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Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review

Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review

by Ethan Hagan (email Ethan) | | May 17, 2013 | 189 Comments »

Early this year Jocie and I attended a Rust-Oleum media event. They shared information about several products, and the one that really piqued my interest was the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. They described it as a thick coating that fills gouges and cracks and buries splinters. It also hides imperfections, and the textured surface is slip resistant. In short, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore sounded like the perfect product for my old, weathered deck.

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When Jocie and I purchased our home, the deck was already a bit neglected. It was bad enough that you’d easily get splinters, and subsequently we never spent too much time on the deck. If you know anything about decks, they require periodic cleaning and sealing to combat mother nature. Fred and Kim went through the process with their pine deck and used Behr Premium Deck Sealer. After witnessing their experience, I was convinced composite decking was the way to go. However, the cost for materials to re-board the deck was high enough for me to abandon the idea. Needless to say, I was excited about a low-cost alternative that would enable us to enjoy our deck again.

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Rust-Oleum kindly provided enough Deck Restore to cover the horizontal surfaces of our deck and stairs. Deck Restore isn’t intended for vertical surfaces (like balusters) so they also provided a matching solid acrylic stain. Rust-Oleum offers a broad range of color choices, and we selected Saddle. I estimate all the materials cost approximately $450 (Deck Restore, stain, rollers, roller grids).

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Preparing the Deck

To get the deck ready, we cleared it off and removed any embedded dirt. Around here the Oak flowers can be a real hassle, and we had to sweep the deck periodically.

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The deck needs to be dry before applying Deck Restore so we waited till the next day to resume.

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We taped off were the deck meets the house. We also covered the shed underneath the stairs and the HVAC unit underneath the deck.

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I went around with a hammer to pound in any nail-pops. I also removed various hardware like the gate latch and some plant hangers.

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I put in a bunch of screws to further secure the railing and any boards that had a tendency to bounce.

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Applying Rust-Oleum Deck Restore

Deck Restore is very thick, and we used a lot more product than I expected. Rust-Oleum states that a four gallon pail covers about 100 square feet with two coats. It’s applied with the Restore rollers which are a polyester honeycomb roller designed to help texture the surface of the deck boards.

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I rolled it on in the direction of the deck boards, and I was pleased to see it fill in so many cracks. I also rigged up a painters tool for edging the boards. More on that later though.

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While the first coat dried, I went to work on the stairs.

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Four hours later I was back applying the second coat, making sure to fill in missed areas like the one pictured below.

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I found that letting the Deck Restore dry enough to walk on and using a garden hoe to cut the gap between boards worked really well. It resulted in nice, clean lines.

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The Finished Product

We found that the deck needed a little more than 48 hours to completely dry. It’s only been a few days since the work was completed, but already I’m extremely pleased with results. The deck looks like a hybrid between composite and wood. All the cracks are filled in creating a nice, even surface. Plus, I’m not worried about splinters anymore.

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189 Responses to Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review

  • Brady responds...
    May 17th, 2013 7:14 am

    You said you used more than expected. How big is the deck and how much did you use?
    The deck looks great.

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    Ethan Reply:

    Great question Brady. We used five 3.75 gall buckets, and we still have about 1/3 of a bucket left over. Our deck and stairs equate to about 325 sq. ft.

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    James McHugh Reply:

    Hi! I just found your link to Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review. I noticed that it was applied last year and was wondering if it held through the winter and part of this summer. We are interested in using Rustoleum or Behr. Do you have any feedback?

    Thanks!
    James

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    Steven Meadows Reply:

    My wife and I applied Restore to our 10 year old deck in August 2013. We were pleased by the appearance & non slip surface after the job was completed. However, recently we noticed, especially on the railings, that the product has started to bulge up and crack. Has anyone had any similar problems? We followed the instructions for application as directed. It looks like we will have to remove the bulges( some abut 8 10 inches long) and re-apply. Any suggestions/
    Thanks.
    Steve

    Dolly Hoffman Reply:

    This products peeled off in sheets over the winter. We now have to redo. We followed the instructions to the letter. Not pleased with this product at all. Expensive and anot lasting.

    c quin Reply:

    I too did my deck with rustoleum deck paint. We had a lot of snow and a very cold winter. As soon as it melted I was horrified to see that the deck paint came up in sheets! I don’t know what to do. I spent many hours and a lot of energy and a lot of dollars last summer. What a disaster!

    Janet Barbossa Reply:

    How does rustoleum deck paint hold up to shoveling the snow year after year?

    Thank you
    Janet Barbossa

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    Pat Mills Reply:

    We have a long painted driveway under a carport in Sarasota FL. It has had several coats of paint and is pealing & unsightly. Will the Concrete Restore work on this?

    We also have a garage floor inn IN that has cracks. How about this?

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    Mary Reply:

    The company says that this product is not for concrete on drveways due to the heat of the tires will melt the application and eventually peel off.

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  • jeff_williams responds...
    May 17th, 2013 8:12 am

    Kind of looks like it’s coated with a tan Rhino Lining or Line-X (truck bed liner). What does the hand rail feel like? Chunky? You’ll have to comment back at the end of summer or next summer about how it has held up.

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    Ethan Reply:

    I hadn’t though about bed liners but you’re right, it does look (and feel) like that. The rail is a little rough, and I think back-brushing it for a smoother finish may have been a good idea. It’s not uncomfortably chucky. I’m really curious how it stands up over the summer- will it loose adhesion, wear through?

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    Joyce street Reply:

    I have brick pavers that are cemented in. Can I use rustoleum restore on it? if not, do you have any suggestions?

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  • Walty responds...
    May 17th, 2013 8:28 am

    How many sq ft and how long did it take you?

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    Ethan Reply:

    I estimate about 325 sq. ft. and it took me and Jocie about 10 hours altogether. That time includes prep, taping and applying.

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    Jocie Reply:

    I think it took more than 10 hours combined work….maybe more like 14. but so worth it. When we refinished the deck several years ago (striped and sanded) it took way longer than this!

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  • byeedo responds...
    May 17th, 2013 8:39 am

    Do you have to maintain it now or is it maintenance-free like a composite deck?

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    Ethan Reply:

    Composite is almost maintenance free, and the maintenance Rust-Oleum recommends for Deck Restore sounds similar- mild cleaner, brush and water. They do state that diluted bleach can be used for difficult stains. Also, it’s important to avoid high-pressuring washing as that can damage the coating.

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    Sherri Reply:

    I read another review that they used a regular roller instead of the textured one Restore recommends. It still had the slip proof texture, was much smoother. She also diluted it with water…about 1 cup per gallon. I read it has been a couple of years and it still looks beautiful.

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    RobinM61 Reply:

    Using the flat roller would probably work fine, but I bet any “guarantee/warranty” about the length of the durability of the product will be voided by the addition of water to thin the product…

  • KatieQ responds...
    May 17th, 2013 9:43 am

    I was excited to read your post. My husband and I have been considering using Restore on the deck at our summer house, but have been hesitant. After reading your post, we have decided to go ahead with it.

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    Ethan Reply:

    I really am impressed with it so far. The horizontal surfaces of a deck take the most beating, and that’s what this product targets.

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    RobinM61 Reply:

    I have been researching the best way to restore our deck and have narrowed it down to the Restore and Encore. I watched videos at both the Restore and the Encore sites on application (it looks like prep is about the same, but Encore has an additional step of applying an Encore primer made to help the wood and the Encore bond). The Encore product doesn’t require painting the wood between the cracks at all, while the Restore suggests painting the cracks first with the stain used for the uprights, applying with a brush and doing the staining of the uprights first–did you do this or just apply the deck restore?

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    RobinM61 Reply:

    Also, I wanted to thank you for this review and the answers to all the questions! =)

  • Mickey responds...
    May 17th, 2013 10:12 am

    Looks like a promising product. I really like the idea, just not sure I like the look (or probably the feel) on the hand rails. Do you know if it would adhere to a deck that has been stained already? I’m thinking of maybe doing just the floor boards and use regular stain on the hand rails and balusters. Also, if you didn’t score the gaps between the boards would the product have really dried over them? Thanks again for another useful post!

