Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Deck Stains

Armstrong Clark Prepping Instructions

by Administrator

The most crucial step in any exterior wood restoration or maintenance project is to properly prep the surface before staining. Armstrong Clark Wood Stains are quality-formulated wood coatings with five generations’ worth of experience that will give your deck lasting beauty and protection.

To ensure the expected results from any of the Armstrong Clark Oil-Based Wood Stain products, the wood surface must be cleaned and prepped prior to staining.

The exterior wood surface being refinished needs to be free of dirt, grime, gray wood fibers, and old deck stain or sealer. Even new wood needs to be cleaned to remove mill glaze and contaminants. For newer or grayed-out wood, we highly recommend using Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner and Brightener. This two-step powder system is specially designed to clean and prepare wood for new stain.

Armstrong Clark Prepping Instructions

For wood surfaces with old deck stains or sealers, we recommend the Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. This product is designed to break down and soften transparent and semi-transparent wood stains so they can be washed away.

This process of cleaning or stripping the wood will ensure that the Armstrong Clark Wood Stain will penetrate the wood and perform properly. Use the simple-to-follow step-by-step instructions for either RAD product to adequately prep the wood surface.

Applying a new coat of Armstrong Clark Stain (maintenance coat) over an old coat is easy. However, prior to applying a maintenance coat of any Armstrong Clark Stain, it is still important to clean the wood surface. It is not necessary, however, to remove the old Armstrong Clark stain. Simply clean the surface using the RAD Wood Cleaner, and any old Armstrong Clark stain that remains will bond with the new stain coat.

Step two of the system follows either the RAD Cleaner or RAD Stain Stripper. The RAD step two is a Wood Brightener that counteracts the causticity of the cleaner or stripper and corrects the wood’s pH level, making it more acidic. This opens the wood’s pores and allows it to accept as much new stain as possible.

Once the exterior wood surface is ready, following the prepping instructions, allow 1-2 days for the wood surface to dry. You can expect the most from your new Armstrong Clark Oil-Based Wood Stain with proper prepping. It will enhance the wood’s beauty and give you extended use for many years.

Ask Below for Questions on Prepping for Armstrong Clark Stains

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Sue Powell
Sue Powell
1 month ago

Hi there…..I’m a huge fan of your product and am now getting ready to apply a maintenance coat 2 years later. Your directions above (under Armstrong prepping instructions) say that I can just do the cleaner this time (no brightener needed) and then apply a maintenance coat (I previously used Restore-A-Deck..both the cleaner AND the brightener on new deck weathered one year per your directions). But in all of the comments in the ‘how to’ section under applying a maintenance coat, your admins have replied to people several times to use BOTH the cleaner and brightener, even for a maintenance coat. Which is correct? Thanks for your direction as of course we all want to do it right. :-)

Armstrong
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Sue Powell

We suggest using the Brightener to neutralze after the Cleaner to help aid in the Stain’s longevity.

Sue Powell
Sue Powell
1 month ago
Reply to  Armstrong

Thank you so much for your quick reply and clarification! FYI you might want to update that info in your ‘Armstrong prepping instructions’ above this thread, then. Using the brightener as step 2 is not mentioned or advised there. This is what I read in that area right above these comments (unless I’m misunderstanding):

Applying a new coat of Armstrong Clark Stain (maintenance coat) over an old coat is easy. However, prior to applying a maintenance coat of any Armstrong Clark Stain, it is still important to clean the wood surface. It is not necessary, however, to remove the old Armstrong Clark stain. Simply clean the surface using the RAD Wood Cleaner, and any old Armstrong Clark stain that remains will bond with the new stain coat.

Thank you again! I’m looking forward to ordering your products again this year and getting this project done. Your excellent quality and dependable product makes me look forward to the job! :-)

Stephen Kellogg
Stephen Kellogg
1 month ago

I need to clean my deck before re-staining. Can I clean it using RAD Cleaner and a cleaning brush and rinse with a hose? I do not have a power washer.

