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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    Lydia Rex · 08/15/2020
    We stained our large deck using the three step RAD process in April. It turned out great! We could have prepped and stained the same day but decided to split the process between two days. We will definitely use these products again!
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    Brynn Rodger · 08/13/2020
    We undertook our MASSIVE bi-level deck project in May 2020! Two levels, 3 sets of stairs, 201 spindles!! But thanks to the AMAZING products from Restore-A-Deck, the process was easier than expected!
    **Restore-A-Deck Products used were: Cleaner/Brightener Combo Kit and (2) 5-gallon orders of Semi-Transparent Dark Walnut Wood Stain
    **Due to the massive size of our deck, the entire process took 2 weeks:
    - Week 1: Power-washed
    - Week 2: Used the Cleaner & Brightener Products (both on the same day); Used the Dark Walnut Stain the next day; Painted wood spindles/trim after stain was complete
    We are EXTREMELY happy/proud of our finished deck(s), and it's all thanks to the Restore-A-Deck products!! Pricing was competitive! Shipping was fast! Customer Service was great! Products are easy to use and of STAR-QUALITY!! Thank You so much Restore-A-Deck! We will only use your products from now on!
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    Norm · 08/13/2020
    I have an older deck with several coats of Cabot solid stain. Applied stripper with booster additive and thickening gel, Then brightener. Had to do a little sanding. Applied Coastal Gray solid stain to the decking surface and Classic White to the railing and balusters. I like the 2 tone look. Happy with the outcome. Some photos attached.
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      Lydia Rex · 08/15/2020
      We used the light walnut semi transparent stain!
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    Joshua Brooks · 08/08/2020
    We stained our year old deck with a Thompson’s semi-transparent and after only a year, the stain was peeling and looked awful. We hit the deck with the stripper w/ booster additive and then the brightener. After that, we did a light sand with 80 grit to remove any feathering. Once prep work was done, we went with the restore a deck semi trans natural stain and we couldn’t be happier. Here are the before and after pics as well as one that shows the prepped wood on the stairs prior to staining.
    i can’t recommend this product enough. Thank you for bringing our deck back to life
    -Josh Brooks
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    Steve Pratt · 08/04/2020
    Here is a Before/After. 12 year old Port Orford Cedar Deck. Used Restore-A-Deck Stripper. Sanded with 60 grit. Used Restore-A-Deck Brightener. Stained with Messmers (Natural Redwood) UV Pro.

    Thanks again,
    Steve Pratt
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    Jen · 08/03/2020
    Strip, Brighten, and Stain
    Restore-A-Deck Light Walnut, Semi-Transparent

    I purchased my home a couple of years ago and finally got around to taking care of the deck. I spent one day cleaning and brightening, and then about two full days applying the stain. I think it turned out great!
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    Steve Weberman · 07/29/2020
    Our deck was looking rough when we bought the house in Royal Oak, Michigan in 2016. The home inspector figured it must be at least 10 - 15 years old. The rails and spindles were painted a dark brown and the floor was mostly grey with many areas showing green mold. I underestimated how much work this project was between the lower deck (about 300 square feet), the top deck (about 150 square feet), and the underside of the top deck. It took us 2 days to power wash, apply RAD stripper and RAD brightener. A full third day was spent staining using RAD semi-transparent Light Walnut stain.

    The first step was replacing all the handrails with new wood. Then I carefully used a 1,500 PSI pressure washer to peel off layers of paint, old stain, and mold. The power washer did a decent job but there was plenty of stain and paint that I missed. The next step was the RAD Stripper. Directions were very easy and I included the Booster Additive as well as the Thickening agent. Mixed 2-gallon batches in a bucket and transferred to a pump sprayer. This is where following the directions is the key to success. After spraying the Stripper in sections of the deck, I waited a full 20 minutes while frequently misting with the hose. Have to keep it wet. It was full sun and started drying quickly but every time I misted, you could see the stripper foaming and oxidizing. The thickening gel definitely helped the stripper stick to the vertical boards and underside. Then I scrubbed the area with a stiff bristle brush and watched the old paint and stain coming off with just a little bit of elbow grease. The last step was to rinse with the power washer and then start spraying the Stripper in the next section.

    Immediately after the Stripper was rinsed and dried, we sprayed on the RAD Brightener. After waiting 10 minutes the section was rinsed with the power washer. You can see the results in the picture when the RAD Stripper and Brightener was completed. In some spots, the new wood on the handrail looks the same as the old wood. We lightly sanded all the wood with an orbital sander to finish the day.

