Updated February 3rd, 2020
Update for 2020 on the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper Booster @ Thickening Gel Review
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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 the effectiveness of 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
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
- A 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.
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.