Restore-A-Deck Kit

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Gemini_RAD-1000Make Restoring Your Exterior Wood ...Easy!

Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Brightener system is a powerful "eco-friendly" two-part restoration system.

Step 1 Wood and Deck Cleaner Specifically Designed for Exterior Wood and Composite Decking that deeply cleans your wood to remove to remove dirt, grime, mold, algae and general graying. The cleaner will help prep neglected wood and or prep for re-coating with a wood or deck stain.

Step 2 Wood Brightener is used after the wood cleaner to "brighten" the wood while neutralizing the cleaner to a natural pH balance. This step will improve the overall appearance of your wood while helping the wood deck stain longevity.

Restore-A-Deck wood cleaner is used to prep wood and stains for the reapplication of wood stain. RAD Step 1 Cleaner will not strip or remove old stains. Please refer to Restore-A-Deck Stripper if you are attempting to get rid of a semi-transparent wood stain.

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Prep for cleaning new wood or dirty and gray decks.

Use when doing a maintenance coat of Armstrong Clark.

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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Terry Blakely:
I am about to order some AC to re-stain my IPE deck. I have a separate structure with a small landing area and steps made from pressure treated pine. Would the AC for IPE be ok to use on this small area to avoid having two different products?

Thank you!

Yes, but the wood types will have a different color when done.
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AC on pressure treated pine
I am about to order some AC to re-stain my IPE deck. I have a separate structure with a small landing area and steps made from pressure treated pine. Would the AC for IPE be ok to use on this small area to avoid having two different products?

Thank you!
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I have a 13 year old mahogany deck that has never been stained. I do pressure wash every year. I want to use the mahogany stain to prolong the life of the wood. Should I also use the RAD prep kit?
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Quoting Cindy S:
Will the stripper remove solid stain (Cabot)? Some areas are peeling but others have several coats to remove.

Sorry but no it will not remove a solid color deck stain.
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Will the stripper remove solid stain (Cabot)? Some areas are peeling but others have several coats to remove.
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Quoting Iris:
Is your product only available on line or can I buy from a local dealer?

On our website only for this.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Is your product only available on line or can I buy from a local dealer?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Zander:
Thank you. Is there a way to fill the holes that will work with the stain?

No. Wood filler simply does not work on exterior decking and does not blend with deck stains that show the wood grain.
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Thank you. Is there a way to fill the holes that will work with the stain?
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Quoting Zander:
I am going to use RAD to prepare cedar gates for the stain. There is some metal 'jewelry' on the gates like hinges etc. All the metal parts are presumably weather resistant, power coated and otherwise protected, all black colored. Should I just apply RAD chemicals all the way through or do i need to somehow specially protect them?

A second question is - i had to apply some wood filler on the cedar boards. What would you recommend regarding using a pressure washer when applying RAD? I am afraid that the pressurized water will damage the filler.

Depends on how the metals parts are made if you need to protect them or not. There are 100s of different brands and they are not all made the same. Test spot first to see if there is any reaction or not. Most likely it will be fine.

Wood filler does not work on decking and will not stain to blend with the AC. Don't use it.

Use a pump sprayer to apply the RAD, and lightly pressure rinse off.
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Using RAD
I am going to use RAD to prepare cedar gates for the stain. There is some metal 'jewelry' on the gates like hinges etc. All the metal parts are presumably weather resistant, power coated and otherwise protected, all black colored. Should I just apply RAD chemicals all the way through or do i need to somehow specially protect them?

A second question is - i had to apply some wood filler on the cedar boards. What would you recommend regarding using a pressure washer when applying RAD? I am afraid that the pressurized water will damage the filler.
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Quoting ewerntz:
Is this a secure site when I go to pay

Yes, the entire site is secured by SSL.
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Is this a secure site when I go to pay
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Quoting Christie:
We have a Brizilian Teak deck. We have used Penofin in the past, but want to try your stain. Is sounds like we should use the RAD stripper first, is that correct? OR can we just use the cleaner? Once we use your stian would we then just use the cleaner and a recoat of stain?