    Started staining early the next morning and moved slowly with 3” brushes for the vertical surfaces while using a staining pad for the floor. As the RAD stain instructions specified, we applied one coat to vertical surfaces and two coats to the floor using the wet on wet staining method. Be careful with drips and make sure to apply an even amount.

    The stain has a rich and deep color to it while also bringing out the wood grain. We were very, very impressed with how the RAD Stripper removed everything from the old wood and made it look new. I was doubtful that the RAD Brightener would do much more but it was noticeably brighter and fresher afterward. We have received many compliments from friends and neighbors. I would highly recommend RAD Stripper, Brightener, and Stain if you want to make an old deck look new again and all for less than $400!
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    David · 07/24/2020
    And I missed the 'Brightened' Picture...
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    David · 07/24/2020
    We bought our Tahoe house two years ago. The 450 sqft deck was heavily weathered when we bought the house, with large patches of gray weathered wood with no stain; it was clear the deck hadn't been cared for in years. We are at 6800' and the deck regularly has 5-6' of snow on it in the winter and bakes with south-facing sun in the summers. We finally decided we better take care of the deck this year before it sustains irreparable damage.

    First we used RAD Stripper with gel and boost and a power washer, which did a great job of removing most all the old stain (Sherwin Williams Deckscapes I think). Stripping/washing took ~6 hours. Then the next day we did a very light sand, followed by RAD Brightener, which I think took 3 hours, mostly sanding time. We sanded because years of unprotected exposure to Tahoe weather combined with my aggressive use of the power washer caused a light fuzz on the wood, which I wasn't happy with.

    We had to wait a three days because of the threat of afternoon thundershowers, but finally stained the whole deck using RAD dark walnut and stain pads, which took 10 hours. Most of the staining time went to the all-wood railing with balusters every 6"!!

    We are very happy with the results.
    I cannot imagine having to fully prep with a sander! It was our first time staining a deck, and other than the shear volume and tediousness of the railing work, it was not that hard. With better planning and organization I could do all the prep in one day and the staining the next day. And when I do have to replace the deck I'm going with a different railing design!
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    Eric Inman · 07/19/2020
    More, (correct) pictures.
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    Eric Inman · 07/17/2020
    A couple pics are wrong! Like the one with pistol!
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    Eric Inman · 07/17/2020
    When we bought it, the huge, 15 yo, 3 level deck on our North Texas 'getaway' home was severely faded, with most of the ugly, yellowish solid stain faded and corroded.

    My wife and I presurewashed, used RAD Strip, RAD Brightener, and RAD Semi-transparent Cedar stain. We did the Brightening and RAD Staining on the same day/s. We did the deck/s on June 6, and June 26, 2020. The results are exceptional!

    I never measured the square footage, but we used 15 gallons of stain.
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    Xavier · 07/16/2020
    In October 2018, I purchased a brand new tiny home on wheels (THOW). Exterior is cedar siding which was originally stained with Messmer's semi-transparent natural stain. That fall and winter as well as the fall and winter of 2019, the SF Bay Area, CA saw lots of rainfall. The tiny is also positioned in direct sunlight! So, the Messmer's stain did not hold up at all as you'll see in the before pics. After getting quoted $5000 for a professional job, I did a bit of research and landed on the RAD system. Applied the RAD cleaner and RAD brightener with a pump sprayer. Power washed the south side, then realized I didn't need all that power since the RAD cleaner is so strong. So stuck with a regular garden hose after that. Then applied the RAD semi-transparent cedar stain using brush application, 2 coats. That's right - I hand-brushed my entire tiny home (which is around 830 sq feet). I did that because given the amount of rain and sun damage I was working with, need to make sure the wood absorbed as much of the stain as possible. All in all, I ended up using about 3.5 gallons of the stain, 2 packages of cleaner and 1 package of brightener. I used more cleaner than brightener bc sometimes I was cleaning in direct sunlight and used the cleaner to keep the surface wet. For most sides of the house, I stained a couple of hours after the brightener went down. For one side, there was a 2 week gap between the cleaning/brightening and the actual staining due to running out of supplies. The result is not perfect since I am not a professional painter, but I think it adds to the rustic charm and I think it looks great. Thanks RAD for helping me save over $4000!
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    Lauren · 07/16/2020
    We moved into a home with a 300 sq. foot deck that hadn't been touched in who knows how long--years and years and years. There was some evidence of an old red stain on vertical surfaces, so we used the RAD stripper (next time we will get the additive if needed) and the RAD brightener with a pump sprayer followed by a pressure washer. Made the deck look much better and took off all of the residue that was left over with the exception of a few small patches of old stain. We sanded those and we were on our way. The prep products did not damage any nearby foliage as promised. The prep process took a full day for us because although the deck is small we have a lot of vertical surfaces to work with. The following day we wet the deck again and used the RAD Semi transparent Dark Walnut stain. The deck took about 6 gallons. The stain itself went on easily and clean up was smooth. We applied the stain on horizontal surfaces with a large deck brush (definitely the best way in my opinion as a stain pad was not working well!) It revived the look of our old, dry deck and my family thought we had put in new boards! It has been about 2 months and it still looks great. Hopefully it holds up well over the winter but whenever we need to reapply the process should be a lot smoother being that we won't have to deal with old stain of another brand :) Please excuse the footprints on the finish on the steps in the after photos....the ground was still muddy after the prep process and we clearly used the steps quite a bit after the finish was complete!
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    TomZ · 07/01/2020
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    TomZ · 07/01/2020
    Strip, Brighten, and Stain
    Restore-A-Deck Light Walnut, Semi-Transparent
    Completion: 1.5 days

