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Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper Review 4.7/5 (16)

Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper

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Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain

Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper is the first and only stripper on the market that is designed to be injected through a pressure washer or can be applied with a pump up sprayer. The Restore-A-Deck stripper when injected can remove transparent and semi-transparent wood stains. When applied through a pump sprayer, the RAD stripper is 2-3 times stronger and can remove most transparent, semi-transparent, and semi-solid deck stains.

The Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper needs to be neutralized with a wood brightener.

Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 9

– The RAD stripper easily cut through the dirt. All mold was removed from the deck.

Cost Per Square Foot: 10

– Used as an injectable, the RAD stripper covers over 1500 sq. feet for the 2 pound, $25 a bottle. When pumped on with a sprayer you will get closer to 750 sq. feet. Either way, the RAD stain stripper is a bargain to use for the cost!

Removal of Old Stain: 9

– The Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper was used to remove a buildup of TWP 100 Series stain. The stripper was very effective at removing over 90% of the TWP when injected on. There was a little difficulty in a spot where a doormat had sat there for years. We applied the RAD stripper to this spot with the pump sprayer and it came off easily.

Ease of Application: 10

– The RAD Deck Stain Stripper in the 2-pound container mixes with 5 gallons of water. We tested the stripper by using an injector on our pressure washer. The suction tube mixes the stripper at a ratio of 10:1 with water. The stripper is applied with a soap tip and we covered our 800 sq foot deck in less than 10 minutes. We used only about 1/2 of the 5 gallons to do this. For the few spots that did not come off when injected, we used a pump sprayer.

Final Appearance of Stripping: 9

– Great at removing our semi-transparent stain. It was very important that we used a wood brightener to neutralize as the RAD stripper is extremely strong.

Overall Score Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper: 9.4

– Great at removing stains, easily applied, and costs pennies a square foot! Our highest score to date. There are other deck stain strippers that are just as effective but we really like the ability to inject the stripper as an option.

Product Information:

Manufacturer: Restore-A-Deck
Product Type: Powdered Concentrate Deck Stain “Injectable” Stripper
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-300 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Injector on Pressure Washer

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Cedar
Deck Square Footage: 800
Condition of Deck: 2-year-old TWP Stain was removed
How Much Product Used: 
2 Pounds. Retails for $34.99 with Free shipping.

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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293 responses to “Restore-A-Deck Injectable Deck Stain Stripper Review”

  1. Lisa says:

    Thank you for all the information on this site! Will Restore-A-Deck work to remove 10+yr old penofin? We have some darker stained areas and hope to get it all an even color on our cedar siding before applying TWP 100 or 1500 Series to our Colorado home. Also would you recommend the 1500 since there is more pigment in the product that might hide some of this darker stained issue or does it not really matter. We are considering Pecan or Rustic. Thanks kindly.

  2. Nicole says:

    I have a 3-year old cedar deck with Defy stain on it. We want to completely strip off the stain and switch to TWP. Will this product be able to remove Defy stain?

  3. Frank says:

    I used the RAD stripper today. Mixed, applied with pump sprayer to a 6 year old cedar deck. waited the 30 minutes and power washed off. The old stain was Storm system stain. Made by california stains. The RAD stripper took about 80% of the semi-trams acrylic/oil stain off. Is it ok than I didn't brighten the deck right after stripping? I plan on sanding down the whole deck surface to get the remaining stain off. Should I brighten after I sand? TYIA

  4. Jimmy says:

    How necessary is a pressure washer in removing old stain? I plan on using RAD stripper to remove a combination of very old (7 years) Penofin oil-based stain and 2 year old TWP 100. I will be using a pump sprayer to apply and plan on letting it sit on the surface for awhile for best action. Will a garden hose with a focused stream work OK? Thanks!

    • No that will not be enough pressure or water. A pressure washer will make a huge difference in being able to effectively remove the \”softened\” stain from the deck after using the stripper.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Do you recommend stripping the verticals (rails, spindles) first and then the horizontals? Does it matter? When applying the stain, do you recommend covering the horizontals with a tarp while staining the verticals, to prevent drips or spray, or does it not matter since the horizontals will be stained also?