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    Ethan Reply:

    Hey Mickey,

    I can understand your point about the rails. Ours were in such bad shape that I considered replacing them before doing this. However, the Deck Restore was able to fill in most of the cracks and splinters, and I’m glad we applied it to the rail. You can back-brush the coating to create a smoother surface.
    For a deck that’s been stained, if it’s still beading water, you’ll need to strip it to ensure good adhesion.
    And yes the gap between boards was almost non-existent in a few areas so if I didn’t score / cut the gap it wouldn’t be there.

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  • OurPinterestingFamily responds...
    May 17th, 2013 10:35 am

    Looks like a great product. Your deck looks beautiful.

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    Ethan Reply:

    Thanks! I’m excited to have people on it again.

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  • poiboybf responds...
    May 17th, 2013 10:54 am

    You could probably smooth down the railings with a random orbital sander I’d think. I love the color you chose. Deck doesn’t look neglected anymore! Enjoy the summer on it.

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    Ethan Reply:

    I thought about that too. I’m also curious if a little ‘weathering’ will knock down some of the texture so I decided to wait and see. However, Rust-Oleum claims it’ll last 12 years so I gotta think it’s pretty durable.

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    Mary Reply:

    We have had this applied to our deck for two years now and still looks the same as the day we applied it. Also, no mold or mildew issues. We get mold and mildew on everything else except this stuff.

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  • MissFixIt responds...
    May 17th, 2013 2:24 pm

    Never seen this product before I’m curious to see how it looks as the years pass.

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  • feep responds...
    May 17th, 2013 2:53 pm

    What kind of traction do you get when this is wet?

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    Mary Reply:

    This stuff is great even when wet. We have a pool and the kids dont slip anymore. We used it as a last resort before neediing to tear it down. WHen this no longer is good in ten year or sooner if money available we will replace. We applied it two years ago and still looks great and the paint has held up through snow, rain and sun. Regarding the sun, it does get hot on the feet. No problem my kids just wear slippers. This solved our problems and the deck is great. We applied Glidden porch paint and in less than a year pealed, so our deck was really bad. And we had resanded and everything. The porch paint did nothing and the Restore did everything we needed. I live in Atlanta, GA

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  • trebor responds...
    May 17th, 2013 8:33 pm

    The review is interesting because I need to refinish my deck at some point too. However, I’m not sure something textured like Restore is what I’m looking for. I also need something that will withstand pretty hot summers (100+ degrees is fairly common).

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  • JustME responds...
    May 18th, 2013 1:04 am

    Ethan, it’s nice to see that you’ve used this product and liked it too since we bought some last spring for the front porch. I got it all prepped and ready to go, but between a rainy spring, a wedding, a drought and the high heat of last summer into fall it never happened. I know someone from HT that did a porch last summer and is pleased enough with it that she’s doing more decking this spring. I’m anxious to get ours finished now that our vacation is behind us. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year. :)

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  • theDIYvillage responds...
    May 18th, 2013 9:43 am

    I’ve been curious to see the Deck Restore put to the test, and I’m glad that the honest and reliable review comes from you guys at OPC! Like everyone else, the texture on the hand rails would probably drive me nuts, but I think it’s perfect for adding traction on the decking boards and steps! Nothing worse then slippery deck boards! Great review, thanks Ethan!

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  • JustME responds...
    May 18th, 2013 2:02 pm

    I just heard back from my friend that used Restore last summer and she said it survived their winter quite well. They don’t get allot of ice and snow, but they got some and it’s still looking and preforming great.

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  • Reuben responds...
    May 18th, 2013 5:33 pm

    I didn’t know this product existed. It looks pretty cool. you didn’t say much about how you stained the spindles, yet, I imagine that being the hardest part of the job, or at least the most labor intensive. The end result looks great.

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    Ethan Reply:

    Staining the spindles was very straight-forward (and tedious).

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    Mary bRice Reply:

    We have an old deck, but have recently expanded it with, or course, treated lumber. I’ve read that this product cannot be used on new treated lumber. Is there any way that new part can have a “primer” or something put on it so that the entire deck can be done at the same time. Thanks.

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  • bigredmachine responds...
    May 19th, 2013 3:50 am

    Now this is an overdue product. I can see this being very popular.

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  • Jake responds...
    May 19th, 2013 11:03 am

    Been looking into this for my deck. Not sure how it will work though as my deck is a little more weathered than yours. I will still need to replace a few deck boards as I have a couple that are cracked in half. Maybe I’ll do a test spot to see how it works first.

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    Ethan Reply:

    One of the nice things is you can replace as many boards as necessary, coat everything with Restore, and you’ll still have a nice, consistent look in the end.

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  • supimeister responds...
    May 20th, 2013 10:55 am

    I had seen this done before on a friend’s deck and was wondering what they had done… I am really impressed they say it will last 12 years… I am skeptical, but that will be impressive if/when it does!

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    Ethan Reply:

    12 years is a long time for any deck product so I’m curious to see how well it lasts too.

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  • HANDYMAN51 responds...
    May 20th, 2013 12:11 pm

    Although the texture on the step’s handrails might feel strange to some, it could greatly improve the ability to prevent a fall, which might be more likely now with improved friction on the steps. It would probably be a good idea to warn less mobile users of the deck to be aware that the boards will have a ” rubberized” feeling. My parents would likely trip and fall on this. My mom has MS and can’t pick her feet up very well when walking. Nothing would spoil a nice day on the deck like a trip to the ER! ( I like the looks of the deck! I wonder if cleaning off bird droppings might be more challenging with the textured surface?)

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    JustME Reply:

    Good point about a rough surface not being good for everyone Handyman. You can brush over Restore to give it a smoother finish though. I think that’s what I’ll do for our front porch once it stops raining since it’s used most often by delivery men. I wouldn’t want any of them to misstep and fall. Thank you for bringing this up.

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    Mack Reply:

    Handyman51, the “bird droppings” issue is one I hadn’t thought of…hopefully, just a simple spray with a hose and a little dawn detergent on the spot will take care of that.
    We just put this product down on a 6 X 6 area of our deck (that’s as far as the gallon went), we’ll probably need 5/ 3 gal. containers to complete the job.
    I’m hoping the coating holds up to moving chairs around on it, etc.

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    NMLady Reply:

    I was thinking the textured surface would make it safer for my disabled mom. She has slipped several times on her ramp and I was hoping to use this to add texture to the surface.

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    Mary Reply:

    This would be perfect for that.

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  • Ron responds...
    May 21st, 2013 10:57 am

    I got my deck power sprayed and was ready to put this stuff down on my deck. I went to Lowes (I live in the Midwest) and was told that they discontinued stocking it in our region. She had no idea why. Anyone know why that might be?

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    Ethan Reply:

    Let me get in touch with my Rust-Oleum contact…

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    JustME Reply:

    Ron, have you tried HoDe? That’s where we got ours. Granted it was last year so you might want to call the store first. They do still have in via the web.

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    Rust-Oleum Steph Reply:

    Roy,

    I am sorry to hear that. Unfortunately some Lowe’s stores are no longer carrying Rust-Oleum Deck & Concrete Restore. However, all Home Depot stores carry it.

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    Susan Reply:

    We’ve got it at both Lowes and Home Depot here in my city in NC. I’ve found it’s a bit cheaper at HD. I’ve been preparing my deck today and will apply the restore tomorrow. I’m excited about trying it.

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    Joe Reply:

    Lowes has in-store displays for their version and they are looking to push that on patrons. Home Depot tried the same thing early this year, hoping to substitute their Behr product for it. Home Depot quickly realized there was a following to Restore and that people were walking out, going to ACE and other local distributors of the product, and restocked their stores.

    I am in the middle of doing my 500 square foot deck as I write this response. I searched for drying time because my first coat is still wet and I was looking to see what others have experienced.

    I am not disappointed in the product at all, in fact it delivers on the claims. My deck was installed in 1986 and was stained dark brown to match the house trim. It was mostly useless due to the heat on sunny days. Even after the sun went behind the house the air temperature on the deck was 20 or more degrees above the ambient temperature.

    So as the stain began to wear in patches we appreciated the lower temperature. I had for years planned to change to composite, but the cost took the project off the list time and time again. like most here, when I came across this concept I was excited. I did my obligatory 3 months of research, and after looking at all the offerings I went with Restore. I like the thicker coating, particularly for my VERY splintered deck.

