Restore-A-Deck Deck Stain Stripper Review 4.6/5 (40)

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Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper

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Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper

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We would love to hear from you if you have used the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper on your wood or deck. Please post a rating in the Consumer Star Ratings below. Consumer reviews below in the comment section have shown excellent results when using the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper.

If you have any pictures of your experience with Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper, you can add them in the comment area with a detailed description.

Note: There are 2 new additives for the RAD Stain Stripper. The Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster and the Restore-A-Deck Thickening Gel. These products will increase the overall effectiveness of your stain stripping. See here for more info:

Restore-A-Deck Stripper Booster and Thickening Gel Additives


Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain Stripper is a biodegradable, powdered concentrate that quickly removes worn finishes to restore wood surfaces. Stains and varnishes are removed along with collected dirt, mold, mildew and mill glaze.

The Restore A Deck system is a multistep deck cleaning system, and best results are achieved when using all 3 products. This product is Step 1 Stripper of the Restore A Deck system and can be substituted for or used after Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner.

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

Restore-A-Deck 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

-Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper covers up to 1000 sq. feet for the 2 pound, $34.99 a bottle. The RAD stain stripper is a bargain to use for the cost! Less than $7 per gallon when mixed with water.

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 95% of the TWP. 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 a pump sprayer for application. We covered our 800 sq foot deck in less than 10 minutes. We most of the 5 gallons to do this.

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 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 Stripper
Available Sizes: 2 Pound Container Makes 5 Liquid Gallons
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Container: 750-1000 sq. ft
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pressure Washer, Pump Sprayer.

Test Deck Stats:

Deck Wood Type: Cedar
Deck Square Footage: 800
The 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 into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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Gene G.
Gene G.

This was an excellent product to remove the water based semi transparent stain that I used on a one year old cedar deck.
The application was easy; the removal was better than I thought it would be and clean up was easy.
Any stripping process is going to take some work but this product wasn’t that bad.
I didn’t take before pics but I will submit some after pics in the Brightener section.

Terry
Terry

Now that I finished my deck project I thought I’d submit a review of the RAD products. My 500 sqft deck was stained with Pennofin back in 2010 then completely neglected since then. And I mean “completely” neglected. I didn’t have very high expectations coming into the project.

I couldn’t be happier with the results. I used RAD stripper and brightener kit for the project. This is industrial strength stuff so I took all the safety warnings seriously. I wore long sleeves, rubber gloves, painters mask and eye protection. I applied the stripper to 3/4 of the deck via sprayer before it clogged, then applied it via brush the last 1/4. After 30 minutes I rinsed it off with a 1600 PSI pressure washer using the green nozzel. It ended up removing 95+ % of the old stain.

After applying brightener to the whole deck I wasn’t completely satisfied how the brush application section turned out so I took another pass at it with the stripper. Then via a suggestion to a question I submitted earlier in this thread I applied another application of brightener to the whole deck and let it dry into the wood. Fantastic results. I ended up staining it with TWP Honeytone.

Before, stripping/brightening, and after photos tell the story.

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Glenn Wilson
Glenn Wilson

I stripped an 850 sq ft cedar deck with the RAD stripping kit with excellent results. I mixed the stripper at 1/2 pound per gallon in a pump sprayer. The four gallons (two pound bag) turned the Cabot 3000 stain into goo within 30 minutes, and with the aid of a pressure washer, removed 99% of the failed and peeling stain. After stripping, I neutralized with part 2 of the kit with equally impressive results. As an aside, I had a local quotation of $2550 to strip and re-stain my deck. Do the math; RAD stripper is a bargain and does a fantastic job.

Rebecca Pesola
Rebecca Pesola

I have a 2 year old pressure treated deck that was sealed with a natural-color oil based sealer. I’d like to cover it with Restore a Deck stain. Other than washing the deck, do I need to remove the oil based sealer? At a minimum, what should I use?

Rose L
Rose L

I have a multi level deck that is 28 years old. We have pressure washed the deck and were planning to apply the Restore A Deck cleaner and brightener. but with amount of old Sikkens stain remaining on the deck, I am afraid that will not be enough. Do I have to cover my lower deck when I clean my upper deck?

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Doug Murray
Doug Murray

I just applied a coat of Restore-A-Deck semi transparent Natural, to a few sections of a relatively new cedar fence. I don’t like the results. Can I remove it now and start over?

Earl
Earl

Where can you purchase this product?

John
John

Does this product work on Redwood decks stained with solid stain from Behr

Phil K
Phil K

Great site!

I want to apply a new coat of semi-transparent stain to my fence that has a pre-existing semi-transparent stain. As I understand it, I have to strip it first (using RSD), condition it, then stain it. My question is, do I need to apply any further treatment, such as a sealer or varnish, over the final coat of semi-tranparent stain?

