Our 3rd Annual RAD Wood Restoration Contest is open! You can see prior years here:

Restore-A-Deck 2019 Contest

Restore-A-Deck 2018 Contest


RAD Contest BUTTON 2020 smallThe RAD Wood Restoration 2020 Contest is closed!

First Place

Ethan (Page 3)

First Place = $500 + 5 Gallon Pail of RAD Stain of your choice!

Second Place

S. Tyler (Page 4)

Second Place = $250 + 2.5 Gallons of RAD Stain of your choice!

Third Place

Tom Z (Page 3) 

Third Place = $100 + 1 Gallon of RAD Stain or 1 RAD Prep Kit of your choice!

Thanks to all the entered this year! All entries were excellent and that made it very hard to choose the winners!

We will be contacting the winners via email.


Restore-A-Deck 2020 Wood and Deck Restoration Contest Details

  • All Restore-A-Deck Prep and Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain must be purchased first from this online eCommerce site (Restore-A-Deck.com) between January 1st - September 7th, 2020.
  • The Restore-A-Deck 3-Step Process must be used.

RAD Stain Steps

  • The deadline for entry is September 20th, 2020.
  • The winners will be decided by September 30th, 2020 by our team.

The RAD Contestant Winners will Receive

  • First Place = $500 + 5 Gallon Pail of RAD Stain of your choice!
  • Second Place = $250 + 2.5 Gallons of RAD Stain of your choice!
  • Third Place:= $100 + 1 Gallon of RAD Stain or 1 RAD Prep Kit of your choice!

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by September 20th, 2020.
  2. In the comment section below, post a short description of your deck/wood staining project, the Restore-A-Deck products used to prep, and the Restore-A-Deck Stain Color used. Was the Restore-A-Deck Stain applied the same day as the prep? Yes or No?
  3. Examples of wood projects that can be entered: Decks, Fences, Wood Side Homes, Log Cabins, etc.
  4. 1-2 pictures before the prep of the wood. You can still enter if you do not have the before pictures. 
  5. 1-2 pictures after the prep of the wood using the RAD Prepping Products. You can still enter if you do not have the after prep pictures. 
  6. 2 pictures after the staining using the Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain must be included.
  7. If having trouble uploading the pictures, please make your picture(s) size smaller (below 3 MB).

Any questions or issues posting, please ask in the comment area.

We look forward to all the entries!

*Disclaimer: All products must be purchased from Restore-A-Deck.com. The contest is not open to products purchased from other online dealers or from physical stores. All 3-Steps in the Restore-A-Deck system will need to be used to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place: Step 1: Restore-A-Deck Wood Cleaner or Restore-A-Deck Stain Stripper. Step 2: Restore-A-Deck Wood Brightener. Step 3: Restore-A-Deck Wood Stains.

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    William · 09/18/2020
    last one!
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    William · 09/18/2020
    shame on me for not reading the picture size requirement the first time!

