Our 4th Annual RAD Wood Restoration Contest is open! You can see prior years here:

Restore-A-Deck 2020 Contest

Restore-A-Deck 2019 Contest

Restore-A-Deck 2018 Contest


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The RAD Wood Restoration 2021 Contest is closed!

First Place

Jay Greene (Page 1)

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

Second Place

Cindy Kieneberger (Page 2)

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

Third Place

Rory McCall (Page 2) 

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

Thanks to all the entries 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 2021 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 6th, 2020.
  • The Restore-A-Deck 3-Step Process must be used.

RAD Stain Steps

  • The deadline for entry is September 19th, 2020.
  • The winners will be decided by September 30th, 2021 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 19th, 2021.
  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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    Cindy Kienenberger · 07/08/2021
    Our deck had not been stained in about 10 years. And when that was done they just put cheap stain right over what was there. I used power washer, RAD Stripper, cleaner, and booster and thickener and then used sold cottage gray and white stains. I am impressed with how much was stripped away with the products. The coverage of the stain also surpassed my expectations. Because of the size of deck and it was just me primarily doing the work, it took much longer than a day. 
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    Sarah M · 07/03/2021
    We bought a pool used during Memorial Day 2020 and put it up to enjoy our family time with teenagers during a pandemic. We hired a local “company” off a Facebook recommendation to build a deck (which was a nightmare! They used rough pine boards, not intended for decking). After obtaining cedar boards ourselves and finishing the project (so stressful!) we had a lovely little staycation in the backyard. Our local lumberyard gave great advice about letting the cedar decking weather for a year. Now ready for summer swimming in 2021, I knew it was time to stain the deck. It had become alarmingly gray and I thought staining would take care is that. Thankfully I found a great blog about deck restoration that taught me otherwise. The RAD restoration kit was the decks saving grace. The gray was gone in one treatment, cleaned and brightened. After more research and some sample colors, I ordered the Dark Walnut stain and applied the last step about a week or so later. 
    Amazing results. BeforeCleaned/wetCleaned/brightened/dryDuring stain After
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    Josh · 06/24/2021
    Moved into a new house a few years ago with a redwood deck. I was unsure what was used before or when the deck was last treated, so I went with the RAD 3 step system. First I used the cleaner/stripper with booster and thickener. Then brightened the wood on day one. The next day I stained with 2 coats of the semi transparent light walnut.  
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    Barbara Klick · 06/20/2021
    All photos didnt load.  One more before photo
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    Barbara Klick · 06/20/2021
    I live in VT and purchased a home where the deck had not been stained since about 2008.  I have never stripped or stained a desk before so this was a new experience for me.  Restore-A-Deck made the process easier than I ever expected! I used the Restore-A-Deck Stripper, Booster & Thickener to remove the old stain. Once the stain was removed I used the brightener prior to staining with the RAD Dark Walnut Stain.  
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    Chrissy Goodrich · 06/18/2021
    Oops, I meant RAD dark walnut
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    Chrissy Goodrich · 06/18/2021
    Oops, not all the photos loaded
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    Chrissy Goodrich · 06/18/2021
    We live in southwest Michigan. We have a two tier deck, top was built almost 2 years ago, and the stairs and the platform are just under 1 year old. The top was graying while the new part was not. I used the RAD cleaner and brighter on all of it and you couldn’t even tell they weren’t aged the same. It was an amazing start. We didn’t not prep and stain the same day and we went with the two deck. RAD doesn’t sell black solid color stain, unfortunately, so that is not a RAD product, but the stain was the RAD walnut. We couldn’t be happier! 
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    Michael · 06/18/2021
    I have two more photos that didn't upload about stripping and staining my deck.  Here are the photos.
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    Michael · 06/18/2021
    Our deck (about 260 sq ft surface + railing, spindles, and 8 steps) was installed in 2007.  Since that time, I've stained the deck with different products, the most recent last year with Thompson's Water Seal. The deck just became more gray each year. This year the deck looked terrible - almost like the wood was no good.  Two photos show the deck before any work with RAD was done.  I had to replace two boards before beginning the RAD process, and replace about 100 nails with deck screws.  You can see the two replacement boards in the photos.
    I found out about Restore-a-deck after some internet searching, and decided to give RAD a try. The temperature was about 80F and partly cloudy. I used the stripper (without additives), applying it with a pump sprayer. Once the stripper sat for 20-30 minutes, I used a pressure washer to rinse the solution off the deck.  I have a small electric pressure washer which seemed to work just fine. This process went fairly well. Although, the spindles took a long time to strip!Two photos show the deck after stripping.  I used 4 gallons of stripper.
    After using the stripper, I applied the brightener, which was easy to apply with another pump sprayer.  I let the brightener set for 10-15 minutes, then rinsed it for 20-30 minutes. The deck was looking pretty good at this point.  I was very pleased with the results. I started at 8:30 am and finished about 3:00 pm. I decided to wait until the next day to do the staining.  
