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Olympic Rescue It Review 2014 2.3/5 (44)
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Olympic Rescue it Rating

Olympic Rescue It Review

Olympic Rescue It Review

Olympic® RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer is the ultimate remedy for worn or weathered wood and concrete. With the proper preparation, this 100% acrylic coating fills wood and concrete cracks up to ¼″ deep. Don’t replace it. Rescue it!

Olympic Rescue It Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6

– The Olympic Rescue It version of “deck restore type” products is no different in that it still looks like a thick paint was applied. Overall though it did have a nice uniform appearance.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10

– No graying of the deck as this product does not allow the stain through to change the appearance.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 5

– The Olympic Rescue It performed better than the Behr Deckover and the Rust-Oleum versions but not nearly as good as the Gulf Synthetics brand that we have tested. After the first winter about 1/2 of the deck had some issues.

Cost Per Square Foot: 3

– Coverage was about the suggested 50 sq. per gallon for the two coats. We used 12 gallons for the deck at a total cost of about $400 for 600 sq. feet.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8

– There was some mold on the deck. Very little and could be related to a large tree nearby. Nothing to worry about and the Olympic Rescue It did a pretty good job with this category.

Ease of Application: 3

– Applies like a thick paste. We had to dip into the tray with the roller every few sq. feet. Dries and sets fairly fast as well in direct sunlight

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 10

– The Olympic Rescue It did not darken in color in any way.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 3

– You would have to sand off the Olympic Rescue It for full removal before reapplying the same or a different brand of deck stain.

Overall Score Olympic Rescue It at 2 Year Period: 6

– The Olympic Rescue It scored better than any other of the big box versions of the “Deck Resurface” type stains. If you are in a warm weather state, you probably would get better results then our testing. These products seem to peel anywhere you get a freeze/thaw cycle.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Lowes and Select Stores
Cost: $35 per Gallon
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain – Water Based
Available Colors: 110 Custom colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: Covers up to 50 sq. ft. in 2 coats per gallon
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Olympic

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: 2013
Deck Wood Type: Cedar Deck
Deck Square Footage: 600 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Years
Stain Color Used: 
Russet


*All products tested and results are from our experience. 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.

Update Spring of 2016

Please read our article on Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2015  We believe this product has real value if looking for these product types that actually work.


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71 responses to “Olympic Rescue It Review 2014”

  1. Hugh M says:

    I am not pleased with this products performance. I am a contractor with over 30 years of experience and this product was recommended by one of my vendors, I followed all the manufactures instructions and the used the products the vendor told me to use for cleaning and prepping the surface. We used a surface cleaner and cleaned the deck and let it dry for two weeks before applying the product. Now two years later the product is starting to peel. We applied two coats as recommended. My customer is not pleased! I would suggest using a Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore product as opposed to Olympic, Rustoleum, or Behr!

  2. RW Peterson says:

    After one year, with careful attention to prep and application directions, the product is peeling off of about half of the deck boards which are pressure treated fir. It seems to be sensitive to the various grain surfaces. I am in a wet climate region and the peeling began in the beginning of the summer season in the year following application. I have used many Olympic products in the past with success, but I would not recommend the use of Rescue It in the Pacific NW.

  3. Suzonne says:

    it is awful. Put down by a professional and he can't believe how awful it is. And it doesn't come off consistently. SO we have some that is staying especially on the railings and some parts of the floor.. It is JUST simply the worst thing we could have done to our deck. What can we use to get the stuff off the deck? Our deck is HUGE and to sand it would be crazy…

    This stuff should be taken off the market.

  4. Suzonne says:

    it is awful. Put down by a professional and he can't believe how awful it is. And it doesn't come off consistently. SO we have some that is staying especially on the railings and some parts of the floor.. It is JUST simply the worst thing we could have done to our deck. What can we use to get the stuff off the deck? Our deck is HUGE and to sand it would be crazy…

  5. Rhonda says:

    We used restore it 1 year ago. It looked great going down. But now it has become a eye sore. I've not had the peeling issue but it looks awful. There's nothing I have found that cleans it. No matter how much you scrub or power wash it just looks dirty. Mind you I have a complete wrap around porch. So angry with this product and with company's for selling this to people.

  6. Tom Rosplock says:

    I agree with most complaints here. After 2 years my deck looks like crap. Tried to pressure wash to remove, good luck with that. now I'm stuck between what to do next. Putting my house up for sale soon, I guess I have to repaint and let the next owner deal with the problem.

  7. Debbie Hendricks says:

    Looked good the first year. Second year it is bubbling and peeling off in sheets!!! Followed directions to the T!! Went through 3 gallons and purchased another gallon to do the rails this year. if anyone wants to purchase it, it's unopened in my garage. I can't find my receipt so I guess I'm screwed. Wasted alot of my time and having fibromyalgia didn't help. Now I have to figure out how to remove this crap and start over with some stain!!!!!

  8. Louis Carpinelli says:

    This product is no better than the others. It peels off within a year.
    As a chemical process engineer for years, I have prepared surfaces for aerospace hardware. I know what it takes to coat substrates. I can certainly appreciate following instructions, but this was to no avail. To repair my deck, this time I am going to prime the surfaces and hope that it sticks. Oh the joy of peeing the rest off just to try and get it to stick. I have pictures of the piles of sheets of the coating – it crosslinks to itself just fine but has no adhesive. properties.
    Don't waste your time and money

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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.

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