Have questions about how to stain your deck or wood project? Check out the frequently asked staining questions below for helpful tips and tricks.
- Q: Can decks be cleaned with a pressure washer once the product is applied?
- NO. A pressure washer should not be used to clean the surface once REVITALIZE® has been applied.
A non-bleach-based powdered laundry detergent is recommended.
- Q: What is the warranty?
- Pittsburgh Paints & Stains® guarantees satisfaction with the application and performance
properties of this product when applied to a properly prepared surface in accordance with label directions.
This guarantee is limited to product replacement or refund of the purchase price.
- Q: How does it handle UV/sun? Will the color fade?
- REVITALIZE® is UV-resistant. Color may fade over time, more or less, depending on your color choice. Color
fade on light and mid-tone colors will be less noticeable.
- Q: If used on a pool deck (wood or concrete) will chlorine damage the coating?
- REVITALIZE® will not be damaged by chlorinated pool water. It can be used on wood or concrete deck surfaces
around a pool.
- Q: I live in the North and often salt walkways to remove ice. Will the salt damage the coating? What about a
- Rock salt will damage the coating and is not recommended. Metal shovels will damage the coating. We
recommend the use of plastic shovels only.
- Q: Can I apply over a deck surface previously coated with semi-transparent or solid color stain?
- YES. Scrape to remove peeling paint/stain*. Replace rotting or severely damaged boards, remove all loose
splinters. Secure loose deck screws, raised nail heads or loose decking boards. Clean with Pittsburgh
Paints & Stains Ultra Deck Cleaner and rinse well to remove cleaning product residue, and contaminants.
Repeat cleaning steps as many times as necessary to remove ALL dirt, mildew, grease and algae. Pressure-
wash using LOW to MODERATE pressure. (High pressure may damage wood surface and cause product to fail.)
Allow wood to dry completely (minimum 24 hours). Use coarse sandpaper to remove any loose wood fibers and
then remove all sanding dust that will interfere with bonding. Fill wood cracks and depressions deeper
than ¼” with an exterior paintable sealant caulk. For a pressure-washer demonstration, dryness test and
loose wood fiber test instructions please visit PittsburghPaintsAndStains.com and view the Prep and
- Q: Can it be applied to a damp surface?
- NO. The surface must be clean and totally dry before applying the coating and there should be no threat of
rain for 24 hours after the final coat is applied. See “Prep and Application” video on
PittsburghPaintsAndStains.com for details on drying time and dryness test
- Q: Will Revitalize adhere to smooth concrete without etching?
- YES. Best practice would be to etch smooth concrete, but REVITALIZE® was tested on smooth concrete without
etching and was found to adhere.
- Q: Will Revitalize adhere to a 2 part epoxy?
- NO. The epoxy coating would need to be stripped before applying REVITALIZE®
- Q: Can I use Revitalize on all four sides of my deck boards?
- YES. REVITALIZE® is a breathable coating and can be used to coat all sides of decking boards.
- Q: Can this be used on stucco?
- NO. REVITALIZE® is not recommended for whole-house vertical surfaces such as stucco or wood siding.
- Q: Can I use this on my driveway or in my garage?
- NO. Do not apply to areas with vehicular traffic. Do not apply to any interior concrete surface such as
garages or basement floors.
- Q: Can I use Revitalize in my fish pond?
- NO. Do not apply to submerged surfaces in ponds, fountains or swimming pools.
- Q: Is Revitalize slip-proof or slip-resistant?
- REVITALIZE® is slip-resistant. It has been tested in accordance with ASTM F 1679-04 for wet and dry slip
resistance. The product passed both tests.
- Q: Will a dog’s paws scratch the coating?
- Our initial tests have shown that dog claws do not damage
- Q: Can you color match?
- YES. This product can be tinted to over 130 solid colors in the Pittsburgh Paints & Stains® Exterior Stain
palette and can be color matched to competitive colors in-store. Competitive color formulas may not be
currently available, but will be added to future color updates.
- Q: How long does Revitalize need to shake to ensure uniform color?
- A shaker test of a 5-gallon pail on an aged, “up and down” shaker at a home center store dispersed color
uniformly in 3 minutes. A newer gyro shaker would be even more efficient than the unit tested.
- Q: How can I change the color once applied?
- You can change the color of REVITALIZE® by applying two
coats of PITTSBURGH PAINTS & STAINS® ULTRA ADVANCED® solid color stain, or by recoating with REVITALIZE®
- Q: How long will the product last?
- While we expect this product to last as long as a high quality
Floor and Porch Paint or Solid Color Exterior Stain (such as Pittsburgh Paints & Stains® Ultra Advanced® Solid
Color Exterior Stain), the lifetime of the product may be limited by the condition of the wood or concrete
that is being “Revitalized.”
- Q: How does Revitalize compare to porch and floor paint?
- REVITALIZE® is intended to improve the appearance of aged wood and concrete surfaces like patios and
retaining walls, structurally sound old, gray weathered decks, stairs, docks, posts, railings, and
more -- as an alternative to replacement. It will fill small cracks up to ¼-inch in depth. REVITALIZE® can
also be applied to new wood or to 30-day-cured new concrete when a non-slip, textured surface is desired.
REVITALIZE® lays down a finely-textured surface.
WARNING NOTE: WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust or fumes. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST OR FUMES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a properly fitted NIOSH-approved respirator and prevent skin contact to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the USEPA National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead. Follow these instructions to control exposure to other hazardous substances that may be released during surface preparation.