With the condition of wood surfaces varying widely, some pros stay away from staining decks given the laborious nature of the prep work involved. Discover how to deliver a beautiful—and profitable—finished deck with our tips and products to speed up preparation.

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The Right Tools for Better Stained Deck Results

When staining a deck or porch, it’s critical that you don’t underinvest in preparation. Many make the mistake of bypassing prep products and only investing in a high-quality stain. These contractors may save money off-the-shelf, but labor costs quickly add up once their team is struggling to get surfaces stain-ready.

Our CLEAN, BRIGHTEN, RESTORE, and REMOVE products are each formulated for a specific application—as an added value, they are also concentrates. A concentrated formula means that only a small amount goes a long way when mixed with water, and you can adjust the strength of your solution. Dealing with lots of mildew? Use a stronger mix of CLEAN to save time. Trying to remove light water stains? Use a weaker mix to save materials. After applying these high concentrate prep products, for best results, use a premium-quality stain, like our ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stain.

Save Time and Money by Investing in Deck Stain Preparation Concentrates

Benjamin Moore® CLEAN

CLEAN off Stains from Mold and Mildew

Benjamin Moore® CLEAN
CLEAN is a maintenance cleaner that safely removes stains from mold and/or as well as water stains. Plus, it is multipurpose and effective on siding, shakes, outdoor furniture and more.

For maximum strength cleaning, mix 1 gallon of CLEAN with 7 gallons of water for up to 2,400 square feet of coverage.
Benjamin Moore® BRIGHTEN

BRIGHTEN by Removing Tannin and Rust Stains

Benjamin Moore® BRIGHTEN
BRIGHTEN is used to break the shiny, tough-to-penetrate “mill glaze” on new wood and ensure deck stain adhesion. It also removes tannin and rust stains. Are you staining a tannin-bearing wood? BRIGHTEN counteracts the darkening effect of RESTORE and REMOVE by neutralizing the pH of those formulas.

BRIGHTEN rinses easily with water, and only 1 gallon of concentrate is needed to mix with 8 gallons of water for up to 2,400 square feet of coverage.
Benjamin Moore® RESTORE

RESTORE Severely Weathered Wood

Benjamin Moore® RESTORE
RESTORE is a gentle, bleach-free formula that quickly restores severely weathered and grayed wood decks to their natural color. And, it prepares the deck’s surface for recoating by removing tannin bleeding, discolored surface fiber, and stains from mold and/or mildew.

For maximum strength, mix only 1 gallon of concentrate with 8 gallons of water for up to 2,400 square feet of coverage.
Benjamin Moore® REMOVE

REMOVE Latex and Oil Finishes

Benjamin Moore® REMOVE
REMOVE is a fast-acting formula for peeling oil or latex stain, varnish, and clear wood finishes. It also removes damaged and discolored wood fibers to prepare the surface for recoating.

REMOVE may darken some wood types. If desired, use BRIGHTEN to restore the deck wood to its natural color. Do not dilute REMOVE on surfaces with multiple coats, solid or semi-solid stains.

Follow this guide based on your customers’ wood conditions:
  • Weathered surfaces: mix 1 gallon of REMOVE with 1 gallon of water
  • Semi-transparent stains: mix 1 gallon of REMOVE with 2 gallons of water
  • Transparent stains: mix 1 gallon of remove with 3 gallons of water
  • Clear finishes: mix 1 gallon of REMOVE with 4 gallons of water
Need more deck staining tips? Learn How to Stain a Deck with ARBORCOAT Exterior Stains.

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