    I have about 750 square feet of deck and stairs that had been neglected for about 5 years. I started on the project by doing a light pressure washing on the surface to remove the years of grime and muck. The deck had previously been stained with Behr semi-transparent oil-based stain, so I started with the RAD stripper, followed by the RAD Brightener. I was doing this job myself and didn't want to spend a lot of time continually pumping my garden sprayer, I purchased a Ryobi battery powered garden sprayer to apply the stripper and brightener. It definitely saved me a lot of time and energy, and I highly recommend you use either a powered sprayer or a backpack sprayer with a piston pump. The RAD stripper was followed by a pressure washing to remove the remainder of the embedded gunk, and brightener was applied. The products did their work, and my deck was clean of old stain when I was completed.

    As I was getting ready to apply the stain, a rain storm blew in. Weather.com called for no rain until after 9 p.m. the following evening, so I decided to wait until the following day to stain. The next morning two coats of RAD light walnut stain was applied wet on wet using the RAD deck brush - great product and made the staining process move along quickly. Also, the Wooster Wide Boy bucket made the brush dipping easy. I also used a Woodmates Flex Core stain applicator for my 6x6 support posts and for staining the deck under my railings - great on vertical surfaces and low clearance areas.

    The deck was looking great and everything was going well until weather.com got it wrong once again. After drying for about three hours, the sky opened up and we got about 30 minutes of a heavy, hard rain. I was keeping my fingers crossed that the deck had dried enough to survive the drenching. The next morning I mopped off the standing water and let the sun bake the deck. The RAD stain had survived and the deck came out looking great!

    Completing a 750 square foot project in a single day is possible for one person, but it will be a lot of work. At 70 years of age, I'll take a great completed project in 1.5 days!
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    Clayton Meyers · 06/27/2020
    So my deck is a little more than 500SqFt. Much larger than a 2 or 3 day job to clean strip, brighten and stain. I used the 5 gallon Natural Stain Kit. With the Stripper and Brightener. First I power washed the entire deck top to bottom. Then I Used the stripper, I didn't think this would do more than the power washing did but to my surprise A LOT of old stain rushed out of the wood. I used a tank sprayer to apply it let it soak for about 20 minutes and then used the power washer again to rinse it. The wood looked almost new after this step. The brightener was my next step. This seemed to work better than I expected also. The wood looked new and super clean when I was done.

    The staining took me a couple of days by itself. With such a large deck there a LOT of spindles. I used a brush for the spindles to avoid the overspray from a pressure sprayer. Once the spindles were done I used the tank sprayer to finshe the floor boards and large paint brush to give it an even distribution. This went much faster. 5 Gallons of stain was not enough for my deck and I had to order a sixth gallon. I was able to finish it off after waiting about a week for the last gallon to come in. (COVID delays)

    If you are wondering just what kind of difference the stripper and brightener make. Look at the 3 railing sections directly over the pool in my pictures. I didn't want the chemicals dripping in to the pool so I skipped applying the stripper and brightener to these 3 sections. It is very noticeable and they look dirtier and older than the rest of the deck. They don't look bad by any means but they do stand out. In hind sight I should have put up a barrier to keep the chemicals from dripping into the pool and sprayed them anyway. Next time I guess.

    One more point, before I restored my deck I had to replace the stairs. They were cracking and starting to fall apart. I did not use the stripper or brighter or cleaner on the stairs, I just put the stain directly on the new wood. Again to my surprise the stain matched the rest of the deck beautifully even when applied to fresh pressure treated lumber.