Armstrong
Admin
1 month ago

You can use the cleaner and scrub but much easier and effective to use the pressure washer.

Mitch Massey
Mitch Massey
1 month ago

Looking at using the restore a deck kit. Are these solutions rinsed off between applications? Should the deck be power washed after cleaning solution is applied and before staining? The deck is less than a year old (tigerwood) and has barely been used, However, the oil the contractor used hasn’t held up.

Armstrong
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Mitch Massey

Hello,

If you have an oil coating you need the Restore-A-Deck Stripper and Brightener Kit for prep. You pressure wash off after applying the stripper. Rinse, apply the Brightener, and then rinse that after 10 minutes.

Michael
Michael
1 month ago

I want to apply the finish to an older mahogany deck that is very weathered and never had anything applied to it. What I want to do is sand it down to the original wood color, starting with 40 grit, then 60, then 80, and possibly 100 grit. My question is can I skip the cleaning with this deep sanding?

Armstrong
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael

No. You should never sand finer than 60-80 and after any sanding you should clean and brighten to open the wood grain for the stain.

Randy
Randy
2 months ago

Staining cedar shake siding for the first time. Siding was installed last fall. Do I need cleaner and brightener and if so do I need brushing or just spray on and off with both?

Armstrong
Admin
2 months ago
Reply to  Randy

Yes, you need to clean and brighten. Spray on with a pump sprayer and then pressure wash off.
https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

Christine Fabris
Christine Fabris
3 months ago

Also do you have the instructions in Spanish?

Armstrong
Admin
3 months ago

We do not but you can copy and paste into Google Translate.

Christine Fabris
Christine Fabris
3 months ago

I need to re-stain my deck. I have always used your Natural Oak semi trans. Do I need the stripper or just the cleaner and brightener?

Armstrong
Admin
3 months ago

Use the RAD Cleaner/Brightener Kits.

Cynthia Schott
Cynthia Schott
4 months ago

How long do I need to wait to stain a new deck with pressure treated wood?

randy d
randy d
5 months ago

See comment about cedar deck turning black.

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randy d
randy d
5 months ago

Cedar deck. Stripped off TWP cedar stain and brightened and stained with Armstrong Sierra Redwood in August. Four months later after a wet winter the deck is turning black. Cannot upload picture as i have done before. HEIF image from my iphone.

Armstrong
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  randy d

Looks like dirt or mildew on top of the stain. If you take a wet rag it should wipe off. Deck stains like AC cannot prevent things from accumulating on top of the coating. Try some warm water and a little bit of dish soap to clean.

Luis
Luis
7 months ago

How can I download the Cleaner Brightener application instructions?

Armstrong
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Luis

In the pics on this link, you can save the photos for each product instructions to your computer and then open them to read.
https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

Marlowe
Marlowe
8 months ago

i just purchased the clean and brighten kit for my deck. Can I also use the kit on my teak deck furniture? I’d like to get the discoloration off the furniture and need suggestions. I have a power washer, should that be used as well? I can add a photo of furniture but don’t see how to do it?

Armstrong
Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  Marlowe

Yes, you can use the kits but post some pics for prep advice. Use the attachment icon in the bottom right corner to upload pics.

Marlowe
Marlowe
8 months ago
Reply to  Armstrong

FYI, initially I used Safari and MS Edge browser and attachment icon did not appear. It appears if I use Chrome.

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Armstrong
Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  Marlowe

Use the Cleaner and Brightener Kit while pressure washing for the prep.

randy d
randy d
8 months ago

I stripped and then brightened. If after two weeks of no stain can i just brighten or do i need to clean and brighten?

Armstrong
Admin
8 months ago
Reply to  randy d

Just brighten and rinse well.

Michelle
Michelle
9 months ago

Will RAD cleaner/brightener harm a newly stained deck?

Armstrong
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Michelle

It might so best to keep it off.

Michelle
Michelle
9 months ago
Reply to  Armstrong

Ok thank you!