For the prep of the penofin, use the RAD Stripper and Brightener Kit. When restaining down the road with the same stain, you will need the Cleaner kit for the prep.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
We have a Brizilian Teak deck. We have used Penofin in the past, but want to try your stain. Is sounds like we should use the RAD stripper first, is that correct? OR can we just use the cleaner? Once we use your stian would we then just use the cleaner and a recoat of stain?
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Quoting Cathy Guthrie-Grant:
We have a 3 year old white and red cedar deck. It had one coat of cealer two years ago which has mostly worn off. We cleaned the deck prior to the wood sealer bein applied with TSP which raised and tore the wood leaving shredded fibres in between the boards, in the corners, and around all the posts of the deck. The wood is greyed. I would like to refinish it and have it more on the red side but be able to see the natural beauty of the wood through the finish but don't know where to start. Can you advise which products to purchase and what to do with them. Thanks

Use the RAD kit for the prep. After the pre, stain with the AC. Look at Redwood Tone or Sierra Redwood colors.
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We have a 3 year old white and red cedar deck. It had one coat of cealer two years ago which has mostly worn off. We cleaned the deck prior to the wood sealer bein applied with TSP which raised and tore the wood leaving shredded fibres in between the boards, in the corners, and around all the posts of the deck. The wood is greyed. I would like to refinish it and have it more on the red side but be able to see the natural beauty of the wood through the finish but don't know where to start. Can you advise which products to purchase and what to do with them. Thanks
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Quoting Allan Wolpowitz:
can I go from stripper to cleaner to brightener - I need 10 of each. If I buy the kits then I get 20 bottles of brightener (perhaps I only need 10)- it is a 6000 sqft redwood deck with Penofin stain. It is in a severe fire zone in Boulder County and I want the stain that replaced it to contain fire retardant. Suggestions?

You do not need the cleaner if you are using the Stripper. Just buy the Stripper/Bright ener Kit.
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can I go from stripper to cleaner to brightener - I need 10 of each. If I buy the kits then I get 20 bottles of brightener (perhaps I only need 10)- it is a 6000 sqft redwood deck with Penofin stain. It is in a severe fire zone in Boulder County and I want the stain that replaced it to contain fire retardant. Suggestions?
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Quoting Erin West:
hi, we are currenlty plainig down the old wood on our deck and re-using, rahter than replacing. we love the color of the wood once plained, but we know we need to seal it as we live in florida, and the dock is in full sun all day.
do you have a selaer that is clear, rather than a stain ? i have a sample of your transparent, in natural tone, but it does change the color of the wood to a slight amberish color (darker than the wood
s natural tone). any suggestions are greatly appreciated !!

Clear sealers will not offer any protection from UV graying. It must be a colored stain for this to happen.
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hi, we are currenlty plainig down the old wood on our deck and re-using, rahter than replacing. we love the color of the wood once plained, but we know we need to seal it as we live in florida, and the dock is in full sun all day.
do you have a selaer that is clear, rather than a stain ? i have a sample of your transparent, in natural tone, but it does change the color of the wood to a slight amberish color (darker than the wood
s natural tone). any suggestions are greatly appreciated !!
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Terry Wade:
I'm going to redo my ipe deck. I have always used Ipe oil by deckwise. It's been about 1 1/2 years since I did it last. I was thinking of trying your mahogany product this year. Should I use your stripper or your deck cleaner?
THanks.

If the IPE Oil is still on the wood, then use the Stripper Kit.
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I'm going to redo my ipe deck. I have always used Ipe oil by deckwise. It's been about 1 1/2 years since I did it last. I was thinking of trying your mahogany product this year. Should I use your stripper or your deck cleaner?
THanks.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting sgranberg:
Last year we bought a fixer-upper with a deck that had not been cared for for at least 10 years--and it was much older than that.

I prepped the deck by power washing to remove the black mildew, grime, and accumulated yuck. Letting the deck dry out for several days we sprayed the deck with your semi-transparent cedar. Wow! It looked like a completely new deck.

This year we retreated the deck following a gentle pressure washing. It looks even better now.

Your product is the best I've ever seen for staining exterior wood. Thank you Armstrong Clark.

Thanks for the review!
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Best product ever
Last year we bought a fixer-upper with a deck that had not been cared for for at least 10 years--and it was much older than that.

I prepped the deck by power washing to remove the black mildew, grime, and accumulated yuck. Letting the deck dry out for several days we sprayed the deck with your semi-transparen t cedar. Wow! It looked like a completely new deck.

This year we retreated the deck following a gentle pressure washing. It looks even better now.

