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Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review 2015 1.91/5 (21)

Deck Restore 10x ReviewRust-Oleum Deck Restore ReviewWhy repaint when you can revitalize your deck—with Rust-Oleum® Deck & Concrete Restore® ? This liquid-armor resurfacer forms a tough, resilient coating over existing decking. It lasts for years with minimal maintenance! Limited lifetime warranty.

  • 10 times thicker than ordinary coatings—fills cracks, locks down splinters, hides imperfections
  • Non-slip, barefoot-friendly texture; water- and weather-resistant; durable
  • Economical, environmentally safe; easy to apply and clean up

Note: Class Action Lawsuit has been filed against Rust-Oleum Deck Restore 10x:  See Here and Our Article

Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 3

– The finished appearance of this product is poor. It looks “clumpy” and dirt has a tendency to stick to the surface as the product cures. The color did not match the color on the chart.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10

– Does not gray in the areas where it has not peeled.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 2

– Of all the “Deck Resurface” products the Rust-Oleum version peels the worst. It started peel within a few months of application.

Cost Per Square Foot: 1

– Coverage is terrible. We did not get the 30 sq. feet per gallon for the 2 coats. Closer to 20 sq. feet for two coats. We spent over $350 for our 200 sq. foot deck.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6

– About 40% of the deck had mold.

Ease of Application: 1

– This product is not easy to apply. It splatters and it we had to constantly back wipe to ensure even appearance. The roller that comes with the kit is useless and does not last. It feels like you are applying a coat of tar with sand in it.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 10

– The Rust-Oleum Deck Restore does not darken in color.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 1

– Be prepared to sand this off for switching to a different brand. Might be easier to fill deck boards or replace the floor.

Overall Score Rust-Oleum Deck Restore It at 2 Year Period: 4.25

– The Synta Deck Restore started the craze of the “Deck Resurface” products. Synta’s versions was bought by Rust-Oleum and the formula may have changed. Looking at the online history of reviews for this product, it seemed to work better prior to the acquisition. We cannot recommend this product based on our testing, numerous  poor online reviews (check Amazon), and the class action lawsuit.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Home Depot, WalMart, Select Stores
Cost: $45 for a 2 Gallon Kit
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain – Water Based
Available Colors: 60+colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: 25-30 sq ft per gallon with 2 coats
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Rust-Oleum

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: 2013
Deck Wood Type: Pine Treated Deck
Deck Square Footage: 200 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 1+ Years
Stain Color Used:

*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 2015

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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30 responses to “Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Review 2015”

  1. Justin R says:

    How do you remove this junk from concrete?
    (used the product designed for concrete)

    Like most, I found it peeled easily.

  2. Emily P says:

    We are in the process of trying to remove this from our deck. We applied it two years ago and now it is peeling horribly in sheets. Pressure washing is not getting if off enough for us to restain. Sanding is very time consuming. We may need to replace the boards on all the floors if we cannot get it off. I am going to look into the class action lawsuit. We spend a fortune on the product and now we are stuck paying more to fix it. Very disappointed to say the least!

  3. Robert_Lauren says:

    They want a rating based on 2 years of product being used. After under 1 year this product was bubbling up, cracking and coming up in large strips from my deck. I would rate it at 0 stars if it was possible!

  4. Dan says:

    Painted an older swing set with it- took four gallons. Three months later I'm flaking it off and re coating almost the whole thing.

  5. Linda H says:

    Cleaned my deck with pressure washer and then deck cleaner to prep. Cost me over $400 for Restore. I applied last summer and it is peeling terribly. Would never recommend this product. Looked beautiful after I first applied it. Now I could cry. I'm a 68 yr old woman who did this by myself. Don't think I have the energy to repeat. Would rate a 0 if possible. Looks a mess!

  6. Sarah says:

    Lasted less than 6 months, expensive and terrible peeling. So much work to try to undo….STAY AWAY

  7. Larry Kehoe says:


  8. Chris Rikard says:

    I would not recommend this product at all. It WILL start peeling up a few months after application. We pressure washed our deck as the instructions said. This deck had previously been treated, for years, with Thompsons deck preservative. I am not sure how this product would do on untreated wood.