    My deck is three years old and I hadn’t cleaned or stained it since it was built. What’s obvious to me now, and as you can see in the before pictures, is that it was filthy! And not only had I never stained this deck before, I had never stained ANY deck before. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it either. I almost bought a quick drying stain from the big orange store but decided to shop around after seeing its sub-par reviews. That’s when I found Restore-A-Deck. I ordered the Light Walnut Semi-Transparent Stain and Cleaner/Brightener Combo Kit. For a first time DIY stain project, I loved the convenience and simplicity of the clean/brighten/stain system. I couldn’t believe how much dirt came off when I used the cleaner and how gray and weathered the boards had become when applying the brightener. Then, using the RAD Wood Staining Brush made the application of the stain much easier than I anticipated. I loved that I was able to clean/prep and apply two coats of stain all in the same day and I couldn’t be happier with the result. My neighbor had just paid thousands to have his deck stained and I’m convinced that my first-time stain job looks better than his! Next up, I have a small section of privacy fencing that was built the same time as the deck to do.
    If you're apprehensive at all about tackling a staining project, don't be! Restore-A-Deck's products are affordable, easy to use, and do an amazing job.
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    William · 09/18/2020
    the rest of the pictures- hope they save this time!
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    William · 09/18/2020
    the rest of the pictures!
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    William · 09/18/2020
    My deck is three years old and I hadn’t cleaned or stained it since it was built. What’s obvious to me now, and as you can see in the before pictures, is that it was filthy! And not only had I never stained this deck before, I had never stained ANY deck before. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to it either. I almost bought a quick drying stain from the big orange store but decided to shop around after seeing its sub-par reviews. That’s when I found Restore-A-Deck. I ordered the Light Walnut Semi-Transparent Stain and Cleaner/Brightener Combo Kit. For a first time DIY stain project, I loved the convenience and simplicity of the clean/brighten/stain system. I couldn’t believe how much dirt came off when I used the cleaner and how gray and weathered the boards had become when applying the brightener. Then, using the RAD Wood Staining Brush made the application of the stain much easier than I anticipated. I loved that I was able to clean/prep and apply two coats of stain all in the same day and I couldn’t be happier with the result. My neighbor had just paid thousands to have his deck stained and I’m convinced that my first-time stain job looks better than his! Next up, I have a small section of privacy fencing that was built the same time as the deck to do.
    If you're apprehensive at all about tackling a staining project, don't be! Restore-A-Deck's products are affordable, easy to use, and do an amazing job.
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    3:4:5 C.A.R.E.S. · 09/18/2020
    Well I put it off long enough. It was finally time to tackle this project and I have to give kudos to Restore-A-Deck. This product exceeded expectations on every level. I'm a general contractor and used a number of different products and this really is next level. I've had so many people want to know what I used and where they can get it. My deck is huge (1500 sq ft) with a pool in the middle and in Georgia, so the it gets punished. I went with the light walnut semi transparent and have PT pine floors and cedar rails. This brought the deck to life and looking forward to years of enjoyment out of it. Even went further than advertised, so I have enough left over for a refresh coat next year. It's even English Mastiff Approved, and she's a pretty big critic :) Thank you Restore-A-Deck!
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    Jessica Rivera · 09/17/2020
    Our first home project after going into quarantine was to tackle our deck. We decided on the 3 step Restore-a-deck products. We used the cleaner, brightener and Walnut stain. The outcome gave us a beautiful place to spend these arduous months due to the Pandemic. Thank you Restore a deck for an easy to use and sustainable product and helping us to create an amazing outdoor space for our family to make lasting memories.♥️
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    Chris Hoelter · 09/14/2020
    This summer I committed to giving our cedar front porch and back deck some much needed TLC. After doing some research (blogs and you tube) I discovered the Restore-A-Deck products and ordered a restore kit. Our back deck was the oldest and gets a lot of sun and rain, I had to replace a number of boards with new wood, waiting to stain those after they season for a few months. I have included pictures of the front porch - before, after brightener, and after staining. The results were fantastic.
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      Chris Hoelter · 09/18/2020
      The stain used was the semi-transparent Cedar stain.
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    Edward Gilreath · 09/13/2020
    Our deck is approximately 15 years old and hadn’t been treated in about 10 years. I tore out two benches and used some of the good boards to replace some bad deck boards. We used the cleaner, brightener, and cedar toned semi-transparent stain. Each step took a separate day due to the size and weather conditions. I’ve worked with a few different products over the years between this deck and my parents deck and this is without a doubt the BEST and EASIEST product we’ve used. Project was completed back in April/May and still looks the same.
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    Lesley G · 09/13/2020
    My deck is 20 years old and had orange stain. We think it was semi-transparent but aren’t sure. We used the stripper and booster then brightener over the course of two very long days, 22 working hours! Then had to take a few days off due to weather. Stained with dark walnut using a pump sprayed and deck brush (back brushed) over the next few days. We are very pleased with the results.
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    Denise Creedon · 09/09/2020
    Before picture. I hope it loads this time.
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      RAD Products · 09/09/2020
      The picture has to be less than 3 mb.
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    Denise C · 09/07/2020
    before picture
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    Denise Creedon · 09/07/2020
    Forgot to post before picture
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    Denise Creedon · 09/07/2020
    My deck is twenty years old and has not been stained in three or four years. The last product I used failed miserably. I wanted to change the look of the deck by making it a two-toned deck. I did a little research to find a product to strip the deck and came across your products. I was a bit concerned that the stripper would not strip the stain since it is a semi-solid stain but thought I would give it a try. The first application of the stripper removed 90% of the stain. I applied a second application of the stripper and the rest of the stain was removed. I was amazed at how well the product worked. I was so easy. Since I was using the solid white stain on the spindles and vertical railings all I needed to do was power wash and brighten those sections. It took me two days one weekend and about an hour and a half the second weekend to complete the process. I needed to stain sixty-eight spindles with two coats of white. (That took a while) I used restore a deck stain stripper, deck brightener, the classic white solid stain on the verticals and the semi-transparent light walnut for the floorboards and horizontal railings. I am so happy with the results and I have received so many compliments on the new look.
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    Chris Shamburg · 09/07/2020
    Our deck is 25 years old and hadn't been cleaned and re-stained in at least 15 years. I started by pressure washing and then tried a few different products. Then I found Restore-a-Deck. I used the Stripper, gel, and booster additives and was amazed at how good that old wood could look. After the Brigtener, many that looked at it thought that we had replaced the wood. We had to invite people to take a closer look and see that the weather and wear of the years was still there, it was just clean. I used Dark Walnut stain and with the help of my daughter it took about 40 hours over 2 weekends to complete the job. We are very pleased with the overall results.
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    Lindsey Clement · 09/06/2020
    I meant to post this picture instead of one of the others, your products saved our porch, thank you!
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    Lindsey Clement · 09/06/2020
    We are SO excited! RAD transformed our 100-year-old front porch into a true antique gem. We utilised the cleaner, brightener and two coats of Light Walnut semi-transparent stain in one day. It was easy to follow the instructions and we are very pleased with the outcome. We plan to use Restore-a-deck products for years to come. Thank you!!!!
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    Family Force 6 · 09/02/2020
    Our house had an old deck with an non-functioning hot tub. The deck had 2 coats of solid stain and was in rough shape. We pulled the deck boards and the hot tub and took them to dump. I shored up the existing framing and removed the bench and hand rails to reuse.
    -We installed new western red cedar deck boards in the fall of 2019 and let them dry out over the winter.
    -Applied RAD cleaner and rinsed with garden hose
    -Applied RAD brightner and rinsed with garden hose
    -Applied RAD Natural Semi-transparent on slightly damp deck boards, followed by a second coat.

