Behr Deckover, Olympic Rescue-It, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore – Do They Work? 4.8/5 (335)

by Deck Stain Help

Updated February 2020

2020 Behr Deckover, Olympic Rescue-It, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore News

We would love to hear from you if you have used the Behr Deckover, Rust-oleum Deck Restore Olympic Rescue-it or any other Deck Resurface type stains. If you have any pictures of your experience with the Deck Resurface Stains, you can add them in the comment area with a detailed description of the product brand and your experience.

If selecting a Deck Resurface Stain, keep in mind that most users have had a bad experience with products from Home Depot and Lowes.  While the majority of comments and user experiences reported are negative,  the Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive has been favorable.


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 of using a deck resurface product is the wide range of colors to choose from. Being more like 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.

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

Update Spring of 2020

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

Disgruntled Rust-Oleum Restore Customer on YouTube

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Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review

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Douglas Richardson
Douglas Richardson

So Why is Cabot Deck Correct not here? I am interested in people’s thoughts comparing Cabot to the rest of the pack. Specifically Rustoleum vs Cabot. Is Olympic in the running?

Sheryl
Sheryl

We used Restore a few years ago. Last year the deck was starting to peel. This year was worse and we tried to strip it with a power washer. No luck. Tried scraping it with a five in one tool. No luck. Watched a YouTube video suggesting pouring boiling water on it and then scraping. No luck. This picture shows the result of about three hours of work. We are in our 70s. We don’t know what to do.

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Jason
Jason

Our house had Behr deck over on the porch when we bought it. It was just applied the summer before. Behr sent me 2 free gallons to repaint the deck. I sanded it, scraped it and it is peeling again (1 year later). Trying to decide what brand to paint it with after I pressure wash it and strip as much of the paint off as I can. I want to keep the color (Barn Red).

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Cory
Cory

Customer used Behr Deckover about 5 years ago. Just removed, maybe, 50% by scraping and sanding using 60/80 grit on power sander. Customer wanted to put same product back over it. I told customer that this product is not recommended by most. He is open to anything. My question: would it be better to apply same product being that 1/2 is still covered with the Behr? If not, suggestions on trying to get the remaining 1/2 off? The 60/80 grit didn’t come close to removing some of the stain. Thanks.

JD Cannon
JD Cannon

My concern is the sun rises to the back of my house and the deck takes the brunt of it during the day (where deck is located). 12 noon id directly above. Will this product hold up to direct sun daily. I’m in NJ so snow will also be an issue but I never shovel the deck, just let it melt.

Robert
Robert

A few years ago I originally stained my new pressure treated deck and it looked great but then the pressure treated boards began to shrink and split and so I ended up using Home Depot’s deck cover that ended up peeling. My deck is 20×30 and I pressure washed my deck to get up as much deck cover, then I’m stripping it and then I will use epoxy filler to cover large cracks and knot holes, but then I will use a good primer prior to Cabot’s deck cover and hoping that will work

Ron
Ron

I used the Behr product. I have experienced the same peeling problem. I’m a contractor as well and took my time on the installation of this product. Bottom line, my deck looks horrible. What’s the fix? I’m sure we are all asking this question!

Cathy
Cathy

We have had the same experience as most of you. The other thing I noticed is it gets very hot on the feet you have to have shoes on. Its nice to know I’m not the only one.

Tracy
Tracy

Deck Location State: North Carolina (zone 7 in garden terms)
Shade to full sun to partial shade as the day progresses.
Wood Type: Pressure Treated 18 years old
Mold or Mildew Issues: yes
Reason for Previous Stain Failure: cracks still collected water. Wood split, splintered and in some cases rotted
Previous Stain Brand and Type of stain Semi-transparent brand unknown – redone by “professionals” three years ago.

