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Behr Deckover, Olympic Rescue-It, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore – Do They Work? 4.8/5 (210)

Deck Resurface Stains like Behr Deckover, Olympic Rescue-It, Rust-Oleum Restore – Do They Work?

Homeowners are always looking for an alternative to a deck replacement. When wood is neglected, it can be expensive to have it restored or replaced. A few companies like Behr, Rust-Oleum, and Olympic to name a few, are selling a deck resurface product. They claim it is the smart alternative to deck replacement. It can be applied to wood surfaces such as decks, stairs, docks, composite decking, and more. So is it a good alternative or is it just a waste of time and money?

Deck resurface products are basically similar to an extremely thick paint. They are designed to mask the wood and fill large cracks or voids. Deck resurfacer coatings will not show any wood grain. Please note that this product is far beyond conventional wood restoration.

Pros of Deck Resurface Products

The one plus that is being reported by deck restoration professionals is that these products have a very good UV rating. Even after several years, there is little sign of UV fading. This however, is typical for most any solid paint or stain because of the high volume of pigment.

Another benefit to using a deck resurface product is the wide range of colors to choose from. Being more like a solid thick paint, these companies are able to offer consumers many color choices.

Cons of Deck Resurface Products

What tests are showing is that these products are prone to peeling despite what the manufacturers are claiming. With any film-forming product, peeling is always an issue. It still seems to stand true that anything subjected to the elements will not hold up for more than a couple of years.

Another issue with the deck resurfacing products is that they create a whole host of maintenance and removal issues. With conventional wood restoration, the ease of maintenance using a wood stain is what helps the deck look so good for many years. It also allows you to easily remove the product if you want a different look. With deck resurfacing, maintenance is almost non-existent and good luck trying to remove such a thick heavy product. Basically, once the product is on the deck you are stuck with it.

The cost per square foot for a deck resurface product is extremely expensive. This is mostly due to the poor coverage rate of these product(s). The average cost is around $1-2 per foot. This is astronomical compared to the more conventional wood restoration stains.

These products are also known to become very hot when exposed to direct sunlight. This can make the entire deck space too hot to enjoy or to walk on with bare feet.

So despite the manufacturers claiming the product lasts many years, we are hearing reports and seeing firsthand these products failing and peeling within 2 years. It is expensive to apply, has a horrible coverage rate, and is hot to the touch in direct sunlight.

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.

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

Disgruntled Rust-Oleum Restore Customer

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496 responses to “Behr Deckover, Olympic Rescue-It, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore – Do They Work?”

  1. J. Taylor says:

    This article helped me to make an informed decision about what product to use on my deck. I was on the fence about using a resurfacing product. I have decided to continue use deck stain which has lasted much longer than two years! Thanks for the great article.

  2. Sonya says:

    Totally confused!!! The more I read the worse it gets. I do not know which product to buy. I am south of Atlanta and have a deck that, we think, is pressure treated pine and about 25 years old. From the looks of it, it has not been taken care of and the last product someone put on it was also about 25 years ago. It was pressure washed about a week ago and is ready for "something"… just not sure what. I do not care if the wood grain shows. I was hoping for a product that would go into the crevices and fill them and splinters and such. Apparently, they ALL peel.

  3. jerry says:

    we put this crap on our deck its 50 ft long by 20, cost us over 1.000 dollors now ever year it needs more do not put this on your deck, paint is just as good then restore deck over STAY A WAY FROM IT

  4. GARY BARTLETT says:

    I put this down and it peeled the 1st year. I thought that I had done it improperly so I scrapped sanded and reapplied. The same thing happened the next year, only worse. This is a bad product. DO NOT USE IT. I tried to rate it a 1 on this site and when I entered it came back as a 5?!!

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