    I too will be using the deck product on the rails for the same reason, heavy splintering, but I am going to back brush it to make it smoother.

    So far coverage seems to be right on the mark. I am covering 100 square feet per 4 gal. container with the first coat.

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    Joe Reply:

    So here we are on August 25th and I have finally cleaned my brushes for the last time!

    I have to say that above all, Rustoleum has stood behind their product, and Home Depot has accommodated each and every issue with a smile on their face.

    This has been a tremendous learning experience for me. I am no neophyte when it comes to painting. The most simple terms I can put this in is that it is not painting….nothing you have experienced before will help you here. That said, I am very happy with the final result. Unfortunately it was quite the journey to get here.

    I started by following the on line instructions, meticulously cleaning every surface with a power washer. I corrected raised boards, filled knot holes and sank protruding nails. After about a week of preparation I was satisfied I had done everything necessary to assure success.

    Rolling out the first coat was a work-out. It was in the mid 90′s, high humidity and my deck is in direct sun. As you remove the saturated roller from the bucket it probably weighs about 8 pounds. Remember, this is a coating, not a paint, so as you roll you need to apply as little pressure as possible to flow excess material ahead of the roller. Too much pressure will thin the coating and reduce the ability to cover splintering and long term resiliency.

    I was warned about the long dry time, but it’s different to experience it. Again, my mindset was based on decades of experience with paint, and I never had a paint that needed days to dry. Of course no paint ever went on with this volume, or to this depth. As I waited for it to dry so I could roll the second coat I thought about the material and the process. In effect, this is very similar to concrete.

    Concrete? Yes, concrete. Think about it, what is concrete? It’s a dry mixture of a fine aggregate (sand) a bonding agent (cement) and if you wish, a colorant. Concrete is brought to life by adding water, mixing well and settling it into a form where it cures over time. In fact concrete can take as long as 4 months to fully cure. It’s an amazing process where the cement molecules settle in between the aggregate like a jigsaw puzzle with a hundred billion pieces. The longer it stays damp, the stronger those bonds. That’s why you often see cement being sprayed with a fine mist on highway projects.

    In the case of Restore, the aggregate is a crystalline structure created for this product that maximizes the ability of the polymer based cement to bond with it, creating a true polymer based concrete with the colorant of your choice. Even a sand paint does not have the ability to bond at the molecular level.

    With the first coat hardened, I rolled the second coat. My original thought was to brush it out for the smoother finish, but given the effort it took, the requirement for rolling only in one direction, and the short time it took for this to get tacky in the heat, I went with the roller finish. The second coat rolled out in about half the time of the first since all the holes and cracks were now filled, and the new surface was easier to flow the coating over than the 25 year old weather beaten wood.

    In less than a week from the application of the first coat I started to notice spots appearing through the light colored coating (rattan). I contacted the Rustoleum people on their support line and pleasantly surprised that someone actually picked up the phone right away. I explained the spots, some black and some orange, and there was an immediate recognition of my problem. More than a recognition, they immediately assumed responsibility for it.

    I was told that the issue was the galvanize coating on the nails was no longer inhibiting rust and that being a water based product, as the coating cured, it was expelling moisture and causing the nails to rust. That rust was leeching through the still curing product and staining it. (see, I told you there was molecular activity in the curing process ;) ) The representative told me this is a known problem, and that they have not done a very good job of getting this information out to the stores and the consumers using the product. They are in the process of modifying their instructions and demonstration videos so as to address the “old nail issue”.

    The new recommendation is to coat the nails with a zinc based rust inhibitor PRIOR to rolling the first coat. This renews the rust protection and creates a barrier to the Restore coating. Unfortunately, I now had about 1/4 inch of some very hard product covering my nails. I was told to use a good quality primer/sealer over the Restore, then use the Vertical Restore over the primer. (Vertical restore is their vertical stain for the rails, siding, etc)

    They made arrangements with my local Home depot and between them I was provided, at no charge, three gallons of Killz Complete and three gallons of Vertical Restore.

    This year has been quite wet in NJ, so I had many days lost to waiting for a window that allowed for the proper drying time. So over the next few weeks I rolled two coats of Killz, and two coats of Vertical Restore. Four days after the last coat was completed, we had another series of thunderstorms. When the storms cleared I was appalled to find the two coats of stain had, in several places, separated from the Killz primer. It was elastic as if it had never cured, but it was dried in several days of sun, and dry by any standard. Over the next few days another issue became apparent. The Vertical Restore was wearing off as you walked on it. Since the surface was textured, it was the high points that showed the wear, leaving white dots across the surface of the deck. As a note, the Killz sis not wear. It was that coating providing the white dots through the top coat.

    Back to the help line……

    Again, I was able to speak with a very helpful gentlemen who did not hesitate in apologizing that he could do nothing about my labor, but he would gladly arrange for me to pick up another 16 gallons of Deck Restore at no charge. I was not surprised at the need to coat the deck yet again, and pleased that Rustoleum continued to stand behind the product to assure a satisfactory outcome. A trip to Home Depot and four more pails of coating…..

    A favorable forecast for the next 4 days gives me the opportunity to roll my latest batch of product. Since I had ample undercoating, I was advised there was no need for a second coat. Having now spent months on this, I decided a few more hours and a few more Aleive would be worth the outcome of a smoothed surface. So rather than using the roller on the pole, I got down and rolled it on small sections, brushing the finish to a final smoothness and texture similar to a sidewalk.

    In the end I am very happy, and even lost a few pounds from the extra work. The Deck Restore has bonded to the Vertical Restore without issue and is now two weeks into curing. It is literally as hard as concrete and provides a wonderful surface. We are back to enjoying a deck that had aged into an instrument of pain. I couldn’t get to my grill without bringing part of the deck back in the house with me, one splinter at a time. Now the dog and the grandchildren are welcome to run across the deck without fear of minor surgery.

    As I am a glutton for punishment, I chose to go two tone, with the lighter color on the surface, but the original brown on the railings, balusters and fascia. That meant cutting in at each of the 140 balusters. As a note, the Vertical Restore worked well on the wood surfaces. It dried as expected, so there was clearly an issue placing it over the Killz. I had expressed concerns to that effect at Home Depot, and I should have went with my instinct by just using the Deck Restore over the Killz in the first place. But you can only disagree so long with people that are giving you free stuff…

    In closing, don’t hesitate to use Restore. It will extend the life of your deck well past traditional norms. However, do so with an abundance of caution when preparing the surface. Do not take any short cuts and mostly, no matter what your nails or screws look like, be sure to apply that zinc based rust inhibitor prior to the product. Doing so will assure you are enjoying the new deck after 2 coats, not the 7 I had to apply to resolve this issue.

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    Melinda Reply:

    WOW……We have a second home that we have been making our own for the last two years. Actually, IT the home, is what inspired me to start a blog. We have finally made it to the back of the house. Just painted the exterior of the sunroom and replaced trim. Now, the deck looks worse that ever….up against everything that is so Fresh. So, I had seen this product in Lowes and thought I would get online and see what I could find out about it……OMGOSH, If I had done all that work and got rusty spots and can’t even describe what a fit it would have sent me into! As, all my projects are scheduled around my visits, I can’t imagine redoing anything. So, what kind of Zinc based Inhibitor did you use? Thanks for your story.

    Joe Reply:

    Melinda,

    Because the inhibitor was not used, it was concluded that a sealer was the way to go for me. So we used Killz Complete before doing the final coat of Restore.

    As I understand it, any zinc based inhibitor will do.

  • Ron responds...
    May 21st, 2013 11:37 am

    Thanks!

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    debby Reply:

    I think it looks great what color did you use?

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  • Tom responds...
    May 22nd, 2013 11:56 pm

    Finding the home depot web site has it as discontinuted. What is going on with it?

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    Rust-Oleum Steph Reply:

    Tom,

    I just searched on HomeDepot.com and it is available on their website: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Restore-4-gal-Timberline-Deck-and-Concrete-Resurfacer-46558/204109495#.UZ4XyNKmiFg

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  • Mary Jo Phillips responds...
    May 23rd, 2013 8:56 pm

    My husband and I put this product on our deck last summer. We live on west side of an island by the water in the Pacific Northwest. It has done beautifully. I do a little touch up on spots this summer. But other than that it is wonderful.