I had assumed I would be completely covering the deck with an opaque resurfacing product (your article ended that plan – Thanks!) With that plan in mind I filled in knots, large cracks and areas that had rotted (after removing the rot and using wood hardener) with epoxy filler. The Epoxy (Abatron Wood Epox) says it can be stained but I suspect it would be completely visible with a semi-transparent stain. There are still extensive but sound cracks, nail holes and splits that are vulnerable to future water retention and rot.

So now that I will be taking that Olympic Restore It back to Home Depot, is there anything I can do that 1) will not show the epoxy 2)will do something about the cracks and other rot prone areas 3) and yet not be likely to start peeling within a year?

There is not a lot of deck traffic so wear is less of an issue than protection and appearance.

And does the deck need more prep? ( Cleaned with Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner. Almost all the deck stain is gone. the vertical posts retain almost all the stain.)

Thanks

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Mary Mitts
Mary Mitts

Restore…total waste of money. We did all of the proper cleaning and prep, within 2 years it was pealing off and 4 5 years later we don’t even go out there, trying to scrape it off and figure out a cost effective solution , what a mess!

Steve
Steve

I used the Rustoleum Deck Restore Product in the smooth texture. I prepped the deck 1st with power wash and stripping, then belt sanded the entire horizontal surface. I applied the coating and it is still in great condition 6 years later. I think that people get into too much of a rush and skip steps in the prep. The deck is in Michigan and does experience a lot of harsh weather and temperature changes. With regard to color, we selected a lighter color so as to be able to use the deck in full sun without burning bare feet.

Michelle
Michelle

Used Behr deck over on our deck. The parts that were not exposed to the weather ( under overhangs ) look great. The parts exposed to the weather started peeling off within a year. We prepared the deck according to instructions. its been a couple years now are we looking at replacing our whole deck as the we do not want to sand off the deck over under the overhangs as its tremendous amount of work to get off. The parts of the deck that were exposed to the weather on a lot of it you can peel off the deck over in strips and pieces for the most part or pressure wash off. So the only way for our deck to look good again and get the same color is to replace the whole thing. We wished we had just replaced the old looking decking and never used the deck over that way the deck thats undercover which is in great condition could have been kept. Very disappointed it this product and waste of time and a lot of money.

Thomas Noonan
Thomas Noonan

I have a handyman venture & have used OLYMPIC RESCUE IT on several decks. I followed the instructions to the letter,

but am now having to face unhappy clients due to peeling & fading. I understand our weather in the northeast U.S., the flat horizontal surface (s) but, I’m being made to feel like “the bad guy” since I touted the “benefits” of this “wonderful”
“everything” product. Lots of labor, high costs and getting “call-backs” does not bode well considering the poor results in
a seemingly short amount of time. Seems that a good oil-based primer & good paint held out better in the long run. I’m most annoyed (to be polite).

GGale
GGale

Anyone have any experience with NuDeck by UGL? Wondering if it performs any better or if Gulf Synthetics’ Deck Revive is really our only option? (We recently bought a house with a deck that’s at least 15 yrs old and had to replace some boards; given the difference between the old/new, we really have no choice but to go with a paint my versus stain). Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