Thanks,
Phil

Russ Watson
Russ Watson

How will the stripper effect black powder coated rod iron rails??

D Johnson
D Johnson

I got some of the dissolved stripper on a window when I was spraying it on the deck. It left spots that have failed to come off with window cleaner, detergent and a razor blade, and acetone.

Any ideas?

Bill Knox
Bill Knox

The restore a deck stripper mentions the it could darken cedar. I have sanded my floor, but cannot get to some and am considering using the stripper on the balance. Could there be a difference then in what the product will look like when stained. Going to use a TWP stain

Sue
Sue

Applied Pittsburgh Ultra Advanced Solid Acrylic Latex stain several years ago. We sanded most of deck, but areas of stain remain between the deck boards. Is there a stripper that would work for the edges rather than sanding?

Deb
Deb

I think the previous owner put in behr semi transparent stain but who knows what other previous owners used. I used behr stripper but failed miserably ( see the picture). Is this thr type of stain that I can only remove with power sanding ?

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Joanne ekdred
Joanne ekdred

We usedthis to remove a semitranparent stain. It did a mediocre job. Mildew was not removed despite scrubbing with abrush.

Ken R.
Ken R.

I have a pressure treated wood deck stained with Olympic Elite semi solid stain. The deck is 10 years old, the current stain is 2 years old. I’d like to re-stain a different color. Will the RAD stripper remove the Olympic stain?

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James N.
James N.

Hello, Contractor stained 6 month old kiln dried premium pine lumber using Benjamin Moore Arbor Coat Semi-Trans on deck around pool. Applied on hot day and flashing occurred. Contractor came back 4 months later and applied second coat without stripping (just lightly sanded over flashed areas). Lasted about a year. Year 2 and most of the stain has worn away. I need to strip, should I use the recommended Benjamin Moore stripper or go with something like the restore-a-deck product? Once striped & brightened, my painter wants to use CWF but I’m leaning more towards TWP and doing it myself. I live in Southern New York. What’s best for my situation? Thanks so much!!

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jmdunstan
jmdunstan

Will this product remove Behr No. 400 transparent waterproofing wood finish?

Harvey Knuth
Harvey Knuth

Looking for advise on choosing a deck stripper:

Need to remove stain applied 2 years ago: Olympic Maximum, semi-transparent, stain and sealant in one. It was advertised to prevent water damage and graying for 6 years…ha!
As you can see from the attached picture, it is pealing and wearing off, and the deck is weathered gray.

Will RAD stain stripper remove the rest of this stain?

Thanks,
Harvey

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Cynthia
Cynthia

I hate to sound stupid, but can someone tell me where to find the 37 reviews for this product?

This website is AWESOME!!! Thank so VERY much for all the helpful info.

Mable
Mable

We used Behr solid color stain several years ago and it is peeling badly. Is there any stripper that will take this off? How long will pressure treated wood last if not treated and just washed and brightened every year?

Billy
Billy

Once again, this site is unbelievable, thank you so much.

Two years ago I put Sikkens Cetol 1 RE on these raw adirondack chairs and benches. Looks awful. I am looking to restore it. I only put the Cetol 1, I did not apply a second-part of the retool system. Sikkens describes Cetol 1 as a transparent, penetrating stain (full description below). The chairs and benches sit around a fire pit in near full sun, Charlotte, NC, next to/under some trees. Two questions I was hoping you could help me with:

1) Restore: RAD stripper, RAD/Gemini Brightener?
2) Refinish: TWP 100 okay? Any other/better recommendations?

Again, thanks so much

Description: Cetol 1 RE is a transparent satin basecoat for exterior logs, siding and other vertical wood surfaces. Use with Cetol 23 Plus RE™ top coats. Available in seven rich wood hues.
Key Features:
Penetrating alkyd-oil formula, part of a 3-coat system
High-transparency transoxide pigments amplify depth of color, clarity and substrate protection
Powerful UV absorbers protect color and wood substrate
Water-repellent
Provides a mildew-resistant finish
Excellent block resistance for additional color options on windows and door frames

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Billy
Billy

More Pics. Note: the bench is a raw slab of sweet gum wood; the chairs are super-cheap white wood (bought a cheap chair kit online).

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Billy
Billy

The Sikkens Cetol 1 RE

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Lee Oliver
Lee Oliver

Hello, I recently had some deck boards replaced using SYP PT “with wax”, but supposedly kiln dried. The installer lightly pressure washed them and then two days later applied TWP 100 stain. The “old” deck boards were pressure washed and stained the same way. See picture for results. It is obvious from reading your “deckstainhelp” that this was not the best way to blend new boards with old boards. I’m thinking of using Restore-A-Deck Stripper on the new wood, letting it weather for 2-3 months or more, then lightly pressure wash, apply wood brightener, and then apply TWP 100. Is this a process which will achieve a more uniform finish on the new wood, better matching the old wood? If there is a better process, please describe. Thanks, Lee

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PAM MCCOLLOW
PAM MCCOLLOW

Would this product work as well for removing Behr DeckOver product on my deck? If not, what would be recommended?