Bob Angus
Bob Angus
9 months ago

I have a three year old IPE deck that has been stained with Cedar Semi-Trans stain. I am using Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper to remove the old stain.

I have applied the stripper three times but have not been able to completely remove the old finish. See photo

When applied the stripper turns very slippery and gooey and is VERY difficult to remove. Am I doing something wrong?

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Armstrong
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Bob Angus

You removed it but over stripped. You need to brighten now and then possibly sand all wood evenly at 60-80 grit. For IPE, you need one of the hardwood colors like Amber.

Monica
Monica
9 months ago

I’m prepping to stain my 2 year old deck (no previous stain has been applied). I’ve finished the first step using RAD Cleaner, and some pieces of wood are left with a raised texture to them (refer to pictures). What should I do with these boards?

Do I need to re-do the cleaning process on these boards, doing some additional scrubbing with a brush?

Or should I sand them?

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Armstrong
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Monica

That is wood furring. See here for tips:
https://www.deckstainhelp.com/wood-fuzzies-furring-on-deck/

Mike
Mike
10 months ago

Is it OK to prep the deck using the 2-step process – then apply the stain a week or two later?

Armstrong
Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Yes, but redo prep if longer than 2 weeks.

David
David
11 months ago

We have a Cumaru deck that has weathered over the years and turned grey. We are adding some new cumaru to the vertical sides of the deck in several places. We intend to use the Restor-a-deck clean and brightener kit on the old deck and then stain both the old wood and the new with your amber stain hoping for a match. What do you think? Is there anything else we should do?

Armstrong
Admin
11 months ago
Reply to  David

See this about the new wood. It cannot be stained yet and has to be prepped as well after weathering: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

Roger Dixon
Roger Dixon
1 year ago

I stained my deck with Armstrong Clark semi-transparent stain on Saturday. Sunday was a full-sun day with no rain. Monday it started raining and is supposed to rain for the next five days. That’s about 34 hours after staining until the rain came. Should I be concerned?

Armstrong
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Roger Dixon

No.

Michelle
Michelle
1 year ago

I purchased the Padco deck stain pad and will be using AC semi-solid stain. After staining, what is the recommendation for cleaning the stain pad?

Armstrong
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Michelle

Mineral spirits.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

what do I use to clean up my sprayer after using the oil based stain?

Armstrong
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jim

Mineral spirits.

Michelle
Michelle
1 year ago
Reply to  Armstrong

Thank you!

John
John
1 year ago

How much time does the applied stain need before it rains for the 1st time?

Armstrong
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  John

4-8 hours. Dry time varies based on exposure to sun and temps.

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  Armstrong

Thanks very much! temps have been upper 70’s and I see a good amount of sun for a good 6-8 hours a day. I have one coat on all of it now. The rail top and deck seem a bit lighter than the verts which I kinda expected as I was able to get more of the old off horizontally. Would a 2nd coat provide some darkness/depth? I would apply it tomorrow if so. Thanks for being here for us. My wife is LOVING the Natural Oak I picked. I did something right!

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Armstrong
Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  John

More is not always better. Leave as is and if desired, clean and recoat the floors next year.

John
John
1 year ago
Reply to  Armstrong

Will do. You folks are as good as your product. A couple after pics to show your product in place. Thanks again, Shep

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Admin
1 year ago
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Robert
Robert
1 year ago

I’m going to be applying this on a tiger wood fence. What is the proper way to apply after prep?Spray and back brush. Roll and back brush or just brush. Thank you

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Robert

This is the wrong AC stain color for hardwoods like yours. You need one of the Hardwood colors: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/hardwood-and-ipe-stain

Use a stain pad to apply: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/padco-deck-and-wood-stain-pads-brushes-pads-sprayers

Eliot
Eliot
1 year ago

I have an older pressure treated wood deck that I have completely sanded down to bare wood, removing all of the old semi solid stain (brand unknown), The wood is clean and generally solid. Do you recommend any additional prep prior to application of AC semi solid stain?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Eliot

Yes, prep with this after sanding to open up the wood grain:
https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

I used 180 grit on old handrails.  Do I have to sand it with 60-80 grit paper now? The wood is 30 years old. 

