Restore-A-Deck Kit

$49.99
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Make Restoring Your Exterior Wood ...Easy!

Our kit provides enough product to clean and then brighten an average 25'x12' deck with rails and 3 steps (600-800 total sq.feet). For, a fence this package will clean and then brighten both sides of 50 feet of fence.

You will receive 1 container of RAD Step 1 Wood Cleaner and 1 container of RAD Step 2 Wood Brightener.

Leftover product can be used to clean concrete, house siding, lawn furniture, and awnings. (Do not use over grass, clean furniture on a hard surface)

RAD STEP 1 WOOD DECK CLEANER DESCRIPTION
Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner is a powdered concentrate that is mixed with water. It safely cleans and restores the natural beauty of exterior wood. This product also cleans weathered composite lumber, removing mold, mildew, and algae along with the silver-gray color that can develop over time. Restores all wood surfaces to their original appearance Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner will not harm wood fibers, pets, grass, or most plants. Restore-a-Deck Step 1 Wood Cleaner is not a stain stripper or remover of old stains. Please see Restore-A-Deck Stripper Kit if you are trying to remove a semi-transparent stain.

*This product is Step 1 Cleaner of the Restore A Deck system. 

RAD STEP 2 WOOD BRIGHTENER DESCRIPTION
Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is a biodegradable, powdered concentrate that is mixed with water to brighten and restore the natural beauty of all species of exterior wood. This product excels at brightening, removing rust stains, and tannin stains caused by fallen leaves. Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is a safe, product that will not only brighten but neutralize the surface of the wood, creating an ideal surface that is ready to be stained.

*This product is step 2 Wood Brightener of the Restore A Deck system.

RAD CLEANER AND BRIGHTENER ADVANTAGES

  • #1 Rated Wood Deck Stain Cleaner and Wood Brightener
  • RAD Wood Cleaner is designed specifically for all Exterior Wood and Composite Decking
  • RAD Wood Cleaner Preps new wood, weathered wood, and maintenance coats
  • RAD Wood Brightener neutralizes stain strippers
  • RAD Wood Brightener brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • RAD Wood Brightener restore pH balance of wood
  • Powdered formulas makes 5 liquid gallons when mixed
  • Extremely cost effective. When mixed, the cost is less than $7 a gallon
  • Eco-Safe formulas
  • Safe to use on all exterior wood surfaces, not just decks

Reviews

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Prep for cleaning new wood or dirty and gray decks.

Use when doing a maintenance coat of Armstrong Clark.

Armstrong

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    Randall Hagen · 07/13/2019
    I have hogwire panels between painted redwood posts on the perimeter of my IPE deck (see photo), and the panels are held in place by IPE strips. Will the RAD kit be safe for the hogwire? It has a black powder coating, so I would think it will be fine. I guess same question goes for the painted redwood posts. Also, when applying the semitransparent stain (Amber) should I remove any stain that gets on the posts and hogwire immediately or will it be removable for a while (how long)? Thanks for this forum, answers a lot of questions.
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      Armstrong · 07/13/2019
      The prep should not harm the wire and paint. If you get the stain on the wire or paint, wipe right away to remove.
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    Bill · 07/12/2019
    So I am confused. I have a new cedar deck, about a month old. Does the leaving the wood exposed to sun light oxidize the wood to remove the "mill glaze" or does the Restore a Deck product remove the mill glaze. I won't be sanding a new 700 sqft deck. Thanks
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    Witek · 07/10/2019
    Hello. Can I apply the Deck Cleaner and Wood Brightener with a brush or roll or do I need to use a sprayer?
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    Karen · 06/30/2019
    Hi. So I completely sanded, Restore-a-Deck prepped, and stained my Ipe deck, rails, and stairs less than a year ago using the Mahogany stain and it already needs to be re-coated. I am NOT happy about this - took me a week to get it done! Looks like I have to wait for the weather to cooperate again (not easy here) then re-wash, re-brighten, and re- stain. What can I do to make sure it lasts longer than 8 months?
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      Armstrong · 07/01/2019
      With Ipe wood, it has to be done every year. Nothing will last longer and this is the nature of the IPE wood, not the stain. IPE being so dense causes it to fade out much faster than other wood types.
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        Karen Lynch · 07/07/2019
        That is NOT what I was told when I bought this. I was told it should last 3 years!
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          Armstrong · 07/08/2019
          Hello, no, that is impossible with IPE nor would we tell anyone that is possible. It is not a product issue but is due to the density of the IPE wood. It is hard as a rock. If you search online about staining IPE, you will see that reapplying annualy is the norm. There is no wood stain on the market that will last more than a year on IPE wood. Being the AC is a penetrating stain, it makes it very easy to clean and recoat as needed.

