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 5 beautiful semi-transparent colors that highlight the natural wood grain: Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, Dark Walnut, Cottage Gray

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

14ptWARNING: This product can expose you to Ethylene oxide, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm, and Cumene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.p65Warnings.ca.gov

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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    Christine K · 04/24/2022
    I used Armstrong Clark stain 2 years ago after the cleaner and brightener.  Do I have to strip and brighten if switching to rad stain or can I just use cleaner?
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    JD · 04/18/2022
    What would be the best color in Semi-transperent stain to get the effect similar to the photo?
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      RAD Products · 04/19/2022
      Darl Walnut color.
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        JD · 04/19/2022
        Thank you! My total area is appx 900 sq ft (including rails and all). Would 5 gallon be enough for 2 coats? Or should I order a couple of  gallons extra?
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          RAD Products · 04/19/2022
          No, you will ned 8-10 gallons for two coats applied wet on wet.
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    AF · 04/07/2022
    I used 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner on my patio. I'm not sure if the patio was ever stained or sealed by previous tenants but it doesn't look like it to me. Am I good to stain with RAD?
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      RAD Products · 04/07/2022
      The 30-Second cleaner is not good for wood (bleach-based) and is very poor at prepping in general. You should redo with the proper prep products. The RAD Cleaner and Brightener Kit.
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    John · 04/07/2022
    I want to purchase five gallons of semi-transparent light walnut but don't see anything but one gallon. Is it available in five?
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    Earl · 04/01/2022
    Hi there.......We are looking to use the Cottage Gray semi trans stain.
    Individual Gallon prices are on sale....does that price carry over to the 5 Gallon combo Cleaner/Brightener/5-Gallon Stain package?
    If yes, would that price be $235.00 for the complete 5 Gallon kit  in cottage Gray?
    Thank you.
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      RAD Products · 04/02/2022
      No, it does not. Just single gallons.
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    Earl · 03/29/2022
    1) Using all RAD product. Doing my 2 yr old fence with Stripper and Brightener. Will then do Wet-on-Wet application of Semi-Transparent stain. When would I need to stain again?
    When I do will I just clean/brighten or do I have to strip/brighten.
    How many coats for the future semi-transparent staining, same as wet-on-wet?

    2) Doing a new wood application of Semi-Transparent on my deck.
    I understand to do the one coat now and maintenance in 12-18 months.
    When I do the maintenance in 12-18 months do I do a clean/brighten/stain or strip/brighten/stain process? How many coats? Wet-on-wet?
    Then 2-3 yrs after the maintenance do I do a clean/brighten/stain or strip/brighten/stain?
    Would that application in 2-3 yrs be a wet-on-wet type application?
    Thank you.
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      RAD Products · 03/30/2022
      1. For a fence, every 3-6 years. Clean and brighten for prep when recoating. Two coats.
      2. Clean and brighten. One coat after 18 months.
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        Earl · 03/30/2022
        Thank you.
        For number 2 with the semi-transparent, after the 18 month one coat, how long until next staining and is the prep clean/brighten at that point?  One coat then as well?
        Thanks again.
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          RAD Products · 03/30/2022
          2-3 years and clean/brighten for prep.
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            Earl · 03/30/2022
            One or two coats at that point?
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              RAD Products · 03/30/2022
              2 usually but depends on how it wears after the 2-3 years.
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    Darren · 03/14/2022
    For your Semi-Transparent product, how close with the coverage be between new wood and and old wood that has been cleaned and brightened?  I'm not looking for a perfect match but would like to know if it would be relatively close?  (Light Walnut) Thanks.   
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      RAD Products · 03/14/2022
      Older wood is more absorbent so it will stain darker in color compared to new wood. All semi-transparent colors will be like this.
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    DG · 03/11/2022
    Can it be applied by sprayer?
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    MRC · 03/02/2022
    I have RAD Semi Transparent on a deck around my pool that was coated last year. I need to recoat the areas where pool traffic was the heaviest. Do I need to strip and clean or just light pressure wash before recoating?
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      RAD Products · 03/02/2022
      Use the Cleaner while pressure washing for a maintenance coat. 
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    Bob · 02/21/2022
    On mahogany wood do you recommend natural or cedar color? 
