Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster @ Thickening Gel Review 4.9/5 (5)

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Restore-A-Deck Stripper Booster and Thickening Gel

Restore-A-Deck Stripper Booster and Thickening Gel

Update: Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster @ Thickening Gel Review

We would love to hear from you if you have used the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper with the Booster and/or Thickening Gel additives on your wood or deck. Please post a rating in the Consumer Star Ratings below.

If you have any questions as to the effectiveness for your deck or wood stripping project, please ask below with the name of the stain brand and type being removed. Please add a couple of pictures as well.

Note: These are 2 additives for the RAD Stain Stripper. They only work as additives for the Restore-A-Deck Stain stripper and will not work by themselves. This article is reviewing both of the additives when used together into the RAD Stripper. We tested this on two extremely hard to remove finishes. Behr Acrylic Based Semi-Transparent Wood Stain and a White Solid Color Deck Stain. Both of these coatings were applied 3 weeks before removal. Pictures of test boards below.


Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster – Up to 300% More Effective

Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster Additive is a special blend of solvents that is added to premixed 5-Gallons of the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. The Restore-A-Deck Stripper Booster will raise the effectiveness of the stain stripping up to 300% by helping to break down the surface tension of difficult to remove wood stain finishes.

Restore-A-Deck Booster should be used to increase effectiveness in stripping difficult to remove wood and deck stain coatings. Stripper Booster improves effectiveness on removal for most exterior wood and deck finishes including:

  • Acrylic-based (water-based) wood and deck coatings such as Behr, Olympic, Sherwin Williams, etc
  • Oil-based wood and deck coatings
  • Clear wood and deck sealer
  • Transparent wood and deck stains
  • Semi-transparent wood and deck stains
  • Most semi-solid exterior wood and deck stains
Behr Stain Before Stripping with Booster and Behr Stain After Stripping with Booster

Behr Stain Before Stripping with Booster and Bare Wood After Stripping with RAD Stripper + Booster

Restore-A-Deck Stripper Thickening Gel Additive – Clings up to 1 Hour

Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Thickening Gel is a special blend that is added to premixed 5-Gallons of the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. With a longer dwell time, Restore-A-Deck Stripper Thickening Gel will raise the effectiveness of the stain stripping by adding the ability to cling to vertical and horizontal surfaces for up to 1 hour. Works especially well on improving the performance of the stripping on vertical wood such as wood railings, wood fences, and wood sided homes.

Restore-A-Deck Thickening Gel should be used to increased effectiveness in stripping difficult to remove wood and deck stain coatings. RAD Stripper Thickening Gel improves effectiveness on removal for most exterior wood and deck finishes including:

  • Increased effectiveness for vertical surfaces such as railings, wood siding, log homes, and wood fences
  • Longer dwell time for horizontal and decking surfaces
  • Clings to wood for up to 1 hour

The pictures below show the RAD Stain Stripper with Thickening Gel with the Booster Additive combined.  The before picture is Behr Acrylic Stain. The middle is after 30 minutes leaning against a wall. Notice how the stripper did not run off the wood with the Thickening Gel Additive. The after picture shows the stripping results.

RAD Stain Stripper with Thickening Gel

RAD Stain Stripper with Thickening Gel – Before – During Leaning Against a Wall – After Stripping

Restore-A-Deck Deck Stain Stripper with Booster and Gel Additives Scores (1-10)

Removal of Graying, Dirt, Grime: 10

– The RAD stripper will easily remove all oxidized graying, dirt, mildew, mold, and algae.

Cost Per Square Foot: 9

-Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper covers 500- 1000 sq. feet for the 2 pound, $34.99 a bottle. The RAD Booster and Thickening Gel Additives retail for $19.99 each. All mixed together this will make 5 liquid gallons for a total cost of $75. That equates to $15 per gallon. Very good price for an extremely effective product.

Removal of Old Stain: 10

– The Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper with the Booster Additive was tested on Behr Premium Acrylic Semi-Transparent and a White Solid Stain. The stripper was very effective at removing over 100% of the Behr on our test boards (see pictures above). With the Solid White Stain, it removed 98% of the stain. Note on Solid Stain removal, while it worked very well for us on these test boards, Restore-A-Deck is not guaranteeing a solid stain removal with the 2 additives in their product description. If removing a solid stain, the RAD Stripper and Additives will definitely help, but you may still need to do some sanding to remove all.

Solid Stain Before and After Stripping Booster

Solid Stain Before and After Stripping Booster

Ease of Application: 10

– The RAD Deck Stain Stripper with the Booster and Thickening Gel Additives mix with 5 gallons of water. We tested the stripper by using a pump sprayer for application.