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Yes. Clean and brighten after.

dave
dave
1 year ago

Hello,  I am going to re-stain a mahogany front porch.  Should I use the cleaner and brightener, or the stripper than cleaner and brightener?  Thanks  

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  dave

Same stain brand and color?

dave
dave
1 year ago
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it was originally stained using Cabot semi transparent.  Much of the wood exposed to sunlight is gray.  Stained approximately 10 years ago. Thanks.

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  dave

If not stain is left then clean and brighten for prep. 

dave
dave
1 year ago
Reply to 

there is some stain in certain areas.  Should we use a stripper ? Over the whole porch?  Then follow up with cleaner and brightener before using the Amber stain color

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  dave

Strip all then. No need for cleaner. Brightener last. 

dave
dave
1 year ago
Reply to 

Thanks

John Harrington
John Harrington
1 year ago

I power washed a silvered ipe deck and sanded it with 80 grit orbital sander. Do I just need to use the brightener then stain with the mahogany stain?

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Admin
1 year ago

Yes, that will work.

John Harrington
John Harrington
1 year ago
Reply to 

Thanks, my square footage is 112. 1 gallon of stain should be enough, correct 

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Admin
1 year ago

Yes.

Loralyn Wagner
Loralyn Wagner
1 year ago

How many square feet does one RAD kit cover?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Loralyn Wagner

See here for the product page: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

600-1000 sq feet per kit.

Brenda Roseman
Brenda Roseman
1 year ago

We have been using Armstrong Clark stain from the time our pressure treated deck was built and have only used semi-transparent Rustic Brown.  It’s been 3 years since we last stained the deck.  Do we need to use the cleaner and brightener or stripper/brightener before staining with same color again?  

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda Roseman

Cleaner and brightener while pressure washing.

Brenda Roseman
Brenda Roseman
1 year ago
Reply to 

Pressure washing is OK? At what PSI and how close should you be from the wood?

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Admin
1 year ago
Reply to  Brenda Roseman

Yes, pressure wash. Around 1500-2000 PSI and 6-12 inches away from the wood.

Brenda Roseman
Brenda Roseman
1 year ago
Reply to 

Thank you!

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2 years ago

Our redwood deck is about 20 years old, last stained with Superdeck.  I have stripped and brightened one small part.  The power washing after stripping and the washing after brightening seemed to bring out so much yellow liquid that I wonder if I am removing tannins/oils that should not have come out.  The wood now has a furry look which I can probably sand off but should I have used a lot less prep chemicals?

Also, should I have used a brush vs. sprayer on the balusters to save product?

Finally, how important is it to avoid sunlight?  We waited this time until dusk but ran out of time to finish the job before it got dark.

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to 

You are stripping it correctly and you are not removing the tannins. Spray on the stripper and pressure wash off. Sunlight does not matter when stripping, just keep it wet while working. 

Talk2tana
Talk2tana
2 years ago

I am going to be staining new column wraps on my carport.  They are treated pine.  I am a little unsure about the instructions.  Do I need to wait 6 months after installation to stain?  (I got this thinking from reading the can… where it says -“New Wood Weathering” and the chart -“Time Listed Is From Date of Installation”
Thanks

FJK
FJK
2 years ago

My wife striped the rear Ipe deck an power washed  then stained with Armstrong Mahogany solid. She is planning to wash and power scrub before she re-applies the same Armstrong Mahogany solid stain. I think she is going to remove a good prior coat with her plan. I understood that a gentile (non-power) soap/cleaner scrub  is all that’s required then 2day drying before the new coat of Ipe Armstrong Ipe Mahogany solid stain. I need your thoughts before we argue over this, PLEASE!

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  FJK

When was the first coat applied?

