask. If I instead replace them with new cedar, should I put the new boards on the deck, exposed to the weather for 6 months or so, before brightening/ staining the whole deck? Am confused because your article on new wood says “rough sawn cut wood does not need to weather.”

    4. My jeans got soaked with your stripper solution. My wife is worried about putting them in the wash. Is that a problem?

    Many thanks,
    Robert A.
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      RAD Products · 11/06/2020
      1. We would need to see a picture after the Step 2 brightener is applied to determine if the wood is ready or not to be stained.

      2. Not sure if that is an old stain or if the brightener will remove the darker spots. See #1.

      3. The stain will not make gauges as it is semi-transparent. New wood will need to weather and be prepped. In addition, new wood will stain lighter in color as it is less absorbent.

      4. It should not be.
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    Kcenteno · 10/25/2020
    I applied this product a couple months ago and it looks very faded on the flat part of the deck. What should I do?
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      RAD Products · 10/26/2020
      No need to do anything at this point. You can lightly clean and add another coat next Spring if you would like.
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    Westbury · 10/14/2020
    I used your products, stripper, brightener, semi-transparent stain on my full sun section of my old deck with great results. I'm having more trouble on the partial shade side.

    In Maryland we have a 20 year old deck, with unknown wood and a lot of mildew. It was stripped of stain 5+ years ago.

    I did stripper, sanding, cleaner, and brightener and then it was rainy for three days. I'm wondering about areas which look as though mildew has come back or remains. I'm also worried about how hard the wood feels. In areas I'd like to sand it remains very hard and impervious. At first I thought it was mildew that wouldn't allow sandpaper to grip, but after all the cleanings it remains.

    50 and 60- grit sandpaper on a hand sander seems to stay on the surface and not sand at all. These photos are after all process listed above.

    Thanks for all your help.
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      RAD Products · 10/14/2020
      It looks like an internal discoloration of the wood. Did you pressure wash after applying the cleaner? Brightener was applied right away after cleaning to neutralize?
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        Westbury · 10/14/2020
        Yes, there was pressure washing for rinsing the cleaner and brightener. The brightener was applied on the same day but it might not have been right away. The cleaner may have sat for a while as well. I was multi-tasking with kids about.


        I don't mind about discoloration as long as it won't impact the wood's ability to accept stain.


        I was planning on one coat of semi transparent because some places had a lot of sanding.

        Any thoughts on how hard the wood seems to be?


        Thanks!
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          RAD Products · 10/14/2020
          You can stain it and it will not harm the stain in any way.
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            Westbury · 10/14/2020
            Thanks

            Anything I can do to prevent that in the last section of deck I haven't started yetor is it a function of long term mildew?

            If I lightly sand after brightener do I have to re apply brightener or just rinse the deck before staining?


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              RAD Products · 10/14/2020
              Best to brighten all after sanding. It does not look like mildew.
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    Lauree · 10/10/2020
    We have a deck and a wheelchair ramp. The deck is covered by a roof, and the wood is not treated. The ramp is not under the roof, and was built with treated wood. Can I use this product on both?
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    James · 10/08/2020
    We need two containers of stain to cover the deck. Do we need to mix them together before staining to account for color variation?
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    James · 10/08/2020
    Semi transparent stain coverage 100 to 200 sf per gallon. Is that one coat?
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    Colleen · 10/03/2020
    Any suggestions for removing over spray of stain from siding?
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    Sho · 09/29/2020
    Forgot the photos, here they are.....
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      RAD Products · 09/29/2020
      Yes, it will gray in months. No, you cannot apply anything over it at this point. You will need to strip it off and brighten the wood for prep to be able to apply the TWP Stains. Do it all in the Spring.
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    Sho · 09/29/2020
    I've just used a clear olympic waterguard sealer based on a home depot recommendation. A friend has told me the cedar deck will still gray -I'm wondering which of TWP or restore a deck cedar is better and if it's too soon to do another coat? Deck was finished Saturday and I sealed it Saturday/Sunday (so two days ago).
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    Molly · 09/27/2020
    We have a deck that looks like it was previously treated with a solid stain, although now very weathered. We are planning to sand it, then clean, brighten, and stain using your products. Everywhere else I've read, I've been told that if it rains after you sand and before you stain, you have to start from square one and sand again because the wood will swell up. Should I not worry about this with your products? If I sand and then it rains, do I just go ahead with cleaning/brightening/staining?
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      RAD Products · 09/27/2020
      Swelling up is good as that makes the wood more porous and any deck stain will work better when the wood is more porous. You are reading bad advice.
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    Justin · 09/24/2020
    I have rough cut cedar siding on my shed. I want to have a finish that helps it to look wet but not shiny. This says it dries natural flat but will the wood look wet still? I was going to use wood oil but I don't want the orange tint that most of them create in the wood. I also want to try to prevent the natural greying as long as possible.
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      RAD Products · 09/24/2020
      The Natural color would be closest to a wet look when it dries. Cedar wood, in general, is orange internally so no matter what, when you enhance it, you will get a rich wet look.
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    Ryan · 09/03/2020
    How long is this stain shelf-stable? If I order 5 gallons now (150 sf second-story deck) so we can stain it every few years, will it still be usable a few years later?
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      RAD Products · 09/03/2020
      Shelf life of opened containers is about 12 months.
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        Ryan · 09/03/2020
        What about closed containers?
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          RAD Products · 09/04/2020
          Once opened for the first time then the shelf life is 12 months. Never opened it would be about 2-3 years.
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    Jj · 09/02/2020
    What would be the beat stain color for a new redwood deck?
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    Tony Overstake · 08/31/2020
    Last summer I stained a newly sanded cedar deck with one coat of the semi transparent. It held up pretty well but need another coat or two this year. I’ve just cleaned and brightened and am going to stain, should I Look to apply two coats or just one?
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    Kaitlyn · 08/31/2020
    My semi transparent stain is having adhesion issues after not even one full season. I used the cleaner and brightener as directed, in about early May, and this is what it looks like now in localized areas. What happened and how can I fix it?
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      RAD Products · 08/31/2020
      It was over-applied and could not soak in as intended. Best to wait another year and prep and redo.
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        Kaitlyn · 08/31/2020
        I will do that, however perhaps you can explain more how it was overapplied. I used a brush purchased from you and did two thin coats wet on wet.
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          RAD Products · 08/31/2020
          The RAD stain is a penetrating semi-transparent stain and if it soaks in fully as intended, it is impossible for it to wear or peel like this. The directions state to apply only as much as the wood can absorb and if doing a second coat, the second coat must be applied wet on wet. Basically you applied it to the point it could not soak in fully and that could have been due to over-application, new wood not weathering properly, hot sun application, etc.