Your product is the best I've ever seen for staining exterior wood. Thank you Armstrong Clark.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting moscarwhite:
I recently used the RAD kit on my previously unstained, 4 month old redwood deck. The kit worked very well. I am ready to apply stain, but I noticed many scuff marks on the deck (likely from careless contractors placing tools on the wood). I plan on lightly sanding the deck to remove the numerous scuff marks. Should I apply the RAD kit again after sanding? Or can I just wash off the deck with water, let dry for a few days, and apply stain?
Make sure to sand all as spot sanding could lead to uneven application of the stain. Try to sand with no finer than 80 grit. Lightly wash with water after to remove sand dust and let dry before staining.
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Sanding a redwood deck
I recently used the RAD kit on my previously unstained, 4 month old redwood deck. The kit worked very well. I am ready to apply stain, but I noticed many scuff marks on the deck (likely from careless contractors placing tools on the wood). I plan on lightly sanding the deck to remove the numerous scuff marks. Should I apply the RAD kit again after sanding? Or can I just wash off the deck with water, let dry for a few days, and apply stain?
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Quoting Oscar White:
I understand that AFTER the RAD kit has been applied I should "let wood dry for 2 or more days after prep." What about BETWEEN steps 1 and 2 w/ the RAD kit - does the wood need to dry after step 1 before starting step 2??

Apply the Step 2 right after you are done with the cleaning, while wood is still wet.
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Question about RAD kit
I understand that AFTER the RAD kit has been applied I should "let wood dry for 2 or more days after prep." What about BETWEEN steps 1 and 2 w/ the RAD kit - does the wood need to dry after step 1 before starting step 2??
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Josh Giley:
What will the stripper do to a painted surface?

This stripper will not remove paint, unless the paint is peeling.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
What will the stripper do to a painted surface?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tony Lewkowski:
Unopened cans stored in a heated garage will last indefinitely then?

Not forever. Couple of years should be okay.
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shelf life
Unopened cans stored in a heated garage will last indefinitely then?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Tony Lewkowski:
I bought more product than I need for my deck. Will the stain still be usable in a couple of years when I need to redo the deck again?

Depends on if opened, unopened, and how well you store it. Make sure it is stored in a climate controlled area and that there is 100% closure so there is not any evaporation.
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Shelf Life
I bought more product than I need for my deck. Will the stain still be usable in a couple of years when I need to redo the deck again?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting william reilly:
I am getting ready to install new cedar decking (2x6) on my deck. i wanted to treat all sides of the would with the clear oil before installing. should i let the wood sit someplace before using the clean kit then oil. you suggest to let it sit installed. i live in new jersey at the shore (1/2 mile from ocean). thank you for any info

See here about new wood:

www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./

No need to stain all sides. Only the exposed wood is needed.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
I am getting ready to install new cedar decking (2x6) on my deck. i wanted to treat all sides of the would with the clear oil before installing. should i let the wood sit someplace before using the clean kit then oil. you suggest to let it sit installed. i live in new jersey at the shore (1/2 mile from ocean). thank you for any info
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Luke Moore:
Can I use RAD annually before I reapply your Ipe amber stain or should I resand.

Yes this is the best way to prep.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Can I use RAD annually before I reapply your Ipe amber stain or should I resand.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Brenda Roseman:
We built a new pressure treated pine deck and screened porch last year in July and cleaned, brightened and applied stain in October. We want to apply another coat of stain now. I know we need to clean again but should we also brighten before applying this second coat. We used rustic brown. We have some small holes now in the screen. Could the Brightener have caused this? Thanks.

You do not have to brighten, but you can. It does not harm screens.
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Brighten Again?
We built a new pressure treated pine deck and screened porch last year in July and cleaned, brightened and applied stain in October. We want to apply another coat of stain now. I know we need to clean again but should we also brighten before applying this second coat. We used rustic brown. We have some small holes now in the screen. Could the Brightener have caused this? Thanks.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Brian:
Hello,

just finished a 20'x30' pressure treated deck...deck is located in Ontario Canada.
your stain is highly recommended through online reviews.
I was wondering which product of yours you would recommend and do you have any dealers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?
thank you for your time...

No dealers there, but we can ship to you. Use the AC stain in any color that you like.
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Quoting B Julien:
I applied my sample stain color (a semi-solid) to wood that was washed, but not brightened. I have since washed and brightened the entire deck. But I wonder whether brightening affects absorption of color pigment. Will the semi-solid look slightly different if applied on brightened versus non-brightened wood? If so, will it be darker? thanks

The brightener lightens the wood so yes the stain will look a little lighter in color once applied.
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brightener versus no brightener?
I applied my sample stain color (a semi-solid) to wood that was washed, but not brightened. I have since washed and brightened the entire deck. But I wonder whether brightening affects absorption of color pigment. Will the semi-solid look slightly different if applied on brightened versus non-brightened wood? If so, will it be darker? thanks
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Question - Inquiry
Hello,

just finished a 20'x30' pressure treated deck...deck is located in Ontario Canada.
your stain is highly recommended through online reviews.
I was wondering which product of yours you would recommend and do you have any dealers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada?
thank you for your time...
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Quoting celticone:
I've just ordered your amber and mahogany samples. I have two Ipe Decks, one five years old that has never been stained and has naturally oxidized to the color of a Silver Back Gorilla and one that was built last month. I'm going to use a floor sander to prep both decks totaling about 700 sq. ft. Would not sanding negate my need for a cleaner and brightener? Thank You.

