Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain Samples

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This sample kit includes all Semi-Transparent 4 colors. Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, and Dark Walnut. 1-2 oz samples per color.

New Cottage Gray Color can be added for $3.


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

Test the RAD Semi-Transparent colors before purchase!

Includes all 4 Semi-Transparent Restore-A-Deck Colors. Each sample is roughly 1-2 oz. This is enough to test a small area.

New Cottage Gray Color can be added for $3.Restore A Deck Semi-Transparent Stain Color Chart

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 Semi-Transparent 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 Semi-Transparent 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

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    Joe · 09/19/2020
    What would be the best semi-transparent stain "finish" for new redwood
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    Ray · 09/08/2020
    I am reading a lot of good things about your product on independent testing websites. I want to see if I understand what I am reading correctly. I have a 10'x14' with a gable roof, built and delivered to my house in December 2015. It is starting to change in color and the company I bought it from suggests that it is a good time to stain it. The siding is T1-11 and it is a moderately rough looking finish, not real smooth. It has held up good but I think it is time to stain and seal it. It is still in delivery condition. I have not applied stain or sealant yet. I'm thinking semi-transparent, dark walnut. Does this require two coats of your product or one? I read vertical surfaces should only be given one coat. I want to make sure that is correct. Thank you much for your insight on this one. Your prices are reasonable and with free shipping, that makes it look even better. Ray
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    David · 08/25/2020
    What type of wood are your semi-transparent stain samples on. I will be applying to western cedar.
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      RAD Products · 08/26/2020
      PTP wood but colors will always vary based on just wood type but the age of the wood.
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    Tim Gould · 07/30/2020
    I sanded my deck to get rid of the Sikkens that was coming off. Originally I was going to put on solid stain. After seeing the deck after it has been sanded, is there a way to preserve the look of the deck as it is now with your natural semi transparent stain or will it cover it up? How long will it last on a covered porch?
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      RAD Products · 07/30/2020
      You would have to remove 100% of the Sikkens to be able to go with the semi-transparent.
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    Gary Ward · 07/27/2020
    I have a newly installed(3 months ago) deck and pergala made of pressure treated pine. It has the typical pressure treated look which is not bad but I want to get closer to the natural pine look, especially highlighting the red grain in the pine. But I don't want it to look like cedar or redwood.

    If this is possible, what should I do? Should I use a brightener before staining?