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    RJ · 10/26/2021
    I stained my deck last year using the Light Walnut.  It’s too cool now here to re-stain but want to know if I can use the cleaner to remove some mildew and then follow the entire process to prep and stain next spring.Thanks 
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      RAD Products · 10/26/2021
      Best to do the prep and stain in the Spring. No need to clean it now.
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    Matt · 10/23/2021
    1) I bought your products (cleaner, brightener, stain) in July 2020 and they were in a detached garage last winter in Chicago. Likely they froze unless the freezing point is super low. With the products still be effective?
    2) What is the minimum temperature range for applying any of those three products?
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      RAD Products · 10/23/2021
      1. Prep should be okay, stain has gone bad.2. About 50-55.
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    Lisa · 10/15/2021
    Looking to darken new garapa decking. Ordered Restore A Deck Samples and after light sanding to remove the mill glaze, wiped dust, applied stain, all newly stained sample pieces are still quite light with little shade difference between them (Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut and Dark Walnut). Is that to be expected? The darkest color, Dark Walnut was not dark or even medium toned at all. ~Thank you~
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    Cody C · 10/05/2021
    I'm planning on using the Semi-Transparent Dark Walnut stain on a recently prepped deck. I may have completed a few steps in the wrong order and wanted clarification before staining.
    I stripped and brightened the deck Sept 24-25. I noticed there were several areas that needed some sanding after the deck completely dried out. I ended up completely the sanding process Oct. 1-2. Am I ok to go ahead and apply the stain, or should I use the brightener again directly before applying the stain? Or do I need to use the cleaner and then brightener and then stain?
    Second question, when applying the stain I believe I read you guys recommend a deck staining brush for the decking and pads for the railing. Is using a stain brush (paint brush style) ok for this? I don't believe a pad will hold up for very long while staining the rails. 
    Thank you!
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      RAD Products · 10/06/2021
      Clean, brighten, and stain is the best way but at least use the brightener if you do not have the cleaner.
      Pad for rails and floor brush is correct. Pads are much easier for rails than a hand brush.https://www.restore-a-deck.com/decktools.html
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        Cody C · 10/06/2021
        Thanks for your reply. I do have some of the cleaner on hand. I’ll go ahead and clean and re-brighten the deck before staining this weekend. 
        I’ll also try the pads out as well. 
        Thanks for the quick reply. 
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    Danielle · 10/04/2021
    I had used your cleaner and then the brightener.., and then started sanding. The fibers of the treated yellow pine were coming out. (The boards were put in last year but not dried out in time before the cold weather came to stain so the wood had weathered over the year) And it appears I didn’t rinse long enough to get the brightener washed out as I see areas that appear a little bleached out. Though When the wood is wet you don’t see it those areas at all.But my question is I had first sanded with a 120 Grit as it was what I had but realize I need to use 60 or 80 Grit. Once I re-sand… do I need to use the cleaner and brightener again or just rinse off with water to clean it up and then stain? *One note is I’m not getting my stain until next week… (I was going to use another stain product I had but changed my mind and ordered yours). Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 10/04/2021
      Clean and brighten after sanding is correct. 
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        Danielle · 10/07/2021
        I re-sanded with 60grit, then used the cleaner again, but is it really necessary to use the brightener again? As I already used the brightener the first go around. The boards look good and just rather not if not needed again.
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          RAD Products · 10/08/2021
          You need the brightener to neutralize the cleaner.
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            Danielle · 10/08/2021
            I’m under a time crunch now… can I stain immediately after I brighten? this all has to get done today… to beat the weather and that I’m leaving town for the next week. How much time after brightening can I stain? And another question… will I need 1 or 2 coats? The wood is just over a year old, never been stained, but has been sanded? And if 2 coats are needed did I read correctly that I apply within 20-40 mins of first coat?
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        Danielle · 10/04/2021
        Thanks! One more quick question, I have seen different options for when staining… that wet the deck right before staining and others who stain on dry deck?
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    Lynne · 10/02/2021
    1. It will take me a week to stain my entire deck.  We're finishing sanding today. Can I clean and brighten the deck all at once, then stain in sections?  If there is a few days of rain and I need to stop staining could I just pick up where I left off? I'm using the RAD semi-transparent.   