Tanya K
Tanya K

Pittsburg Revitalize
I live in Milwaukee, WI. After reading reviews, the one thing missing on 98% of them are what city/state are they located. Wisconsin has a variety of weather, which seems why these products fail. Of the positive reviews, the majority appear to be from warmer climates. I’ve used this product twice, the 2nd time being a major touch up after flaking/peeling. During the touch up I didn’t prime(as an experiment). The last 1.5 yrs everything was peeling/flaking, the primed and not primed areas. I applied Revitilize on my front and back porches, both cedar tongue & groove, some painted, some bare. Back porch, about 1/3 of them were new, the others were in good shape and planned down by my contractor. All were cleaned and dust free before application. No primer was needed, just 2 coats of the paint, applied thick. This porch gets sun/shade/weather, is covered by an upper porch and is facing west. Front porch is facing east, has an upper porch covering, gets mostly shade, and not much weather. During the 3rd season of paint being on(2.5 yrs), was when I had to do some scraping and touch up painting. The back porch was way worse than the front, probably because it gets the brunt of all our odd weather. I’d say I scraped off 1/3+ of ea porch. That touch up lasted about 1.5 yrs. In retrospect, a decent exterior paint would have been cheaper. Unfortunately stain wasn’t an option because I couldn’t get all the paint off. In the future, I’m not going to wash any decking, only scrap off old paint before repainting. I’ve also used other brands of paint, stain, and similar hi-end “repair” products like this…I’ve cleaned, primed, followed directions (I read them to a T and don’t like doing things twice!) and paint still deteriorates. I’ve come to terms that this is Wisconsin and having a porch/deck outside is MAINTENANCE. Every 2+ yrs the surface will need work. At least with stain that stuff blows away with minimal force of my electric power washer because by yr 2/3 it’s already flaked & weathered. I have 4 properties and all have porches so I’ve definitely experimented with products and techniques(insert Charlie Brown missing the football!). I could post pictures, but they look the same as everyone’s else, just different color. I feel everyone’s pain out there…although the paint store I stopped into for work today suggested Deckcorrect by Cabot(a Wisconsin product) or Timershades(Hallman-Lindsay), which I guess is a stain/paint that covers paint? I will be outside tomorrow again during 52 degrees to scrap/paint & beat the impending cold…The saga continues!

McCoy
McCoy

Cabot is the absolute worst!!! I followed the manufacturer’s directions exactly, just as you stated, I did not want to have to re-do everything again within a year. By the end of the summer, the deck was pealing and had mold/mildew in all the areas which had some shade. Horrible. I thought the Thompson’s deck stain was bad because it only lasted a year, the Cabot was touted by Theisen’s in Sparta WI [about the same as Farm Fleet] to be the best thing to ever happen to decks here in Wisconsin. Now I get to have the fun task of trying to strip all this junk off, re-sand the whole deck and put on a new sealant.

Nancy
Nancy

How can I file s claim my deck is a mess ? Don’t even know how to get it all off to repair ?

Laugesen
Laugesen

I have a “California style” , Acorn designed deck house with a raised deck open to the elements and full sun in an Eastern exposure- in coastal Maine. This past July I replaced the 10×25′ area deck boards (of 2.5 x 5.5″ hemlock) for the second time in 4-5 years due to splitting and heavy rot and installed PT joists topped with 3/4″ western white cedar. I did not apply any sealer or stain at that time. Adjoining the deck is a smaller deck with steps & landing, also of hemlock, but older stock and clearly of better quality than new growth stuff. However that wood which 4 or 5 years ago I stained with a dark brown Cabot solid stain, and last year Thompson’s clear seal, is showing its age (more than 10, perhaps 20 years) with checks, cracks, etc. but structurally appears solid. Cosmetically and for durability, the older deck boards and steps need more than re-staining, they need restoration. The handrails surrounding both decks are mostly mahogany, except 2 pieces I replaced with WW Cedar,all stained Cape Cod gray.

Question:
1. What is the best restorer for this deck and climate, and covering over old Cabot stain? I read your review of “Deck Revive” and noted your recommendation.
2. I noted some comments in the forum that indicate bleach prevented adhesion of top coatings; simple pressure washing apparently worked better. Depending on the restore product, what do you suggest?
3. Cosmetically, both the old and new decks should match in color. I see no sense in paying the extra cost for a restore product to cover the new cedar. What stain (presumably solid) would you recommend, that could be color-matched to the restore product that will be used on the hemlock?

Thanks for your advice!

