This post was updated on May 7, 2023
Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Review 2023
This is our 6th Year for the review of the Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain. This review will be updated through the years with new pictures as the stain ages. In 2017, our first full year of using the Restore A Deck stain, we had no issues with performance and saved a tremendous amount of time with the ability to prep and stain on the same day. We will continue to offer the Restore A Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain as one of our go-to decking stains for the 2023 restoration season.
*We prefer the application to damp wood as it performs better and applies easier.
Note: Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain 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.
Summary: Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent 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 the wood from harmful UV rays and damage caused by water penetration. Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent 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 4 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.
Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain Ratings (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. 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 2 Year Mark: 9
– Restore-A-Deck had little to no fading at the 2-year mark. Excellent color retention should be achieved through years 2-3 as well based on initial pictures and testing. See below for a picture.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9
–At the 2-year mark, there was no wearing or peeling.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
– We applied two coats to our 150 sq foot deck that included all railings and steps. Less than 1 gallon was used for this at a total cost of $40. This equates to $.30 a square foot. Very reasonable pricing and better than most other top brands.
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 primary 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
– 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 Restore-A-Deck actually applied easier to the damp wood than any other water-based stain that we have used previously. We also found that the coverage was better when applied to damp wood. In theory, the stain will actually absorb better when applied to damp wood. The water “swells” the wood pores and “pulls” the stain deep into the wood as it dries. Applying to damp wood will also help avoid potential issues with Applying a Deck Stain in Full Sun.
See before and after pictures below.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8
– As expected, there was very little darkening for the Restore-A-Deck Stain or color shifting. See picture at 2-year mark above.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 8
– The Restore-A-Deck will be an easy clean and reapplication as needed.
Overall Score Restore-A-Deck Stain at 1-Year Period: 8.63
– The Restore-A-Deck is an awesome exterior wood stain and has shown the ability to outperform other water-based and oil-based wood stains. Restore-A-Deck’s 3-Step system allows you to save time and money when it comes to restoring your exterior wood and decking. No other system that we have used or tested has allowed the ability to Prep and Stain in the Same Day. If you are looking for the future of exterior wood and deck stain, then you should consider the Restore A Deck Wood Stain and their prepping system.
More Info: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
Cost: $45.99 per Gallon, $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, Cottage gray
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats. “Wet on Wet” for older wood. New wood = 1 Coat.
Coverage Per Gallon: 100-150 sq. ft
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: Pressure Treated Pine
Deck Square Footage: 150 Square feet
UV Exposure: 50% Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
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.
Restore-A-Deck Semi-Transparent Stain Photos
How To Restore Your Deck All in One Day – DeckStainHelp.com
Deck Stain Help & Questions
As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
All the products he suggests through this site are sold through online sites and in retail stores, allowing the consumer to choose their own means of purchase. Scott’s eCommerce sites do sell many top brands he endorses and if you appreciate any of the help he has offered then feel free to purchase from one of them.
I applied the this product to a new deck this weekend, with great results. I was able to mostly complete a 750+ sq. foot deck by myself.
I was extremely surprised how much much dirt and grime came off of new kiln dried cedar after only 3 months of being installed. Although it was a bit of work scrubbing the deck boards, I am so glad that I used as I had no idea that the boards were are dirty as they were.
Anyways, now for my question, do you have a suggestion for a product to remove any stain that may have gotten on metal railing/trim?
I saw the video of someone suggesting goof-off graffiti remover. My worry with this product is that is it pressurized and I don’t want overspray to hit the deck.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Goof or similar works best. They have some that are not aerosol.
The deck looks great!