Shaun G.
Shaun G.

This will be our first deck season after moving into a new house this past fall. I’ve been doing some research and putting together a plan, but I’m not entirely clear on what I’m dealing with here.
The deck has more of a reddish tone, the benches appear to be untreated, and the vertical posts seem to be stained. It’s difficult to tell the color tone of the deck in the closeup picture, but the other two pictures show it well.
My main concern is the deck itself. I’m hoping a round of stripper and brightener will take care of this, but I’m just not sure.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks.

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Brian
Brian

I just purchased a should and want to refinish the deck. It looks like a sealer was used that is peeling in places. I can still see the wood grain through it. Will this remove the sealer? ( am I using the correct name sealer)

jerry smith
jerry smith

where can I purchase restore a deck and wood brightner

Matthew W MORRIS
Matthew W MORRIS

Good afternoon, We have a beautiful Gazebo (Redwood) that has Pinofin oil on it. Just wondering if you have a product that will help take the Pinofin oil off and then reapply a finish. I started sanding and I think it will take me forever to do this. Any help would be great.

Thank you
Matt

Kekili
Kekili

Sorry this post disappeared when I tried to post pics so I redid whole post. Now it’s here. Oops.

Kekili
Kekili

Ok, I recently bought a house with an existing deck. Looks like what is on the original decking is Olympic Elite Advanced Woodland Oil Stain & Sealant. It’s dark so I’m assuming they tinted it. I found this old half used can under the deck. Here are my questions:

1. Since newer portion of deck is 2 months old, should I wait a longer period of time or can I start the either staining the new wood same color (if I take stain to hardware to try and match) OR using stripper on older wood?

2. If I use stripper and go that way, can I use a regular cheap hand sprayer or should I use something else for application? (I recently painted the house)

3. Do I have to do or put anything on new wood before I stain if I’m able to match color of stain that’s on older deck? (Older deck not really old-under 5 years I think).

4. The older deck does have few areas where I can see wood underneath and one spot of white on it. (See pic)

5. I live in Hawaii so we have acid rain. Most of my deck is covered now. Anything about that I need to know?

6. I live off grid with a rain catchment tank for water. Can I use a regular garden hose to spray off or do I have to get s pressure washer?

7. Last question, I also put a line of rough cedar fencing up in front of my house for privacy (can’t do rest of privacy fence yet). Can I stain that now or should I wait? The frame and posts are treated lumber.

I’m not expecting perfection and that’s fine. I just want it to match and look decent. I realistically will probably put some outside rugs on in places.

I’ve attached pics. Mahalo for all your help!

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Mike
Mike

I live on a lake and have a 75’ pier attached to a 25’ floating ramp & 16’x16’ floating dock. I have used the Olympic Semi-transparent Stain color: Honey Gold, the stain is several years old and in need of either cleaning or stripping…but I’m not sure which. Any suggestions and what steps I should take and what RAD products would be needed? Thank you!

Rick
Rick

Will rad deck stain stripper harm vinyl siding or glass windows. Thanks.

Thomas
Thomas

I thought the deck cleaner worked great;however, I needed more and I ordered stain stripper instead of deck cleaner . If I use the brightener when I am done will it work okay and not hurt the deck. The deck had never been stained.

Mickey McPhail
Mickey McPhail

My wife and I purchased a home that has a 1000 sq ft deck that was stained roughly six months ago using Olympic Elite Advance Stain + Sealant in One Semi Transparent Wood Stain. The color is entirely too dark for our liking. Also, it appears that on half of the deck, a second coat was applied. We are wanting a cedar shade but do not want to go through the hassle of stripping if it will not make the wood look “new” again before we apply a new stain. Should I strip? Should I sand? Do I need to do both?

Robin
Robin

Will this remove Thompsons WaterSeal Advanced Natural Wood Protector? I put it on a week ago and my deck has a yellowish hue when dry and gray when wet. I need to remove it ASAP

Angie
Angie

Ugh. I wish we would have read your review on the Behr semi-transparent water based stain before putting it on our new cedar deck. We just put it on 2 days ago and hate it. I understand stripping is going to be awful, but at this point we feel it may be our best option to go with another type of stain. I understand it is best not to strip brand new stain, but We have not put up railing yet, so we are hoping to strip and re-stain before doing that, so we can avoid working around it. I just want to be clear, stripping is ok, and multiple tries is also ok, right? Whatever does not come off will then need to be sanded? And then use a brightener? Any other tips? And is any one stripper better for water based or is this type our best option. Any other advice? Thank you.