          AC does last 2-3 years on other softwood types,
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    Bill Vardoulis · 06/25/2019
    I have a new Pressure treated deck. It is 47' X 12' with a 6.5' X 5' Landing and Seven 5' stairs. There is 83.5 feet of railing. The railings have aluminum balusters (I have included a picture. I want to stain with Semi Transparent Cedar. The deck is 11' off the ground in places so I am considering staining the bottom also. After the deck ages the appropriate amount of time.

    How much product will I need to Clean, Brighten and Stain

    1. The top side of the deck
    2. The top and bottom side of the deck.

    Sincerely

    Bill
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    Mike · 06/14/2019
    Hi -
    Just received my oxford brown semi-solid stain and Restore-A-Deck cleaner and brightener yesterday and, weather permitting, will start prepping my year old pressure-treated pine deck and fencing. My questions are: Which nozzle head and/or psi setting on my sprayer should I use for cleaning and staining? How far away should I the nozzle be from the wood during both processes? Lastly, should I spray board to board on deck and up/down on the pickets one time over? How/when do I spray the boards that run horizontal to the pickets? Sorry for all the questions but I've never done it before and invested a lot of money in project. Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2019
      What are you spraying with? The cleaners can be applied with a pump sprayer but the stain cannot. You would need an airless sprayer for this.
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        Mike · 06/20/2019
        Sorry, my message wasn't clear. I'll be using an air sprayer for the stain and pressure washer for cleaning. When using the pressure washer, which nozzle head and/or psi setting should I use? I've read that too much pressure can ruin the wood surface. Should I keep the nozzle approximately one foot away from the surface when cleaning?

        What is the easiest way to stain the spindles? Someone told me to try soaking a cloth in the stain and wrapping the cloth around the spindle and moving it up and down is easy but...I'm not so sure. I don't even know what type of cloth to even try this with.

        Thank you in advance.







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          Armstrong · 06/20/2019
          Most wash with the 25 or 40-degree nozzle at about 1500-2000 psi. About 8-12 inches away from wood.

          Do not use a rag for the spindles. You can use the airless sprayer or stain pad/brush.
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            Mike · 06/24/2019
            Good morning -

            Had a break from the rain and stained the railing. Looks great! First time staining with an Armstrong Clark product. So much easier than paint. Anyway, planned on staining the deck floor but had to go over it with a hose because grass and dirt got on it. I went over it with a garden hose and got it pretty wet. Supposed to be 80 degrees today in CNY. Will I be able to stain today? I wouldn't get to it for about 10 hours after hosing it down. Thanks.

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    Shannon Oneill · 06/05/2019
    Hi.

    Last summer i powerwashed and sanded our entire large 30x24 deck. It was covered in a solid of unknown brand etc. I discovered that most of the deck was either PT or cedar. I replaced almost 3/4 of deck due to rotten boards. I let the unstained deck weather over the winter. I just did a rad kit (clean/brighten). One of the photos is post rad and dry. One is after Rad kit and the deck is wet.

    Id like to stain ASAP as I need to get to our pool deck (40x60) but am concerned that I may have not gotten enough off with the first kit. There is some fuzz on some of the boards. I plan to stain with rustic brown. Should I repeat the kit or proceed with staining
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      Armstrong · 06/06/2019
      You can go ahead and stain now. It will darken and look great!
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    Janet · 06/03/2019
    Will the Armstrong semi transparent stain be okay to use on a pool bench as well as the decking? Do I need to clean and brighten after sanding?
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2019
      Yes. Clean and brighten after any sanding. Just one coat of the stain.
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    Doug · 05/29/2019
    I have a pressure treated pine dock that was installed one year ago. I like the gray color. Can I use restore-a-deck step 1 then apply natural clear stain. Or, will I need to also apply the brighter before the stain.
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      Armstrong · 05/30/2019
      Natural is not clear but tinted and will enhance the wood similar to a wet look. If you clean you will need to brighten the wood.
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        Doug · 05/30/2019
        If we do not clean the deck will the stain adhere / provide the protection as if we clean clean / brighten? Also is the cleaner / brighter safe for use on a dock.
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          Armstrong · 05/30/2019
          No, it will not if you do not prep correctly.
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    Ann · 05/02/2019
    Have a new deck that was installed about 1 year to 1 1/2 years ago and we never treated or anything, If I wanted to just keep it the wood color would we just utilize the Clean/Bright stuff that you offer? Or would you recommend something else (we like the color of the wood now that it is still fairly new)?
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      Armstrong · 05/02/2019
      The Cleaner and the brightener will remove dirt and graying. You will need to stain it though if you want any UV protection from graying.
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    Sharon · 04/30/2019
    compare RAD to Armstrong Clark
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      Armstrong · 05/01/2019
      The RAD Kit on this page is a cleaning prep kit and the AC is a wood stain.
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    Kelly Labbe · 04/05/2019
    Hi