    The stain I used was the Natural Semi-Transparent.  I started about 9 am and the application went well. The weather was the same as the day before. I used staining pad to apply the stain. I worked a section at a time, going the entire length of the deck.  Then, waited 20-30 minutes and applied a second coat.  The railings and spindles again took along time to stain. I used about 3.0-3.5 gallons of stain.  I finished about 1:00 pm, After I finished staining, I spilled some stain on the steps. I wiped it up, but the next day the steps were sticky.  I asked the Restore-a-Deck folks abut this stickiness and was told it will cure over time.  
    Anyway, the deck looks great! See the last two photos of the finished surface.  It looks like we a have a new deck!  I highly recommend Restore-a-Deck!
    P.S. We live in the mountains in western North Carolina where we get a lot of rain. It will be fun to see how well the RAD stain holds up. Maybe I'll post an update next year.  
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    R8rBri · 06/06/2021
    Background: I have a 700+ sqft deck including 2 large flower boxes/benches. I live in the NW, where rain is a common occurrence, but intense sun over a couple of months each summer would also hit the deck all day. I tried pressure washing the deck last summer but it did virtually nothing. The old, failed stain didn't budge and it almost "locked-in" the weathering. So I started doing research and concluded that the Restore-A-Deck system would be the best for my situation.
    Process: I started one afternoon with the stripping. I got about 3/4 of the way through spraying it on and realized I had forgotten to add the gel and booster additives! Aaargh! I was disappointed because I figured I'd ruined the attempt, but when I started pressure washing the old stain and weathering was coming off!  To be clear, I was really pressure washing, holding the wand a few inches from the decking, but it was working!  I then added the brightener and could see it working almost immediately.  Also, it really neutralized the stripper - you could see that the "soapy" sudsing when spraying was gone.  At this point it had been about 5 hours of staining/brightening and it was too late to start staining.  If I would have remembered to put the additives in the stripper I believe I would have saved a majority of this of time.The next morning I starting staining.  I chose the semi-transparent cedar stain.  I applied it with a stain pad in most places and a paintbrush in others.  If I had to do it over I would have used one of the stain brushes from Restore-A-Deck. I think the brushes would apply the stain easier as well as get into the grooves between planks a lot easier.  The staining of the deck, flower boxes/benches took me about 4 hours.
    Overall: I'd say that overall this process worked really well - even though I forgot the put in the additives :) I am super happy with the process and results, and I highly recommend Restore-A-Deck products!
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    Roger · 06/02/2021
    For some reason Pic 2 and Pic 6 didn't post
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    Roger · 06/02/2021
    We live in Camrose Alberta and built a new 600sqft brown PTP deck in May 2020 that has full sun all day. We did a lot of stain research over the long Canadian winter, including the very good resources at deckstainhelp.com. In March we ordered samples from AC, TWP, Defy and Restore-A-Deck to be able to see the colours and judge between oil and water based application. We finally decided to go with Restore-A-Deck because of the one day prep/staining application and we really liked the Cedar tone (Lt Walnut was a very close second). In April we ordered the stain (Cedar tone) cleaner/brightener combo kit along with the RAD staining brush, the 6" wooster brush and the crack and groove tool. Finally at the end of May it was warm enough to start the project. Ended up with a nice clear day with the temperature at 15°C (60F) when we started at 9:00am. Pic 1 is the deck prior to prep, well weathered and most of the brown pressure treatment faded. Pic 2 is at 10:30am after applying the Restore-A-Deck cleaner and rinsing with the pressure washer. We were amazed at how much dirt/grit/grime came off our new deck. Pic 3 is at noon after applying the Restore-A-Deck brightener and thoroughly rinsing with the pressure washer again. Couldn't believe how much the deck brightened up, it almost hurt the eyes to look at it.Pic 4 is at 2:30pm with most of the standing water dried away and ready to stain. By this time the temperature has risen to 23°C (74F) and my wife and I got started staining the stairs. Application was easier than I anticipated, using the 11" stain brush to apply the stain to the deck boards and then finishing with the 6" wooster brush. The crack and groove tool also worked very well at getting between boards. We ended up using a small foam brush for boards that were too tight for the crack and groove tool. Pic 5 is just after 6:00pm with the entire 600sqft stained. I was impressed at how easy and efficient the application was (helps to have the right tools) and that we had done all the prep and staining in one 9 hour day. Pic 6 is 9:00am two days after staining. The deck is totally dry and looks amazing. We love the Cedar tone colour, in the morning the stain has a beautiful red cedar tone and as the sun climbs it takes on a golden yellow hue.As the deck is only a year old we did one coat. We plan to do a maintenance coat next spring. So far we are totally satisfied with the product and application. As I mentioned above, I couldn't believe how much stuff the cleaner removed and the brightener left the deck very soft and ready to take the stain. Applying the stain was easy as well and coverage was better than expected. We ended up using between 3-4 gallons of stain for the deck and stairs.We are feeling very confident that the Restore-A-Deck product will protect our investment and look great doing it. 
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    Celeste · 05/31/2021
    A few more photos of before and after cleaning and brightening.
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    Celeste · 05/31/2021
    We've lived in our home for five years and have yet to find a stain that could keep up with our full sun/snow ravaged deck with lots of traffic from little feet. Not knowing the upkeep to the deck prior to our ownership, we've tried various products that would be peeled and worn away after a harsh Cleveland winter. This spring, our deck was our project--after stumbling upon a great online resource, we opted to purchase RAD's cleaner, brightener and solid stain in brown oak.