Cary Weather
Cary Weather

Before RPM bought the Restore product line, well over 5 years ago, I applied the product to my boat dock under the hot sun of North Carolina. Seeing the product dry so quickly, I had the idea of spraying the boards with water with a simple pump sprayer allowing the product to flow and get “sucked into” the wood surface as it dried. More than five years in the hot North Carolina sun, 18 inches above the water and every square inch is stuck like glue. Sure, the color faded but the coating was was “Stuck Like Chuck” to the old PT wood. I did not use any bleach cleaner prior to pressure washing, just the Olympic Deck Cleaner.
I also had the Behr product applied by a contractor about three years ago to another deck, again in NC, 100% sun exposed, and it is now just starting to peel. Examining the underside of the peels, it is slick as glass showing no signs of adhesion. I found out later that bleach was used during prep.
I’m not defending any product here, but surface prep is key to ANY coating project.
I am replacing some boards now on the dock as the wood was not the best quality PT available when I built the dock 12 years ago and the ends are curling up. As I tear up a board, each board is coated and again, the coating is Stuck Like Chuck!

Ccarly
Ccarly

Did you spray with water before or after painting?

Jean Gordon
Jean Gordon

In the summer of 2013 we applied Deck Over to brand new, aged, steps- 2 sets, our front porch, and garage door frames. We spent days preparing the steps, our front porch, and the framework around our garage doors as Behr directed. After the first year in full sun and heat from the concrete driveway we noticed the row of sap perking through the Deck Over. Behr and Home Depot said this was impossible and refused to discuss remedies. We didn’t ask for refunds or damages at this point, I just placed potted plants on the steps and installed a walkway through the lawn to the front door. Months ago we had a contractor come to provide an estimate for a project at the back of the house. He touched the step with his pen and it disintegrated, so did my front steps which are mainly shaded, floor boards of the front porch, and my garage door frame is peeling and rotting. DO NOT USE THIS TERRIBLE PRODUCT!!!!

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Willy
Willy

Why are you using an aggressive“resurfacing” product that’s meant to be a rescuer of decks that the only other option is to tear down on new wood? This is way overboard for this application. You should have just used a solid stain with a coat of latex primer under it and it’s bullet proof.

James White
James White

Olympic Deck rescue. After replacing part of the deck to support a new hot tub, I used the medium sand version to match new wood to old. The new wood is fine after 3 years, but the old is terrible. I strictly followed the cleaning and application directions (cleaned with deck wash pressure spray, wait 3 days to dry, etc) but the part that needed Rescue began to peel the next year. I had some leftover paint so I patched the peeling places. It peeled more the next season and looks like crap. Even the new deck that didn’t peel is badly stained with mold/mildew. Lowe’s no longer carries it and no wonder. No alternative but to replace the deck.

Paul Ayoub
Paul Ayoub

I painstakingly prepared my deck per specifications and the product failed in 6 months. Now 18 months later I broke a deck board walking on it and many others are rotting out. Deck needs to be replaced. 100% the fault of this defective, horrible, nightmare of a a product.

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carol davis
carol davis

Behr Deckover is horrible. Don”t buy. I am in the middle of sanding, scraping and power washing the peeling paint that only lasted a year. The sales person at Home Depot told us two years was max for this product. Nope, we did not listen. Save yourself some time, money and frustration and DO NOY BUY!!!!! Can anyone suggest something better to paint or stain my deck ?

Rparker
Rparker

Rocksolid from Rustoleum is supposed to replace Deck Restore. Company says it addresses all old problems. I am still skeptical. Any feedback on this?

Mary
Mary

Any reviews on the Kilz Over Armor deck restore? That’s the one I’ve been looking into, but I think it’s a newer product and haven’t been able to find much as far as reviews

Alex C.
Alex C.

I’m about to do our deck and am between the Killz Over Armor and Cabot Deck Correct. Did you end up using the Killz product and if so, how was your result? Reviews appear to be pretty good from what I’ve found.

marta
marta

what were the results? Would love to hear what is that you used and how

Alex C.
Alex C.

I ended up using Cabot Deck Correct and so far am happy with it. We used the Deck Correct for the base of the deck and stairs and matched the solid deck paint by Cabot to do the railings. It’s only been a month, but we have 3 dogs and have had some crazy storms with bad wind/rain/hail and so far it’s doing great!

I’d love to hear more about Kilz Over Armor if anyone has tried it!