FJK
FJK
2 years ago
Reply to 

Last year in Fall

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  FJK

Then you need to do the full prep. https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

Frances
Frances
2 years ago

Hi, I am in the course of stripping the paints off my deck and will replace some of the boards. However I am unable to tell what kind of woods and hence what stain I should use.  I will prep the deck first by RAD cleaning kit before applying the stain. Would semi-transparent stain be suitable? Kindly advise. Thanks in advance! 

Frances

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Frances

Yes any of the Armstong Clark colors or transparencies will work. 

Janice
Janice
2 years ago

I have a 30+ year old pressure treated deck.  I used a Cabot product called Deck Correct a couple of years ago,  which is now peeling off all over the place.  I live in Vermont – harsh winters and lots of moisture.  My contractor says he can just pressure wash the horizontal surfaces to remove  the Deck Correct (it’s really like a paint) and then use (your) stain.  The wood is old but still in good shape other than dried out!  My question is – Is pressure washing sufficient or must the restore-a-deck product be used also?   Thank you. 

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Janice

You cannot strip off the Deck Correct and you cannot pressure wash it all off. It has to be power sanded to remove.

Janice Stearns
Janice Stearns
2 years ago
Reply to 

So just  power sanding and then use the stain?  Is an orbital sander okay or does it need a band sander?    I purchased 5 gallons of cedar semi transparent.
Thank you.

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Janice Stearns

You will need heavy-duty sanding equipment to remove the Deck Correct. It is not easy to sand that product off. 

Janice Stearns
Janice Stearns
2 years ago
Reply to 

Also can it be applied with a roller?  THanks!

Jeanne
Jeanne
2 years ago

I have new hemlock siding where I used a water based stain that looked more like paint than stain.   Possibly I should have sanded it first?  I have removed that stain over much of it (arduous task!) by sanding and a sample patch of oak semi transparent shows the wood grain.   I am considering  the stripper on any remaining unsanded portions…because of noise considerations for my neighbor?  Do I need the brightener on all?

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeanne

Yes, you have to brighten but if it looks like paint, then it cannot be stripped.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

Is it necessary to sand old deck tp remove previous Cabot stain or does the Restore-A- Deck to the trick?

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug

That would depend on the type of Cabot stain it was? Some can be stripped and some can not. It does have to come off fully.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Australian Timber Oil was what I used.

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug

The oil-based version? If so, use this kit for prep: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to 

Yes, thank you.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug

So would the best way be install with a garden sprayer and then pressure wash?

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Correct.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to 

thank you.

Ann Shields
Ann Shields
2 years ago

How much pressure should I use in the pressure washer when removing the preexisting stain – using your Restore-A-Deck products – on my cedar deck?

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Ann Shields

About 1200-2000 psi.

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2 years ago

I have previously used Cabot Cedar Wood Toner on my two cedar porches. But I want to switch to Armstrong, just because it can be applied in sunlight. I plan on using the RAD cleaning system. Will this 2-product cleaning system remove all the old Cabot product to allow the Armstrong stain to penetrate and adhere to the cedar wood? How long will the Armstrong stain last? I plan on selling my house next year. Will it need to be touched up before putting my house on the market? The porches are 20 years old. Cabot Wood Toner had been reapplied about every 2 years. 

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Admin
2 years ago
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You will need the RAD Stripper/Brightener Kit for prep, not the Cleaner. AC typically lasts 2-3 years, maybe longer.

Caren
Caren
2 years ago

I think the spots on my exterior glass door are overspray from the Restore a Deck product used last summer. Windex and rubbing alcohol are not getting it off, I have not tried with mineral spirits or razor blade yet. Is there a preferred method for removing these spots, if that is what it is?  Thanks 

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Caren

The prep products do not harm glass so not sure what it is.

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2 years ago

Have 4 yr old redwood deck previously stained/sealed with Behr Redwood Semi Transparent Stain/sealer (from Home Depot) – planning on sanding (to remove what is left of old stain and blemishes) and need info on what to do after sanding.  Do I use the RAD and pressure wash? How long to let it dry out after washing?  I plan to use the Semi Solid Redwood Sequoia product.  Also what is the best way to apply this?