  6. Denise says:

    We used a Behr latex stain that started to wear off after the first year. We are trying to strip it with Behr stripper but that's not working. Will this product remove this latex stain?

  7. Eric says:

    I have a 2 year old IPE deck that I have stained annually with Penofin Marine oil. I plan on switching to Armstrong Clark Amber color. Do I need to strip and brighten the deck to remove the old stain? If so, what product do you recommend? Lastly, do I need to use a cleaner each year to remove the dirt before reapplying AC stain or would a good power washing suffice?

  8. Joe says:

    when you say neutralize the stripper with a cleaner…would you apply the Restore cleaner and brightener kit after stripping with the Restore stripper?

  9. Alanaa says:

    Would this be effective on cedar shingle siding? & would it damage the landscaping around our home?

  10. Dan says:

    We have Behr semi-transparent acrylic stain in dark brown color on my deck and it's showing some peeling. It was sprayed on instead of brushed on, so it looked pretty thick. Will this stripper work for removing this old stain in my case? Thanks in advance!

    • Maybe but if excessively thick, it will last more like a deck paint or solid stain and the RAD Stripper will not remove these stain types. It will remove some and then you will have to sand the rest.

  11. Joseph says:

    We are trying to remove are old deck stain it was done awhile back and now peeling. It's a Olympic solid color deck stain and is acrylic latex. It was coming up with the first stripper we used but can no longer get it was just something we still had in the garage. I have been applying it then using a pressure washer. I recently tried rock solid industrial grade wood stripper and it barely touched it. We are in Wisconsin with some strange weather. Was just curious on if this product would work for us

  12. Mike says:

    We used Thompsons Water Proofing Stain on our decks last fall. After one winter the stain is coming off water proofing is non-existent. A lot of work and what a disappointing product.
    Will RAD be effective in removing this finish?

  13. joe says:

    I have a 30 year old cedar siding home that has layers of Flood clear oil coats and dirt mixed in. The siding almost looks black. At one time it was a beautiful golden tone. I would like to get that golden color back. I just recently tried a gallon of Behr stripper. After 2 applications and allot of scrubbing it worked well. The Behr and other stripper products are a thick syrup type consistency and applied by a brush. I cannot see myself getting up on a 60' ladder to complete the same process.
    My questions are as follows; Is the RAD product better product than Behr? Will I get better results with less effort? Is the RAD safe to use on cedar siding?
    Thank you,

    • Deck Stain Help says:

      It should work on the siding and the Flood. It will apply easier and you will need to pressure wash off. Brighten when finished.

  14. brenda figliotti says:

    Will restore a deck stain stripper remove sherwin williams deckscapes solid stain?

  15. Larry Neff says:

    My son used an air sprayer on my deck the last time it was he also sprayed it to thick,my wife was encouraging because it was looking good.I said it was to thick and would turn black.It looked good for about 3 years then started turning black.
    I had some health some health problems so it was five year's before I started on re staining and it was in bad shape.I used restore a deck stain remover with a pump sprayer and it took off most of the stain.I had to go back over it a second time to get it all I used a brush on the hard to get to spots.
    It is important to let the remover stand for at least thirty minutes and keep it damp with your sprayer.I did it in July when the temp. was high a cooler month would be better. All said and done I was satisfied and will use it about every three year's from now on.

  16. AmandaandChris says:

    My partner and I reviewed a product that we loved. It was redwood but wasn't what we tried in a sample. The color was candy apple red I think the lady messed up the color mixing.. We used the Olympic Semi-transparent and applied one coat on new cedar wood that was cleaned prior to applying. This product is oil based. What product would you recommend to remove it? It's only been 24hours since we applied it.

    Please help

    • Not easy to remove a newly applied stain. You may need to strip a few times to get off all the way. The RAD Stripper and pressure washing is what you would need. Make sure to brighten after.

