This post was updated on January 30, 2023
2023 Behr Deckover, Olympic Rescue-It, Rust-Oleum Rock Solid Deck Restore News
We would love to hear from you if you have used the Behr Deckover, Rust-oleum Rock Solid (formerly 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 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.
Olympic Deck Rescue-It Peeling Photos
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.
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid (Deck Restore) Peeling Photos
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 2023
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 Rock Solid (formerly Deck Restore) Customer on YouTube
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior wood and deck restoration. Scott and his Deck Cleaning Michigan company have restored over 10,000 decks in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the deck restoration industry and has contributed to numerous wood restoration forums and informative sites.
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