I absolutely can honestly say this restoration product(s) are the best I have ever used. We live in PA. I followed all the directions to the tee. I applied the SOLID stain on 20 yr old deck wood, which was in poor shape. Nothing worked previously, even when it was professionally done with their materials, we would have chipping and peeling after the first Winter. I applied this during covidcation last March/April because we had a warm beginning of Spring. This was not hard to apply but we did everything that was recommended, along with some sanding. We were in communication by email with this company almost every other day asking a question or two. They returned a reply sometimes within 10 min. Then if we had additional questions they answered them and referred us to other research material to help us. They were great to deal with even though you didn’t talk over the phone with them. Like I said, we applied this and then wondered if it was going to start peeling by the Fall. Nope, well then definitely after the first ice storm, nope. Well, then after 3 weeks of snow fall pretty continuously. Even though we shoveled the snow off the wood deck, NO PEELING OR CHIPPING! We have a deck that gets hammered with rain, ice, hail and snow. This stuff is the best we have ever used. This Spring, we only had to hose it down with mild soapy water and that’s it. We really appreciate when something actually works the way it’s advertised. This would out sell anything in the stores if it were sold their. I am in awe by this product(s). I am telling all my family, friends and colleagues. I hope you don’t sell out because of word of mouth advertising. It is GREAT COMPANY WITH GREAT PRODUCTS!!! Thank you!!
Please send a pic and let us know what color you used. Thank you!
This is the start of our third year and we are still amazed by good it looks with no chipping and peeling. We used the taupe, solid stain originally. Apply this according to the directions and you won’t regret it. This Summer we will use their cleaner and sand it all lightly and apply another coat or two, just for good measure. We don’t want to go through the whole process with stripping again, so this is the easiest method to maintain it. We truly love our deck and would not replace it, at this time since there is no visible rot from above. We cannot see underneath, so maybe years ahead that would be the area that may cause it’s destruction. Until then, we are very pleased with it’s look. Sorry, if the following picture isn’t the best, I just now took it, after a rain storm, early this morning.
Take care, have fun and be safe!
3 YEARS AND LOOKING GOOD!! Thank you so much for sharing!
We are so pleased with the Restore a Deck stain. New wood 9 months after it was installed. Process couldn’t be any easier!
All I can say is WOW! I was in a world of hurt with an oil-based sealer/stain product. Admittedly, I had applied too much when I was doing my maintenance clean & reapply after a year of the original coat. I tried stripping the oil-based coat with paint stripper, denatured alcohol, and mechanically, but I would have been at it for weeks!
Then I discovered the Restore-A-Deck webpage and read about the Restore-A-Deck water-based products: Stripper, Brightener, and Stain. I used the Stripper along with the Booster. I first tried just the Stripper, but realized that as the salesperson noted, I did indeed also need the Booster. After a second application with Booster, the deck came out beautifully! I then applied Natural Stain (after waiting a day – ran out of daylight!). The deck looks fantastic! I hadn’t expected the gentle satin or eggshell finish, but it was a nice surprise! Cleanup, being all water-based, was a breeze, and I didn’t end up with lots of environmentally unfriendly run-off.
Hats off to the Restore-A-Deck company! Great products, easy to use, with fantastic results! What more can I say?
Just cleaned and brightened my 2 year old pressure treated pine deck. Then applied the light walnut stain, all from Restore A Deck. It looks great.
Post a picture or two if you have time.
Ken, can you try the pictures again when you have time. The issue with uploading images has been fixed.
Here are some photos.
Looks really good!
What shade color is this
What color stain is shown in photos?
Some more photos.
I have stripped and brightened my 10 year old deck with the RAD system. Looks great! But I am really struggling with what application method to use for the light walnut stain, wet on wet. Hand bush, Pad, long handle brush (like on the RAD website), etc. What would you recommend?
The yellow floor brush works the best.
First photos of finished prepping last night. Second photos after the rain we got overnight. I have bought Defy extreme crystal clear stain but now I am wondering whether a semi transparent stain like light walnut or natural pine might be better able to unify some of the extreme variations in color.
This is a 20 year old deck PT wood never been treated before. Thank you so much for any help.
If you want UV protection for 2-3 years, then get a tinted Extreme color.
I need to re-stain my deck that originally had RAD wood stain in light walnut. As you can see 50+% of the deck floor is now bare wood. I plan to use the same color RAD stain. Should I do RAD cleaner followed by RAD brightener or do I need to strip all off? Thanks
Strip and brighten would be the easiest and will give the most uniform appearance.