          See the attached picture for the application instructions on this in more detail as well.
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    Lori · 08/27/2020
    Thanks for your quick response. Couple more follow up questions:

    1) Are your products available in Central/Western MA?

    2). Deck is 14 months old. Never been stained before. Just one coat?

    3). We were planning to use a transparent stain so we wouldn’t have to scrape down the road. Our deck is always in the hot sun. Is that what you would recommend?
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      RAD Products · 08/27/2020
      1. Online only.
      2. Two coats applied wet on wet.
      3. Yes.
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    Lori · 08/26/2020
    In June we applied Valspar deck cleaner to our one year old pressure treated deck rails and spindles. It left a white film and raised wood fibers. Which of your prep products do you recommend we proceed with before staining for the first time? There is some visible graying or mildew on the rails now. Can we just use brightener or should we clean again too?
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      RAD Products · 08/27/2020
      Clean and brighten the wood for prep while pressure washing.
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    DJ DeYoung · 08/25/2020
    No previous finish.
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    DJ DeYoung · 08/25/2020
    Just prepped my fence with Valspar All-in-One Wood Prep and power wash. Decided to switch to your product instead of Cabot oil-based. Is this sufficient prep for your semi-transparent stain?
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    Donna Pratt · 08/21/2020
    My deck is 5 year old. I have used the Stripper, Brightener and one coat of the stain. Part of the deck was in worse shape and did not stain as dark as the other wood. Should I put a second coat on it. How do you know if you need a second coat?
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      RAD Products · 08/21/2020
      If doing a second coat it has to be done wet on wet. You cannot apply a second coat after the first has dried. The earliest you would be able to recoat would be in 6-12 months and after prep again.
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    Brad · 08/09/2020
    Is the stain suitable for application with an airless sprayer? Any added tips if so? I plan to get the cleaner and brightener as well. It’s a pressure treated deck that’s never had been stained since I installed it a few mo this ago.
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      RAD Products · 08/10/2020
      Yes, it can be sprayed. Always back brush any drips, runs, etc, and to ensure an even application.
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    ed jones · 08/03/2020
    I have a redwood deck that was built last November. It only receives direct sun in the mornings (i.e., when there's actually sunshine in Seattle). It has never been treated, and I'm considering your semi-transparent stain. But I like the redwood "look." Would you recommend the "natural" stain?
    note: I've purchased your cleaner/brightener. The stain will go on after we've finished those steps.
    Thanks -Ed
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      RAD Products · 08/04/2020
      Natural would give a look close to a clean wet look. It enhances the natural grain.
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    Jack · 08/03/2020
    Hello,

    I have a patio and deck that I want to weather-seal (photos attached). Can I apply Restore-a-deck semi transparent wood stain directly? Also, what is the best method to apply? Can I use a roller for large surfaces? Would 2 gallons cover the areas in the photos?


    Thanks, Jack
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    James · 07/31/2020
    Hello, I have a cedar deck that I want to stain/protect. I would like to go as natural as possible but rather it not end up looking orange/pumpkin in colour. You sample pictures are on pine and therefore I’m not sure what the final result on cedar would look like. Do you have any sample pictures of your stains on cedar?
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    Renae · 07/30/2020
    Pic 2
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    Renae · 07/28/2020
    We stripped and brightened our deck with Restore-a-Deck products. The next day we applied Restore-a-Deck Light Walnut stain. It looks great except there are stripes on the stairs from the shadow of the railing. There was filtered sun when we applied the stain. The wood that was shaded from the shadow of the railing is lighter than the rest of the wood on the treads. Will this eventually dry out evenly? It is still like that 24 hours after staining.
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    Mark · 07/19/2020
    Added note by post author: Would you recommned a semi transparent or solid stain for this application? Thanks
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    Mark · 07/19/2020
    We have a dock in the Pacific NW that has pressure treated 2 x 8 on it. Not sure when it was built but we have been here 7 yrs. There is no other coating on the boards. I was hoping to flip the boards and then
    fill any voids ( its there an epoxy coating or filler that you would recommend for that?) the underside of the dock boards are in surprisingly decent shape.

    The filled areas would be underneath when reinstalled. Since there hasnt been any other stain or coating on these boards, could I just pressure wash and stain or is cleaner & brightener recommended? Thanks in advance for your advice!
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    Shane · 07/19/2020
    Sorry, this was in reference to my other message with two other photos. Not sure why it started a new thread.
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    Shane · 07/19/2020
    3rd photo