Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener

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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 of the Restore A Deck system.

Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is intended for use on all types of weathered, exterior wood surfaces including decks, fences, siding, outdoor furniture, gazebos, and playsets.

Recommended for surface preparation prior to initial application of semi-transparent finishes and stains. The product can be used as a cleaner and brightener for redwood, or as a neutralizer to further brighten wood species, like pine, that have been cleaned with Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner or stripped with Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. For lasting protection of your exterior wood, after using Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener, treat the surface with Restore-A-Deck Premium Wood Stain.

Note: Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener is not formulated to remove intact paint, stain, or clear finishes. This brightener is not a cleaner. It will not remove grayed wood fibers. It is meant to serve as a wood brightener and pH balance after using a deck cleaner or stain stripper.


  • Neutralizes stain strippers
  • Brightens and restores wood surfaces
  • Restores pH balance of wood
  • Powdered formula makes 5 liquid gallons when mixed
  • Extremely cost-effective. When mixed, the cost is less than $6 a gallon.
  • Eco-Safe formulas
  • Improves absorption of wood stains
  • Safe to use on all exterior wood surfaces, not just decks

Coverage: 750-1000 sq.feet per container.


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Available Sizes:
2 lb Container
Powder Concentrate:
1 Container Makes 5 Gallons
Wood Brightener/Neutralizer
Coverage Per Gallon:
150-200 sq. ft Per Gallon
Application Tools:
Sprayer, Mop


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Great for lightening the wood color during prep.

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    AlpharettaTom · 04/09/2014
    I applied ONE TIME deck stain several years ago on approx. 1400 sq ft of deck.
    FYI: I DO NOT recommend this product.
    Will the stripper remove this product?
    I assume I should use the brightner after?
    I imagine I will need 2 of each for 1400 sq ft?
    I have a pressure washer but it sounds like applying this with a pump sprayer is better since it will be less diluted?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Administrator · 04/05/2014
    Kathie, after sanding the wood you need to prep the deck with a cleaner and wood brightener. This will remove sand dust and "open" the wood pores so the stain is able to penetrate better. do not sand with a finer grit than the 60 paper.
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    kathie · 04/04/2014
    I have a deck with a stain that is peeling off. It did this within 3 months of the new finish. Had three dogs that helped peel up the finish! This stain is not very transparent. Almost looks like paint. Could I just sand the deck down and then apply the TWP100 stain. I don't see that using the "restore a deck stripper and brightener" are necessary. Would that work for me. Also it is only the surface deck that needs refinishing, slightly less than 200 sq'
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    TWP Stains · 03/31/2014
    Kim T, which version of Sikkens? Is it the SRD or the Shiny Cetol version?
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    Kim T · 03/31/2014
    I have sikens stain on my deck. Will it remove that?

    Thank you for your previous answer.

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    TWP Stains · 03/31/2014
    Kim T, yes you need to brightener to neutralize the caustic of the stripper. Your stain will look better and last longer!
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    Kim T · 03/31/2014
    I am going to be staining our deck. It has stain on it that I want to remove. I am going to order the deck stripper, but if I am going to stain it again, do I need the wood brightener as well?

    Thanks so much!
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    TWP Stains · 03/26/2014
    The RAD brightener is applied with a garden sprayer. Let dwell for 15 minutes, than rinse off.

    Yes on the 100 Series or the 1500 Series.
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    reed kimzey · 03/26/2014
    I have just pressure washed my 10 year old #2 pine 2X6 board deck after applying a wood cleaner. The gray is gone and deck now looks like natural wood. I want to brighten the natural wood look and then add a preservative. How is your Restore-a-deck brightner applied? And should I follow it with you 100 product? Thanks
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    TWP Stains · 11/11/2013
    Nick P, it will be fine if you wait.
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    Nick P · 11/10/2013
    I'm very happy to say that the RAD stripper worked like a charm! Took off the opaque "semi transparent" stain I never liked. I won't be able to use the brightener until next weekend. Will it hurt to wait a week or so to neutralize the stripper with brightener?
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    TWP Stains · 10/17/2013
    Dano, the stripper with heavy scrubbing or light pressure washing will remove gray wood fibers. Is the deck just gray or does it have an old stain that you bough the stripper for?
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    Dano · 10/17/2013
    I have purchased TWP 100, RAD stain stripper and RAD wood brightener. I see in description above that brightner "will not remove grayed wood fibers". So what should I have purchased to remove the gray?
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    TWP Stains · 07/10/2013
    nancy, if you pre wet the shrubs and rinse well then you should not have any issues.
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    nancy watson lebel · 07/10/2013
    Is the brightner safe on shrubs surrounding my deck? I recently bought a deck cleaner that is safe for pets and shrubs and can not use anything that will affect the shrubs around my deck (70 in total)
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    TWP Stains · 04/04/2009
    Coverage depends on the finish you are removing. It varies between 75-150 feet per gallon. A 2 pound container makes 5 gallons of liquid. Dwell time also varies. Usually 5-20 minutes.

    What is the finish you are trying to remove?
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    Laurie · 04/04/2009
    How large of an area will the 2 lb. size cover, and what is the dwell time for this product? thank you.