Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Stain Review 4.9/5 (3)

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Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Update for 2019: This is our initial Review of the Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Wood and Deck Stain.  This review will be updated over the years. As deck restoration contractors, Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain will be our go-to Solid Color Stain for 2019 due to its ease of use, 5 pre-mixed solid colors (the only solid stain on the market that comes pre-mixed), and the ability to prep and stain on the same day.

Note: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains are the only stain we have tested can be applied to dry or damp wood. Applying to damp wood allows you the ability to prep and stain on the same day, saving you a tremendous amount of time.

Restore A Deck Solid Color Wood Stain Review

Summary: Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Wood Stain is an extremely durable synthetic-resin, opaque wood finish that helps protect against the damaging effects of water, fungi, and UV radiation on exterior wood surfaces. This V.O.C. compliant water-based product provides exceptional protection for nearly all exterior wood surfaces in a beautiful matte finish.

Restore-A-Deck 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.

Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Wood Stain can be used on interior or exterior horizontal and vertical wood surfaces including wood siding, log homes, decks, fences, outdoor wood furniture, pressure treated and all other natural wood surfaces.

Restore-A-Deck Solid Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 10

Note: We used a two-toned deck stain approach for this Restore A Deck Solid Stain Review. This review is for the White Solid color stain that was applied to all verticals. To see our review or the RAD Semi-Transparent Stain, Click Restore A Deck Wood Stain

– The Restore-A-Deck wood stain color we used was the Solid Classic Color in White for the Railings and Semi-transparent Dark Walnut for the Floor. The two coats applied to our PTP wood covered nicely and did not show any wood grain which is expected with a solid stain. Even application and no overlap lines.

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain Review

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 10

–At the 1-year mark, there was no wearing or peeling anywhere on the white verticals.

Cost Per Square Foot: 8

– We applied two coats to our 350 sq. feet of verticals that included all railings and steps. 2 Gallons were used at a cost of $50 per gallon.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 9

– Similar to other water-based solid color deck stains, the Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Stain will not promote the growth of mold or mildew. This is one of the main advantages of using a water-based coating. At the 1-year mark, the deck showed no signs of any mold or mildew.

Ease of Application: 8

– Our favorite aspect of the Restore-A-Deck Wood Solid Color Stain is the ability to stain and prep on the same day. We tested this by cleaning and brightening the wood with the Step 1 and Step 2 Restore A Deck Cleaner/Brightener Kit and then applying the RAD stain 1 hour after the prep. The Restore-A-Deck actually applies easier to the damp wood than dry wood. We also found that the coverage was better when applied to damp wood.

We applied both coats of the White RAD Stain with a roller and brush to the wood, waiting about 30 minutes between coats. The second coat goes on very easy and covers twice as far as the first coat. Overall application with the Restore-A-Deck solid stain is very easy. Spreads excellent and easy to work with.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 8

– Clean and reapply as needed using their Step 1 Deck Cleaner and a light pressure washing.

Overall Score Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Stain at 1 Year Period: 8.88

– The Restore-A-Deck is a great Solid Color Stain. It is the only solid stain on the market that comes pre-mixed, making it much easier to choose a color. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains have allowed the ability to Prep and Stain in the Same Day, giving it a huge advantage over other brands that perform just as well. If you are looking for the future of exterior wood and deck stains, then you should consider the Restore A Deck Solid Color Wood Stain and their prepping systems.

Product Information

More Info: Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Stain
Cost: $52.99 per Gallon. Products ship free on their website.
Stain Type: Solid Color (Opaque) Wood Stain – Water Based
Available in Pre-Mixed Solid Colors: Classic White, Coastal Gray, Desert Taupe, Cypress, Brown Oak
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats  Required: 2 Coats
Coverage Per Gallon: 200-400 sq. ft. Coverage varies on wood age and type of wood.
Application Tools: Airless Sprayer, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Restore-A-Deck

Test Deck Stats

Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 350 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used: 
White

*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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Mackenzie
Mackenzie

Restore-A-Deck Solid Color Stain vs. Armstrong Clark Wood Stain

No real idea as to how old our deck is; the home itself was built in roughly 1914 and was “flipped” in 2015. We have owned the home now since 2016. It does not appear that the deck has ever been treated. We power washed and applied a cleaner and brightener this weekend and have a crew coming to stain Wednesday. Our question is for an older deck, that has never been treated and with 3 dogs, which would be the better choice out of the two I listed above? I narrowed it down to those to as they seem to be the best for older decks, strong protection, etc.

Thank you!

Craig Fusco
Craig Fusco

Can Restore A Deck Solid Color Stain be used on 20 year old redwood railings after they’re stripped, cleaned , & brightened?

Darrel Ahles
Darrel Ahles

Redwood 400 sq ft roof covered patio deck has several coats of oil based solid ( Ace Royal) which is no longer available. Can I use Cabot OVT solid ? Is there anything else preferable or will it require removal. The deck is in very good condition and mainly needs fresh coat.

Stacey
Stacey

I wish I’d found this website before I bought Behr solid stain. The stain I got is nothing like the color I expected (what they call Redwood looks burnt orange). My husband stained an ungodly amount of square footage while I was away on a trip for 3 days. I came home and was horrified at the color. I want to re-stain with the RAD Coastal gray. Do I need to do any prep or can I just go over the ugly Behr that was just applied?