    Thanks,

    Gary Ward, Lincolnton, Georgia
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    t · 07/23/2020
    DO YOU NEED TO ADD A SEALANT TO THIS STAIN?
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      RAD Products · 07/24/2020
      No need and you can never add a sealer to a deck stain.
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    David Blackburn · 07/15/2020
    Where to buy?
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    ed · 07/04/2020
    Can I use an airless paint sprayer to apply your water-based semi-transparent stains?
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    Theresa · 06/29/2020
    I am staining an older deck that has never been stained in previous years. I got a sample of the Cedar Semi-Transparent and tried it on a section of the deck that had been removed and it was fine. When I opened the can I ordered the Cedar had a poop green tinge to it. I put it on a section of the deck and in the shade it looks fine but in the sun it has that poop green tinge. Am I doing something wrong or what?
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      RAD Products · 06/29/2020
      Did you shake or stir it? There is nothing in the stain that has a "green" tint to the cedar color.
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        Theresa · 06/30/2020
        What can I do about the color? It's definitely not what is shown in the pic or the color of the sample.
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          RAD Products · 06/30/2020
          It is correct and we do not see any "green". Colors will vary based on the wood type and age of the wood. The Cedar does not have any "green" in it so if you are seeing that then the wood itself would be the cause, not the stain.
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            Theresa · 06/30/2020
            Shouldn't the color be redder rather than poopy brown.
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        Theresa · 06/29/2020
        We shook it but it's the 5 gallon container. No way to stir as far as I can tell. I didn't think there would be a green tinge but it's definitely green. I tried to take a pic but it shows more brownish than green. It actually clashes with the cedar stain on my fence.
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    LO · 06/22/2020
    Another pic of stubborn stain. Need help!
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      RAD Products · 06/23/2020
      No, not over the Deckover. No stain can be applied over it. You will need to power sand it all off before using the RAD Solid stain.
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    LO · 06/22/2020
    I used Berh Deckover on my 15 year old deck and it started peeling. I have tried to strip, power wash and sand this deck to get the paint off. Countless man hours doing this and I still can’t fully get this paint off the deck boards. I’m completely exhausted and defeated! I’d like to use a solid stain on the deck but wondered if I can apply your product on top of the remaining stain?
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      Sherry · 09/06/2020
      Yours looks like mine did! I used a 36 grit sand paper in my palm and belt sander. The 36 grit is only found at the tool rental equipment shops and sold for the large drum sanders. Huge sheets can be cut into 6-8 quarter sheets. Trust me, it does the job! Mikita sells the 36 grit belt sanders.
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    James · 06/01/2020
    Any pictures of cottage grey on standard pressure treated wood, trying to decide be the solid grey
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      RAD Products · 06/01/2020
      Sorry but we do not. We do have samples for testing.
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        James · 06/01/2020
        I am thinking two tone white railing and spindles with a grey deck, I can use the soild for both right. Given its only standard Pressure Treated Wood, I assume solid/solid should be good?
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    Jean Ann Olberding · 05/08/2020
    Our deck is a little over 10 years old, never been stained. We have newer boards from where a hot tub was removed 3 years ago. Would you recommend a semi-transparent stain or a solid stain to get a cohesive look overall? We would like the stain to be light-medium in color - possibly cedar. Would that blend it well? We recently cleaned it but would you recommend the brightener to even wood tones as well?
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    Michelle A. · 04/27/2020
    Yesterday, we used the wood cleaner and brightner on a 3 year old, weathered deck (has never been treated). We ran out of time to apply the stain and plan on doing it next weekend. Is there anything special we need to do before applying the stain? (i.e., dampen it or apply to dry deck) We're using the semi-transparent cedar (RAD). Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 04/27/2020
      Nothing special is needed. You can apply to dry or damp wood.
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    Dennison John · 04/21/2020
    Can I use an airless sprayer with your stain? Graco xpro 19? Is your stain flammable?
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      RAD Products · 04/21/2020
      Yes, you can spray it. No, it is not flammable.
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    Dennison John · 04/19/2020
    Big deck with weathered rails. Will also need to do the cabin. Plan to use professional airless sprayer. Can stripper be used with pressure washer? Sprayer cleanup? Is stripper needed? Light walnut or dark walnut? Don’t want to use solid.
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    Jim · 04/05/2020
    Why do you advertise "Prep and Stain in One Day" when your Brightener Product directs the user to wait
    48 hours before applying stain? Makes no sense.
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      RAD Products · 04/06/2020
      That is for other brands of deck stains after using the Brightener. Per the instructions of the RAD Stains, it can be done on the same day.
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    Chuck · 03/27/2020
    I have a raised, rooftop Ipe deck in the Washington DC area. The deck gets intense, full sun exposure during summer days. I have been using oil-based Armstrong-Clark Semi-transparent Mahogany Stain over the past several years, reapplying each spring after cleaning and brightening with Restore-a-Deck products. The results have been good, but I’d like feedback about the advantages and disadvantages of stripping the oil-based stain and switching to water-based Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain. The main reasons for my interest are reduced odor and greater flexibility in applying the water-based stain if the wood is slightly damp. I currently rent out the house with the deck and scheduling the time to clean the deck—and then wait for two days of dry weather before I can apply the oil stain—is inconvenient for the tenants and myself. My questions: 1. How does the appearance of the water stain compare with the oil stain after a summer and then a year of wear? 2. Is the yearly cleaning and reapplication for the water-based stain harder or easier than for the oil stain? 3. If I do use the water-based Restore-a-Deck stain, how much coverage can I expect from each gallon? Currently, I need just about 3/4 of a gallon of Armstrong-Clark stain to cover 300 sq feet of the densely grained Ipe deck.
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      RAD Products · 03/27/2020
      The AC and the RAD will last about the same for the IPE meaning it will require an annual application. The advantages for the RAD would be less odor, quicker drying, and the ability to apply to damp wood.

      1. Same wearing
      2. Not harder but the same.
      3. About 200-300 sq feet per gallon for one coat on IPE.
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    Kaely Mckee · 01/28/2020
    I have the color samples in my cart, I am using on a pine deck about 2 years old and cedar fence about 9 months old. Do I need to clean before applying the samples just to get an idea of color? Wasn’t sure if I needed to order the cleaner and brightener now with the samples. Thanks!
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      RAD Products · 01/28/2020
      If the wood has oxidized/grayed, then yes, prepping first would hep show a better example for the colors.
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    Carra · 10/30/2019
    So an existing deck which has been stripped, brightened and sanded requires one coat of semitransparent stain while a new deck which has been brightened requires 2 coats
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    LaShawn · 10/17/2019
    We have a cedar deck that is 3 years old. We put Cabot Gold in sunlit walnut down as our stain. It has been awful. It is now peeling. Will your stripper work to remove this product?
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    David · 08/07/2019
    I applied the sample stains to our recently rained on deck and to be honest you can't see much difference between them, is this expected?