Rparker
Rparker

Is there any reviews on Rustoleum Rocksolid Deck Resurfacer?

Pamela Hagedorn
Pamela Hagedorn

I used the Lowes rescue paint for on my bannisters and it was a total disaster! The paint just peels off the wood. My bannisters are ruined! Do not use this product.

Alan
Alan

My experience is not consistent with your review. I removed the wooden floor (2 x 6 redwood planks), which were in rough condition. I sanded and cleaned them before applying Coating th underside with 2 coats of Behr solid color stain. I reinstalled them and coated the tops with Behr Deckover Textured solid color stain. It filled in all of the cracks and other flaws. That was 5 years ago. It was still in great shape.

In SoCal we don’t get much rain and don’t have the extremes in temperature changes. The deck is on the north side of the house, which may also be a factor.

Jean Gordon
Jean Gordon

I also applied 5 years ago. Check carefully at the edges for rot. If I hadn’t had a contractor out for a completely different project who saw it someone would have gotten badly hurt when my stairs collapsed.

Igor
Igor

I hired a few guys to work on my deck. Not their forte but they do work hard with a bit of my guidance. They are also fixing many spots.

So, process so far is they rented a sanding machine and went over 3 times with different grain paper to clean it up. After this winter my deck looked bad. It is only 7-9 years old though.

Now they are sanding the rest of the deck. Afterwards I will have them use Behr Premium All-In-One Wood Cleaner. Then we will wait 24 hours for the deck to dry and use BEHR Premium 1 gal. Solid Color Waterproofing Exterior Wood Stain and Sealer

Now, I have no idea what wood my deck is made of and if you have any other tips, suggestions, anything, I would really appreciate it. This is their 2nd day sanding the deck and fixing it where it needs to be fixed. No power washing.

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Louneil
Louneil

I live in a brick house so my porches are concrete. I stained the front porch with behr concrete stain and really like it. I prepped the porch out the wazoo because Im 61 and NEVER wanted to have to redo the porch again, because I know I can’t. So far, so good. My screened in porch is another matter. I used the Behr deckover, and it is a nightmare. NEVER will I use it again. I have spend over $200. trying to get it to look right, and have followed all the directions, but when it rains and comes in through the screen, it leaves puddles that end up leaving very obvious stain marks on the finish. So frustrated and upset that Behr sells a product professing to be the answer and is not. The power of advertising.

Brian Metten
Brian Metten

We used the Pittsburgh Wood & Concrete Resurfacer about 2 years ago. It went on beautifully. But now the color has faded, the product has bubbled up and is cracking and peeling. Not pleased at all with the look. Our deck wasn’t that bad before, but just a little rough after Power washing. Now the deck is ruined. Any way to get all this crap off and bring it back to the original wood? this product wasn’t cheap and cost to replace will be immense.

Andrew
Andrew

Previous homeowner applied Benjamin Moore Latex Floor and Patio Enamel to our elevated exterior wood deck, railings, stairs just before selling the house to us (see first photo). It is described as epoxy-reinforced latex enamel with low sheen. It is a paint, not a stain. For use on concrete or wood “sun porch or breezeway” floors. (I guess porches and breezeways typically have roof overhead for protection, whereas my deck does not!) Q: Are you familiar with this product and would it be similar to these resurfacing products?

It lasted well in our Pacific Northwest (rainy) climate for 3.5 years but is now flaking off extensively. I did some manual scraping and then belt sanded the horizontal surface of the deck. Have removed about 90% of the paint, as well as what appears to be an older stain underneath, but some paint remains; the joint areas between the boards are a real pain to get at. I am deliberating 3 options:

1.) Many more hours to fully remove the paint and then start fresh with a penetrating stain.

2.) Halt my sanding operation and recoat with an oil-based primer and this same BM latex enamel paint product. (i.e. surrender to the paint).

3.) Halt my sanding operation and apply a Flood solid stain, colour-matched — it won’t penetrate the areas where existing paint remains, but those areas will eventually flake off and then I can reapply solid stain. I’m assuming a solid stain will be easier on maintenance in the long run compared to this latex enamel. Would you agree?