What color of Restore A Deck solid stain is closest to Armstrong Clark Sequoia Semi-Solid?
Hi Scott, thank you for maintaining this extremely helpful site! Based on your reviews, we are trying to decide between Restore a Deck or Defy Ultra (both semi-transparent) on our 1 year old yellow stain pressure treated wood deck. We live outside of DC and have had mildew on our old deck, so that is a concern. The deck is in a shady spot, but what sun we do get tends to be hot in the summer! We would love to get your thoughts on choosing between these two products (or any other product that you think would be a better fit). Thank you in advance for your help!
Restore A Deck for sure. Penetrating stains will work better than filming stains.
The picture of the reddish fence on the second row from the bottom above says “Restore a Deck Stain IPE” I cannot read the rest of the text on the picture. Which stain is that? I don’t see anything like that on Restore a Deck’s website.
It is Restore A Deck Semi-transparent stain on IPE wood. Most likely Light Walnut color.
I have used the Armstong Clark semi transparent cedar tone product on my deck for the past 6 or 7 years. In general I have been pretty happy with the results, but lately I have been seeing increasing levels of green algae and mildew, especially on the shaded areas. I have been thinking about using the Restore-A-Deck stain because it seems to be more mildew resistant, but I am concerned about compatability if I am not able to remove every bit of the leftover AC stain. The areas that are exposed to the elements are pretty weathered at this point because I needed to recoat last year, but was not able to get to it before winter got here. Part of the deck is under a porch roof, and of course that part is in excellent condition. I would like some recommendations as to whether the RAD product is an option, or if I have to stay with an oil-based product, is there one that does a better job of preventing mildew growth? I appreciate any help you guys can provide – thanks!
You would have to strip and brighten all if you want to switch stain brands. This can be done with the RAD Stripper and Brightener kits. The RAD Stain would do better overall with algae and mildew.
When it says 250 VOC complaint in all states, does that mean the rating is 250 VOCs? If not, what does it mean in terms of VOC rating. Thanks!
It means it is 250 VOC or less.
Thanks for confirming, Scott!
Is RAD the absolute best for mildew / mold prevention? I live in an area with a very humid fog / San Francisco Bay Area. Mildew is out of control. New redwood deck.
No stain can prevent mildew 100% but the RAD stains will never promote the growth of mildew like an oil-based stain can.
I need to stain and seal a pine tongue and groove door (NOT pressure treated) for a playhouse – exterior. Will this do the job if I do all 6 sides? Or do I need to look at oil or other? Fun fact… it will be a round door and round windows — I have steel rings to keep them from warping, just need to seal them.
Yes, this would work.
So for T&G premium finish pine, I don’t have to wait to stain, correct? Want to protect it immediately as it is not pressure treated. I’ll be waiting 3-4 months on the rest of the playhouse that is Ptreated to paint/stain. So rather than Restore a Deck…why not TWP 1500. You have that as the best wood protection which is primarily what I need for this door and windows. It is oil base and thus messier to work with but it is only a 44″ in round door and 18″ windows
All new wood needs to weather and be prepped if smooth wood. Rough sawn can be stained right away. Does not matter the wood type:
TWP 1500 would work as well for you but RAD Stain will have less odor and less chance oil rub off.
I want to make sure I got this game plan right. We have 1000sq ft of deck (toooo big) and it gets sun ALL day in Tennessee. The deck is I think four years old and we put Super Deck on it last year that I don’t think did anything. The patio cover is a year old and will also need something. My plan is is to the RAD cleaner, then the cottage grey semi transparent stain. We can’t do the whole thing in a day so our plan is to clean and stain in sections. Am I missing anything?
You have to strip and brighten, not clean. Prep all first. You can stain in sections but you must have a clear dividing line. Try to do at least all the floors on the same day. With the proper tools, it will take only an hour or two.
