GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR USING Restore-X® PRODUCTS (part 3)


Restore-X deck products

  1. WAIT!

 EFR: It is very important to allow Restore-X® time to dissolve the deteriorated finish and weathered wood.  Latex paints may take considerably longer than oil base paints; so do expect some variation in removal time.  Take a break while Restore-X® works for you, and then test several areas with a stiff brush and water.  If the results are satisfactory, proceed with removal.  Typically, removal times vary from 1-4 hours.  If a second coat is required, wash away the first coat and reapply.  Note:  If recoating with paint or a solid-body stain, complete removal of weathered paint or stain may not be necessary.  Any remaining stain or paint may provide a good substrate for adhesion.  You will need to test the remaining paint or stain to determine if it is suitable for recoating.

Deck Cleaner: Unfinished weathered wood will take 1 to 15 minutes.  Deteriorated stain in exposed areas removes in as little as 5 minutes.  Stain in protected areas may require up to 1 hour.  Expect some variation in the time required.  Mist lightly with water every 15-20 minutes.

Wood Brightener:  All wood should be clean before using Wood Brightener.  Pressure wash surface or use EFR or Deck Cleaner before using Wood Brightener.  All applications should be left to work 5-15 minutes.  If first application leaves an uneven finish or does not brighten to your desired finish, simply reapply.

  1. Removal: For large projects, a pressure washer will greatly increase productivity. Remember, however, that a pressure washer can do damage when used improperly. Be careful not to place the nozzle too close to bare wood or windows.  Use a fan tip that will not “drill” the surface.  Rinse the surface thoroughly, but do not overwork stubborn finishes with the pressure washer, as damage to surrounding exposed surfaces may result.  Rather, simply spot apply Restore-X® and repeat the procedure.  Remember, it is not necessary to achieve 100% removal during surface preparation.  Paint that still maintains a good bond with the underlying material can provide a satisfactory surface for repainting or staining with a solid-body stain.  If a pressure washer is not at your disposal, be sure to agitate the surface in one direction (with the grain) to promote removal of stains or weathered wood.  Do not “scrub back and forth”.  Because Restore-X® is removing old deteriorated wood cells, it can cause tiny “hairs” to develop on the surface.  Scrubbing back and forth can magnify this effect.  Too much of this can require sanding, which defeats the purpose of this product. Agitating in one direction with the grain will help to keep these “hairs” from exposing themselves.

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