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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    Linda Massi · 05/28/2020
    Adding Step 2 Brightener picture. Did a great job.
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    Linda Massi · 05/28/2020
    My project was on 18 month new untreated pine replacement front stairs in beach environment. It was a big project for me and done over multiple days. Each Restore A Deck step was done over different days due to rain delays. I use 2 stain colors - Light Walnut and Opaque White. The Light Walnut needed to match the front porch stain applied in 2018 on very old wood. very happy with the color match! Step 1 was sprayed on with pump sprayer and removed with a pressure washer. 4 days past before Step 2 Brightener could be applied due to rain but it really was worth the step and worked well. I started Light Walnut stain on vertical area stair sides and piers first and the the steps as my last step. I applied the White Opaque stain after the walnut verticals. I am a 66 year old woman so anyone can use the Restore a Deck products!
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    Lisette Barton · 05/27/2020
    We bought an older home on the water that was then nearly destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. We rebuild the entire backyard, restored the old decks which were never stained in the past, and stained/sealed the new wood decking, dock, retaining wall, and fencing. It is absolutely beautiful! We are asked all the time about which product we used and how it was applied. We had a friend tell us about Restore-A-Deck and after researching many other products, we elected to use the Restore-A-Deck Cleaner, Brightener, and Natural Semitransparent Stain. We used the products on the same day and applied to a damp surface.
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    Crystal Baker · 05/25/2020
    Light walnut semi transparent
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    Crystal · 05/25/2020
    Our deck and pool are 28 years old, but the pressure treated deck boards were replaced in 2013. It sees full sun until early evening and this deck is used daily for 8 months of the year. I stained 3 years ago with Pittsburgh Ultra Advanced deck stain in semi transparent grey, although there was nothing "ultra" or "advanced" about it because it was the worst product we had used since building our deck in 1992. It began to wear off within the same summer. When I began this spring, very little stain remained and I power washed the remainder off before beginning the search for a new product and deciding on RAD. This is a big job, and products that don't perform well anger me. Huge loss of time and money. I applied RAD cleaner and brightener with a sprayer, and followed the next day with the semi transparent stain in light walnut using the brush. We are thrilled with the color, and I was impressed with the application of wet-on-wet and the use of the deck brush. Many people have asked where I purchased this stain. We think it's beautiful, and I'm very hopeful that it wears well. We are staining our daughter and son-in-law's next with the same product!
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    Justin · 05/24/2020
    Note: Prior to stripping and brightening - the porch was heavily grayed and some areas (steps and front 2 porch boards) were heavily covered in surface algae. Stripper knocked those out fast combined with that of a scrub brush and power washing. Heavily recommend one of those circular 10-12" surface cleaning attachments for your power washer - our surface cleaning attachment was the Ryobi from Homedepot.
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    Justin · 05/24/2020
    Bought our home in 2018, Ipe deck is 100% covered and exposed to indirect sunlight (angled sunlight from porch awning). The prior product we believe was a semi-transparent Ipe oil with a UV sealer, I went back and forth on whether to do Ipe oil or just some UV clear coat but we didn't want to risk it not really knowing what was the basis of the stain.

    Now that we have RAD Semi-Transparent Stain (Light Walnut) on our porch, we know what we can do in the future - reapply or modify as needed. Products used were the RAD Stripper (when in doubt, strip it), RAD brightener, Defy stain brush (basically a car wash brush), and a flat 3" brush for the hard to reach areas and for starting the boards near the end pieces - I will be honest that the stripper felt more effective than the brightener but with our porch being Ipe - after stripping there probably wasn't much to remove and correct.

    For hardwoods, like Ipe and Ironwood etc - I would highly suggest to get no darker stain than the Light Walnut... not sure if the Cedar would be a good option but all in all the Light Walnut is what RAD reps were stating is the traditional choice with an Ipe deck.

    I wonder if using a UV clear sealer over top of a cured RAD semi-transparent would be beneficial? I know I can only generally expect +/- 1 year or so on Ipe so I wonder if a natural/clear UV would help extend to 2-3 years?
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      RAD Products · 05/24/2020
      You cannot add a coating over the top of a deck stain. It will peel.
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        Justin · 05/24/2020
        Understood, thanks.
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    Anita Johnson · 05/22/2020
    We built a new deck two years ago. I stained it 6months later and hated the color from the start. I thought oh well I will just see what two coats look like and remove it if I don’t like bc of course the “internet” experts say it’s easy. Well, I quickly found out that wouldn’t work out so well as claimed. So basically our deck set ignored and stained in an ugly color for another year and a half. I spent hours researching how to get this stain off and consistently saw positive reviews for your products. I ordered and decided to give this one more go before calling in a “professional”! I wanted to save myself the embarrassment. After reading numerous comments on your site I decided my plan of action. I used the Stripper with the booster additive and gel additive. I applied and let it sit for an hour taking care to make sure it stayed wet the entire time. I removed it with a pressure washer prepared to scrub also but that need never occurred. After that was done I used the brighten taking care to thoroughly rinse. We had a pop up shower so I held off staining until
    the next weekend. It turned out beautiful and I believe a few neighbors have ordered this product. I know for me your product did everything it stated it would so there will be no other choice.
    Before Pictures with ugly color:
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    S. Tyler · 05/19/2020
    This weekend we undertook our screened deck restoration project. We followed the Restore-A-Deck 3-step process. We applied the cleaner, brightener and espresso stain the same day. We are thrilled with the transformation and feel the deck finally complements our exterior colour theme. We are sharing our before, during and after project photos.

    Above and beyond how pleased we are with the RAD products, I also wanted to make mention of the exceptional customer service we received. We live in Canada and placed our online order when the RAD company was subject to COVID-19 pandemic protocols. Even while dealing with the challenges of processing and shipping orders with limited resources, RAD provided timely responses to our email inquiries and successfully coordinated our international shipment. Thanks so much to their staff members - your efforts on our behalf are greatly appreciated!
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    Jeff · 05/16/2020
    My 5 year old deck had never been stained so I decided to attack the process myself. I decided to use RAD products after watching the videos on the website and also having a friend tell me that he was very pleased with the results. I followed the three step method and posted some pics of the dramatic results of bringing the deck back to its former brilliance after step one and two. The cleaning was a lot of work, but it was worth it for the final result. I was amazed at how clean everything got. I chose the semi transparent dark walnut and posted several pics of of before,during, and after to show progress and final results. I did not apply the stain in the same day as the prep since the prep took several days to get the entire deck clean.
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    Zach · 05/11/2020
    I rebuilt my deck last year around a year ago. I just finished cleaning, brightening and staining last weekend. It turned out really nice. I used the the light walnut color on 1 year old PT pine decking. I didn’t stain the same day as it was very windy so I got it done the next day. Pics are before prep, after prep and a couple of the finished project.
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    Margaret · 04/16/2020
    I used dark walnut deck stain. I ordered 5 gallons awhile back . Due to floods and other bad weather in our area I wasn't able to start on the project until early spring this year. There were quite a few boards that had weathered pretty rough but we're not rotten. Kinda like myself ?. It ended up taking almost 2 additional gallons to complete the project. I'm very pleased with the outcome. I really like the contrast of the dark deck with the white painted railings
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    Patti · 04/10/2020
    I have an older deck. I had replaced the floor boards in the fall of 2019. I stained the deck railing and stairs but felt it was too dark for the entire deck. (I hadn't found this product yet) I thought I could salvage by treating the floor lighter. That's where you came in. I decided to give you a try. I power washed only, then rolled 2 coats of stain on. It went on easy and clean up was a breeze. I am very pleased with my lighter floor decision and the product to achieve it.