So get the strip and brighten. Do I do that while powerwashing? Your saying it should only take about hour or two to stin the floor part? I was going to use a brush. Is there a better tool?
Yes, you pressure wash while stripping and brightening. Look at this for applying the stain: https://www.restore-a-deck.com/restore-a-deck-wood-stain/restore-a-deck-wood-staining-brush/flypage.tpl.html
Does anyone know of a contractor who uses Restore-A-Deck products in the Washington, DC area? Thank you!
We do not.
Excellent website and detailed reviews. I’ve just ordered Armstrong Clark samples thanks to you!
Excellent website! I appreciate your detailed reviews. I just called Armstrong Clark (AC) to order samples for my Ipe deck At a 10,000 feet elevation. I told AC that your site sent me to buy their products.
Hi. I previously told you that I used Ready Seal and my wood deck was still oily after a month. I was tracking oil inside my house. I washed it with a deck cleaner, I sanded it and finally, I used a stain stripper. All the stain is gone but the wood is still oily and it still tracks inside, but less. It seems that the Ready Seal stain never dried and the wood is still soaked with oil (but not the pigment). I wonder how deep it went. I tried to wash the wood with dish soap and warm water. It seems a bit less oily now, but still tracks. Should I strip it again or use another product ?
You could try stripping, it would not hurt. Staining over it with a stain that cures will also help.
I used your stain 2 yrs ago and am very pleased. I have a question regarding some stains from Geranium flowers that I now have on my deck. Is there a product that I can use on these stains? I used a solid color stain, if I want to recoat do I have to do any prep? The stain is not peeling and except for the flower stains looks great. thanks, Jim Richter
Bleach would probably remove the stains but it may also lighten the deck stain. Try a small spot to see. 1 part bleach to 4 parts water. Wipe off after 5-10 minutes.
If recoating, pressure wash and cleaner for prep.
What are your thoughts on Cutek Colourtone stains? Thank you in advance!
We have not personally used them. Numerous consumers have mentioned them on this site with mixed results.
Thank you! I have a huge flat 900 sq ft deck. Our contractor just finished power washing. His generator was LOUD and the process was time consuming for 3 days. I don’t want to do this process again as it was a real bother to the 8 people in our home that either work at home, sleep days and work nights, or deal with disabilities/sleep/anxiety disorders and sleep during the day. I was apologizing to everyone as the Landlord.
The contractor purchased 18 boards from Home Depot for those needing to be replaced. He is planning to partially replace bad areas since wood is so expensive.
I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want the beauty of the wood and DON’T want to do a solid color, especially on this huge 80 foot long flat deck. We want a wood tone that blends in with the woods behind us. I also want something easy for my contractors to apply and a product that will give good coverage per gallon.
If I apply a Solid now I will have to complete this process again when I finally get to changing to a beautiful stain. Will the new and old boards ever even out in color so a stain will look even. What product do you suggest that I use this year, if I’m eventually going to go with a semi-transparent later and don’t want have to power washing again. Or is there a process to keep up the deck where you don’t have to power wash each time??
We are in Southern Maryland 30 mins from Wash, DC. This area has weather ranging from Very HOT & Humid sunny days in the summer, (lots of mildew algae buildup on the siding and roofs of homes in the area), to very cold winters, hail storms, snow, ice sticks around for weeks with the North Eastern storms.
Our deck gets midday to afternoon sun with a few areas staying wet having no sun in the corners.
Thanks so much for helping out! I join everyone here in thanking you for your knowledge and kind advise!!! Very much appreciated!!
Do not use a solid stain. Use the Restore A Deck Wood semi-transparent stain. It will be easier to maintain.
You always have to pressure wash/prep when you recoat down the road. No way around it.
We used an oil base semi transparent stain on our deck and every winter most of it peels off. Tired of staining every year. Do you have any suggestions?
What brand of stain and can you upload some pics?
We have sanded down our deck that previously had Behr solid stain deckover. Will the restore a deck even out where the wood is uneven? And do we need to use the kit or just the solid stain?