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    Ethan Reply:

    I’m glad you like it so much, and to hear it’s holding up well!

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  • Mnblondee responds...
    May 23rd, 2013 9:05 pm

    How do you think this product will hold up with 3 dogs that like to run across a deck? We have lots of current claw marks.

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    Ethan Reply:

    Hmm… I’m not sure. I think it’ll be fine because we can “drag” chairs over it without any problems, but without actually having dogs, I can’t say.

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  • jossr responds...
    May 27th, 2013 10:05 pm

    I used this product today and I am exhausted. The ads for the product sold me because I have a small 100 sq. ft. platform deck without rails that was wearing. Since this is a rental property, I thought I’d better protect it before any new tenants and 10 years seems ideal . I knew that this would be a 3 day project from prep, first coat, then second coat. I thought the two can kit would be enough for the entire job, wrong. That roller barely lasted the whole job, and the paint seemed to thicken as time went on and the texture became so sandy that I thought it would just blow away. However, I barely was able to complete the first coat with the kit. Since this is rental property, I had not planned to invest more than the cost of the kit $39.00 on sale at HD. It was dusk when I finished, so I can’t really tell how it looks beyond the color. Do I have to put on a second coat? I put it on thick (like I had a choice) and the thought of revisiting that goo is making me quite sad. I do like the color and it did fill in the cracks quite nicely. My plans of doing my 288 sq. ft. deck went out the window even if it looks like a million dollars. That’s too much work!

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    Ethan Reply:

    I think it’s worth the second coat because it’ll better fill in any deep cracks and ensure complete coverage with a consistent texture. I completely understand what you mean about the product getting thicker over time. Did you periodically remix it at all?

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    stacey Reply:

    Jossr, I just had my contractor use this product on my deck this past weekend. Its a small 8×8 deck and he went through 2 rollers and had to cut one in half because our home depot didnt sell the 4″. It was so labor intensive.. and the video does not show how to get around the posts on the deck. After 2.5 coats it looks okay. although it was too wet to separate the planks.. perhaps when the sun heats it I can do that.. but there is also a small roller streak that I doubt we can get out.. so we have to live with it.. the video makes it look so easy.. and well, its not.

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  • jossr responds...
    May 28th, 2013 1:22 pm

    Thanks, I’m on my way to buy another kit. I read that if you let it sit for several days it thickens and it needs to be remixed and that stirring isn’t enough. So, hopefully, it will go on a little easier to apply. However, I don’t know about that roller.

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  • Karen responds...
    May 29th, 2013 6:22 pm

    Hi Ethan, We’re getting ready to use Restore on our old weathered deck. I read somewhere that if the mixture seems to be drying out too fast, you can mist the deck with a spray bottle as you go to help it adhere better, or even add a tiny bit of water to the mix. Did you have any experience with this when you used the product? I think the problems I read about were due to very high temperatures, which we don’t have yet. I’m anxious to get started! Thanks for taking the time to share!

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    Ethan Reply:

    You’re right that Rust-Oleum recommends misting / adding a small amount of water to prevent Deck Restore from drying out too fast. We didn’t, and the temperature here in Maryland was fairly mild. Even so, we noticed the Deck Restore getting thicker so you might consider adding a small amount of water even if the temps in your area aren’t too high yet.

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  • supimeister responds...
    May 30th, 2013 3:36 pm

    I definitely just recommended my friend to check this article out – it seems like a lifesaver for anyone whose deck has aged…

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  • JIM responds...
    June 3rd, 2013 8:17 pm

    HOW DO I STORE THE RESTORE THAT I HAVE LEFT OVER? CAN IT BE STORED WHERE IT MIGHT FREEZE

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    Ethan Reply:

    Check the label to see what it says about storing the product. My guess it it’ll store much like latex paint, and you shouldn’t let it freeze.

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  • Fandam responds...
    June 4th, 2013 12:45 pm

    Our deck was previously painted. Should all the paint be removed or just the loose paint before applying deck-restore?

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    Ethan Reply:

    The Restore FAQ is a good resource for questions like this. Per their instructions, you should remove all flaking or peeling paint, glossy surfaces must be sanded, and any water sealer must be removed to ensure good adhesion.

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  • Uh60pilot responds...
    June 4th, 2013 8:04 pm

    Can I dilute the material enough to use on vertical surfaces and avoid buying the product made for vertical surfaces (sounds like a marketing trap). My vertical surfaces were previously painted and I can’t (won’t) strip them enough to use the Restore Stain.

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    Ethan Reply:

    If you have product leftover from doing the horizontal surfaces, I’d try a small test. Rustoleum doesn’t recommend it though.

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    steph Reply:

    I just applied this over the weekend and I was able to use it on vertical surfaces. Just make sure you don’t have too much product in the roller as it may drip and work in smaller sections. Since I have a hanging deck and I was on the ladder below. I rolled down on the first pass and then stopped when I ran out of product. I will say that it turned out great!

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  • Karen responds...
    June 4th, 2013 8:17 pm

    After reading lots of reviews, good and bad, we’ve decided to use a product called Encore instead of Restore. It’s supposed to be easier to work with, smoother, cooler to walk on, and it’s guaranteed as long as you own your house. It might be worth checking into if Restore doesn’t check all your boxes.

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    Thomas Reply:

    I checked the Encore website, it said 4-5 years then has to be reapplied again? I applied Restore to my deck and although the application process was twice the effort as regular staining I love the end product. Our large dog has no effect on the surface and it is the perfect combination non-slip and appearance. We get several compliments, I only wish I would have used this stuff a long time ago. One thing to keep in mind if you decide to use Restore is work slowly, take your time prepping the deck and watch the video on application. Again highly recommend :)

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    Karen Reply:

    Hi Thomas, thanks for sharing your experience. The Encore website says it’s guaranteed for as long as you own your home, and for commercial properties its 10 years. It is possible that somewhere else on the website, or maybe on another review it says it will need to be reapplied. I’ll check it out further before we buy. Thanks again and I’m glad you’re enjoying your deck!

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  • Deb responds...
    June 5th, 2013 1:03 pm

    I live in Corpus Christi, Texas (humid, salty air) and have a saltwater pool, 4 bird dogs (German Shorthair), combination of concrete, stone and cool decking (around pool). I would like to use this product on the concrete and cool decking – does anyone have a suggestion on applying Restore to cool decking? It sounds as if being slippery when wet, is not an issue, nor dogs leaving scratch marks when running across, but what about being hot to walk on? Would Restore perform the same as stained concrete ( the darker colors being too hot to walk on)?

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  • Melissa responds...
    June 7th, 2013 1:42 pm

    I do not see anything about color of the product…

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    Mack Reply:

    There are a number of “tint” colors that can be added to the product. We are doing ours white…hoping it’ll keep the deck cooler.

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    Ethan Reply:

    There are a lot of colors to choose from, and they list ‘em here on their website.

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    NMLady Reply:

    I actually had them tint the 2 gallons I bought today to match the Behr color I plan to use on the rest of my house.

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  • Richard Leach responds...
    June 7th, 2013 9:26 pm

    On the railings, to smooth out the sandy feeling, can you use a smooth roller or do it by brushing

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  • Lee Walters responds...
    June 9th, 2013 1:04 am

    I have a 400 sq ft with Futura Stone over Plywood. Hate the Futura Stone and was considering tearing it all up and tiling this year, but am wondering if the Restore would work well over Futura Stone. Would be a lot less work and much much cheaper than laying down 400 ft of backer board and tile.

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  • maxman responds...
    June 9th, 2013 8:26 am

    You state that “Rust-Oleum kindly provided enough Deck Restore to cover the horizontal surfaces…” . What’s up with that? I would also give a positive review of the product. How long will it last? When that time is up, what is involved with re-doing it?

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    Ethan Reply:

    Lots of companies provide product for our testing, and it doesn’t equate to a positive review at all. In fact, I shared that information because we strive to be transparent with our readership.

    Rust-Oleum states that Deck Restore will last for 12 years (and I’m curious if it really does).

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  • Colleen responds...
    June 9th, 2013 9:35 pm

    Can this product be used to freshen a wooden fence? How about pressure steps and hand rails? Thank you…

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    Ethan Reply:

    They don’t recommend this product for vertical surfaces (like a fence). I’m not sure what pressure steps are, but we did use it on the top of our handrails too.