    I cleaned and brightened in one day--then a random late spring snow cause a delay and the deck was stained over a few weeks as time and weather allowed. It looks great and the coverage was amazing. 
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    Larry Blaikie · 05/24/2021
    We live in Cornwall Ontario Canada and build our deck in June 2020  about 350 sq ft including the deck panels.  In May of 2021 we applied the RAD cleaner, brightener and natural stain to the deck panels (skirting)  in one day and was very pleased as to how they turned out. (The skirting mentioned was removable panels and we kept them off when we did the main deck)   The following Saturday we cleaned and brightened the remainder of the 350sq ft deck and stairs with a brush and rinsed well.   We did not try to apply the stain the same day due to time constraint and weather forecast.  On Monday as the weather forecast was perfect we first brushed on the Natural RAD stain to the railings (protecting the deck boards with cardboard).  We tried to use the wet on wet application with the first couple of railing sections but found that the wood was not absorbing the product so we decided to only apply one coat.   Once the Railing was complete, we used a deck stain pad for the floor boards, (four at a time), followed by a brush for the cracks, ending with using the pad once again to ensure an even spread of the stain.     The outcome was wonderful, we are extremely pleased and we have enough product for a second application when needed.   We live across from a small city playground and the number of people who stop and take pictures and look at the deck is amazing. 
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    Phyllis · 05/20/2021
    Our deck is about 5 years old and is positioned so that it gets a lot of direct sun all day. Since it also sits in the corner on the back side of our house, it doesn't get a lot of wind. This can be both good and bad depending on the temperatures, but since we live in NC, the deck is pretty uncomfortable most of the year because it is just too hot with no way to get much shade. We finally decided to purchase a gazebo but then decided the deck looked terrible and needed to be cleaned and sealed before the gazebo arrived.