    I used a hand power planer to strip the solid stain off the hand rails and bench boards (which were redwood) and reused them on the deck. Despite being a different type of wood (and 15 years older!) the natural stain made them match great. Also being able to apply the stain the same day as the cleaner made this a nice 1 day project.
    I even had enough RAD stain to use on my homemade patio table!
    I'm very happy with the coverage and look of my RAD deck. I certainly would recommend RAD products to my friends and family.
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    brianq · 09/01/2020
    I purchased a home with a deck that hadn't been maintained for 10+ years. After some research I settled on trying the RAD process. RAD Stripper, then the Brightener on day 1, and then applied RAD semi-transparent Light Walnut stain the next day with a staining pad. I'm very impressed with its effectiveness.

    Step 1. (Day 1) Power washed lightly with just water to get large chunks of moss off (may have been overkill, but the amount of moss/mildew seemed excessive)
    Step 2. (Day 1) Applied RAD Stripper, and power washed.
    Step 3. (Day 1) Applied RAD Brightener and rinsed thoroughly with power washer.
    Step 4. (Day 2) Applied RAD Light Walnut stain with staining pad -- one coat on vertical surfaces and two coats on the horizontal surfaces. I lightly rinsed deck first so that the stain was applied to a slightly damp deck.

    Photos 1-2 are the before.
    Photos 3-4 are after stripping and brightening
    Photos 5-6 are after staining
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    Matt · 09/01/2020
    Used RAD Stain Stripper with booster and thickening gel additives, RAD Wood Brightener, and RAD Solid Wood Stain in Espresso. Love these products and the new dark color is great!
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    Howard Rubenstein · 09/01/2020
    I used Restore-A-Deck 3 step cleaner, brightener & semi-transparent dark walnut stain in June 2020. These 3 steps were all done on separate days over 2 or 3 weekends. I uploaded 2 before pictures and 2 pictures from each step including after pictures of the finished deck.
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      Howard Rubenstein · 09/02/2020
      This is a 27 year old deck that had not been stained or water proofed in over 10 years! I replaced some bad board in 2014 with the intent of staining the deck then. However, that didn't happen & I have been reminded of it every time I stepped onto the deck. Since it's a 2 story deck, it was very time consuming, especially the outside wood and spindles since those had to be done on a ladder. We did 1 coat on the spindles and outside wood. The floor boards took 2 coats. We are so happy with the deck and enjoy going out there and sitting on it now! The RAD product was great to use. No noxious odor! The stain is runny since it's water based but that makes clean up easier and it's a great product. The cleaner and brightener worked great too. We definitely will use again and recommend the RAD products!
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    Allison Shamblin · 08/29/2020
    Here are 2 other pictures of our deck. It wouldn’t let me upload in the original post.
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    Allison Shamblin · 08/29/2020
    We recently purchased a log cabin in Lake Lure, NC. The deck is a large wrap around deck and had years of oil and grease stains and wear and tear. We were amazed how easy Restore A Deck was to use.

    we used Restore A Deck stripper, brightened and semi transparent Cedar stain. We had pressure treated pine which was a mess. The stripper was incredibly easy to apply and worked well in one coat. The stain makes the deck look brand new.
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    Rob T · 08/23/2020
    I'm having trouble uploading more than 3 photos... is it a total of 3 mb for all attached photos? Can you delete my attempts so I can try again? Thanks!!!!!
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    Rob T · 08/23/2020
    Reposting this with re-sized photos:

    My 92 yo father and I cleaned and stained my sister's 20+ yr old, 5 x 14 ft. pressure treated deck last Thursday. We used RAD Cleaner, Brightener, and Light Walnut semi-transparent stain.