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Mel
Mel

Used restore from home depot two 5 gallon buckets. It just peeled so I put more on top a year later. The color never matched and it just keeps peeling. I finally chose to start over with new wood but in sections since it cost so much. I can’t afford to replace all at once so might use more just to make it look decent until I can RIP it off.

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M&M Barts
M&M Barts

we put deck over on our porch a few years ago and now it is peeling awful in some spots and actually led to some wood rot where rain has hit it….seems that it does not seal like they claim. Has anyone figured out a way to either cover this stuff or strip it off without having to replace all of the wood painted with this stuff?

John Gilewicz
John Gilewicz

Rustoleum Review:

I had a VERY old deck – at least 20 years. Wood was curling, cupping, split, dryed beyond belief, split, etc. Could barely walk on it because of splinters, etc. Should have been replaced. I applied Rustoleum that advertised it would fill cracks and seal the wood and restore the deck. While the wood sucked up the paint, it performed as advertised. Filled the cracks, sealed the deck, made it look 100% better, was easy on the feet (only access to the in ground pool). I had it for perhaps 4-5 years before I sold the house, and it was as good after that time as when I first applied it. Only drawback was some loss of color due to UV, but other than that it was terrific.

Michelle
Michelle

We used Behr deck over and within a year any of the deck that was exposed to the weather bubbled and peeled off. The parts of the deck that were under porch overhang have held up very well. We prepped our deck and it was very clean when we applied the deck over, and it has held up very well in the areas not exposed to the weather. BUT where the sun and rain hits it it bubbles and peels. Really mad that we used this product and very annoyed that are still selling it. We now have a mess to deal with and may just end up ripping up part of the deck and replacing. This product is a big headache and we regret ever using it.

Susan
Susan

Same exact experience. Paid 1000 to have it applied by my contractor, who I love btw. But, the product is cra and I wish I had that 1000 bucks back.

admin boss
admin boss

The condition of the wood, the prepping, weather, and the application process makes this product work as advertised. The texture isn’t for traction, its for filling cracks and covering imperfections in the wood. The “smooth” DeckOver shouldn’t be sold. Use solid paint stains, oil based (for bare wood) and you’ll have no problems when applied correctly. Like all stains, transparent, Semi, or Solid, the application process is the key. I have a 2 tiered deck, in rough shape when I purchased the house. I knew I wouldn’t be replacing any boards soon. So I scrubbed it with a deck brush, scrubbed and scrubbed until I broke the handle in half. I let it sit for 3 days in the sun, no rain. It dried out completely, no moisture, no morning dew, nothing. I purchased two 5 gallon buckets of DeckOver textured espresso color for the decking and sprayed the spindles white. I also purchased a solid paint/stain (espresso) from the top rail to match decking. I took a paint mixer to it for a solid 5 minutes. I noticed the viscosity was ultra thick. Not wanting to purchase anymore product, I had an idea. I knew thinning was a no-no and I didn’t prime either as label advises against. Instead, I placed the 5 gal buckets in my SUV, which heats up to about 140 during the day in the sun. This remarkably thinned it to a manageable level to roll and achieve maximum coverage. The sun wasn’t shining directly on it, no humidity, slight breeze and ultra dry thirsty wood. 14 inch roller, 3/4 inch nap, a well mixed/stirred 10 gallons of textured DeckOver from Behr. I went to town on this deck, evenly rolling it to a perfect finish. The wood was so dry, it soaked it up, almost drying it within minutes. I painted the steps with a mini-roller to a textured finish as well. I removed the spindles prior to rolling the decking. This allowed me to keep rolling continuously.  That can be a major issue if you’re trying to avoid getting paint or product on the spindles. Less product is usually applied when trying to slowly avoid areas in that circumstance and could explain many issues I’ve read about on this review site.   The other problems in the reviews (especially with pictures) is the wood conditioning. Home Depot employees are trained well in the paint department, MOST OF THE TIME. You also need to research, read reviews, and learn how to “restore” your deck. EVERY picture of peeling decks ON THIS REVIEW SITE shows the perfectly conditioned wood decking that needs staining, not restoration products. Even stains, with or without color fade after a couple years. Paint companies advertise products that they’ve tested, and in some areas of the world these products could last that long. Should you expect this in Florida on a beachside home, no. I live in Minnesota, for ten straight days the temperature was -1 degree or colder. Thousands of pounds… Read more »