Restore A Deck Kits cannot even out wood or solid stained areas vs unstained areas. Only sanding would be able to do this. You can use the solid stain once all peeling stain is removed and can cover the intact solid stain that is not peeling.
Hi Solid or semi solid for this old deck, see attached
Best to strip and brighten for prep first to see how well it cleans up then make a decision on what to use after the prep. Use Restore A Deck Stripper/Brightener prep kits. BTW, your screws/nails are rusting.
One other note. It looks like a hardwood deck like Ipe or Mahogany and you would not want to use a solid or semi-solid stain on it. Semi-transparent.
thanks. what happens if i use a solid?
Solid stains not penetrate into hardwoods and will peel.
can we use water based? porch is old.
The Restore A Deck Stain would work well and is water-based. Just make sure to prep well first.
No idea what kind of wood I’m dealing with. I do know that we haven’t stained it in 6 years and it was with a Thompson Waterseal product. We’ve power washed it with muriatic acid and this is now what’s left. Help please! I love the idea of just using a pump sprayer if possible and not doing all this by hand.
You will need a solid stain to cover this old solid stain. See the best options here: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/what-are-the-best-solid-color-deck-stains/
What would be the recommended deck stain for a 900sqft 7mo old pressure treated wood deck. I’m looking for something that’s easy to maintain.
The Restore A Deck Wood Stain works great. Try that and make sure to clean and brighten the wood for prep.
We have a 4 year old pressure treated pine deck. It was originally stained with Thomson. That peeled off any horizontal surface and we have sanded it off the upright posts. We plan to use the cleaner, brightener, and Cedar semitransparent RAD.
1) Do we need to let the posts weather for any length of time?
2) Should we sand the entire deck surface first or can we just clean, brighten, and stain?
2. We would need to see pics posted.
Is the deck slippery after apply Restore a Deck stain? we have a pool off our deck, so its often wet
No, it will not be slippery.
Additional info to first post
Or…would you recommend Restore a Deck instead of Defy? Please help
I want to use the RAD clean and brighten system on new cedar railings in preparation for staining with Armstrong Clark, but need to consider the Wolf Serenity PVC decking and the vinyl coated wire mesh on the railings. Will the product be safe for these other surfaces? I see no way to fully protect them. What method would you recommend for application. Thanks!
It does not harm PVC decking or vinyl. Just make sure to prewet and rinse any over spray.
Last year, I cleaned and brightened a cedar covered porch using RAD, and then stained with RAD stain.
I intend to re-stain every year for maintenance.
This year, I cleaned and brightened before a new coat of RAD stain. It removed a LOT of the old stain and seemed a bit agressive to me.
I do now see that the RAD stain instructions say to clean step 1 only, NOT brighten for maintenance. I must have been confused based on other recommendations I read on this site that I thought I needed to clean plus brighten any time I re-stain.
Can you confirm, for maintenance, I should use the cleaner step 1 only and NOT the brightener?
The RAD instructions seem to lead you to believe you need to use the brightener to neutralize the cleaner.
If you have a base coat then no need to brighten. If you are down to the bare wood, then a brightener should be used. If not sure, then brighten the wood. It will not hurt.
I don’t want to buy a dozen stains, brushes etc. So, besides using “Restore A Deck” on my hardwood deck, can I also use it on my soft redwood siding of my house? john
I am installing a new incense Cedar deck. I assume this can be used on a new deck for it’s first application. Are all steps needed, or just the stain? Also, how long should I wait before staining/sealing the new deck once installed? Thanks!!
You cannot stain new wood right away. See this for tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/how-long-should-you-wait-to-stain-a-new-deck/
After wait and prep, the RAD Semi-transparent stain would be a good choice.
I have a low to the ground spuce pressure treated wood 5 year old deck, I used a couple of year ago Thompson advance sealer with color it had wax in it ingredient and the deck looks terrible. I want to use solid stain because the spruce has terrible knots and many .How long will it last with restore a deck stain. . half of deck is under covered roof and that part stain has a long life. if I use restore a deck solid can I strip the effected area and re-stain it without doing the whole deck, is solid stain ok for my deck. and where can you get it. I am in Ontario canada.
