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How to properly clean and prep a deck before applying a wood deck stain.

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    The Sealer Store · 03/29/2015
    Sorry but without knowing what is causing the darkening there, it is not possible for us to give any suggestions.
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    Stephen Galyen · 03/28/2015
    Any suggestions to remove the darker stains at the end cap..like at the slanted edges of handrails and tips of fenceposts?

    Stephen Galyen
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    Arifa · 10/29/2014
    The green stains appeared wherever the cement came into contact with the wood.
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    The Sealer Store · 10/29/2014
    No idea on this as we are not sure what caused the green stains.
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    Arifa · 10/29/2014
    I recently had some building work done and the cement has caused green stains on my newly installed Garapa deck.is there a way to remove the green stains?
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    The Sealer Store · 09/06/2014
    The RAD is more for when you reapply. If you are just trying to remove some dirt, then use soapy dish water or similar.
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    denis · 09/06/2014
    It's been about 2 months since I've stained my deck with a Armstrong semi- transparent stain. I want to clean the deck. I still have some restore a deck cleaner & brightner left from when I stained it . Can I use the just the cleaner or do I have to use both. My main concern is that the cleaner is too strong & will remove some of the stain I just put on. Or is there something else I can use.
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    The Sealer Store · 07/21/2014
    Not sure what you could use.
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    m manganielo · 07/21/2014
    hello, i have used the deck cleaner and brightener with excellent results, have also used a recommended stain that i am very happy with. now the problem, i have a 12 foot long 2 inch wide strip i need to add to the deck.

    i have the deck cleaner and stain left over, but no brightener. was wondering if there was anything you might recommend i could use, not sure if i am looking for acid or base. seems silly and expensive to order a whole bottle of brightener for such a small amount any help would be greatly appreciated
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    The Sealer Store · 07/03/2014
    If when wet with water that gray does not show than they should not show when stained with the AC.
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    Jeff Faber · 07/03/2014
    I cleaned and brightened 9 month old cedar deck with your products and power washed. As its drying it has Grey spots where i did not powere wash as well. Will this be a problem when I stain with semi trans armstrong cedar?
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    The Sealer Store · 05/05/2014
    Use the Restore A deck Kits and a light pressure washing for the prep. Stain with the Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color.
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    Rocky · 05/05/2014
    Hi,
    I live in South Florida, and have IPE wood patio furniture that is in serious need of TLC. I would like to know what are all the steps I need to take, and products I need to buy to bring them back to life ;-)
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    The Sealer Store · 04/23/2014
    No you cannot use the injector tube to apply a deck cleaner. Bets to do in small sections so it does not dry out.
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    DuWayne Lund · 04/23/2014
    Sir, Can I use the tube on my pressure washer, the one that drops into a bottle to mix the water and whatever. I want to clean my deck first and have read you tips but it does not say I can do this. It says to wet deck and then apply cleaner and then wash off. Why can't I do it all at one time using the mixture tube and then rinse with clean water when done. Also I have a big deck and am afraid it will dry out before I can get it all done. Also I am 73 and this would work a lot better for me. I bought your products last year and want to put them on shortly, weather permitting. Thank You DuWayne
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    The Sealer Store · 04/14/2014
    More than likely your mixture will result in mold growth. It would be better to use a wood preservative such as the TWP. It does come in clear and would offer much better protection as it is an EPA wood preservative.
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    Page · 04/14/2014
    I just cleaned and brightened my deck with Restore A Deck products. I applied citrus solvent and tung oil as a finish. I'm interested in preserving the wood and not in coloring it. If it goes gray - fine, but want to reduce the drying cracking and save the wood. I live in SC so lots of rain. I'm not interested in coloring the wood - causing wear paths over time. My impression is "I can clean regularly and apply more oil maybe every 2 years or so. Can you advise on my current course and better alternatives?
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    bste · 08/01/2013
    I used thompsons deck cleaner followed by brightner on a 3 yr old cedar deck. i rinsed both for hours- not kidding.
    the finish after the cleaner was pretty good but i left the brightner on too long. i am rinsing again for 2 days now and it's still dull and appears soapy substance is coming up. any tips appreciaed .. clean with tsp and water,, ? use deck brightner again ? please help holidays almost over
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    The Sealer Store · 07/11/2013
    khw, typically you need to wait 24-48 hours for letting the wood dry.
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    khw · 07/11/2013
    well, I let the wrong solution stand for 15 minutes ( the cleaner versus the brightener).
    BUT it came out lightened and blindingly bright anyway. Beginner's luck, I guess.. plus it was a brand new deck, so not that dirty. Was just too eager to use the product and get to the job..