Final Appearance of Stripping: 10

– Great at removing both our Behr Acrylic and White Solid Stain. It was very important that you used a wood brightener to neutralize after use.

Overall Score Restore-A-Deck Deck Stain Stripper with Booster and Gel Additives: 9.8

– Great at removing difficult to strip coatings and helps with vertical (railings and siding) stripping as well. We will be using both of these additives as needed for our deck restoration projects

Product Information:

Manufacturer: Restore-A-Deck
Product Type: Deck Stain Stripper Additives to boost overall effectiveness.
Available Sizes: 16oz. Add these into 5 Liquid Gallons of RAD Stain Stripper.
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coverage Per Container: 500-750 sq. ft per 5-Gallons mixed.
Application Tools: Scrub Brush, Pressure Washer, Pump Sprayer.

Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Cedar
Deck Square Footage: Test Boards
The condition of Deck: Behr Semi-Transparent Acrylic was removed. Solid White Stain.
Cost: 
Retails for $19.99 per Additive.

*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.

If you have any questions as to the effectiveness for your deck or wood stripping project, please ask below with the name of the stain brand and type being removed. Please add a couple of pictures as well.


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Jan
Jan

Used RAD’s cleaner and brightener on a small, old deck. When it still looked ‘blotchy’ (photo on left), I contacted the company who recommended the stripper and brightener. Turned out very nice and am currently stripping another overly-stained deck.

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Brea
Brea

What brand and color/type stain did you use? Love the color.

EMily
EMily

Have new garage deck and porch railings which are pine. (Vertical posts pressure treated and some older wood which will be sanded prior). Prior deck had terrible peeling problem due to type of strain and full sun all day. Contractor says can be stained right away because pine and suggested arbor coat. Need a better stain that will be taupe/light brown in color not cedarhoney or red. Other times I have used Rymar brand. You seem to have a few favorites – in high sun setting mostly pine what do you suggest?

Pat Overfield
Pat Overfield

I posted a question about a deck still being tacky however I gave you incorrect information. The deck has only 2 coats of stain. The stain was completed in 80+ degree weather 17 hours ago. The deck remains tacky. What can I do to remedy the excess. Please see my first posting for further details. Thank you.

Pat Overfield
Pat Overfield

I used RAD STRIPPER/BRIGHTENER kit on my 830 sq. ft. deck in NE OHIO. Then followed it by 2 coats of TWP 1500 series Cedartone 1501 stain. The result is beautiful. My concern now is my helper sprayed on a third coat that remains shiny even after wiping with a rag. Now what do I do to remedy the excess stain?

Heather
Heather

Hi there, I have this deck and I believe the stain on it is the Pittsburgh Ulta advanced stain & sealant in one solid color stain. It was stained when we bought the house and I found a mostly used can of it in the shed. It’s peeling badly now, so I’m looking for advice on how to get it stripped so I can restain. Thank you!

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Jan
Jan

Last one (I think I may have gotten carried away with using RAD). This is our new-ish garden gate before and after. While the gate was only installed a year ago, I realized when I applied the cleaner that it actually had a stain on it. Thus, I used the stripper and gel additive in order to enhance the staying power of the stripper. As you can see, it turned out pretty nice. I’m so impressed with RAD that I’m going to tackle an old redwood structure that surrounds our spa — now that will be a challenge. BTW, I used semi-transparent cedar on the gate.

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Jan
Jan

Me again. This time, I wanted to show you a ‘redo’ of a very large deck that was installed probably 20 years ago. We just had new railings put on last year so I wanted to clean the rails and strip the deck so that the boards would match (everything is redwood). I used the stripper plus the additive and it certainly made a difference. I was amazed at how well the old deck turned out!! The stain I used was the clear semi-transparent — two coats on the deck and one on the railings.

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Anne Devine
Anne Devine

I have an old ottoman & the legs are a cherry wood color. Can they be stripped? I’m trying to get a more natural wood color. What do u suggest? Thank you!

Amy
Amy

Does power washing alone (well I used a crappy cleaner too) strip old stain?

Deb
Deb

Our original deck was 7 yrs. old when we bought our house. It had never been stained or painted. After we extended the deck, I stained the entire thing with an Oil based semi translucent stain. The two sections came out different colors. Can I use a solid oil based stain over the translucent stain without stripping the old stain? I live in the piedmont region of NC. Mixed sun and shade on deck and mold and algae are a problem.

Stoney
Stoney

Hello, I have the Behr Deckover coating. It is that really thick paint like coating and it is peeling. Will this remove that? I hope I do not have to sand.