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    April Carr · 06/23/2020
    We moved into a new home in June of 2019 and we immediately put "refinishing the deck" on our to-do list. After doing some research I started to notice Restore A Deck coming up over and over with glowing reviews. I decided to order the three step kit as well as five extra gallons to make sure I could definitely do two coats. I ended up using seven gallons total. In the end I could not believe the results. The pictures truly don't do justice for how beautiful the color is in person. Not only was I able to do this project entirely by myself but I did it in one day! I was completely shocked at how well the stripper and brightener worked. The wood looked brand new. I have had several neighbors stop by to complement the final results. Restore A Deck is the ONLY company we will buy from in the future when staining our deck.

    Project: Strip, Brighten and Stain 700sqft deck.
    Products Used: Restore A Deck Semi-Transparent Wood Stain 5 Gallons Stripper/Brightener Combo Kit
    Color: Dark Walnut
    Project Time: Completed in one day. (Took roughly 15 hours from start to finish)
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    Virginia McKinnon · 06/23/2020
    I finished our large deck, solo AND inexperienced in two days thanks to Restore a Deck!I’m so pleased with the results, I don’t believe a professional could have done much better!
    We purchased our lake home three years ago. The deck had not been sealed in at least 15 yrs. Mold and mildew was a constant, nasty battle. It was in such bad shape I was hesitant and overwhelmed with tackling the project. I tried many cleaners and nothing worked well enough to apply a stain. I knew there had to be an easier way or better products out there. After researching online, I came across Restore a Deck. I read many wonderful reviews and decided to order the three part 5 gallon system.(Cleaner, brightener and natural stain combo). It seemed like a value considering it was the same price as other highly rated stains alone. I was amazed how the cleaner removed the gray, sun damaged areas so easily. No scrubbing just apply, wait a bit and power wash in one pass! (I found it easiest to apply the cleaner with a rag mop and it didn’t waste much product) I cleaned and brightened in one day and stained the next. The stain really soaks in and was super easy to apply. (Order the stain brush head, it’s amazing) It turned out to be an EXTREME value bc the products go such a long way. I was hoping to have enough left over to do our dock as well and I do! So for $250 I will accomplish both! Also, clean up is super easy and none of my plants were harmed.
    I had many questions not having done this before and they were extremely quick with responses.
    I’ll never use other products again! You just can’t beat the results, customer service and price! Thank you Restore a Deck, you have a customer for life!
    Virginia McKinnon
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    William E Gonce · 06/22/2020
    Could not upload remaining photos or delete the one posted in error
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      RAD Products · 06/23/2020
      Photos have to be under 3mb in size to be uploaded.
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    William E Gonce · 06/22/2020
    Deck Repair
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    William E Gonce · 06/22/2020
    Photos out of order and one added in error. Can’t figure out how to edit to label or remove the one posted in error. Below are repair, after stripping, after brightening and finished stain.
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    William E Gonce · 06/22/2020
    Bill 6/22/20
    Our addition and deck was built in 2004 to complement the pool for outdoor entertainment. The deck is large, 3 levels and traverses the length of the back of the house. It had previously been stained with a Benjamin Moore product by a contractor the last time about 7 years ago. With the new found time at home because of the pandemic, we did the research and decided to tackle the project ourselves. We calculated the square footage of deck, stair cases, handrails and spindles with the restore-a-deck calculator and it came in just over 2200sf. We ordered the recommended quantities of stripper, brighter and stain (Cedar) as well as the sprayer and brushes and got to work. We spent a full weekend pressure washing entire deck to get the green growth off. We needed to replace a few of the deck boards because of splintering which were a hazard to bare feet ... that was weekend two. It took us the 3rd weekend to strip And pressure wash again the entire deck which made a huge difference in the deck appearance. The brighter step was the easiest and went fairly quickly ... it took us 1 full day to apply and thoroughly rinse. Finally we got to the staining step within 5 days of the brighter ... it took a full day to do the handrails, spindles and steps and another day and a half to apply two coats of the stain to the decking. We understand that we should have waited for the replacement deck boards to weather but that was not in the timeline. We could not be more pleased with the results and even though it was a lot of work, it was worth what we figured to be about a $3k savings from what the contractor cost would have been. By
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    Joan · 06/15/2020
    In the summer of 1969 a young, new homeowner decided to take on his very first woodworking project for his wife by making her a picnic set for 12 to entertain family. The challenge was, up until then he only worked on car engines, built scale model airplanes from hunks of wood and even designed and built a flying saucer out of balsa wood (it worked; story for another day).

