Restore Semi-Transparent Stain FAQs

Restore Semi-Transparent Stain FAQs



  • 1.

    What makes Restore Semi-Transparent Stain different from other semi-transparent stains?

    Restore Semi-Transparent Stain is unique from other semi-transparent stains because it has NeverWet properties inside.  That means the coating is hydrophobic and repels water to extend the life of your deck and the coating.   Furniture can also be returned to the surface 48 hours after application is complete with Restore Semi-Transparent Stain.  Most semi-transparent stains require 72 hours before the furniture can be returned to the surface.  
  • 2.

    What is the difference between a Semi-Transparent Stain and a Solid Stain?

    The biggest difference between a semi-transparent stain and a solid stain is the opacity.  Semi-transparent stains are pigmented stains that impart some color on the wood while still allowing some of the grain of the wood to show though.  Solid stains are opaque stains with lots of pigment that covers the wood grain.  The other big difference is that the semi-transparent stain penetrates into the wood while the solid stain is a film forming stain that forms a layer on the surface of the wood.  
  • 3.

    What is the difference between a Semi-Transparent Stain and a Transparent Stain or a Toner?

    The biggest difference between a semi-transparent stain and a transparent stain or toner is the opacity.  Transparent stains and toners impart very little pigment on the wood.  The finish will look nearly transparent with a hint of color and most of the grain will show though.  The semi-transparent stain has more pigment in it than the transparent stain or toner.  It will impart more color onto the wood than the transparent stain or toner will and less of the grain of the wood will show through.  Most semi-transparent stains, transparent stains, and toners are penetrating stains, however the Restore 12X Transparent Stain & Sealant is unique in that it is a film forming transparent coating that is 12X thicker than ordinary sealers.
  • 4.

    What surfaces can I apply Restore Semi-Transparent Stain to?

    Wood:  Restore Semi-Transparent Stain should only be applied on structurally sound wood surfaces.  

    NOT FOR USE ON:   Concrete, composite decking, fiberglass, tile, and metal surfaces.  These surfaces will not allow for proper adhesion. Do not use on driveways, garages, or other areas with vehicular traffic.

  • 5.

    Can I use Restore Semi-Transparent Stain on concrete surfaces?

    No.  Restore Semi-Transparent Stain is not for use on any concrete surface. Do not use on driveways, garages, or other areas with vehicular traffic.