Our 5th Annual RAD Wood Restoration Contest is open! You can see prior years here:

Restore-A-Deck 2021 Contest

Restore-A-Deck 2020 Contest

Restore-A-Deck 2019 Contest

Restore-A-Deck 2018 Contest


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Restore-A-Deck 2022 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, 2022.
  • The Restore-A-Deck 3-Step Process must be used.

RAD Stain Steps

  • The deadline for entry is September 19th, 2022.
  • The winners will be decided by September 30th, 2022 by our team.

The RAD Contestant Winners will Receive

  • First Place = $500
  • Second Place = $300
  • Third Place:= $150

How To Enter Contest

  1. Enter by September 19th, 2022.
  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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    Ray · 05/23/2022
    Restore a deck beats North Eastern PA wear and tear!
    My deck was beaten up from age and the weather changes in NEPA, sun to rain to winters mix to snow.
    As you can see from the photos, the top 2 are before pics.
    The second 2 are after stripping with the booster additive and brightening, notice how the top deck boards compare to the new side boards from the first 2 pics… you can’t tell the difference.
    The last 2 are after semi transparent dark walnut stain was used. This color is simply gorgeous!! Deep rich brown with a hint of black and reds.
    Although the age of the deck a solid stain could of been used I like to still see the grain in the wood. To me the grain popped even more with age. 
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    Susan Olsen · 05/14/2022
    My husband built a 2800sqft deck in 2019. After letting the wood weather for several months, we stained it…but boy did we make ALL the mistakes! We stained a full Sun deck during July in Tennessee! We also over applied the product thinking that would help with the almost instant drying. Long story short, it quickly turned into a splotchy peeling mess. 
    After much research, reading lots of reviews, and planning for Tennessee weather, we purchase RAD stripper, brightened, and stain. The entire deck, rails, and steps used 3 stripper & brightener kits and 25 gallons of light walnut stain. It took two full days to strip the deck due to its massive size. On the second day we brightened the entire deck. The next weekend we stained the deck using the wet on wet method, except for the couple of new boards that were replaced due to leaching sap. Those boards only received one coat of stain. 
    It was a lot of work, but the products we used were amazing. The stain was highly superior to the previous stain we used, and the light walnut is such a beautiful color! 
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    David Kenney · 05/10/2022
    Hello..
    It has been 2 years since I stained my deck the first time using your RAD cleaner, brighter, and Cedar semi transparent stain. It was time to freshen it up and apply a maintenance coat. So,  I got my power washer out and proceeded to clean, brighten, and re-stain using the same RAD products. (Two days) 
    I did the wet on wet application, I am very happy with the results. See attached pics. 
    But I have a question: I was all done with the staining and approximately 33 hours later the weather changed and it started to rain and the temperatures dropped in the low 40’s maybe upper 30’s. With the drop in temperature and rain will this effect the longevity of the wear and tear of stain?
    Look forward to your reply. 
    Thanks for your time.
    Best regards,
    Dave Kenney 
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    Thomas Allen · 05/02/2022
    My deck restoration project is finished for this year. The results are fantastic following the Restore-a-Deck 3-step process and using the recommended products. This is my first experience using the Restore-a-Deck system. I stripped the entire deck in one day using a pump sprayer to apply the stripper and a power washer to wash away the dirt, mildew, and old oil-based finish. On day two I brightened and rinsed the entire deck. Because of rain in the forecast I waited two more days before applying the stain with a 4" stain brush that I had on hand. The deck's horizontal surface area is about 400 square feet. Attached are a few images of the deck before and after stripping and brightening. I used the booster and thickening gel additives which produced an excellent stripping result, particularly on the vertical surfaces like the privacy fences and deck skirt. Also attached are a few images of the deck after one coat of the semi-transparent stain in Light Walnut. I used just under 2.5 gallons of stain for the one coat for my deck. The entire deck is constructed of Cambara with some Red Meranti mixed in for railing tops and trim boards. The deck was built in 2008 and is now again like new. I plan to clean and re-coat in 2023, if needed. I recommend the Restore-a-Deck system.
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    Dan Zimmerman · 04/27/2022
    Deck measured 700 sq ft with floor boards replaced 15 yrs ago. Previously only pressure washed to clean and treated with Olympic Maximum Transparent stain every 2-3 yrs. Was not satisfied with past results so looked online at deck stain reviews and found RAD recommendations. Your question/answer section and customer testimonials convinced me to take a chance on RAD. Purchased the kit (Semi Transp Natural/stripper/brightener) plus the Gel and Booster. Also the 14” applic brush. Ordered on a Wed morning, one box arrived on Thurs and 2nd box on Friday - super fast shipping. Because of weather and other commitments, we planned to take 3 days to complete project.

    Day 1 – Rainy day. I pressure washed the entire deck to remove excess surface dirt and grime. The next day after using the RAD stripper and additives, realized I probably didn’t need to do this step.

    Day 2 – Good weather day. In a clean 5 gal bucket, Mixed enough stripper + gel + booster to make 3 gallons of solution. Used almost all of this. Applied with an Ortho 2 gal garden sprayer using the red High Volume Fan nozzle. Found that many spots needed to be scrub brushed too. There were a couple of spots that were deeply stained but since we put mats/rugs over these small areas we did not restrip or sand there. After complete pressure wash we were ready to apply brightener. Again mixed enough brightener to make 3 gallons. Thoroughly rinsed sprayer and used to apply brightener. We weren’t sure how thick to apply the stripper and brightener so we just sprayed to completely cover surface. Probably could have put on a little thicker but didn’t want to run out. Thoroughly pressure washed brightener. Used a palm sander with 80 grit to sand the few “fuzzies” on seats and rails.

    Day 3 – Good weather day. Stained the vertical posts, seats and rails with 4” wide paint brushes. Stained all floor boards and steps with the 14” brush and was amazed how well this worked. Applied 2nd coat using the wet on wet recommendations. The entire staining process took less than 2 hrs and we only used one 2 ½ gal jug. We were very pleased with the results. We have enough unused product left over that we can save and use again in 2 yrs. We could have done entire process in one day but we had other commitments plus as “senior citizens” we decided not to push it.
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    FaegasiAurora · 04/24/2022
    What's the judging criteria for this contest other than the use of the 3 step process? Is it a contest on how well the products performed at each step? Is it the final finish quality that matters? And if that's the case, what are judging points for that as well, does the quality/design of the project play a role in the judging factor? How is there proof that the Restore-A-Deck products were used and not other products? 
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      RAD Products · 04/24/2022
      We check all potential winners to see if they actually ordered the entire 3-Step process from our site. As far as picking the winner, it is a combination of the prep and the final outcome that help determine the winners. Project size and dimensions do not matter.
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        FaegasiAurora · 04/24/2022
        OK, thank you. Can the same person enter multiple projects? 
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          RAD Products · 04/27/2022
          Sorry, only one entry per person per project.
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    PJ Schabacker · 04/23/2022
    I have a 3 year old cedar deck that has not had any treatment. I am looking at opaque Coastal Gray for the deck with white railings. Since it is bare, do I treat it as new wood? Thanks
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    Phil · 04/22/2022
    1800 SF, 25 year old cedar deck.   Sanded the deck with commercial sander, and replaced the cedar railings with tan vinyl.  Used RAD brightener and Cedar semi transparent stain to achieve this BEAUTIFUL final result!   Decking was a combination of 25 year old cedar, and some newer cedar boards as well.   Product worked exactly as advertised, and the results speak for themselves.   The deck also features a "circle" in the center that looks stunning with RAD stain in place.   Pictures show the progress as well as the final result.   Thank You RAD for great product!