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  • bella responds...
    June 10th, 2013 7:36 am

    hi, we just sold our hottub that isnt used anymore,, and have a large, never stained area, and the rest of the deck has been stained every few years,, just with a translucent stain…also have 2 large dogs with claw marks all over the deck,,,,

    do we need to strip the deck, and if so,, what does one use to remove that kind of stain

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    Ethan Reply:

    I’m betting the stain is also a water sealer, and if that’s the case, it needs to be removed before applying Deck Restore. Otherwise, it won’t adhere as well.

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    Wendy S Reply:

    Could I fill a larger gap with a wood filler before, or not?

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  • Megan responds...
    June 10th, 2013 1:32 pm

    I’ve read plenty of reviews on this product and I’ve heard that after using it the deck feels like you’re walking on rocks because of the texture even after backbrushing. What has your experience been? I’ve watched the videos and so many people are saying to add water to make it go on easier, did you do this?

    Finally, if I try and pressure wash it the deck boards will shred since they are in bad shape (not rotten yet). Thoughts on if this will even be worth it?

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  • Jessica responds...
    June 10th, 2013 2:40 pm

    Another question from the random bin…did you consider the new DeckOver from Behr? It is not supposed to get as “hot” as the Deck Restore, but have you found your deck too “hot” or are you situated in the shade? Also if you did consider the other product why did you choose this product instead of the Behr one? Thx.

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  • Jack responds...
    June 11th, 2013 4:56 pm

    The label says that this product can be sprayed on….i’m thinking not.

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  • Beth responds...
    June 12th, 2013 2:46 pm

    Love it! I just finished an 800 sq. foot deck. It does everything it says it does. I did thin it down using 1 cup of water per gallon. You can not rush applying this product. It is a very slow application process. I turned each container upside down for about 15 minutes prior to opening. I also used a mixing tool in a drill to mix it. There is no way one could mix this with a paint stirrer. Spread it naturally by not putting pressure on your roller. Dries fairly fast. It does cover the amount of sq. foot quoted on the container if applied properly. It is textured and dries to a non slip surface. A little rough to bare feet but not unbearable. My deck surrounds a swimming pool. My deck looks GREAT! No more splinters or cracks in the boards. I hope it lasts as long as it claims it will. It is warranted for 12 years. So far it is well worth the money spent on it.

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    Diane Banks Reply:

    My deck is 800 sq ft too. How much did you use? How many “kits”? Does it get hot in the sun? We live in Northern MIchigan and have lots of snow. Any clue how it holds up?

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    jeannie Damron Reply:

    PEELING OFF HUGE WRAP AROUND PORCH ON HISTORIC HOME. $1000.00 DOLKARS WORTH IF RESTORE AND $800.00 LABOR – 6 months old. Don’t waste your time or money.

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  • Sandeep Sood responds...
    June 13th, 2013 1:13 pm

    My deck is fairly new (around 8 years old). I’m debating on between Behr’s DeckOver or this product (Rust-Oleum Deck Restore). Can somebody please comment on it?

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  • Uh60pilot responds...
    June 14th, 2013 12:54 am

    I just completed my deck using the restore product. I used the thick gritty stuff for the horizontal surfaces and the stain for the vertical. I actually did some of my vertical areas with the deck restore even though it is not recommended and it turned out fine. The process is slow but if it lasts as long as they claim it will be worth it. if it doesn’t, And ends up lasting only as long as conventional paint or stain I will be furious. All indicators so far support the claim for durability over many years.
    I was most disappointed in the roller applicators. The material pulled apart and I found myself picking roller material out of my paint. I went through 4 or 5 rollers while doing a 600+ square foot deck.
    As for how the material feels on your bare feet, I kind of like it! It is all about expectation management. The real thing turned out much grittier feeling then the samples at Home Depot indicate but I am ok with that.
    I too put the deck restore on my railings which I wish I could undo. I like the texture on my feet but I don’t like the feeling for my hands or my forearms when I lean against the rail.

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  • Donna Landon responds...
    June 14th, 2013 2:06 am

    Has any tried to do a design with the restore. ? I’am thinking of doing our walk way but not in a single color ( boring ) thinking of 2 or 3 color’s.

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  • Joel responds...
    June 15th, 2013 8:15 am

    Has anyone applied Restore to a new deck? Installed last summer in the Midwest and ready to stain this summer. I obviously don’t have the cracks and splinters yet but it sounds like it might be easier to start with this product rather than a normal stain (was doing a solid stain from Sherwin Williams) that might have to be stripped off down the road to go to Restore or a similar product. Also, does this product fill the deck screws and seal them over? If so, anyone worried about replacing boards down the road with it much more difficult to locate all of the screws?

    Thanks for any feedback

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    Uh60pilot Reply:

    You can use a smooth roller for a smoother finish. It will still have a non slip texture but it will be as smooth as th roller you use. The product does cover up all the screw holes so relplacing boards in the future will be a very difficult job!

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  • Moe responds...
    June 15th, 2013 3:53 pm

    I really prefer a simi smooth surface, is it possible to brush it on to aviod extreme texturing? How about using a very thin roller. Any info is appreciated.

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  • Cheryl Hoover responds...
    June 15th, 2013 5:43 pm

    I’ve read all the reviews on decks but has anyone out there used this on concrete? Our driveway is cracked and aging so we wondered if we could get a few more years out of it by using this product. If anyone has tried this on a driveway or walkway I’d sure like to hear about your experience.

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    Uh60pilot Reply:

    The product is somewhat misleading. One of the pictures in the brochure shows this product used n concrete but in the directions is states not for anything that a vehicle will drive on. I think it is primarily for sidewalks and concrete patios.

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    Jimbo37 Reply:

    “not for anything that a vehicle will drive on.

    The Rust-Oleum site at http://rustoleumrestore.com/ shows a picture of a driveway and says:

    “EXTREME CONCRETE RESTORE
    An advanced coating formulated to beautify and protect unsightly driveways. This cutting edge formula features the latest polymer technology.”

    There appears to be some conflicting information between these two sources.

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  • Chris responds...
    June 15th, 2013 9:32 pm

    Ethan – thanks for sharing. I’m about to stain my deck, which has a solid stain on it now (except where it has peeled or been scraped Dow to bare pressure treated wood). I find myself needing to stain (really paint) the deck every couple of years. We are in upstate New York, and we have cold snowy winters, very hot summers and lists of rain. Plus it is on the south side of the house – gets lots of sun. Deck is over 400 square feet, so composite would be hugely expensive. I saw this product today at Home Depot and I’m intrigued. My main question is what it feels like to walk on it in bare feet. Our deck leads to a pool, so we are frequently on it without shoes. It looks like it might be very uncomfortable to walk on?

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  • steev responds...
    June 17th, 2013 4:22 am

    I am getting ready to do my deck and a friend of mine has done his. This may help you next time but he said he used a 1/4″ nap roller for the second coat and it gave a mostly smooth surface with just enough texture for the grip with out the sand paper feel to it. Your deck looks great I hope mine looks just as good, now if the rain will only stop.

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    Steve Reply:

    Just put down the first coat and i like the way it looks so far. Rolling it on was easy; but it just took a few times to find the proper starting point and how much to load on the roller to make sure i did not have extra material rolling off the edge. the second coat wil have to wait because they are calling for rain this weekend.

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  • Bob m responds...
    June 17th, 2013 11:03 am

    My deck is over my neibors. Did you have any/ much leak tru?

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    Uh60pilot Reply:

    It depends a lot on how your deck boards are spaced. I did a second floor balcony off the master bedroom and the product leaked through to the patio below because my boards were spaced far enough apart. If you use a smaller roller about the width of one plank you can probably control the amount off waste that drips through the crack. I did this in some areas by taking the standard 9 inch roller and cutting down to the width of a small roller.

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  • Kathleen responds...
    June 17th, 2013 7:54 pm

    Help! I painted my first coat of Restore yesterday and it rained last night. My deck is splotchy and VERY sandy! Will the second coat fix this?

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  • Nancy responds...
    June 17th, 2013 9:03 pm

    I used this on my concrete patio that was extremely yucky, chipping and accessorized with cracks.