    2. Also, I have a fence that got it's first coat of stain last year and will need a new coat this year. I read somewhere else I can wash and stain without using the brightener?
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      RAD Products · 10/03/2021
      1. Clean and brighten all at once and best to stain all at once. You cannot stop and start in the middle of a board and have it blend.2. Yes.
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        Lynne · 10/03/2021
        I was going to stain the deck in sections, its a multi-level deck, and I would do full boards. How many days do I have after brightening?
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          RAD Products · 10/03/2021
          You brighten the same day as you clean.
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            Lynne · 10/03/2021
            I already know that.  How long do I have after brightening to then stain.. I will not be able to finish in a day, I will not be stopping in the middle of a board. I will be staining a section at a time. 
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    JT · 09/26/2021
    Can left over semi-transparent natural stain be used 6 months to a year later?
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      RAD Products · 09/27/2021
      Shelf life if opened is about 12 months. Cannot freeze.
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    Jeff · 09/24/2021
    I used your stain for my deck and it looks great. However, I have a few spots that dripped over the sides and dried like in the photo and doesn’t look good. Is there anything I can use to wipe it and blend it a bit so it’s not as noticeable?
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      RAD Products · 09/25/2021
      No way to spot fix and have it blend. You could sand that entire board and then recoat.
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    Steve C · 09/12/2021
    I have stripped and brightened the first deck.  I appears that the two sections were added at different times. I used the booster additive, but the two sections are not yielding similar colors.  I opted for the natural stain, but wondering if I should order a darker shade to allow the sections to match, or used different shades on each section to try and get the colors closer. I've not used the product yet, so I don't know how much it actually darkens.
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      RAD Products · 09/12/2021
      It is not possible to get them to match exactly even with a darker color. The newer wood will stain light as it is less absorbent.
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    Jessi B · 09/11/2021
    another photo.. 
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    Jessi B · 09/11/2021
    Looking for guidance on cleaner vs stripper for my deck. (photos attached) The spindles & railings still have stain on them but the horizontal boards don't. The stain left on the spindles is TWP. I am planning to use RAD semi-transparent. Do I use stripper on all of it? The last time I went a little rogue with the pressure washer and I would like to sand some of the furry areas I left behind on spindles. What is the recommended order that I do things as far as sanding? Also, I have an opened bag of brightener from 2-3 years ago that isn't mixed up. Is that still any good? Thank you! - Jessi 
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      RAD Products · 09/12/2021
      Stripper on rails and cleaner on floors. Sand after. Brightener last. The 2-3 year old bag should be okay to use.
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        Jessi B · 09/12/2021
        Great! Thank you. 
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    Dac · 08/30/2021
    Given that this is a semi-transparent stain, what percentage of UV protection should I expect? Very little, some, or? The product description says it protects from UV oxidation and graying, however this is a semi-transparent stain, and they typically provide very little if any UV protection at all. 
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      RAD Products · 08/30/2021
      It will protect from UV fading for about 2-3 years on a deck and twice as long on vertical wood like fences and wood siding.
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    Marcus H · 08/27/2021
    My deck is about 300 sqft with a 10'x10' section that steps down to a 14'x14' section. There are also 3 steps that are 4' wide in addition to the two sections. I am only going to be using this on the deck floor for the surfaces mentioned. It is new pressure treated yellow pine that I installed in April so following what I've read, I should only need 1 coat of the stain after doing the prep. Will 3 gallons of dark walnut be enough? Also, do the cleaner and brightener have to be applied using a sprayer or is there another method that also works?
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      RAD Products · 08/27/2021
      Prep products is applied with a pump sprayer and then pressure washed off. 2-3 gallons will be enough for the 1 coat.
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    Joe K · 08/22/2021
    I applied the semi-transparent light walnut stain to a large cedar deck (over 600 SQ"). The deck is approximately 11-months old and the prep (cleaner/brightener) was done 3-weeks prior. 
    Unfortunately, weather forecast has been challenging and I finally had a small window to apply the stain with a period of 24 hours of no forecasted rain. I knew I was pushing the prep-to-stain timeline so I decided to go with the staining with temperatures around 85 degrees F and the day turned out to be full sun to overcast during the last hour of the application.  
