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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    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
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    Shane · 07/17/2020
    I purchased a home with a large deck that had been ignored for some time, then slapped with a coat of Cabot DeckCorrect before listing. Clearly they did not follow instructions for preparation because it began peeling off in large sections within a year. After spending two long weekends and hundreds of dollars renting the right equipment, I was successful in getting it off with 20 and 36 grit paper. What's underneath appears to be a very nice, but quite hard old redwood from what I can tell. I am still sanding edges and carving out sections of rot which I will add drain holes to and just let it be (no filler). Based on my research and the comments here, my plan is to then sand up to 100 grit, then use cleaner, then brightener, then some TBD staining product. The area will be in full sun in Southern California. Any suggestions for prep or product? Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 07/17/2020
      No finer than 60-80 grit. After fully sanding it off, do a final prep of the RAD Cleaner and Brightener before applying one coat of the RAD stain.
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        Shane · 07/19/2020
        Thank you. I will use 60 grit then as the overall finish of the deck is pretty rustic already.

        Two other questions came to mind. One, I cannot tell for sure what species this is. It somewhat looks like redwood, but it very hard. Second, do you have suggestions for carving out these rot areas? I am using a wire brush and then will sand as much as I can, as well as add drain holes for water. Any other suggestions? See photos.
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          RAD Products · 07/20/2020
          Looks like redwood. You cannot fix the rotted areas. Replace boards if needed.
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    David · 07/14/2020
    I have just sanded off a solid stain finish from a 330 sf pressure treated pine deck. Age of deck is unknown, maybe 10-20 years. Do I need to brighten newly sanded wood? And how many coats of semi transparent stain - 1 or 2? I'm in SE Michigan. Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 07/14/2020
      Clean and brighten wood for final prep. 1 coat to sanded wood. You can pick up at our store in Bloomfield Hills if you would like.
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    WHM · 07/14/2020
    As I finish an RAD stain project for my deck, I want to apply a semi-transparent stain to a "dining" table I built for the deck out of pressure-treated pine. What do you recommend in terms of a product for the table top to help protect against food and drink spills, salt, and/or anything else from a meal? The table will experience direct sun from about 8-11 am, then it will be in the shadows for the remainder of the day.
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      RAD Products · 07/14/2020
      You will need to treat this as new wood. See here: https://www.restore-a-deck.com/Deck-Cleaning-Reviews-and-Tips/restore-a-deck-stain-for-new-wood.html

      After wait and prep, you can use the RAD stains.
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        WHM · 07/14/2020
        Sorry, I was not clear in my question. Yes, I will treat as new wood and will follow your 3-step process with the semi-transparent stain. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for a product to cover the stain on the table top only . . . polyurethane? varnish? shellac? resin? I am concerned about food spills, e.g red wine? I want to protect and not destroy the semi-transparent stain. The table is about 52" inches in diameter and a thick piece of glass would be a bit too much.
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          RAD Products · 07/14/2020
          Sorry but no, you cannot topcoat over a deck stain, it will peel.
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    Susan · 07/05/2020
    Where to buy in Canada?
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    Dee · 06/27/2020
    I had rough cut milled cedar, totally dry that I then planed. Can this be stained directly? Or do I need to wait?
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    dee · 06/26/2020
    how often do i have to restain?
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    Ben · 06/25/2020
    I am a little concerned with hot sun application. With it being summer and daily highs reaching the 90s I was thinking about applying the product at night after it has cooled down a little bit. Would there be any problem with this?
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    isaac · 06/24/2020
    i’m running short on stain what can i get done more with a brush or pad?
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    isaac · 06/24/2020
    i might not have enough stain for 2 coats for the deck floors. is one coat enough?
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    isaac · 06/21/2020
    i’ll be staining tomorrow with semi transparent stain, it will be sunny and 90 degrees any problem with that? Also i’ve noticed some black spots mainly where the nails are nailed on the deck boards any concern there?
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    isaac · 06/21/2020
    it’s been about a month since i stripped the wood and a week since i power washed the wood for the last time (after sanding) do you think i should power wash again to clean so i don’t stain over dirt?