    Didn’t roll to the edges as knew the 2, 5 gallons wouldn’t cover for a second coat. Not because a large patio but because in such bad shape.

    Finished this past Sunday by painting a border around the edges to compliment the ‘beach’ tint had The Rustoleum colored.

    Patio looks so great and so clean. No more concrete chips on feet when walking barefoot.l

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  • Linda responds...
    June 18th, 2013 8:08 am

    Used this on our deck (which believe it or not was in worse shape than yours) two years ago. Works great. We live in the north east with -20 temps and lots of snow held up great so far. I read some post where people thinned it a little . I did this and it worked fine.

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  • Darla responds...
    June 18th, 2013 4:25 pm

    Hey Beth, I have a 800 square ft deck around my pool as well , but its concrete. How many Gallons did it take you to complete your deck ? and did you have to put a second coat as recommended. What color did you use? I am wanting to purchase this week, but worried about the costs and coverage.Based on the container I will need Approx.32 gallons .could that be right?

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  • Darla responds...
    June 18th, 2013 4:33 pm

    Ethan, What color did you use on your deck?

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  • elaine responds...
    June 18th, 2013 6:19 pm

    i’m wondering if this will go over chatahoochee? our chatahoochee is embedded in the cement, not laid on top.

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  • Judy responds...
    June 18th, 2013 6:48 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the comments. I’m planning of using the Rustoleum Restore on my deck this summer. Thanks to everyone who shared their tips as it will make my experience so much better!

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  • Karen responds...
    June 19th, 2013 11:19 am

    We had heard a lot of good things about Deck Restore and also some of the negatives. WHen we went to get it at Home Depot the sales guy there (very honest…have gone to him on many occasions for recommendations) said that their new product, DeckOver, is getting better results with happier customers saying it was much easier to apply and had great results. So we are going to try it.

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  • Tracy responds...
    June 19th, 2013 1:49 pm

    Your deck looks really nice. Last summer we used the Rustoleum Cabinet transformation product and redid our kitchen cabinets for a little less than $100. We were quite pleased with the final product and have highly recommended to friends and family. These products are realtively inexpensive if you are wiling to put in the manual labor required when compared to replacement options.

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    peggy Reply:

    I have wondered about the cabinet kit.I am no do it yourselfer.However I would try this.My cabinets are wood stained and I do not want to paint them.How hard was this to do and how much experience did you already have?Thank you.

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  • Leslie responds...
    June 23rd, 2013 11:52 am

    Does anyone know whether Deck Restore can be used in humid environments, such as Southern Illinois?

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  • Walter responds...
    June 23rd, 2013 4:03 pm

    Lots of comments, but do we dare to compare “restore,” vs “deck over?”

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  • Tim responds...
    June 23rd, 2013 9:45 pm

    Hi,

    I was thinking of using this product but my question/comment is: I have a deck where the railing spindles are connected to the deck unlike yours where you had a gap under the railing. How would you get the product close enough to the spindles with the roller without it pooling up the spindles.

    Thanks

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  • Mark responds...
    June 24th, 2013 5:09 pm

    I would be a little concerned using this product on a deck in very poor condition, though that is what it is obviously intended for.

    I have seen many painted exterior structures that were basically held together by the paint film. Damage was not evident until it was too late. This looks like a similar solution, but even worse.

    Does the product breath, or is it trapping moisture from the underside and promoting rot?

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  • Eaglescout68 responds...
    June 24th, 2013 7:26 pm

    Ethan, please let me (us) know what color you used on your great looking deck … looks like Taupe, Dune or Chocolate

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    NMLady Reply:

    In his description he says it is Saddle.
    When I purchased my kit, Home Depot was able to tint it to a Behr color I had picked for the exterior of my house.

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    Eaglescout68 Reply:

    Thanks, I guess I should read slower, I reread the article, and there it is Saddle, I am putting Taupe for the second coat, we first used Beach and its too light for us.

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  • mike responds...
    June 24th, 2013 8:29 pm

    what about on concrete steps

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  • Steffan responds...
    June 25th, 2013 6:02 pm

    I am thinking about using the deck restore product. After searching everywhere, I can find where it says anything about how it feels when the sun is shining on it all day. I’m in south Louisiana and it gets extremely hot….I am trying to figure out if this product traps the heat or what..

    Basically wanna know how hot to the touch on bare feet does it get???

    Thanks!!!

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  • Joe responds...
    June 25th, 2013 11:36 pm

    It depends greatly on the color. I used Rattan which is a very light greyish color which appears almost white. It is completely comfortable on bare feet, even in the 90 degree full sunlight of the past few days.

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  • Emelie responds...
    June 26th, 2013 9:10 pm

    We have been very interested in trying this product on our old, weathered deck as we can not afford to replace it. I have been looking at reviews for the Behr deck restore product as well. I am not sure which is better? You stated that some friends of yours used Behr? I read that the Behr product made the deck very hot, too hot for dogs to walk on. Has the Rust-Oleum product made your deck overly hot to the touch? Do you have any idea which is better?

    Thank you!!

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    Joe Reply:

    I felt the Behr was too thin to cover the deep splintering I had. As far as heat, it’s the color that has the most influence, but the rougher texture is a bit cooler because the complete surface is not exposed to light. It sort of shadow’s itself.

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  • Terry Emerson responds...
    June 29th, 2013 8:21 am

    I have a screened pourch that had indoor/outdoor carpet on it, and i can’t get all the glue off. Some of the glue hand turned to a power like substance that was around the outside.The other that was further up under the pourch still has some glue qualities. Will this Restore stick to the glue? If not do you have any suggestions

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  • Brian responds...
    June 29th, 2013 5:33 pm

    Ethan,
    Love the color you choose. Could you please tell me what color you used on your deck? Thanks!

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    Diane Banks Reply:

    Has anyone used this product in white? If so, can you hose off the dirt?

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  • Genny responds...
    June 30th, 2013 6:46 am

    Thanks for this! And thanks for the person with the comment about the concrete patio. I’ve done a lot of research on behr and this rustoleum product to cover my not-so-pretty concrete patio and sidewalk area. And based on the description, rustoleum would be the perfect choice to fill in cracks etc. I’m so glad that it actually works like it says. I’m ordering today!

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  • Carol responds...
    July 1st, 2013 3:49 pm

    How does this product hold up to snow. And shoveling snow off. Does it scratch?

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  • Bob Cook responds...
    July 6th, 2013 9:24 pm

    We’ve been having a lot of rain—will a heavy unexpected rain destroy what you completed before it is absolutely dry?

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    Joe Reply:

    I had to redo my top rails because of rain. It took about an hour for me to get from one end to another, and it rained about 2 hours after I finished. So the side that was done 3 hours before heavy rain was good for a second coat. The last part I completed was a washout. Between those points it washed out, or held up, pretty much along the timeline.

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    Craig Reply:

    HELP!!! I finished my 2nd coat 24 hours ago, and we just got a light rain that is making the Restore mushy. AM I DOOMED??? Will I have to wait for it to completely dry, and then buy some more for a 3rd coat? WHAT TO DO???

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    Joe Reply:

    Craig,

    I’ve been there. Yes you should put a third coat on. Just like wet concrete, too much water before it is set and cured will wash out some of the cement and weaken the resulting product.

    Craig Reply:

    Thanx, Joe…It’s looking more and more like you are right…I will need a 3rd coat once it dries.

    DJ Everett Reply:

    Really Joe?? A third coat?? You must have some money that you want to throw away!!

    Joe Reply:

    DJ- If you read the thread you will see that Rustoleum stood behind their product and in conjunction with Home Depot, provided me with the sealer, and Restore product needed at no additional charge. My only expense was the original purchase of the product needed to do the two original coats.

    At the end of the winter — the 3rd snowiest on record in my area, which including today puts us at about 70 inches, as well as single digit temps for days—- I have a few nicks in front of my back door and on the edge of one step. Both from shoveling and easily touched up.

    I have no peeling, no cracking. It is a wonderful product that saved me from replacing the surface of a 28 year old deck. By my count I am about $8500 ahead.

    There is no pretending tis is easy. It is an epoxy stucco and takes much care in preparation and application to get the proper result. Anything less will yield questionable results.