    Built of solid redwood, the 90”x 35” table, accompanied by 2 benches, 2 side stools and 3 side tables took months to complete; in time for their first family picnic. Fast forward 50 years later, Dad died in November (2019) and I inherited the picnic set. It was in excellent condition structurally; it just needed a refresh.

    That’s where RAD comes in.

    Mom wanted to change the set from the traditional, tired-looking redwood stain to gray but we didn’t know which products on the market were suitable for our project. We looked everywhere on websites, spoke to pros, and even corresponded with RAD on your Q&A page. After much consideration, we decided on RAD and selected your Coastal Gray Solid Stain.

    Over the Memorial Day Weekend, Mom (77 years-old) and I went to work. Prep consisted of cleaning, power washing, sanding and staining two coats of solid stain on each piece. Not a small task. We completed the four benches and three side tables for seating in one day and the main picnic table the following day.

    Application of RAD Solid Stain was a pleasure. The self-leveling stain went on even, smooth and dried to a beautiful, soft gray. Exactly what my Mom envisioned.

    This picnic set is a representation of Dad’s legacy—his many talents, his love for entertaining family and friends, years of fun and laughter sitting around the table with his children and grandchildren, and his everlasting love for his wife (and my Mom).

    Mom wanted to preserve that legacy for 50 more years and thanks to RAD’s Solid Stain product, I am hopeful Mom’s wishes will be realized.

    In honor of all the amazing fathers here and in our memory, Happy Father’s Day.
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    Mathew · 06/10/2020
    Not all photos uploaded, here are the rest:
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    Mathew · 06/10/2020
    I had stained my deck in early may with a product from Home Depot that claimed to turn your deck into a nice grey colour. It turned out to be terrible. I spent hours online over the course of a week to try and find the best stain and I landed upon Restore a deck. I purchased RAD stripper, brightener and the dark walnut stain. The pictures of the finished product don’t do it justice. This deck is 6.5 years old, pressure treated wood and I had to sand off the prior wood treatment. After waiting 2 weeks from sanding (80 grit) I finally had some clear weather here in Edmonton. I started the prep with RAD stripper at 8am and was finished staining by 1:30pm. The deck is 10x18. I couldn’t be happier with the result. It even rained at 6pm, (this wasn’t in the forecast and it rained hard for 5 minutes, soaked the deck) 4.5 hours after I finished staining. The rain didn’t have an effect on the finish, the RAD product is the best I’ve used, thank you! 3 photos of the deck prior to any product, 2 photos of the stripper, 2 of the brightener, 1 pre stain and finally 2 post stain photos for anyone looking to buy this Stuff I hope this helps.
    - Mathew
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    Ethan · 06/01/2020
    My wife and I bought a small cottage on a lake and the deck had never seen much love. Just the two of us, we used RAD cleaner, brightener, and light walnut stain. We intended to do it all in a day, but the prep work nearly killed us! We had more work to do than we thought, but we managed to do all the prep in one day. Weather conditions spread the actual staining out over a few days, but we couldn't be happier with the results. We are confident we never would have had the same results if we had hired someone to refinish the deck. All the neighbors are jealous!
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      Ethan · 06/05/2020
      Sorry I forgot to say! Yes, the RAD expert is correct. It is light walnut.
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      Kristen A · 06/05/2020
      What color is this stain?
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    David Kenney · 05/29/2020
    Wife and I completed staining our deck that I built last April (2019). We are very pleased on how it turned out.
    Products used:
    1. RAD Cleaner
    2. RAD Brightener
    3. RAD Cedar Semi- Transparent Stain.
    4. Did all the cleaning one day and the next morning we applied two coats of stain.
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    Krysten Jenkins · 05/28/2020
    (It only let me post 2 pictures on my last comment, so here are the After pictures!)
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    Krysten Jenkins · 05/28/2020
    Thanks to the pandemic, we’ve been getting to enjoy more days and evenings at home. With two toddler boys, we’ve spent a lot of time in the back yard watching them play. We have a (mostly) covered deck that looked pretty rough when we moved in a few years ago, and now we finally had time to re-do it! I had power washed it in April because I was tired of it getting really slippery when it was wet, but then read a lot of reviews about RAD products and decided to give it a try. It shipped quickly, despite the pandemic. We set aside May 20th to get the project done. We used the RAD Cleaner and Brightener as directed, then applied two coats of the Light Walnut stain. It was a simple process and took from about 9am to 3:30pm to complete the entire project. We are so pleased with the results (and even more pleased it was such a quick process)! The wood really came back to life with the prep, and the stain made it feel like it was new. I love getting to sit out there now and enjoy all my time with the boys rather than being annoyed with the ugly old deck. We are so happy we found RAD!