Strip and pressure wash for prep. Stain with 2 coats of the RAD Solid Stain. Redo every 2-3 years but prepping and restaining the entire deck. You cannot spot apply if that is what you were asking. Buy from their website.
Can this be used on a one year old deck? And do I need to prep it? Its still very clean thank you
Yes, you can use this and you always have to prep new wood. Use the Restore A Deck Cleaner and Brightener Kit.
I am looking for a product to seal cracks and splits in my wood deck before staining or painting my 30 yr. Old wood deck. I’m on a fixed income and can’t afford to replace it. Thanks for your help.
There is no such thing as a sealer that will seal cracks and splits before using a stain. For one, you cannot ever use a sealer before a deck stain as the sealer would repel the deck stain. The other reason is that deck stains are “sealers” as well so there would be no need.
I am so confused with all the options to prepare and stain my deck. My deck is about 20 years old and hasn’t been stained in about 4 years. Looks like it is pressure treated wood. It has some cracks in boards and some areas are green/blackish and gray. Do I just need a cleaner or also a brightner and stripper. Also, should I use a semi-transparent or semi-solid stain since it is so old and worn. Do you recommend one or the other. I like to see a little wood but since it is so old and has so many cracks, I may need to go with semi-solid. I’m not ready to replace the entire deck and would like to see if I can make it better for a couple of years at least. Thank you for your help and guidance.
Use the Restore A Deck Stripper/Brighener Kits for prep and then the Restore A Deck Stain in Semi-transparent. It will turn out great!
I used RAD and TWP 1500 in 2014 (new deck) and 2018 and have been pleased with the product. I did not use a maintenance coat each year because of cost (900sf deck=$200+ see attached picture of where a potted plant was located on the deck.#1) I live in Raleigh, NC and I have a few questions before I stain my deck this year.
Thanks in advance,
1. VOC content levels.
2. Both are excellent and will last about the same.
4. Every 2-3 years to prep and recoat is normal. It does not have to be every year.
5. Would not have mattered in this case.
6. Either stain brand would work well. It seems your deck gets dirty though. Maybe just clean it with water once in a while would preserve the appearance longer.
how many square feet does a gallon cover on a pressure treated deck
About 150-250 sq feet per gallon per coat.
I’ve inherited a wood deck that’s not in horrible shape, but I’d like to get it to the point where it’s as good as it can be. It looks like it’s had multiple layers of paint, not stain. Pictures attached and any suggestions appreciated – great site!
Looks like multiple layers of solid stain. Might want to power sand it all off the floor and go with a two toned deck. See here for tips.
I am staining a deck that has new and old wood both on it. Do I need a solid stain or will a semi-transparent blend both together to be same color?
You would need a solid stain if you want it to all blend.
Which RAD color best matches the pre-stained pressure treated cedar tone wood? Also, can this PT cedar tone wood be re-stained after a couple years? Meaning will it hold new stain?
Colors vary based on wood type and age so there is no way to say what will match. You can always prep and recoat as needed.
I am staining a redwood fence. Will this last as well as an oil based stain such as TWP? Does re-application require stripping, or only clean, brighten and reapply?
It will last as long or longer on a fence. Clean/brighten and reapply as needed.
Thanks! I plan to use a pump sprayer and back brush. Would you recommend a pad or your yellow brush for the back brushing?
Pad for a fence.
Seriously considering using this. Should I pressure wash with diluted bleach water prior to using the deck wash, in order to remove the dark black and green moldy areas? Or, will the deck wash do the job?
Just use their prep products while pressure washing.
Which product goes in the pressure washer and what ratio. Thanks a big bunch for your help and advice. So glad I found you today.
They are not used through the pressure washer. Pump spray on and then pressure wash off.
How is the color retention on ipe? How long after application is that gorgeous photo of the fence? Would I need to re-apply this every year? (NYC winter). Really hoping to find something that can looks good longer than 1 year!