    The first two photos show the deck before applying RAD cleaner and brightener. (We had cleaned the deck about 8 weeks ago using another product and power washer before we learned about RAD). You can see several boards that were extremely dark even after using a bleach-based product (not recommended).

    We applied the RAD products all in one day. Ended up applying cleaner twice because it didn't seem to foam much the first time. Our deck is shaded and we figured it was too wet after a light power-washing even though we'd swept it off and there was no standing water. We toweled off the excess water before a repeat application of cleaner. It foamed up much better the second time. Then we applied the brightener after rinsing off the cleaner as per instructions.

    The second pair of photos show the deck after cleaning and brightening. I wasn't sure we'd done things right until the boards started drying. Then the brightener's effect showed through. It's amazing!

    Two hours later we started staining with the four-inch Wooster brush and small sponge-sized staining pads for the spindles. The brush held too much stain for our short boards and next time we'll try the floor mop style pad.

    The deck looks great! We're very happy with the RAD products so far! I love the easy and excellent customer support on this website. Thank you!!!!
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    Rob T · 08/23/2020
    For some reason all the photos didn't upload with the original post:
    108 + 110= before RAD
    118 +119 = after RAD cleaner and brightener
    126, 128, 148 = after staining with RAD semi-transparent light walnut.
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    Rob T · 08/23/2020
    My 92 yo father and I cleaned and stained my sister's 20+ yr old, 5 x 14 ft. pressure treated deck last Thursday. We used RAD Cleaner, Brightener, and Light Walnut semi-transparent stain.

    The first two photos show the deck before applying RAD cleaner and brightener. (We had cleaned the deck about 8 weeks ago using another product and power washer before we learned about RAD). You can see several boards that were extremely dark even after using a bleach-based product (not recommended).

    We applied the RAD products all in one day. Ended up applying cleaner twice because it didn't seem to foam much the first time. Our deck is shaded and we figured it was too wet after a light powerwashing even though we'd swept it off and there was no standing water. We toweled off the excess water before a repeat application of cleaner. It foamed up much better the second time. Then we applied the brightener after rinsing off the cleaner as per instructions.

    The second pair of photos show the deck after cleaning and brightening. I wasn't sure we'd done things right until the boards started drying. Then the brightener's effect showed through. It's amazing!

    Two hours later we started staining with the four-inch Wooster brush and small sponge-sized staining pads for the spindles. The brush held too much stain for our short boards and next time we'll try the floor mop style pad.

    The deck looks great! We're very happy with the RAD products so far! I love the easy and excellent customer support on this website. Thank you!!!!
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    Joe · 08/20/2020
    I had been putting off staining our new built deck since 2017, mainly due to the poor reviews I had read on most products to stain and seal. However, after 3 years of pressure treated wood sitting in the elements, something needed to be done! After a lot of research on products that were available to me locally, I decided to expand the options to other options. I continued to see great reviews on Restore-A-Deck products and decided on the cedar tone semi-transparent stain and cleaner/brightener system. I love the results!


    I took one day to clean and brighten the deck, then stained the deck the next day. The cleaner and brightener really transformed the deck, even before the stain was applied! My wife and I love the cedar color and will get some more stain for other wood features that are present on the property
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    Perry · 08/19/2020
    1. New deck seasoned for 3 months


    2. RAD Prep: Cleaner and Brightener, with a pressure washer.


    3. RAD Stain: Semi-transparent Dark Walnut. Used the Deck brush for application which resulted in quick application, great coverage, and even applied stain into space between deck boards.
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    Logan · 08/17/2020
    Finally decided to tackle our two 20-year old decks this summer, which was a very time-consuming and daunting project but turned out fantastic thanks to Restore-A-Deck products. I've used other cleaning products in the past and they pale in comparison. The decks were previously stained with a solid or semi-solid grey stain (hard to tell in places), hadn't been touched in who knows how long and covered in mildew. It was in serious need of being refinished.

    Specs:
    1. Two-story decks with a combined area of 885 sq. feet, 329 spindles, 4 gates, and 2 staircases. The spindles were by far the most time-consuming part.

    2. RAD Prep: Cleaner, Stripper, both Stripper Additives, and Brightener, with a pressure washer. Some areas weren't stained by the previous homeowner, so I used RAD Cleaner there. Needed multiple treatments with the Stripper to remove the solid stain in some places, but thankfully I didn't need to sand the floorboards. The Stripper is AWESOME!

    3. RAD Stain: Semi-transparent Natural. Two coats on horizontal wood, one coat on vertical. Did not stain the same day as prep due to the size and complexity of the project (and the constant threat of afternoon Summer showers). I'm very happy with the Natural stain and how it accentuates the wood grain of the deck.

    Thank you so much, RAD. Our decks are the focal point of our mountain home and you've helped make them look brand new. Before I used to just sit out there and think about how bad it looked, but I now cherish my time out on the deck.