This post was updated on May 7, 2023
Restore-A-Deck Exotic Hardwood Stain Review
This is our initial Review of the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain for Exotic Hardwoods such as IPE. This review was one on IPE sample boards and was tested for 1 year from the date of application. The Restore A Deck Wood Stain showed excellent color retention for the Ipe and had no signs of wearing or peeling. This test was on brand new, unseasoned IPE and was done the same day as the prep. We waited 1 hour after prep to apply the RAD Stain while the wood was damp.
Note: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is one of the only stains we have tested that 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 Stain Summary:
Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is an advanced, water-based, semi-transparent stain formulation designed to penetrate deep into wood pores for maximum protection and longevity. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain protects wood from harmful UV rays and damage caused by water penetration. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain is safe to use, has a low odor, and is easy to clean up with soap and water. It is ideal for all wood types including pressure-treated pine, cedar, fir, or redwood.
Recent advancements in water-based wood stain technology have allowed the active ingredients in the Restore-A-Deck Stain to offer better UV protection, excellent penetration into the wood grain, the ability to apply to damp wood, all in beautiful semi-transparent colors that highlight the natural wood grain.
RAD Wood and Deck Stain will increase the life, appearance, and durability of all exterior wood surfaces. With the easy to apply and maintain Eco-Safe formula, you’ll be able to finish faster and enjoy your exterior wood or deck for years.
Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains
Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types, when stained will always fade faster than other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.
Restore-A-Deck on Hardwood Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 8
– The Restore-A-Deck wood stain color we used was the Semi-Transparent Light Walnut. The initial appearance was a rich brown with a hint of red (see pictures below) after drying on the IPE wood. The Restore-A-Deck Stain penetrated extremely well into the wood grain on our test deck. No surface film on top of the wood.
Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 9
– Restore-A-Deck had minor fading at the 1-year mark for the IPE test boards. See the picture below at the 12-month mark.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9
–At the 1-year mark, there was no wearing or peeling for the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain on the IPE test boards.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
– We applied one coat to our IPE test deck. Coverage for the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain on exotic hardwoods will average around 250-300 sq feet per gallon. Only 1 coat should be applied to exotic hardwoods.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 10
– Similar to other water-based deck stains, the Restore-A-Deck Wood 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: 9
– As our previous review on the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain on PTP wood, our favorite aspect of the Restore-A-Deck Wood 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 wood was visibly wet on a few areas of the deck and damp to the touch throughout. The coverage was better when applied to damp wood.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 1 Year: 8
– As expected there was very little darkening for the Restore-A-Deck Stain or color shifting.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 8
– The Restore-A-Deck should be an easy clean and reapplication as needed as there was no peeling or wearing. Prep with the Restore A Deck Wood Cleaner first.
Overall Score Restore-A-Deck Stain on IPE Wood at 1 Year Period: 8.63
– The Restore-A-Deck worked great on our IPE test boards. Restore-A-Deck for IPE will be an easy coat and recoat for exotic hardwoods that require annual maintenance. You will be able to enjoy your beautiful hardwood deck with the product.
More Info: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $139.99 per 2.5 Gallon Pail, $209.99 per 5 Gallon Pail. Products ship free on their website.
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Water Based
Available Colors: Natural, Cedar, Light Walnut, Dark Walnut
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 1 Coat on Exotic Hardwoods and IPE.
Coverage Per Gallon: 250-350 sq. ft on Exotic Hardwoods/IPE
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-4 Hours
VOC Compliant: 50 VOC Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: IPE Exotic Hardwood
Deck Square Footage: IPE Test boards where used.
UV Exposure: 100% Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used: Light Walnut
*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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