I used Sikkens Cetol SRD 15-20 years ago in its original format with great results (restaining every 2-3 years) before the product became unavailable in MA. I used the replacement product over it, which has ruined my deck. My deck is drying out and cracking, and peeling in a few places I want to strip and restain with a Redwood color again. Last year your team recommended Restore-A-Deck stripper - but I lost my notes about it. Will it remove the translucent stain and if so - which stain product would you recommend as replacement stain to the Sikkens/ProLuxe product? I plan to do this within next 3-4 weeks (currently May 16, 2022). Thank you. Pics attached
I planned to order the Booster additive and Thickening Gel , RAD Stripper and Brightener kit.
Use the RAD Stripper with both additives. If it does not all strip off, sand as needed. Brightener last. TWP 1500 Series or Armstrong Clark when done.
OK thank you! Looking forward to getting my deck back. I'll send pics after it's done. I appreciate this site and the advice. Jeff
I'm very happy I found this site and along with it the advice from Scott to rescue my deck. I cleaned/power washed the deck then applied the RAD stripper with both additives - power washed the stripping agents off the deck. That was the first amazing results - and then I used the TWP 1502 Redwood stain to bring the deck back to life and protect it going forward. The Sikkens product had turned it into a dark, dry and cracking deck. Now I feel it has been reclaimed and it looks like a fresh deck again. I did run out of stain before finishing the stairs/entry to deck area and had to order a second gallon but it's blending in now. The railings/ballasts sucked up so much of the stain.
The pictures show stages of the work - from dried/dingy deck - to stripping stage - to final stained product.
Looks great! Well done!