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Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2015

Important Note: For the past few years there have been numerous “Deck Makeover” products that have come on the market. As contractors we have not seen any of the products actually perform well. In fact they seem to fail after 1 year and even more so in a cold weather state. One thing that the past years(s) have shown is that there is a demand from consumers to use these types of products.

This review is from a third party. We personally have not tested or used this product. We posted the review based on respect for the manufacturer and belief that this product has real value and an excellent history based on consumer reviews. This review is not an actual outdoor field test but a Freeze/Thaw test.


Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2015

Deck Revive is a DIY acrylic based polymer deck coating that resurfaces old decks, docks and other treated lumber — in ANY color you choose.  Deck Revive repairs and protects wood structures from the constant expansion and contraction cycle that destroys wood.

Traditional deck stains, deck paints and deck sealers just put new color on old splinters, cracks and nailheads  and have to be re-applied annually.  Deck Revive actually fills in cracks and knots,  locks down splinters and nailheads,  and provides a new slip-resistant textured surface that lasts for years.

Unlike other “Deck Resurfacer” type products, Deck revive is breathable, allowing moisture to escape.


DeckRevive-Freeze Thaw Performance Test

Scope: Test comparison of Rust-Oleum Deck Restore, Behr Deck Over and Gulf Synthetics DeckRevive.

Test Parameters:

  1. Front panel and edges were coated according to manufacturer recommended application instructions, leaving the back of the panel untreated.
  2. Panel was fully submerged in water at room temperature for 24 hours, removed from water and placed in 15° Fahrenheit freezer for 24 hours and removed and allowed to recover at room temperature. This process constitutes one cycle.
  3. As of this published overview of freeze/thaw testing the panel has been exposed to 24 cycles

Test Results:

  1. Deck Restore was initially soft and somewhat recovered but can be removed from the substrate with little effort and there was no evidence of substrate cracking through the coating.
  2. Deck Over slightly softened and fully recovered but due to its lack of film build compared to the other coatings displayed substrate cracking through the coating.
  3. Deck Revive slightly softened but fully recovered within the 24 hour room temperature portion

See Testing Video Here:

Product Information:

Website: Gulf Synthetics
Cost: $240 per Kit
Stain Type: Solid Color Deck Surfacer
Available Colors: Any Color
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: 200 sq. ft for 2 coats per kit.
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-8 Hours
Cleanup: Water Cleanup
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Gemini Coatings

*We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

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30 responses to “Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2015”

  1. James Henderson says:

    Excellant article – can this product be purchased in Canada

  2. Michelle M says:

    what kind of warranty do they offer ? Where can you purchase this product and much would you need for a 20×20 deck

  3. Nancy says:

    Wish we would have waited. Sounds like a great product, but my question is….am I now stuck with the Behr Deck Over I have on my deck? We only did one coat (I know, bad move!) and ran out of time (weather-related) last year. We were going to do a second coat this year, but there's already peeling going on. Are there any methods to remove some (or most) of the Deck Over?

  4. Randy says:

    after using the gulf synthetics Deck Revive ……………. what stain or coating would you recommend ?

  5. Cindy says:

    How is the GEMINI product with heat after a full day of sun exposure? Apparently, the other products get too hot to walk on.

    • We have never heard anything negative about this. Heat is usually generated by the color, not the stain. Darker colors will become hot and retain heat more so than a lighter color.

  6. Todd LaFontaine says:

    When I applied Deck Revive 4 years ago, I wasn't aware of the requirement to first apply the bonding product first. Unfortunately approximately 40% of Deck Revive has pealed off. I will now have to sand blast the whole 400 sq ft deck and reapplying the Deck Revive, but this time apply the Gulf synthetics binding agent first. Not looking forward to that job!!
    I would like to place an order for enough Deck Revive & the bonding agent, but first, would you please tell me now much of each product I will require. I will be applying 2 coats of Deck Revive. Thank you…

    • You would need 1 Permabond and 2 of the Deck Revive Full Kits. The Permabond makes a huge difference and is what makes this products work correctly and last.

  7. MikeV says:

    Would this product be appropriate on untreated wood? Our condo building has a stairwell from which we would like to remove the doors – top floor, middle landing and ground floor, remove the carpet and leave open.There would be exposure to the elements near where the doors are removed. I think it would be much cheaper to seal the untreated wood (once carpet removed) as opposed to replacing all wood with pressure treated. Thoughts??

  8. Ellen says:

    Mistakes were made. We used Olympic Rescue It, which is peeling horribly after 2 years. We tried to pressure wash it off, but it's taking forever. Can we put this over what is left? We want our deck to, you know, not look like crap.

    • Deck Stain Help says:

      I believe so. As long as you remove all the peeling and use the Perma Bond before the Deck Revive, it should adhere.

  9. Dennis Freeman says:

    Would a concrete bonding agent applied to the wood first help these products to adhere better? It works well on concrete I just don't know about wood. These are concrete based products are they not?

  10. Brandy says:

    Can this product be used without paint added in? I would love to just stain my deck or leave it natural looking but with protection from the elements. Can this product be used like that?

  11. EPS says:

    I put the PermaBond on at the end of last summer. Some areas have worn but most of the deck surface still has the bonding agent in place. Can I put the deck revive on now or should I recoat with primer again?

  12. allen says:

    Can Deck Revive be used on a painted deck ?

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.