Namvet
Namvet

I just coated a one year old deck with Behr Premium clear transparent waterproofing product. I cleaned and brightened it before coating. The color tone after it dried is a little on the yellow/honey color. I thought it would be completely clear to let the natural wood color remain. Would the deck restore be the best product to strip it? The coating has been on only 48 hrs.
What would be the best CLEAR deck coating non oil based that you would recommend? Would Defy be it? I used it (color version)on my deck and it appears to be more of a penetrating product rather than an encapsulating product like Behr. It is also more flat than shinny.

Thanks

Sharron
Sharron

My deck has layers of helmsman urethane on it. We have already used a stripper and brightener, but still has layers left. Will this product eat through the rest that is on deck. If so do I use brightener afterwards.

jdmckee
jdmckee

We have an old two-part redwood deck. Last fall we replaced the upper portion (due to excessive dry rot and poor construction) with boards that had been in the lumber yard for years. The lower part is very grooved and was very dry and gray. After installing the new redwood decking I stained it all with a SW stain because I assumed since it was already dry it would be okay. This year the new part turned very gray and mildewed. I realize I should have waited to stain.

Today I used the stripper and brightener on the entire surface for upper and lower and I was pleased to see much of the lovely red color come back, but there is a large area that is now black. I’m sure we applied evenly and pressure washed evenly as well, so I don’t know how to correct the problem. I redid the stripping in the blackened areas and saw no improvement.

We’re in Iowa and the deck gets midday sun. I plan to stain with TWP. We just had a week of rain but should be dry this week. How do I address the blackened area?

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Gregg Juster
Gregg Juster

How long to wait after using the stripper to apply the brightner

johnbilo
johnbilo

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johnbilo
johnbilo

Hello-

I would appreciate any advice you can provide on this project.

Deck is in Seattle area, pretty shaded area, some direct sun but only for a couple of hours.

Unknown wood species and unknown product but I would guess Thompson. If you can tell that would be great. Is it a solid?

Any chance it would strip? Would you advise stripping and then sanding what is left?

Someone I trust advised a Messmers UV+ semi after I get it off.

Thanking you in advance.

Vickie W
Vickie W

What is the best thing to remove Olympic Rescue It?

Garry
Garry

Will this product remove a solid color porch paint (latex)? Thanks!

Mark
Mark

Does RAD remove Helmsman spar poly?

Donna
Donna

How do I determine if oil based or water based is the best stain? I have two decks both 16 years old PT lumber and have been pressure washed to remove dirt. First deck does not show any signs of previous stains or sealant but is very susceptible to mold a A few boards have been replaced so they are very new while the rest of the deck is graying.
The second deck has a reddish stain on the railings but this stain is mostly worn off on the horizontal deck surface.
Can I use the same stain on both decks?

William F.
William F.

Will this remove Sikkens Cetol 123 from my cedar siding? This stuff is unlike the SRD varieties of stain.

Martha Matthews
Martha Matthews

I have a large deck,over 500 sq ft . it has behr transparent stain on it that was stained on seasoned treated pine wood but was not pretreated or conditioned. The deck floor is peeling bad and the pickets have a mildew showing under the stain that doesn’t was off. The stain is about 4 yrs old. What advice do you have.
When looking at your website I didn’t see any specific instructions. Only what I saw in reviews.

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Terry
Terry

My deck railing is wood frame with black metal spindles. Is RAD corrosive to the metal?

Martha Matthews
Martha Matthews

I have a deck that was not pretreated before being stained with Behr premium stain. The stain is about three yrs. old It seems to have mildew under the stain and is peeling. The pickets have the mildew as well.

Richelle
Richelle

We have CWF natural stain on our home (pine siding). It does not last and is peeling terribly. Most of our house has been stained 2-3x, but one side we have redone 4x. We would like to strip our whole house and use a a different (longer lasting) stain. Do you recommend this product to remove old CWF stain on siding?

Matt Szucs
Matt Szucs

Will this product remove the rust-oleum restore 2x semi transparent stain? The deck is pressure treated lumber approximately 2 years old and the stain was applied last fall.

Tim Peters
Tim Peters

Will this type of product work on an oil based stain? I have Deck-pro alkyd stain on pressure treated pine in KY, it is cedartone and has darkened but not peeled. appears dirty . There are spots where I have had to spot apply the product to cover chips or damage from a dog which are lighter. We like the natural wood appearance but are frustrated by the amount of maintenance (have stained twice since installing two years ago. Any advice on alternative products to re-stain? thanks