    I wonder if the wood was too damp (no standing water, just saturated boards) ?In reading the Wet Deck instructions it says mist, but it also say can be done after the brightener which then requires a ton of soaking of deck until suds are gone. Please let me know your thoughts?
    Thanks.
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      RAD Products · 08/07/2019
      Might have been too wet to show much color difference. Also, is the wood new ore recently sanded?
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        David · 08/07/2019
        Deck is 4 or so years old. Stripped old SW semi-transparent that was peeling. Pressure washed, and sanded. Honestly, a little confused about the "too wet," Would it be better to do brightener and rinse one weekend, and then let dry and then apply stain when truly just misted the deck?
        Thanks for the help.
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          RAD Products · 08/07/2019
          When you power sand you reduce the stains ability to soak in correctly. Did you clean and brighten the wood after the sanding to open up the grain of the wood? What grit paper did you sand with?
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            David · 08/07/2019
            Sanded with 40-80. I did not clean or brighten before doing the samples. I wanted to pick the color, so I can get it on hand. Plan was to brighten and then stain...when you say clean is that different than the stripping that I already completed?
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              RAD Products · 08/07/2019
              Do a pressure rinse to remove sand dust and then brighten the wood. You do not have to use the cleaner but it does help to open the grain some. Let dry or a day and then lightly mist the wood before staining. Only one coat of stain to a sanded deck. Personally, I would suggest LW or DW for this sanded deck to get the most color out of it.
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                David · 08/07/2019
                Many thanks. Will do as you instructed and we were leaning towards the Light Walnut to show more of the color thinking the Dark Walnut may mute it some.
                Once the stain is applied and dried, will the water bead up after a rain with your product?
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                  RAD Products · 08/07/2019
                  It more or less sheds (not beads) water as you do not want to 100% seal the surface and it needs to breathe.
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                    lla4dna · 08/07/2019
                    Thanks. Do I need to wait for the pressure rinsing to dry before doing the brightener?
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    Avery L. Richardson · 07/23/2019
    I just ordered Rad samples for my deck which was installed last year June 2018, ,would like a stain a little darker than the original, any suggestions
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      RAD Products · 07/23/2019
      Hi, it is not possible the tint the RAD stain any darker than the Butternut color.
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    Stanley Cienava · 05/30/2019
    Pressure-treated deck was stained with Honeytone three to four years ago. Because of inclement weather in upstate NY, the stain is badly worn and the deck is covered with
    with gray/black areas. Should I use the new additives in addition to the stripper or the cleaner? Do I need to sand? I plan on using a solid stain for the railings and a semi transparent or solid on the floor.
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      RAD Products · 05/30/2019
      No need for the additives. Strip and brighten for normal prep. No need to sand.
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    mike · 05/29/2019
    I am in the process of prepping my 4 year old cedar deck and want to use your semi-transparant stain. can you advise me which color would work best if I want my deck to look how it does when wet as shown in the photo below? also attached is how it looks dry
    we did just order the sample pack, but I figured I would go ahead and ask for some advice while we're waiting for the samples to arrive.

    thanks!
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      RAD Products · 05/29/2019
      Natural or Cedar would be close to the wet look.
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        mike · 06/06/2019
        my RAD stain is coming today and I’m planning on staining tomorrow. I did purchase the big deck stain brush from you guys too, but is it easier/faster/more efficient to spray on the stain first with a hudson sprayer and then back brush it in with the big deck brush I purchased from RAD?
        advice welcome on the best method to apply the stain! I have hudson sprayers I could use….
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          RAD Products · 06/06/2019
          Just use the brush. Better coverage and just as easy. Applies more evenly as well.
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            mike · 06/08/2019
            first coat is on. I bought WAY too much stain for this project! insane coverage. went in the total opposite direction of cedar color I thought I initially wanted to go with and went with dark walnut. love it
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    Alan · 05/11/2019
    I did a test color with the RAD dark walnut on seasoned cedar 5/4 and unseasoned cedar 5/4, no prep was done to either board. The color is much lighter than expected, any thoughts? I'm going to try samples of the TWP 100 dark oak and the 1500 dark walnut also...
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      RAD Products · 05/11/2019
      Color will always vary based on age, type of wood and prep when using a semi-transparent stain. That is normal for all brands
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        Alan · 05/12/2019
        I will have to strip the deck, then brighten it. In theory, if I use the RAD and apply while the wood is still wet, should the color be darken then applying to dry/unprepped wood? I'm just trying to understand the variables.
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          RAD Products · 05/12/2019
          The more absorbent the wood the darker the color.
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    Liz · 11/19/2018
    I'm struggling to decide which color to use to stain my wood. It's difficult to decide between cedar and light walnut. I do not want it to be too orange-y. I do not have any extra pieces of wood to test a sample on, so how would I remove the sample I do not like from the wood after testing? Could you please share some pics of projects using these colors? My fence is a combination of pressure treated pine (smooth; post/top/bottom rails) and cedar or cypress (rough sawn) pickets. Thank you!
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    gmillner · 10/12/2018
    i just put down western red cedar decking and porch decking. The color is beautiful, and I dont want to change the color but do want to preserve the wood from graying. What product do you suggest?
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    Crady Adams · 09/23/2018
    My Southwest Va deck is 15 years old treated originally with Cabot oil based stain which was repeated 5 years ago. I pressure washed the treated pine. Must I also sand? What product do you recommend?
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      RAD Products · 09/23/2018
      The Cabot needs to be removed. If you have done this already, then no need to prep anymore as long as the wood is clean. Use the RAD stain when done.