  9. T.oram says:

    Peeling after 1 year? Try one month! I'm so disappointed in this product. Horrible horrible horrible. The sand in this stuff clumps up in places, and then in other places, you're left with just paint. Looks like a topographical map, not a deck.

  10. Pat Brown says:

    My experience with this product was exceptionally bad. Followed the directions and prepped the deck, yet product is peeling off in many locations after one year. The video at this website accurately depicts my results and situation. Now, after spending about $600 am faced with even more costs. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. You may regret it like I am.

  11. Home wonder says:

    Horrible all the way around! I would never recommend this to anyone. Spent a ton of money on 4 three gallon buckets and the primer also. We learned our lesson!

  12. M Lopez says:

    I certainly will not recommend this product at all. My deck surface was peeling off after one year after the winter months. This application was done in Chicago around september.

  13. Jolene says:

    I would not recommend this product!!! I spent a lot of money using this product last summer to repaint my decks…it is all peeling up!!! And if that isn't bad enough the wood under th paint is wet and some has started to rot!!!so not only do I have to peel the paint up off the wood but have to replace boards!! Very unhappy!!!

  14. Shirley Vaughan says:

    It seems a shame to give this product even one star!

  15. Heidi MUeller says:

    Terrible investment! Home depot sold it too us just to get off their shelves! If I find a good receipe everyone needs to have it, I was excited to have a low maintaining deck, Its more work now trying to get this resolve off the deck, pressure washer cannot even take it off! The video of this product is true this product chips and flakes a complete Mess, Rustolem stop producing this product and help me get something to take it off my deck now?

  16. john fiedorowicz says:

    I purchased this product from Home Depot in 2013 and lost my receipts by accident and if someone could tell me how to retrieve them I would be grateful.This product looked good at first but after not even 1 year it started peeling all over the place.Before I even applied this product I watched U tube video how do use this product and I followed the instructions completely , totally disgusted .How do I become part of this lawsuit?

  17. Pat Praefke says:

    I am disappointed in the product as a whole; I spent hours applying this (not an easy task) and now it is chipping splitting and peeling in sheets! Not only does my deck looks terrible but sounds awful when I walk on it….. and it has only been on it for a couple years. Last year I noticed a few areas that weren't even heavy traffic areas and this year the stuff started peeling up in sheets.
    Now I have another back breaking task to take on trying to get this off of my deck so I can start all over again. Guarantee I won't be applying this product again.

    • Paul Wenum says:

      Had the same exact problem as you. Now how the heck do you get it off the two decks my contractor put in on? Worst product I have ever purchased. Never again. Would rate Rustoleum a zero!!!!

  18. Very Unhappy Cust says:

    After following all the instructions and making a pretty expensive product, six months later the peeling began and continues. The deck is one out mess. RUSTOLEUM needs to provide a booklet on how to remove the treatment. I will try sanding and start again with something else. How do I join the lawsuit?

  19. G RichterNelson says:

    Used this product the 4x on our deck last summer. Wood was prepped. Very surprised and disappointed that we are having to start over. Peeling off and wood is showing black mold underneath. Spent yesterday powerwashing it off and now looking for a new solution.

  20. Rand says:

    What is the rating or has anyone used the Restore X 2 product, and if so, what kind of results were obtained?

  21. mary thompson says:

    Peeling after 1 year wood splintered We put this on 3 decks and a dock painstakingly after watching videos. we even contacted a professional to get input. We followed all instructions to the letter because the deck areas were so large. Can't even tell you how frustrated we are.

  22. Lorretta Wrenn says:

    This is absolutely the worst product on the market. I will be submitting a complaint to the company but I need to know if I can apply a standard water seal over the deck to protect it as it is peeling all over the place – not just where it is walked on the most. Help please.

  23. Connie Craig Piper says:

    Rustoleum RESTORE -Very disappointed
    I will have to replace my entire wear around deck!!!!

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