You have to clean and brighten after sanding to open the grain and remove any sand dust. Use 80 grit or less for the sanding.
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Prep
I've just ordered your amber and mahogany samples. I have two Ipe Decks, one five years old that has never been stained and has naturally oxidized to the color of a Silver Back Gorilla and one that was built last month. I'm going to use a floor sander to prep both decks totaling about 700 sq. ft. Would not sanding negate my need for a cleaner and brightener? Thank You.
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Quoting Carolyn Hartke:
Hi again - I've heard that you need to stain soon after sanding and brightening, and wanted to get your feedback on our schedule. We are sanding on the 11th, followed by cleaning/brightening on the 15th and staining on the 18th. Will this be optimal? Also, how long after staining before we can return furniture and traffic to the deck? Thanks!

Yes this will work. Wait 24-48 hours after staining to put furniture back on.
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timing for sanding and staining
Hi again - I've heard that you need to stain soon after sanding and brightening, and wanted to get your feedback on our schedule. We are sanding on the 11th, followed by cleaning/bright ening on the 15th and staining on the 18th. Will this be optimal? Also, how long after staining before we can return furniture and traffic to the deck? Thanks!
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting B Julien:
Thanks. So I don't need to re-rinse before applying brightener? Will it hurt anything to re-rinse before applying brightener?

You can rinse first.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Thanks. So I don't need to re-rinse before applying brightener? Will it hurt anything to re-rinse before applying brightener?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting B Julien:
I washed PT pine deck with RAD cleaner, and then rinsed a bit. Since directions say to "rinse very well", I had intended to rinse further, but I ran out of time. I also did not have time to do brightener step. It's been a week and deck has dried quite a bit. What should I do now? Will deck be OK if I just rinse really well, apply brightener, let dry and then apply AC stain?

Apply the brightener and rinse. Let dry for 48 hours.
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
I washed PT pine deck with RAD cleaner, and then rinsed a bit. Since directions say to "rinse very well", I had intended to rinse further, but I ran out of time. I also did not have time to do brightener step. It's been a week and deck has dried quite a bit. What should I do now? Will deck be OK if I just rinse really well, apply brightener, let dry and then apply AC stain?
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RE: Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Carolyn Hartke:
Hi – we have a 2000+ sf cedar deck, 10 years old, and are restoring it. We are replacing rotten boards now. Can you let us know if we are on the right track with our restoration plan? The deck was painted ~7 years ago with a solid acrylic paint, unfortunately, which has mostly peeled off but is still present quite a bit under covered areas. After the rotten boards are replaced we are planning to have the deck sanded to remove all paint, then have a brightener applied, then one of your semi-solid stains. Advice? Thanks!

Yes you will need to sand to remove the solid paint, brighten, then the AC semi-solid.
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large deck restoration plan
Hi – we have a 2000+ sf cedar deck, 10 years old, and are restoring it. We are replacing rotten boards now. Can you let us know if we are on the right track with our restoration plan? The deck was painted ~7 years ago with a solid acrylic paint, unfortunately, which has mostly peeled off but is still present quite a bit under covered areas. After the rotten boards are replaced we are planning to have the deck sanded to remove all paint, then have a brightener applied, then one of your semi-solid stains. Advice? Thanks!
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Quoting Carlie Hahn:
Can your wood cleaner be used in a pressure washer, and would it be okay for me to sand the deck, pressure wash using your cleaner, and then apply your stain? Also, how long do you recommend we allow the wood to dry before applying your stain?

No the wood cleaner cannot be used in a pressure washer. Best to apply with a pump sprayer. You can sand lightly first if needed. Let dry for 48 hours after the prep
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Can the wood and deck cleaner be used with a pressure washer?
Can your wood cleaner be used in a pressure washer, and would it be okay for me to sand the deck, pressure wash using your cleaner, and then apply your stain? Also, how long do you recommend we allow the wood to dry before applying your stain?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jim Perrucci:
We have a brand new PT Pine deck that was installed last November... really beautiful. We are planning on using the transparent natural stain after a thorough power-washing. Do we need to use anything else to prep the deck?