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Stuart Dias
Stuart Dias

Why can’t something like Gulf Synthetics Perma Bond or similar product be applied before using Behr’s Deckover? Wouldn’t this help with the peeling issue that all of these type of deck restore paints are experiencing?

Daniel
Daniel

Have you had any experience with Flood’s Pro Series Deck Resurfacer?

Jason
Jason

I would like to paint my deck railings white and was going to use one of these products – is there one you would recommend over the other for this purpose or an alternative acrylic paint brand?

Tanya Tatum
Tanya Tatum

The deck on my home was painted with Deckover before I bought it. I’m currently going through hell trying to remove the peeling mess. I didn’t know your only option, was sanding, to get it off, and only figured it out, after several expensive coats of Citristrip, pressure washing & cleaning failed. As far as sanding goes, this stuff peels but you practically have to sandblast the rest of it off!

Michelle
Michelle

We had a fence installed a year ago and a new deck installed in March. We have purchased Behr TSP Oil WD STN 4001 Cedar Natural and have started on the fence only and are about 20 boards in. We haven’t done anything on the deck yet and I think I really want to do a different color then what we have. I don’t have access to these product where I live and would have to order online only (Fort O, GA 30741). Is there something else you would recommend that I could go look at before having to order online? Thank you for taking time to read my question.

Daniel
Daniel

Behr only has 3 colors in the oil that they sell at local retailers. They have chocolate , cedar and a clear . I not sure if the color will cover well because it is designed to sink into the wood and be semi transparent. You might have to replace the wood that you have stained to get a constant color throw out the fence. I would take one the boards to a local Home Depot and do a test to see what the color will look like when you cover it with a darker color. What you might want to do is finish the color that you have them go back an do a second coat of a darker color on the fence.

David Butts
David Butts

Deckover and its like are absolute garbage! UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES PUT A PRODUCT LIKE THIS ON A ANY SURFACE! Myself and many others have learned a VERY EXPENSIVE LESSON! I have 500 plus sqft of deck that I put Behr Deckover on and is absolutely ruined. I am thrilled to see that there are numerous class actions against these products. I am lucky I saved receipts and have plenty of photos. I also have expert testimony from a licensed contractor stating the cause is an inferior product that in no way can come close to what it claims on its packaging. I hope to recoup most of what it costs me to replace my deck. I also regularly go to the two big box stores and stick flyers all over the place about these products. Lowes sells Deck Restore which has already lost a multimillion dollar lawsuit. I have been asked never to return to the Home Depot because I was handing out flyers to customers who were purchasing or listening to lying employees who were recommending this actively to customers. I still frequent the parking lot at Home Depot and hand flyers to people as they exit the store with this product. Most turn right around and return it, but some are Behr fanboys and just walk away. I feel bad for them because there is no way they will be satisfied with the results.

Malek chiki
Malek chiki

Witch product to replace rust oleum restore 10 x thank you

L. O'Dell
L. O'Dell

We used Behr Deck Over after prepping our deck summer of 2017. Within the first month we started noticing it flaking off, touched up those spots. These photos are from May 2018. If we get a good wind, you can watch it fly right off. They did give us a full refund, but the time wasted doing the project and now undoing the project is ridiculous. After talking with other, this is so common I can’t understand why they are still selling the product.

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C russell
C russell

How do you clean this product I have pollen and mildew from moisture .