    We have a new deck that we sanded and stained a year ago. The surface has a black mold like finish now it is in a shaded area in the winter. Do I just need to clean/brighten and re-stain?? Why did this happen? I can attach a photo if needed. I didnt think we would have to re-stain for several years.
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    Susan C · 03/20/2019
    I will be applying a maintenance coat of semi-transparent cedar stain on a pergola that was stained 5 years. After prep of the cleaner and brightner. How many coats of stain should be applied? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 03/21/2019
      If the previous coating was a different brand, then you must strip and brighten for the prep. If it as Armstrong, then clean and brighten. Just one coat should be okay.
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    George Seward · 01/07/2019
    I live in Dallas,Texas and I have a friend who had her deck painted years ago. Her painter has suggested using a name brand semi-transparent oil based stain over her deck. Her deck is too large and too costly to strip to the bare wood. Am I right or is the painter right that even a semi transparent oil based stain cannot be used over a previously painted surface. Is her only option to paint over paint? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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      Armstrong · 01/08/2019
      Only a paint can be applied over paint.
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    Chip Ferguson · 12/13/2018
    About to have a new deck installed out of pressure treated pine. Do I need to clean / brighten the deck before staining or will a good pressure washing a month or so after install be sufficient?
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    steve · 09/05/2018
    Will be sanding a 15 year old PT deck before application of your stain. Is Cleaner and Brightener also required?
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      Armstrong · 09/05/2018
      Yes. You should clean and brighten after sanding for final prep. Do not sand with a grit finer than 60-80.

      Thanks
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    Ann · 09/04/2018
    Hello,

    I had a new cedar deck installed about a year and a half ago and did the cleaner, brightener and two coats of stain. The steps are a high traffic area and the stain is getting worn off, so it needs to be reapplied this year. Do I use the stripper/brightener kit or the cleaner/brightener kit before I restain?
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    Joe LaHood · 08/09/2018
    My deck is 3 years old and never been treated or stained. It is cedar toned decking. On 8/9/18 I cleaned it with Behr no.63 all in one deck cleaner. Applied it according to directions. Scrubed it and hosed it off with garden hose. It looks pretty good after cleaning it. There is some white fuzziness in some spots that you can see when it's wet. I was going to apply Thompsons water sealer on it but after reading so many bad reviewsI decided against it. I want to protect my invetment with the best possible product I can find. Your product seems to fit the bill. Will I need to use your cleaner and brightener or just the brightener? Do I need to use a power washer with your product? What stain would you recommend for my cedar toned decking? How many coats do I need to apply? Are there any dealers near me in Harris, MN? How long will it take to receive your product? My deck is an L shaped deck measuring approx. 28x12 and 23x12.
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      Armstrong · 08/09/2018
      Best to use both prep products for this. Any color of the AC will work but most choose one of the semi-transparent tints. Two coats applied wet on wet. No dealers in MN but we can ship directly to you. Takes about 2-3 business days.
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    Stan. Lasheoway · 07/31/2018
    Does Wood & deck stains come in different colors or just clear
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    jackie · 07/27/2018
    If I clean and brighten my deck, do I need to stain too? Or is it ok to clean and brighten in between staining years?
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      Armstrong · 07/28/2018
      The cleaner and the brightener are to be used for prep when reapplying. It is not used for general cleaning between the years.
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    lisa · 07/12/2018
    Yikes .... so frustrated ..... checked in last week and was told these are oxidized cells even though we cleaned and prepped according to directions. Several concerns:
    1. Put on a second coat because we got rain before it dried. Still tacky and sticky after 12 hours.
    2. Furch and fuzz on many spots.
    3. Shiny in some spots.
    4. Not adhering in other spots.
    Now what?????
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      Armstrong · 07/13/2018
      Actually, it looks very good in the pictures. Try wiping down any shiny, over applied spots with mineral spirits and a rag to remove the excess stain. Make sure to take all oily rags and saturate them in water. Lay flat to dry outside.