Yes prep with the Restore A Deck Kit.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
We have a brand new PT Pine deck that was installed last November... really beautiful. We are planning on using the transparent natural stain after a thorough power-washing. Do we need to use anything else to prep the deck?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mary:
I cleaned and power washed my deck. I am ready to stain. I want a natural wood look so I am going to use your Transparent Natural Tone. My question is I have rough areas, especially on the top rails, do I need to sand them down or will your product fill in these spots and give a smooth finish so I wouldn't get splinters?

Armstrong Clark is a penetrating finish so it will not fill in anything. You would need to lightly sand it needed. Use 80 grit paper.
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Deck Stain & rough wood
I cleaned and power washed my deck. I am ready to stain. I want a natural wood look so I am going to use your Transparent Natural Tone. My question is I have rough areas, especially on the top rails, do I need to sand them down or will your product fill in these spots and give a smooth finish so I wouldn't get splinters?
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re: Prep work for staining a 5yr old deck Ipe Deck
Using this kit withe pressure washing will help to give a deeper clean.
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Prep work for staining a 5yr old deck Ipe Deck
I have a 5 year old Ipe deck that has been stained every 2 years(mostly in full sun).Last time we just power washed and used AC Mahogany color. Do you recommend doing something more than power washing for better results.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting David Clayton:
We applied AC stain to our deck 2 years ago. It has worn in high traffic areas and needs a maintenance coat. For cleaning prior to reapplication should I use RAD cleaner at full strength? I want the whole deck to look reasonably uniform so should I re-stain the whole deck or just the worn high traffic areas?

Thanks

Use the Kit for all and stain all would be best.
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Maintenance Coat
We applied AC stain to our deck 2 years ago. It has worn in high traffic areas and needs a maintenance coat. For cleaning prior to reapplication should I use RAD cleaner at full strength? I want the whole deck to look reasonably uniform so should I re-stain the whole deck or just the worn high traffic areas?

Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Bryan:
"If there is not any more of the old stain visibly left on the wood than use the Restore a Deck Kit for the prep. If you still have the old stain on, use the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper."

There are some light streaks here & there of old stain still visible, so if I'm to do the RAD stain stripper will that take care of the silver/ graying as well so that I may use AC stain? Or do I need to clean & brighten too?
Thanks
Bryan

If you use the stripper you do not need to use the cleaner. The stripper will remove the gray as well.
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Cleaning ipe deck
"If there is not any more of the old stain visibly left on the wood than use the Restore a Deck Kit for the prep. If you still have the old stain on, use the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper."

There are some light streaks here & there of old stain still visible, so if I'm to do the RAD stain stripper will that take care of the silver/ graying as well so that I may use AC stain? Or do I need to clean & brighten too?
Thanks
Bryan
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Bryan:
Hi
I have a 30x17 ipe deck I'm looking to get the silvery- graying off deck before using your AC stain. Deck was last stained a good 4-5 yrs, what do you recommend? Thanks

If there is not any more of the old stain visibly left on the wood than use the Restore a Deck Kit for the prep. If you still have the old stain on, use the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jeff Gipperich:
I stained my deck last year April 2015 and this year i would like to just put another coat on it. Do i just use the wood and deck cleaner or do i also need to use the wood brightener. I do not want to take off to much off the original stain as it still looks good it just has dulled a little bit and needs a good cleaning and freshening up.By the way I've been using your products for the last 4 yrs and absolutely love it. I'm a painting contractor in St.Louis and it is my go to product.

Thanks
Jeff

No need for the brightener. You can use the cleaner at 2-3 oz per gallon of water to help remove the dirt. Glad you like the stain!
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Cleaning
I stained my deck last year April 2015 and this year i would like to just put another coat on it. Do i just use the wood and deck cleaner or do i also need to use the wood brightener. I do not want to take off to much off the original stain as it still looks good it just has dulled a little bit and needs a good cleaning and freshening up.By the way I've been using your products for the last 4 yrs and absolutely love it. I'm a painting contractor in St.Louis and it is my go to product.

Thanks
Jeff
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
The Armstrong Clark in Natural is a light pigmented stain. If the wood is clean then go ahead and stain.
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old deck
I have an old pressure treated deck. I have used a power washer to clean it. Should I use something else before I use a stain. I want it to be clear, natural looking. What do you suggest? Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Mark D:
Hi - we used AC semi solid stain 2 years ago. Love the finish! Now, we want to clean and recoat with your same product ... To get rid of some dirt and mold and seal before winter.

Please advise which products to use and recommended process.