Lindsay
Lindsay

We have Behr Deck over on our deck. It was applied by the previous owners prior to purchasing our home two years ago. It is in horrible condition (Peeling) but we do not have the money saved up to replace the deck. What can I do to salvage this? Put more Behr Deck over on? If power washing or stripping does not work, what are my options? I was thinking a solid stain would work better but it looks like I cannot put that on top since I have what is considered a deck resurfacer.

Don Johnson
Don Johnson

Grind it, only option.

Frustrated
Frustrated

Ugh….We were thinking of using Behr. I am so frustrated with trying to find a good product. Either the stuff peals, or it fades in a month. I have a 600 sq. ft. deck to redo. I ruined it two years ago when I used a High Quality Solid Stain. It pealed….. I have a beautiful deck that just needs some TLC as far as color!!! Over all its in good shape. Everything I Google…. is crap!

Bill Mosley
Bill Mosley

We also were talked into the Restore product purchased at Home Depot. We put it on the top planks that goes around the deck (which we are currently replacing currently) and on the floor of our deck. Our deck is doing exactly the same thing. Product is flaking. I have scraped and peeled for hours not accomplishing anything, sanded (which didn’t work) and power washed, to no avail to remove this inferior product. When I went to talk with Home Depot, they claimed it was supposed to be warranted for life, however, they no longer carry it. As the man said on, option is to replace the flooring. No way to get it off. We have a problem!!

Dianne Falker
Dianne Falker

We used the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore product and it never lasted 1 year! It is peeling and looks terrable! Went to show pictures at Home Depot where I bought it and told them and said many others had similar problems, needless to say we are VERY Unhappy, because now requires alot more work to strip the rest off and put new product down…hopefully better than this!!!!

Glenn
Glenn

We had the same experience

n1iwv
n1iwv

From RPM International Inc.’s (Parent Company for Rust-Oleum) 2017 Annual Report:

“During the third quarter of fiscal 2017, we identified certain
factors that we considered important in assessing the
requirement to perform an interim impairment evaluation
for our Restore indefinite tradename asset. First, sales of our
Restore product line during the three-month period ended
February 28, 2017 were below historical and expected operating results and significant downward adjustments were recently made to sales projections for Restore products. In the quarter ended February 28, 2017, we became aware that it was highly likely that Restore’s largest customer would discontinue sales of the Restore product line in its retail stores, which was evidenced by this customer’s significant reduction in future orders based
on its historical order pattern. We determined that this was
significant to consider for the purposes of impairment testing,
as sales of Restore products to this customer accounted for
over 60% of total sales of Restore products for fiscal 2016. After
considering the magnitude of the loss in sales volume from this
key customer, we determined that it was necessary to perform
an interim assessment for our Restore intangible assets.
Accordingly, for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, we recorded a loss totaling $4.9 million for the impairment of the Restore
tradename.

Gail
Gail

I am quite surprised to see so many negative comments on these products. I used Behr Deckover approximately 4 (or more) years ago on our deck. We had some rough wood, splinters and cracks. This is the first year I have had problems with it peeling. I came to this site to get suggestions on how to recover it… Areas that are protected are still in excellent shape. The railings and steps are peeling quite a bit now.
I am hoping to replace the railings with something else and hope I can attach to existing deck.
In the areas where the surface is not peeling can I simply paint over it? I plan to use this same product again. If it doesn’t work well, we might need to get a line of credit to replace the entire deck.

david butts
david butts

I doubt it

Lynne
Lynne

Why would you use the same product after reading all the negative reviews. It’s costing us thousands of dollars to replace our deck now because of this product.

John
John

We used Behr’s Deckover a few years ago (2 1/2) to prepare our deck for a family gathering. Initially it was good and true to advertising. Unfortunately, after a few months it started peeling in large, long pieces. When I mentioned it to someone in Home Depot they basically told me that there was nothing to be done since I did not have the receipt even though I had photos. To say the least, we (my wife and I) are extremely unhappy with this product after spending $150 for a 5 gallon bucket.