  • Cynthia responds...
    July 7th, 2013 10:02 pm

    We used Restore on our deck 16 x32. It splattered awful. Covered well.. But after the second coat dried, I questioned if it was a mistake. This is very uncomfortable to walk on. We hoped for non slip but this is impossible to walk or knee on.

    How do I fix this or take it off. We didn’t see the extremely fine print on the can saying to brush over the second coat. I didn’t get eyeball level with the 4 gal bucket instructions. I watched the video at the store. We now have a new deck and hesitate to use it again. This deck will have hot tub…durability is the plus..bare feet…issue.

    I am anxious for recommendations..

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  • Susan responds...
    July 9th, 2013 12:02 am

    I have a 10×20 deck that I will be doing. I was planning on buying the restore in the 4 gallon size because its a bit cheaper that way. But I have read in several reviews that it thickens up quickly , the sand in the mixture settles etc. making me wonder if buying the 4 gallon is the best choice. Has anyone bought their product in the 4 gallon size and if so have you had problems with this?

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    Joe Reply:

    I used six of the 4 gal pails.

    You need to mix it during use, about every gal. You can also add a bit of water as you get to the bottom. I read this in many reviews as well but I think the issue is the roller becoming matted and paint’ laden. Think about it, the roller has been in the air drying during the entire time. I think this is one of the reasons they recommend a new roller cover for each 4 gal. pail.

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  • ROSE MERKEL responds...
    July 10th, 2013 8:05 am

    I would like to know if it holds up by a swimming pool? chemicals from pool ?

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  • Eaglescout68 responds...
    July 11th, 2013 7:50 pm

    Just finished my 12×20 deck with a 12×2 wood walkway to the deck. The 10 hour job took me 17 days to complete? Rain in Cleveland, OH and much of the Midwest. I used 7 gallons of paint, 3 of beech (was too light for us) and the rest Taupe. At our HD I kept purchasing 2 gallon kits, was cheaper then the 3 gallon pail (Looks like a 5 gallon bucket. I purchased the Lowe’s Blue 5 gallon bucket and a nice long paint mixer that fits on my cordless. I put the first coat using the roller in the kit. When I switched colors I used a standard roller, since the first coat was dry and had texture there was no change in smoothness. I did learn to use a pair of disposable gloves to scoop out the paint from the gallon container for mixing in the larger pail. The colors were very consistent between purchasing from Lowe’s and Home Depot, Lowe’s ran out of $39 kits and I did not want to purchase the $25 single can. Besides many of the questions sent to Ethan can be answered if you get the kit and READ the instructions that are inside the case. I still have 2 kit rollers that I didn’t use.

    Bottom Line we love the results, I like to walk on the texture, does not bother our feet, and the hotness people are talking about I don’t get. Our deck is under a 250 year old Maple, love the shade. It does take some time to feel the proper roller application. Take it slow and let it roll. One Project Closer.. Thank you for this forum. Good luck to all, Keep Moving!

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  • Lorain responds...
    July 12th, 2013 11:45 pm

    We purchased our Restore (had it tinted) and started putting it on today with zero chance of rain. We didn’t get far and it started to storm. Now we get to start all over. But what I wanted to know is if you have it tinted (we went with their beach color) and it is way lighter than I wanted. Is there anyway to take back the other 4- 3 gallon things and have it made darker? I am not sure if that is even possible. Thanks for any info you can give me.

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  • Jane responds...
    July 13th, 2013 12:10 pm

    Love this forum- thank you all for sharing your experiences! My 15 yo daughter and I are heading to HD to pick our colors out now. Uncovered deck of 13x 26 and covered of 16×21. It’s going to be a lot of work- but I think worth it!

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  • Jimbo37 responds...
    July 18th, 2013 2:32 pm

    I asked our contractor if he had any experience with this product, and he hadn’t. However, he said he had some feedback on a similar product.

    He raised questions as to how well this product will hold up as a rigid surface over a flexing wooden floor and how well it would hold up to expansion and contraction with extreme temperatures, He said he would be concerned about cracking or chipping, and how well it could be patched without being too noticeable..

    Anybody have any experience with those possibilities?

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  • Stacy responds...
    July 23rd, 2013 8:09 am

    We used this on our concrete covered patio and a tongue and groove covered porch. It has only been about a month, but we love the results. BUT, we used it on our concrete steps and it is starting to chip. We blocked off the steps for a week to give it extra time to cure, but there are now small areas where it is chipping off after just one week. Anyone else have this experience or know of anything we can to do stop it?

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  • Vikki responds...
    July 24th, 2013 7:48 pm

    We have just used both the deck restore and the deck over. We used the deck restore on the flat surface and the deck over on the vertical railings and step risers. We are now moving onto the back deck. I am wondering if I can use up both products (they are tinted the same grey color) by painting a base coat of the deck over and then putting down only one coat of the restore on top. This could provide some texture, but not be overwhelming. It could also use up the remaining product. Any thoughts?

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    Joe Reply:

    I would use the Restore as the base. It will cover the imperfections better. The Deck Over will then fill in some of the texture, softening it.

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  • lyn responds...
    July 24th, 2013 8:33 pm

    Just applied deck restore. Was a big job but I’m happy with how it turned out. My only question if after it drys and you put furniture on it will it chip. Out patio furniture is quit heavy and I’m concerned about sliding the chairs back and forth. Will with leave marks/cracks???

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  • Loretta Morres responds...
    July 28th, 2013 11:07 pm

    I have completed one section of a very large deck with the restore product. I do like the look of the product, but I am disappointed in the color. My husband and I chose the cedar color and it is so light it seems to look somewhat pink. We bought 5 of the 3 gallon buckets of the product so I have to keep going.

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  • Joe responds...
    July 28th, 2013 11:29 pm

    We also have a large deck and went through 6 of the 4 gal. buckets.

    Yes, there seems to be some issue with the way the color looks once applied. If you lie the swatch down on the deck, it matches, but in bright light the colors seem to wash out. My original color was rattan. We want a lighter color so as to not have the heat (deck used to be a dark brown). But it appeared to be blinding white in sunlight. It also had a pink cast to it.

    We spoke to customer support and we are coating it with the vertical stain in a slightly darker color, slate. I don’t want to go any darker or I will be back to dealing with a 140 degree surface.

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  • debbiedoos responds...
    July 29th, 2013 12:03 am

    WOW,that looks super! I would love to try it and think we will!

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  • Brenda responds...
    July 31st, 2013 3:28 pm

    in regards to patio furniture being on it and a chair gets “scooted” does it knock the ruggedness off? how does it stand up in regards to that?

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    DJ Everett Reply:

    It doesn’t stand up to anything!! Ours came off just from sweeping it. Don’t waste your money!

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  • June Ann Martin responds...
    July 31st, 2013 3:59 pm

    I have been looking at this all summer and have yet to buy because I am afraid to go for it. We have a small cement patio between our house and garage that is old and years ago someone painted it. Now it has all worn off but there is a green cast here and there and it has some cracks in it also. Someone told us that it won’t stick to a semi smooth surface.That it had to be a broom brush surface. Is this true. Or would it be OK to use this product on it?

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  • Mark T. responds...
    August 7th, 2013 11:36 am

    We applied the horizontal deck restore and followed all of the directions regarding preperation nd application. Every time it rains, we have bubbles everywhere. Is this part of the curing process?

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    DJ Everett Reply:

    It bubbles and then it peels off and looks like crap!!

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  • jerry responds...
    September 30th, 2013 9:38 am

    i have a wrap around porch and deck 2000 sq. feet to cover. is there any discount for quanitys thanks for any in put

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    DJ Everett Reply:

    You can but it in 4 gallon buckets but don’t waste your money and your time!! It chips and peels and the company will not return your money! They want you to remove the paint and use it again!!

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  • Kathie Spahr responds...
    October 1st, 2013 10:25 am

    I see lots of comments on wood deck, but read somewhere this is not for Smooth concrete or anything other then Broom finished. Our cool deck is not very rough and wonder if it too would chip off or if finish would be too rough to kneel on as stated above. Most of the questions on concrete were not answered is that why?

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    DJ Everett Reply:

    This paint is rough and a huge waste of money!!