Thanks,
Prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit and light pressure washing.
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Home owner
Hi - we used AC semi solid stain 2 years ago. Love the finish! Now, we want to clean and recoat with your same product ... To get rid of some dirt and mold and seal before winter.

Please advise which products to use and recommended process.

Thanks,
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Scott N:
I'm a bit confused on the directions for a new (IPE) deck. I believe your recommendations are to 1) wait 2-4 months, 2) apply RAD (cleaner/brightener)

What is the rationale to clean/brighten a newly installed deck? What would be the downside(s) to immediately stain/seal a deck after installation (1 month)?

Thanks in advance.

PS I've precut/layed out a 250 sq ft IPE deck and trying to decide on the right stain/sealer.

You have to prep new wood to remove any oxidation and mill glaze. If you stain a new deck without waiting or prep, the stain will absorb less and could dry sticky/shiny on the surface.
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pre-treat a new (IPE) deck?
I'm a bit confused on the directions for a new (IPE) deck. I believe your recommendations are to 1) wait 2-4 months, 2) apply RAD (cleaner/brightener)

What is the rationale to clean/brighten a newly installed deck? What would be the downside(s) to immediately stain/seal a deck after installation (1 month)?

Thanks in advance.

PS I've precut/layed out a 250 sq ft IPE deck and trying to decide on the right stain/sealer.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Matt H:
I am going to be building a new deck starting next week and should be done the first week of August. We are in the Pacific Northwest and the deck material is 2x6 STK Cedar. What is the timing that I should be staining it? In this area we have a lot of grey/damp days October through May, so don't want to wait to long to stain as even September can be damp.

My plan was to stain at the end of August (weather dependent) and doing the RAD cleaner kit.

Am I on the right path? Any other advice?

Matt,

Please read this: www.armstrongclarkstain.com/.. ./
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New Cedar Deck
I am going to be building a new deck starting next week and should be done the first week of August. We are in the Pacific Northwest and the deck material is 2x6 STK Cedar. What is the timing that I should be staining it? In this area we have a lot of grey/damp days October through May, so don't want to wait to long to stain as even September can be damp.

My plan was to stain at the end of August (weather dependent) and doing the RAD cleaner kit.

Am I on the right path? Any other advice?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Red Gravy:
I just gave my deck an extreme pressure washing.(held the wand 2"-3" from the surface) It stripped whatever stain was on there (actually left some marks in the wood in some spots) and looks really good. How much of a difference will the RAD cleaner (& brightener?) make?
This is a Brazilian hardwood and I intend on using your Hardwood Mahogany Semi-Trans.
Thanks for your help.

If the wood is clean then you should be okay to proceed.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I just gave my deck an extreme pressure washing.(held the wand 2"-3" from the surface) It stripped whatever stain was on there (actually left some marks in the wood in some spots) and looks really good. How much of a difference will the RAD cleaner (& brightener?) make?
This is a Brazilian hardwood and I intend on using your Hardwood Mahogany Semi-Trans.
Thanks for your help.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Alan Blaugrund:
This is a followup question. I had asked about a one year old ipe table top that is starting to fade. It was stained by the manufacturer. You recommended your Restore a Deck kit and then you stain. Since I don't know what type of stain is on the deck now, do I have to strip it before I use your Restore a Deck kit or do I just need to strip it and just use the stain.
Thanks

I would suggest the Rad Stripper instead of the kit. Then use the RAD brightener.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
This is a followup question. I had asked about a one year old ipe table top that is starting to fade. It was stained by the manufacturer. You recommended your Restore a Deck kit and then you stain. Since I don't know what type of stain is on the deck now, do I have to strip it before I use your Restore a Deck kit or do I just need to strip it and just use the stain.
Thanks
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Ron Janke:
I just sent a message asking about a cleaner for cleaning a deck stained last year, prior to applying a second coat this year.
The answer will likely be your RAD cleaner which I just noticed on your web site. I live in Canada and your product is not available here. The contractor purchased the rustic stain in Michigan.
There are other deck cleaners out there but I am afraid they will remove some of the stain. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

The RAD will remove the some of the stain as well. It is designed for reapplications.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Chris:
Can restore-a-deck touch paint and other home materials when cleaning a deck? I have a 20 x 30 ft deck attached to our home and I was wondering if the product will interact with painted wood doors, windows, and painted siding when I clean my deck. Do I need to put plastic on everything? Thank you for your help.