    We had previously sealed the deck with Thompsons about 3 years ago. Needless to say it was grey and not very attractive. We originally thought we were just going to pressure wash it and reapply the same sealer but after learning that we weren't going to have any protection against the greying effect, we decided to go with a stain with some UV protection. In researching our options, we discovered RAD. Of course, this was after we had pressure washed the entire deck.

    We weren't sure what color we wanted to use so we purchased the sampler kit and decided the Light Walnut was the closest to our desired color. We then purchased the Stripper, Brightener and Light Walnut Semi-Transparent kit. We applied the stripper on Saturday; re-tightened screws, sanded and applied the Brightener on Monday and finally, we applied the stain on Tuesday. The stripper took about 3 hours, the screws, sanding and Brightener took about 4 hours and then the stain took about 7 hours. We applied the stripper and brightener using a pump sprayer and rinsed with a pressure washer. We applied the stain on the rails using a paint brush and used a combination of pump sprayer, deck brush and paint brush for the deck boards. It was a lot of work, more than we originally thought when we considered just pressure washing alone, but now that its all over, we are so glad we found RAD!

    We think it looks great and can't wait to enjoy our new gazebo on our "new" deck this summer.
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    J S Smart · 05/14/2021
    Our new cedar deck had weathered for two years prior to the Restore -A -Deck process.
    Did perform the Cleaner, Brightener and stain as directed, you can see the results below. We are extremely satisfied with the end result. Used five gallons of Cedar semi-transparent with two coats. Power washer was a good call.
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    Christa · 05/07/2021
    We just purchased our house last year and the deck was so dark that we could not even see any wood grain. I prepped and stained my deck with the 3 step process and was able to stain the same day with the light walnut stain. The one photo shows cleaned deck in the right, the left side is not done.   Amazing results. 
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    Rory McCall · 05/01/2021
    Our deck is 20 years old, 2 levels and 700 square feet. It had previously been stained with Sikkens polyurethane stain in 2010. Looked good a couple years and then turned black. Finally got the energy (hint: relentless wife nagging) and I tackled sanding the entire deck which took a couple weeks. Needless to say, it was an absolute nightmare to remove that hardened Sikkens mess down to bare wood. Actually nightmare is an understatement, I was actually "SIKKEND" HA!
    I chose the RAD solid stain: Brown Oak and applied 2 coats (7 gallons). What a great product! the color is perfect just like advertised and different in sun versus shade as you can see from my photos. The application is easy, foolproof and very good quality. Plus the packaging is a big plus with the plastic jugs versus old timey paint cans, its easy to shake, dispense and store and clean up. Best of all, wife's happy and no more nagging. Thanks RAD!
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    Tom Salvino · 04/07/2021
    Deck was is 3 years old.  Previously used a product purchased from one of the box stores, after 3 years with 2 coats applied when painted the stain showed a lot of wear.   For this project I used the Restore A Deck stripper, Brightener and Semi Cedar.  Pictures below will show all steps.1st picture is deck Prior to any product used.2nd picture is after the stripper and a light power wash, no scrubbing.  
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      Tom Salvino · 04/07/2021
      3rd picture is after brightener, and last picture is 2 coats of semi cedar and 48 hours dry time. 
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    Janine Crowley · 03/23/2021
    We have a barn built in the 1960s. It needs completely retained to preserve the beautiful wood of the barn. It is one of the only natural wood barns left in our area. It would be a blessing to win. We have read that you have the best rated stain around. Thank you