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to 

Yes, use the RAD Prep kit after the sanding. Let dry for 48 hours and then stain. Use stain pads and brushes for best results.

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2 years ago
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When you say prep kit is that the stripper and cleaner and brightener or which combo?  Do I need to use the stripper since I have sanded the deck?  Based on above info sounds like sand, cleaner and brightener.

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Admin
2 years ago
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Clean and brighten since you already removed the Behr.

Brad C
Brad C
2 years ago

Have 4 yr old redwood deck that was previously stained with the Home Depot Behr Semi Transparent Stain about 3 years ago.  Planning on sanding (to help remove stain and blemishes) and then need advice on what to do before applying your Semi Solid redwood Sequoia product – using RAD/pressure wash and how long to dry.  Also what is best way to apply this stain.  Thx, Brad

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2 years ago

I noticed some threads of the wood surface started peeling back when we were using a stripper on the deck. Should we sand in that case? We already stripped and brightened.

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Admin
2 years ago
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No need.

Dee
Dee
2 years ago

My outdoor deck is redwood, installed over 35 years ago.  My question: Can I use Armstrong Clark Stain on this deck if I sand off the paint on it (the paint is old too!)? I would like to obtain the natural look/finish again!

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Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Dee

As long as you remove all of the paint, then yes.

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Admin
2 years ago

That is part of the cedar knots.

Jonathan Libber
Jonathan Libber
2 years ago

I am about to re-stain my deck.  The previous two coats were Armstrong  Sierra Redwood semi-transparent stain.  This third coat is the same stain.  I plan to first use Wood Cleaner followed by deck brightener.  How long do I have to wait in between rinsing off the cleaner and then applying the brightener?  Can the deck still be wet from the cleaning when I apply the brightener, or does it have to be 100% dry?

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Admin
2 years ago

Brighten as soon as you are done cleaning while the wood is wet. 

Denise Zitzmann
Denise Zitzmann
3 years ago

My deck was stripped, and brightened and is now drying.  In several days we will use the semi solid stain. How do you determine whether your deck needs to be sanded, and what grit sand paper should be used?

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Admin
3 years ago

Do not sand. Just stain.

Denise zitzmann
Denise zitzmann
3 years ago
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There are spots where there is still stain snd the grain seems roughed up.  Sending photos.  Will be using semi solid stain. 

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Admin
3 years ago

That is old stain that did not come off with the stripping. You should give it one more go with the stripper and then the brightener. Shoot for 95% removal or more. A little bit of old stain is okay as it will blend.

Denise zitzmann
Denise zitzmann
3 years ago

Stain still remains is spots and where a storage box was kept on deck.  

Wayne
Wayne
3 years ago

I am about to clean and brighten my yellow cedar deck that was installed In August 2020. If it rains on the deck between prepping and staining, will that be a problem? Or, will it be okay if Allow two days of drying after the rain and before staining? Would it be better to wait for three or four consecutive dry days for prepping then staining? Thanks. 

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Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

Rain does not harm the prep. Wait 48 hours after rain to let the wood dry before staining.

Noni
Noni
3 years ago

There seems to be conflicting information for new deck prep. Your website and your answers to questions states one should use the “Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner,” however, your brochure “General Instructions- Surface Preparation” section states to “wash with a mild scrubbing using a mixture of 1 qt. bleach, 3 qts, water, with a maximum of a 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap per gallon. Rinse thoroughly and/or light pressure wash.” Which is the preferred method. I have a redwood deck that was installed July 2020. Thank you

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Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Noni

Best way is to prep with the RAD Cleaner and then the Brightener kit.

gertrud
gertrud
3 years ago

We have a 1 1/2 year old pressure treated deck and would like to stain it now with Armstrong Clark semi  transparent wood stain. Do we have to clean AND brighten before staining? Thank you.

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Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  gertrud

Yes, you have to prep.

Nikki
Nikki
3 years ago

Can I use dish soap and water to remove excess stain. If so how long after application 

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Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Nikki

No, that will not remove excess stain. 

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