It does not harm paint but make sure to pre wet and rinse to avoid general dirt and soap drying on the paint.
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Deck cleaner
I just sent a message asking about a cleaner for cleaning a deck stained last year, prior to applying a second coat this year.
The answer will likely be your RAD cleaner which I just noticed on your web site. I live in Canada and your product is not available here. The contractor purchased the rustic stain in Michigan.
There are other deck cleaners out there but I am afraid they will remove some of the stain. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Can restore-a-deck touch paint and other home materials when cleaning a deck? I have a 20 x 30 ft deck attached to our home and I was wondering if the product will interact with painted wood doors, windows, and painted siding when I clean my deck. Do I need to put plastic on everything? Thank you for your help.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Karen K:
I'm planning an application of semi-solid AC stain and wondering how many days of dry weather following application are necessary for AC. Other brands can require as many as 3 dry days.

12-24 Hours should be okay for most scenarios.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I'm planning an application of semi-solid AC stain and wondering how many days of dry weather following application are necessary for AC. Other brands can require as many as 3 dry days.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Paul Geissler:
I have an IPE deck that I have stained in the past with a different product. I am switching to Armstrong and I was wondering if I should do both steps of the cleaning and brightening for IPE wood?

Yes you should prep with the kit if the old stain is not still on the wood. If it is then you will need to use the RAD stripper instead of the cleaner.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I have an IPE deck that I have stained in the past with a different product. I am switching to Armstrong and I was wondering if I should do both steps of the cleaning and brightening for IPE wood?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Jim Smith - Tenn:
We have installed a new CEDAR sided Octagonal Gazebo linked to our new pressure treated deck and railing design.
Deck I Pressure Treated (Home Depot) Pine.

Deck is laid out in a picture frame format and we are trying to use dark stain on the picture frame and lighter, clear on the main section within the frames.

Worried about clear stains and no UV.

Can you recommend the following:
Best for newer (6 mo) Cedar Gazebo staining/prep? Would like to maintain deep Cedar Color and not let it grey out.

Can you recommend combination of pigment selection for deck picture frame dark color on deck and main body color lighter or near clear (with some UV protection)? I can send some pictures, but would like to see an example if you have some customers who have sent finished work on gazebos and/or decks.

Thanks

Jim Smith - Morristown, Tn 423-587-8344

Look at the semi-transapare nt cedar for the lighter color and the Rustic Brown for the darker color. I would suggest ordering some samples from the link about to test the colors. Make sure to prep first with the Restore A Deck Kit.
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New Deck, New Gazebo, Prep - Options
We have installed a new CEDAR sided Octagonal Gazebo linked to our new pressure treated deck and railing design.
Deck I Pressure Treated (Home Depot) Pine.

Deck is laid out in a picture frame format and we are trying to use dark stain on the picture frame and lighter, clear on the main section within the frames.

Worried about clear stains and no UV.

Can you recommend the following:
Best for newer (6 mo) Cedar Gazebo staining/prep? Would like to maintain deep Cedar Color and not let it grey out.

Can you recommend combination of pigment selection for deck picture frame dark color on deck and main body color lighter or near clear (with some UV protection)? I can send some pictures, but would like to see an example if you have some customers who have sent finished work on gazebos and/or decks.

Thanks

Jim Smith - Morristown, Tn 423-587-8344
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Carol Wright:
Two years ago we stained our mahogany deck with Cabot Australian Timber Oil (water-based formula). This year we plan to switch to an Armstrong Clark hardwood stain. In the past we have prepped the deck using Cabot Problem Solver Wood Cleaner and Brightener. Would you recommend we continue to use the Cabot products to remove ATO or switch to Armstrong Clark? If AC, will the Restore-A-Deck Kit do the job or will we need to use Restore-A-Deck Stripper?
Thank you.

Use the RAD Stripper and Brightener for the prep. It would work the best.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Two years ago we stained our mahogany deck with Cabot Australian Timber Oil (water-based formula). This year we plan to switch to an Armstrong Clark hardwood stain. In the past we have prepped the deck using Cabot Problem Solver Wood Cleaner and Brightener. Would you recommend we continue to use the Cabot products to remove ATO or switch to Armstrong Clark? If AC, will the Restore-A-Deck Kit do the job or will we need to use Restore-A-Deck Stripper?
Thank you.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Terry Garrity:
Hi. My IPE deck is only 6 mos old but I wan to stain it dark. I dont believe I need brightner? Do you sell just the cleaner along with the stain?