      As for the one light board, that is the actual board having an issue with taking the stain there. Something in the wood grain is repelling it.
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    Linda · 07/05/2018
    Hi there,
    I will be ordering the Armstrong Clark Semi-transparent in the Grey Driftwood color. My deck is at least 20
    years old (some parts newer) and had been painted opaque grey (Summit). It is now peeling of course as it does every year. I’m hoping going with the semi-transparent good quality stain will get me 2-3 years between stainings. My question is, should I sand it right down again? I usually rent the large electric sander at Home Depot. Deck is approx. 30´ x 20´. Would I then use the Restore a deck product as well??
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      Armstrong · 07/06/2018
      The solid paint must be removed first. Sand this off fully and the use the RAD Cleaner/Brightener Kit for the full prep.
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    lisa · 07/04/2018
    We installed a new redwood deck last summer and are ready to stain it now. We just got done using the restore a deck by dampening the wood and then applying the solution. We waited 15 minutes and then cleaned it with a power washer. As it is drying, there are pieces of white fluff showing and still some grime that I can roll off with my hands. How clean does the deck need to be before we add the brightening? Will the furring or the grime wear off when we brighten it? Are we going to deep with the pressure washer? Thanks
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      Armstrong · 07/05/2018
      That is oxidized wood cells being removed. That happens when you let the wood sit in the sun uncoated. The longer it sits, the heavier the oxidation. It needs to come off during the cleaning prep.
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        lisa · 07/05/2018
        What is the best way to remove it?
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          Armstrong · 07/05/2018
          Use the cleaner and pressure washing to remove all oxidation. Rinse very well when done to remove the pulp. Brighten the wood. If needed, lightly sand or buff the flooring after it dries to remove any "fuzzy" spots.
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    Scott · 06/03/2018
    Hello from Canada, we live very close to Ogdensburg N.Y. Is your product for sale in thats area?
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      Armstrong · 06/03/2018
      No dealers there but if you have an address in NY, we can ship it there and you can pick it up.
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    L · 05/29/2018
    Hello! We have an older deck which has never been stained or painted before. We don't know the age or what kind of wood it is made of, but we think it is some soft wood. The wood has some cracks and is grey\weathered but still very solid. I cleaned the deck with Behr cleaner, it does look very bright and clean now. However, after reading multiple bad reviews on bleach cleaners we are concerned what to do now before we stain the deck with Armstrong Clark stain.
    My questions are
    1) would you recommend sanding the deck at all? There is no stain or paint to strip and we are not concerned about it not being smooth enough. Our main goal is to prep the deck as perfectly as we can for Armstrong Clark stain to penetrate the wood ideally and last longer.
    2) Even though it has been cleaned with Behr cleaner now, would you still recommend to re-clean it with RAD kit (cleaner and brightener)?
    3) can we skip the cleaner and only do the brightener?
    4) if the answer to question 3 is yes, is there any point in using a brightener after a Behr cleaner? Will it help?
    5) how much time do we have to apply the stain after cleaning? We probably won't be able to start staining for the next 2-3 weeks. Is it too long? Will we have to clean again before staining?
    Thank you very much in advance!
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      Armstrong · 05/30/2018
      1. No need to sand
      2. Just neutralize the bleach with the RAD Brightener
      3. Yes
      4. Yes
      5. 2 weeks is typically the max after prep.
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    Andy Smith · 05/29/2018
    Last fall I had approx. 50 ft x 6 ft tall northern white cedar fence built. The posts between each section are 4 x 4 treated pine. In order to preserve it's very light color and appearance, I plan to stain it with Armstrong Clark natural tone wood stain (I tested with a sample and like the look a lot). The fence has now been thru one winter and colorwise, it looks exactly the same as when it was built last fall. Do I need to first do a step1 and step 2 cleaner and brightener before staining?
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    Samantha Holm · 05/24/2018
    My backyard has a different type of fencing on each side (untreated cedar, untreated redwood, and unknown painted wood that is peeling). I was planning on using the clean/brighten prep for the untreated wood. Will the stripping prep work on old paint? Will I need to use a semi solid stain (like oxford brown) to make the different types of wood appear more uniform, or can I use a dark semi transparent stain (like black walnut)? Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 05/24/2018
      Stain strippers will not remove paint. You can use either a semi-solid or semi-transparent for the untreated areas but the AC cannot be applied over paint.
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    John · 05/11/2018
    Hello. I am in the process of installing an Ipe deck. Since it was completed in two phases, and part of it is shaded, I now have a section that has been weathered for a few months and another section that is new looking. If I wait another couple of months to weather it all, it will still have different color areas. Will the deck restore kit even the color of the sections of wood prior to oiling? I have sampled your amber color and plan to use that. Thank you.
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      Armstrong · 05/12/2018
      It will all even it out after letting the new wood weather.
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    Ann · 04/19/2018
    I applied AC Stain in Mahogany to my IPE deck last year and it came out great. I was planning on reapplying so I had the deck lightly power washed last week and I noticed after the deck dried that there were white boot prints all over it. I called the guy I hired and he told me he used a bleach solution. He said he cleans ipe decks all the time and never had this happen When he came over to look at it he said the only way to get rid of the prints was to sand the whole deck. I'm wondering if this RAD product would work instead of sanding, or do I need to do both?
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      Armstrong · 04/19/2018
      Please post a picture so we can see.
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        Ann · 04/20/2018
        Here is a photo of the deck
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        Ann · 04/19/2018
        It's raining now, I'll send a pic tomorrow when it's dry. Thanks for responding so quickly!