    I applied the stain with a low pressure garden sprayer and a high quality pole mounted 12" stain pad that I kept wet using a large roller pan. I maintained wet-on-wet and typically did 2-boards at-a-time with the grain, the entire length (about 60'). The stain pad worked well allowing pressure against the wood and the ability to back brush leaving the surface consistent with no pooling. I was very cautions to not over-apply and have any pooling.
    The color and consistency of the deck looks awesome but the next day, I have some concerns that I might have made the mistake to not have pre-misted the deck surface with water. One reason that I did not pre-mist was the overall size, knowing that by the time I was halfway through, the surface would be long dry and with the caution to pick a day with no subsequent rain, I certainly didn't want to mist boards with spray getting on adjacent stained boards. 
    24-hours after the application, the surface is not tacky to the touch but it is slightly tacky when walking on it. I have read other posts and realize this will go away as the stain cures. I am wondering if the fact that the surface is slightly tacky 24-hours later, if this is a good sign that I did not experience flash-drying from the heat and sun? I did find that if I dripped some product on an adjacent unstained board that waiting as little as a few minutes to coat over would not always hide the splatter. Also, very surprising to me 24-hours later in the last section of deck that I did, there is a very distinct shadow through about 20-boards (perpendicular) that resembles the shadow of the top 2x6 railing, perfectly straight down the deck about 6" wide. The area is lighter in color and appears to have perhaps absorbed the stain into the wood more. Thinking back, we do not remember the sun providing a shadow at the time of application and actually believe it was cloudy at that point. I am wondering if the sun had just heated up the deck at this point with the exception of where the top railing was shading the wood? Can you help me with an explanation as this pattern certainly was not showing during the application and obviously is not from the stain being applied differently in this area.
    And if I have experienced differences in the penetration of the stain due to temperature, am I destined for problems such as future peeling? Again, I was careful to not overapply and there was no pooling and I have a slightly tacky surface 24-hours after applying.
    Lastly, I am assuming with this cedar deck (11-months seasoned), that I do not need to apply a second coat of semi-transparent stain as might be needed with a solid stain.
    Thank you for your thoughts on this.
    -Joe
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      RAD Products · 08/23/2021
      24 hours later and still slightly tacky just means it has not had a chance to fully cure. Not sure about the shadowing but it is possible it flash dried in full sun compared to where the shadows are. When you are in full sun and the deck is hot, the temp of the wood is actually much hotter than the air temp. In your scenario the wood was well over 100 degrees and this can cause flash drying and is why we suggest applying to a damp deck. It should not lead to peeling issues.
      You cannot apply a second coat at this point. You can in 9-12 months after a light cleaning.
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    Jason · 08/21/2021
    Is there a measurement for how much square footage is recommended per gallon?I have a pretty small deck (177.5 sq ft) and want to make sure 1 gallon of stain is enough
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      RAD Products · 08/21/2021
      For 2 coats you will need about 2 gallons.
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        Jason · 08/21/2021
        Is it recommended to do 2 coats for this stain? How long would you expect 1 vs. 2 coats to last for (on average)
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          RAD Products · 08/22/2021
          Two coats are needed unless the wood is new.
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    Bob · 08/17/2021
    What is the self life of the semi-transparent dark walnut?   I think an unopened 5 gallon can has been in my garage for 3 years.  
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      RAD Products · 08/18/2021
      About 3 years. Open and make sure it is 100% fluid and not clumpy.
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    Chundo McFay · 08/15/2021
    Can different colors be mixed? I'd like something between the cottage grey and cedar.
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    Maria Taylor · 08/12/2021
    I would like to stain a pressure-treated pine covered-porch floor that is about 10 years old and has never had any stain or paint. It has only been weathered by blown-in rain and snow, and hosed off on rare occasions. Would it be considered to be weathered from that after 10 years, or still pretty-much new wood? What should we do to prepare it, and how many coats of the semi-transparent stain should we apply?
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      RAD Products · 08/13/2021
      It is not new wood now. For prep, use the RAD Cleaner and Brightener. Stain with two coats of the stain.
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    mike · 08/03/2021
    after first coat seems to be some tacky spots will this go way with the summer sun and hot weather?
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    Steve C · 08/03/2021
    For a an old deck pressure treated deck (30+ years), do you suggest brushing or spraying as the way to achieve best results?