We only sell it in the kit.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Hi. My IPE deck is only 6 mos old but I wan to stain it dark. I dont believe I need brightner? Do you sell just the cleaner along with the stain?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting :
Hello, Inadvertently a hole was puncher in the bottom of my gallon can of Amber Hardwood/Ipy stain. Before I realized the problem I had walked with the can and had dribbled amber stain across my paver driveway. I immediately rubbed the dribbles with clear paint thiner using paper towels. Then I hosed all it down with a water jet spray. Now the water has dried and there is still noticeable dribbles across the driveway pavers. Does AC have any suggestions on further removing the stain from the pavers? Thank you again for all your help and the stained Semi-Cedar fence and Amber IPY decks look great!

Try a graffiti remover from your local paint store. You may need to scrub heavily or pressure wash as well. It will also fade in a week or two.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Hello, Inadvertently a hole was puncher in the bottom of my gallon can of Amber Hardwood/Ipy stain. Before I realized the problem I had walked with the can and had dribbled amber stain across my paver driveway. I immediately rubbed the dribbles with clear paint thiner using paper towels. Then I hosed all it down with a water jet spray. Now the water has dried and there is still noticeable dribbles across the driveway pavers. Does AC have any suggestions on further removing the stain from the pavers? Thank you again for all your help and the stained Semi-Cedar fence and Amber IPY decks look great!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting :
This morning, Monday, I washed IPY decks with Restore-a-Deck and Wood Brightener. Its forecasted to rain Friday and then again on the following Tuesday. Considering that it is recommended to wait two days for drying out before staining, there isn't much time to get the stain on and have the stain take hold before the rain. This is California and it has been no clouds, sun all day, 65 degrees here and will be the same tomorrow. Should I try to cut short the drying time and stain Tuesday afternoon? Will having the decks get wet from the rain before being able to apply the stain be a problem? Will the rain cause a problem to the brightened wood? Thank you for all your help!

The AC can take a rain within 8-12 hours after application. You will be good to stain Wednesday or Thursday
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stain after rain?
This morning, Monday, I washed IPY decks with Restore-a-Deck and Wood Brightener. Its forecasted to rain Friday and then again on the following Tuesday. Considering that it is recommended to wait two days for drying out before staining, there isn't much time to get the stain on and have the stain take hold before the rain. This is California and it has been no clouds, sun all day, 65 degrees here and will be the same tomorrow. Should I try to cut short the drying time and stain Tuesday afternoon? Will having the decks get wet from the rain before being able to apply the stain be a problem? Will the rain cause a problem to the brightened wood? Thank you for all your help!
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting :
Today I mixed 2 gallons of Restore-a-deck and also 2 gallons of Wood Brightener. Due to circumstances beyond my control, unfortunately I didn't apply the solutions. It may be up to two weeks (maybe longer) before I can apply. How long can they remain in solution and still be effective? Will they lose there effectiveness in treating the wood?

The brightener will still good. The cleaner will not be. The cleaner will lose effectiveness in hours.
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shelf life in solution
Today I mixed 2 gallons of Restore-a-deck and also 2 gallons of Wood Brightener. Due to circumstances beyond my control, unfortunately I didn't apply the solutions. It may be up to two weeks (maybe longer) before I can apply. How long can they remain in solution and still be effective? Will they lose there effectiveness in treating the wood?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Quoting Adamjd:
Last year I stripped my old deck stain and put on Armstrong Clark mahogany. Looks like it's time to reapply, and know I should give it a power wash first with the deck cleaner. But I'm wondering if the brightener is also recommended for those regular yearly reapplications. I noticed a big difference when I used it the first time, but don't want to overdo it. Thanks.

You do not need it if you still have old stain but it will not hurt either if you apply.
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Brightener needed when reapplying stain?
Last year I stripped my old deck stain and put on Armstrong Clark mahogany. Looks like it's time to reapply, and know I should give it a power wash first with the deck cleaner. But I'm wondering if the brightener is also recommended for those regular yearly reapplications. I noticed a big difference when I used it the first time, but don't want to overdo it. Thanks.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
About 3 months after install. You should be about ready.
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Homeowner
Replaced pressure treated horizontal boards in June. What is the recommended time to wait before applying stain?
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Local dealers
Do you have any local dealers in the Dayton or Cincinnati area?
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
Cathymix, yes this will prep and 1 gallon will cover 160 sq. feet for 1 coat.
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RE: Gemini Restore-A-Deck Kit
I have a treated pine wrap around porch that is 4foot by maybe 40 feet. It is 23 years old and never been stained, is this what I need to prep it? Do you think ! gal of stain would cover it?
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Decking
For a deck that's approx 20 years old what process would you suggest doing before staining using your product? Also are the colors you have online true to color?
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