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    Emelie Reply:

    DJ,

    Sorry you are so upset. We used this product last summer and so far it has worked well on our deck and on concrete. We used 3 coats and waited 1 day in between to be certain it was dry enough to take the other coats. I hope you find a solution that will make you feel better.

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  • Bob Goudie responds...
    October 18th, 2013 3:39 pm

    I live in the Seattle area and it is typically rainy and damp in this area. I’m not quite a novice when it comes to doing this sort of thing. When I saw this product I was quite excited about it since I have a deck that although structurally sound was looking a little shabby (lot of checking on the upper surface). I started by pressure washing the deck and spraying it with bleach and vinegar to take care of any mildew and other stains. I let it dry for a couple of weeks and a couple days before I started on this I hose it down again to get anything that had accumulated on it in the two weeks between cleaning and actually starting work on this. I bought two of the 4+ gal. buckets to do my deck (a little less that 200 sq ft.). I let the sales person at HD talk me into buying a miss mixed bucket for the first coat. That saved about $50. I’m not sure I would do that again, at least not if the color is significantly different than the final coat. In my case the first coat was a yellow (sand) color with the final coat being gray. The problem with that is you have to cover all of the first coat or you’ll see a lot of the first coat on the edges and it won’t look good. I didn’t finish the first coat until late afternoon and thought it would be dry by morning. Wrong, fog had set in ( as it often does in September) and the temp. dropped a couple degrees below 60. It wasn’t even close to dry the next morning. Even though the sun (we have sun breaks in Seattle) had come out and it reach into the 60s it still wasn’t dry that day. The next day there was a light rain so it didn’t dry that day either. During this time the temp was dipping below 60 at night which didn’t help. It was finally dry enough to walk on four days later and the weather looked good for the second coat. At that point I took a very stiff scrub brush and went over the deck to make sure there were no loose or flaking material on the deck from the first coat not drying properly. That removed some of the first coat. I then proceeded with the second coat starting earlier in the day so it would have a better chance to dry. It was dry to the touch in about 4 hours after I finished but I stayed off of it until late the next day. Then I had to proceed to cover up all the yellow from the first coat. All of that was on the edges of the boards and around the outside. When I finished the deck looked much better than when I started. As far as I’m concerned though the jury is still out on this. So far I’m noticing that the original checking seems to be coming back through and it’s chipping off in a lot places. I’m not sure if that’s because the first coat didn’t cure/dry properly or what. I can patch up the spots that are chipping but at some point it may be easier to remove it and start again.
    If you decide to use this product I have these suggestions.
    Do it in the summer when temps will stay above 60 degrees until it’s well cured. If there’s any chance of rain in the forecast for several days after your expected completion, wait. Give it plenty of time to dry.
    Don’t be temped to buy a miss mixed bucket unless it’s very close to the color you want. When the sales person mentioned doing this I had ask if more pigment could be added to get it closer to what I want. She said she would not recommend it because it won’t dry right with too much pigment in it. That may (emphisis on may) have contributed to my drying problem of the first coat since I’m not sure why it was in their miss mixed bin.
    I’m not sure what to think about the checking coming through on this at this point but if that continues and the chipping keeps happening the deck will be back to looking shabby and this will have been a waste. I’m wondering if this stuff isn’t a little too hard. Wood will typically expand and contract and along with drying out more which causes the checking to begin with. If the wood expands and contracts and this produce because of it’s hardness doesn’t I would think it’s not going to last. Time will tell.

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  • pamela responds...
    December 16th, 2013 3:23 pm

    this stuff is crap! my son last september applied this deck and concrete restore on our deck. he replaced new boards that needed to be replaced. he applied two coats so we had to invest into more buckets. in october the restore already started to chip on edges and on the steps. now it’s december and it’s really BAD! my son is a perfectionist and is really disappointed. alot of labor went into it. also the roller that came with it was not good. had to invest in a new one.he had also pressure washed the deck prior to application.

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  • Julie responds...
    December 27th, 2013 8:47 pm

    This is the worst product I have ever used it was peeling within the first rain storm. Do not buy!!!

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  • Brian responds...
    December 29th, 2013 4:21 pm

    I have heard that using a smaller brush results in a larger yield for the product as a good percentage goes in between the boards and is wasted. An earlier poster recommends staining the “between boards” first and this sounds like a good idea.

    Rust-Oleum sell a 6″ roller for this? It was seem like a no-brainer to have for deck boards.

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  • Chris LeBlanc responds...
    January 22nd, 2014 4:48 pm

    after hearing out Restore, we purchased 2 5 gallon buckets to do our large deck, I cleaned the deck with bleach water and a stiff brush, then pressure washed it and let it dry. had to get a 3rd bucket, so we could finish the second coat. Now 5 months later it is peeling off in long strips and the deck look terrible. I sent an e-mail to customer service over a month ago and have heard nothing back from the company, for the time and money put into this project, I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED– suppose to last 10 years–thats a joke!!

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  • Jeff responds...
    February 18th, 2014 12:44 am

    I have over 3,500 square ft. of wood decking. We used around 60 gallons of Restore Beach color. Love, love , love this stuff! I have been sanding and staining this deck for the last 12 years. I can not tell you how happy I am not to have to deal with it for years to come! It is extremely durable and looks beautiful! If your having issues with it you did something wrong. I only review a product if I feel strongly about it. Restore is well worth the money.

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  • DJ Everett responds...
    March 17th, 2014 9:41 am

    My husband worked for hours prepping our deck and applying this paint. The deck looked beautiful for about 6 months, now it looks like crap!! The paint is chipping and peeling. We contacted the company and their answer is to remove all the paint,( like that’s an easy job!!) Then they want us to use it again! Not happening, this was the biggest rip off I’ve ever seen!!

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    Tom Reply:

    DJ, we get it. You are not happy. Mine looks great still, been on since July, winter has done it no harm and waiting to see what this summer does. But for now ours is good. Sorry for your experience, but you don’t need to reply to every individual on here. My email box is filled with your complaints. Please feel free to complain elsewhere.

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  • mike rinaldi responds...
    April 3rd, 2014 11:42 pm

    Hey guys, I bought this stuff last year and had it put on professionally. The guys came and first sanded the whole deck and then applied 2 coats. I did both my front deck and back deck with it. I have to say, when it first was done last spring, I absolutely loved it. It really brought such a new look to the deck and I really loved the feel of it as well. I had so many compliments about it last summer from friends. Well, then winter came and here in NY, we got blasted with a harsh winter this year .. lots of snow and ice. The deck restore didn’t do so well under those conditions. My back deck I have lots of peeling. My front deck is only peeling near the stairs but the rest of the front deck has a roof so no snow or ice accumulated on there .. that part stayed in tact. What can I say, Mother nature has its way of destroying things. What I want to do is buy a couple of more gallons and just go over all the parts on the back deck that peeled up … there are long strips that peeled up .. but I can say about 50% of the deck also stayed in tacked. Only thing is I see some cracks in the texture in those areas as well …. so I was thinking of just getting a paint brush and applying a coat on all those areas that need it … the peeled up parts as well as the parts that have cracks in it. Do you think I will be fine doing this? I really did like the deck restore and how it came out … and if I can get away with doing those touch ups and it be good for this summer season, I will be happy … Please let me know how I should proceed .. Thanks

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  • David Heagle responds...
    April 13th, 2014 1:07 pm

    Ethan – now that spring gas arrived, just wondering how things have held up? I have a 10×24 deck that I’m considering using this product on.

    Thank you,
    Dave

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  • Tom responds...
    April 14th, 2014 7:16 pm

    To all these people saying that it is peeling up, I live in Wisconsin, we had a very harsh winter, sub zero temps, tons of snow. I have one spot on one tread of one step on our deck that is peeling. Our deck was treated lumber but was 10 years old. Very dried out. Used pressure washer and prep solution from Rustoleum. Surface was rough, you don’t want it smooth. Let it dry out a ton (a couple days) then applied the stuff to the deck. Did it over two or three days application. One small spot on the step is peeling. We did NOT prep the steps like we did the deck surface. Barely did anything on the steps. Not surprised that we have a little peeling there. Otherwise worked great so far, applied in July 2013, and as of April 2014 after a harsh winter, very little issue. I will keep you posted on here, but so far so good. Our deck looks amazing. Thanks.

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