Donald Fletcher
Donald Fletcher

37 year old chromated copper arsenate deck, in rough shape now. See photos. I like the idea of the 20x stuff to fill the cracks but as I understand it such resurfacing stains can be problematic. Can you please suggest some options that might help? The last photo is of a sec ond, lower deck. Thanks for your help.

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Gary Walkup
Gary Walkup

One coat of your grey restore a deck solid stain looks good. Do you really need to apply two coats on the horizontal wood of the deck?

Dale Ayton
Dale Ayton

This is certainly not the result I expected when I ordered the solid stain in a shade of “dark oak”. It appears on the website as a deep mahogany brown, but more like a café latte on application. Hope I don’t have a problem with the HOA board at my development. The web color chart is extremely misleading.

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Vicki
Vicki

I used the taupe color and it was much lighter than the website as well

Ann
Ann

How about the semi-transparent Dark Walnut for the Floor of the deck? Shows the grain? How did it perform.

Cathy
Cathy

Can this product be used to cover Duckback Superdeck acrylic latex solid stain 9602 base? Stripping the cedar deck with their stripper seems to come with too many drawbacks. 1/3 of deck that is under roof eaves is great but the other 2/3’s is peeling. Hoping to get peeling paint off by using pressure washer. The deck is cedar and we are loathe to sand off paint. Help!

Karen
Karen

Just finished cleaning and staining my 20 year old deck with Restore A Deck products. Very happy with the outcome. Used the RAD cleaner with a pump sprayer and pressure washer, followed by the RAD Solid Stain. Looks great! Don’t know how it will last yet, but so far it was everything it was claimed to be.

margaret baetz
margaret baetz

I can’t find a color chart for the costal gray in the solid stain. Need to see before I buy.

Paul
Paul

Can RAD be sprayed on a deck or is that not wise?

Jeff
Jeff

I have a deck approaching 20 years old that has very old (8 years?) behr solid stain. The horizontal surfaces are mostly bare now and have small cracks in the wood. After power washing and prepping, will the RAD solid cover the remnants of the Behr (I believe so from what I’ve read here) and will it partially fill in the cracks to provide a somewhat smoother/consistent surface? I was looking to use a thicker deck restore type stain/paint to fill the cracks but the reviews of that stuff are not good; sounds like a potential nightmare?

I live in south Jersey with a few hours of direct sunlight on the deck each day plus occasional snow build up in the winter.

Great site and Thanks!

Joe
Joe

Have bluish gray latex stain on already. Hard to get off in areas. Will the solid covers cover these areas or will they show?

John
John

Have a pergola (pine and cedar). It is now one year old, never been stained. We plan on going with a solid white stain. What steps and products do you recommend?

Jennifer
Jennifer

This review is for the solid stain on the railings and the Semi-Transparent on the deck. Have you reviewed the RAD solid deck stain when used on the deck surface? This is your top rated solid stain, but color choices are limited to five. Based on how this was reviewed, I’m not sure how it will compare to others on the deck surface.

Amy MACINTOSH
Amy MACINTOSH

My deck was stained several years ago with Behr opaque solid in a dark color (btw, this stuff is garbage) I was going to strip and sand and then apply an oil based semi transparent TWP. After reading your reviews and forums, I am considering using the water based RAD so that it will not be quite as much work and I won’t have to try to remove every bit of the Behr stain.
I am only doing the floors as the railings are ok.
Would you recommend the RAD in a somewhat dark color? and if so, what will the stripping and prepping protocol be?
Thank for this amazing site!

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Pat
Pat

I have an older (1995) PT pine deck that has peeling solid stain (Behr, about 5 years old). I’ve read that the pre-2004 PT wood doesn’t hold paint or solid stains well. I’ve tried stripping off the old stain, but some is still stuck on pretty well, and I really don’t feel like investing the time and energy sanding off the rest.

Is there any product or treatment I can use to get a solid stain to stick to this wood? It’s not in the kind of shape where I want to use a semi-transparent and see the wood.

Char Myron
Char Myron

We have a Trex deck that is 20 yrs old. It’s structurally sound, but has weathered to a light gray. I’m thinking a solid color to stain it would be best since there is no wood grain. What would you recommend?

Eileen
Eileen

Can I use this restore a deck solid stain over a deck that was previously stained with behr solid stain? I have power washed and cleaned the deck and will be sanding a few rough spots prior to applying the new stain. Thanks

Linette Mathewson
Linette Mathewson

We have not had great luck with deck stain lasting on our deck. See photos of deck in current state. In May 2016, we applied Benjamin Moore Arborcoat semi-solid stain in cordovan brown. After 1 year, floor boards had signs of peeling, and progressively deteriorated each year and now floorboards and some of the railings and seating areas are also significantly peeling. Because Arborcoat is water-based, what is the process we must follow to prep and reapply a stain? And what would you suggest in a stain? Semi-solid again or a solid stain? Water-based or oil-based? The deck is about 25 years old so there is signs of age meaning when stripped there are some splintering boards. Also, it is in full sun from 10am-4pm. Because it is a big job, I have hired a carpenter to complete. WE would appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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Melissa
Melissa

What was the process for the two tone look? Did you do the horizontal areas first and then tape it off and complete the railings in white? I like this look, just trying to figure out how to best complete the two tone without overlap.

Susan
Susan

Hi,

I have a deck in Indiana that has a Behr Solid stain on it. Can this be applied over it? I really do not want to sand.