  17. Art Walter says:

    I bought rustoleum restore 10x in June of 2015. By the time spring of 2016 rolled around it had pealed, bubbled and all around looks terrible. How do I remove this horrible stuff?

  18. Charlotte Adams says:

    Yesterday, I stained my new (built in Nov 2015) treated pine deck with a sherwin Williams transparent, oil based product with a light color called Natural. It's very orange and I dont' like it. Will this product work to bring my deck back to it's original look, so I can start over?

    • Yes but stripping a newly applied stain can be difficult. You will need a pressure washer to remove after applying the stripper and you may need to strip more than once to remove all.

  19. Hank Roessel says:

    I have three coats of Sikens semi transparent on my deck which I wish to remove. What is the best product to use and what should I replace it with?


  20. S Schmidt says:

    Need to remove Chevron Shingle Oil (w/linseed oil) last applied approx 8 years ago on rough sided cedar siding that is 34 years old. have tried a number of new stains, including Timber Pro, but like Ready Seal paraffin-based product best, esp due to easy application and upkeep. i understand cedar needs to be stripped, neutralized and power washed (not sure of order) to prepare for new stain. want to avoid working with bleach and hope Restore-A-Deck can do the job? is this an acid-based product or alkaline product? and what additional products do i need to neutralize wood?

  21. Linda Swan says:

    Applied Olympic / Maximum stain and sealant in one (semi transparent) yesterday and 1/4 of the way thru the job do not like the results or color. Was applied to a 1 year old vertical slated fence that had been cleaned only.
    How do I remove this stain so I can bring the natural wood back?

  22. Judy Rogge says:

    We replaced the floor of our pressure treated deck in 2014. I used Shermin Williams Deckscapes (2-3 coats) in 2014 and had to reapply in areas that were already peeling in 2015. Now it needs it again!! How do I get this horrible stuff off of our floor and apply another brand of stain? Is it easier to use something transparent and reapply it every year instead of dealing with this horrible peeling?

    • You want a penetrating semi-trans oil based stain after you remove. How to remove depends on the type of stain you used. Some stain types like a solid stain cannot be stripped off. It could be that you may need to sand or strip or combination of both. Stripping off what you can and then sand the rest.

  23. Stephen says:

    Hi, would any of your top rated products work on removing semi-solid Olympic stain? If not, what product would you recommend?

  24. Mariana says:

    Does this product still exist? Can you tell me where I might be able to find it online (or locally in N or central NJ)? I am trying to find it without success. I have at least 2 coats (gray on top, beige below, could be 2 coats each) of solid stain to remove from the deck floor. The gray layer is arborcoat water based (can was in garage when I bought the house, mixed July 2015). The stain hasn't failed, but I don't like the solid stain. I like the look of grayed/ weathered cedar, and I like to see the wood grain. I'm trying to remove the stain from the deck floor and looking for a clear(ish) stain to treat the wood once it's clean.

  25. Carl says:

    Will this product remove a Sherwin Williams Super Deck semi-transparent water based stain? Sherwin Williams stain lasted just over a year and now has to be removed.
    I was thinking of using this stripper and then a deck brightner to prep the wood before using a good quality stain.
    The deck/dock is over water so I also want to be sure these are environmentally safe products?
    South Florida

  26. Susan says:

    Does anyone know if this will work on Behr acrylic semi-transparent deck stain. I've tried all kinds of stain strippers and none work well

    • The Behr Acrylics are one of the most difficult to remove deck stains. It films on top of the wood like a paint, making removal much harder. How effective the stripper will be, depends on how many coats of the Behr you are removing. In most cases, the RAD Stripper and pressure washing will remove most of the Behr. Some sanding may be needed to remove all. The RAD stripper comes in a powder so you can mix it stronger for difficult jobs like this. Normally one container of the stripper will make 5 liquid gallons for an average strip. For the acrylics, we mix all the powder into about 3-4 gallons. This will make the strength about 50% stronger. Make sure to wear protective clothes and eyewear.

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