Class Action Lawsuit Against Olympic Rescue It  4.6/5 (76)

This post was updated on May 1, 2024

Lawsuit Against Olympic Rescue It

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Olympic Rescue It Review

Olympic Rescue It Review

Olympic Rescue It may fit the term “it’s too good to be true.” This Olympic paint and stain hybrid product is marketed as a resurface DIY product. It claims to be the ultimate remedy for severely weathered or damaged wood surfaces. Olympic claims that Rescue It is a resurfacer and sealant all in one for wood decks that are damaged beyond conventional restoration services. They also market it to be used on concrete surfaces as well.

This hybrid sealant is supposed to fill cracks and hold down splinters to deliver a slip-resistant textured finish that is supposedly barefoot friendly, shown by the picture of bare feet on the front label. It is a 100% acrylic waterproof protectant that Olympic calls a “high-performance coating” offering outstanding elasticity. But recent customer claims and lawsuits say differently.

Claims have been investigated on behalf of customers who have used the stain on exterior wood decks. It’s allegedly been prone to premature failure and may be susceptible to bubbling and peeling, which have led to costly repairs and replacements of the product. Olympic does offer a satisfaction guarantee to Rescue It customers on a surface that is prepared according to their instructions, which gives them plenty of wiggle room.

Olympic does not state or provide a certain amount of time that this product is supposed to last. It says that the lifetime of the product is limited by the condition of the wood that is being rescued. Olympic assures customers that it’s a premium product providing excellent resistance to blistering and peeling. Also that it provides waterproof protection, is mildew resistant, and works on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Many customers report being satisfied shortly after application but then the product fails fairly quickly.

Out of the many customers who have purchased Olympic Rescue It, a large number of them are experiencing complete failure of the product. Even though application instructions were followed exactly there are substantial reports of bubbling, peeling, cracking, and flaking within a year of being applied. Reportedly Olympic is refusing to take responsibility for their failing product and is instead blaming the customer for not applying it correctly.

See here for more info on Class Action Lawsuit for Olympic Rescue-It

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Jay
Jay
2 years ago

Just check out my YouTube videos (they have the most views) I did on this crap product. I prepared the deck exact to their instructions I have a big deck and was on my hands and knees for days getting it ready to apply this garbage product. I did a 1 year review on it and showed the bubbling, and then a 2 year review and a 3yr review. It totally ruined my deck. I can’t believe they still sell this garbage.

SuzyDE
SuzyDE
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay

My deck is doing the same thing. I have rotted wood. I’ve been scraping it for days. My deck is huge? Can you please help me with suggestions on how to repair. Thank you so much

SuzyDE
SuzyDE
1 month ago

Yes I realize that.
To remove the old stain, do I strip it first then sand? Because scraping it off is taking forever.
Thanks again

April Hodges
April Hodges
2 years ago

I’m having the same issue! Peeling & bubbling up! What a mess! Does anyone know if you can just power wash it off.

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richard
richard
9 months ago

Has anybody used it on concrete?

Robert Potterbaum
Robert Potterbaum
10 months ago

What can I do to cover the olympic rescue it I applied to my deck 10yrs ago?
The surface has pealed and cracked. There are places that have pealed off in chunks. The treated lumber still looks good.
If looked at composite but it’s very expensive.
It there a product that will last better than what I have applied?

Janell Brown
Janell Brown
11 months ago

I used Olympic Rescue It in October 2014. Still looks great. No peeling at all. I followed the directions.

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Susan Urbanovitch
Susan Urbanovitch
1 year ago

We are using Olympic rescue on porch & stairs & railing with balusters. I am very happy with the colors ‘cape cod grey’ & ‘trident blue’. We did clean the surfaces. I needed more so I had to order a gallon each from Home Depot which now says they are on back order. I’m looking for somewhere else to order. I really like Olympic rescue. Polyurethane & clear coats suck. They don’t last 1year.

Marty
Marty
1 year ago

I purchased some 2014, painted pour pool decking , it has been beautiful , we will be redoing it the summer of 2023 in Alabama . never been more please with a product .

Audrey
Audrey
2 years ago

Wechave the same issues. Peeling and rotting our deck. Can anyone tell me how to get it off? Can I just paint over it?

Charlotte Austin
Charlotte Austin
2 years ago

I used this product on my deck 1 year after it was built brand new. It caused my wood to rot. The wood started splitting and turning black then became weak. This happened within about a year of application.

April Hodges
April Hodges
2 years ago

Same with mine! I applied April 2021 and now it’s a mess! SSOO irritated!

Susan Wills
Susan Wills
1 year ago
Reply to  April Hodges

Same here, our whole deck has rot!!!

Alan
Alan
2 years ago

I used this on my 30 year old deck 5 years ago that had a lot of checking. Follow the directions and you should not have a problem. I have not had any peeling on my deck. The problem of peeling in my opinion is from moisture in the wood. The deck needs to be dry, one week in the sun no rain and you should be ready to paint.

Molly B
Molly B
2 years ago

We used this product about 4.5 years ago. It’s a great product. There’s been some peeling at the edges after time.. and I’m scraping them, and going to touch up those areas. Thing is.. I can’t hardly find this product anymore. And I definitely can’t find a quart. SO disappointed. Not sure what to do….. But.. we like the product very much.

wayne
wayne
2 years ago

I used the Reecue in two separate areas of my deck. in one area it started pealing in six months in the other area it has been good for about three years. However it now needs to be redone and nothing will dry properly, and stays tacky. I tried to remove it with paint and stain remover and it doesn’t remove it except a few patches don’t use this stuff.

R Jewell
R Jewell
2 years ago

What can you do if you have used Olympic Max Rescuer Restorer Primer paint? I just completed my first coat?

David Neese
David Neese
3 years ago

I used this product about 5 years ago and it’s been incredible. Never a problem. Looking for it to apply a fresh coat and ran into this article. To me the pictures here look like the wood was damp when applied thus thus failure but, that’s just my opinion.

Geary Bowles
Geary Bowles
3 years ago

I used Recuse It on my 1500 sq.ft. deck five years ago and I was very pleased with the performance of this product. I had built the deck 15 years earlier and had only pressured washed and applied Thompsons Water Proofing every year before using Rescue It. My first application I cleaned the deck thoroughly and allowed the deck to dry fully before the first application, now every 2 years I apply another coat and the deck always looks amazing.

Susan
Susan
3 years ago

Can this be applied over Behr Deckover if sanded?

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Stephen
Stephen
3 years ago

I used Olympic Rescue It on my deck about four years ago. It has performed FLAWLESSLY. The surface is perfect for keeping traction. The finish has neither faded nor shown any sign of peeling. I have also used it (in a different color) on concrete with similar results. Perhaps some of those having problems did not properly prepare the surface(?) I used a power washer on the deck boards (pine) and on the concrete to remove loose material before putting the Rescue It on. My boards and concrete were in good shape, so I cannot attest to how this would work on significantly damaged wood or concrete. But, I can recommend this product.

D J Squier
D J Squier
3 years ago

Got a great deal on Olympic Rescue It! Maintenance Wash Max. Can this be used to clean a deck that was NOT treated with the Rescue it! Max Resurfacer?

Robert W. Williamson
Robert W. Williamson
3 years ago

How to remove Olympic rescue it have peeled trying to prepare deck to refinish it.. RESCUE It did not last started peeling within a year. Need to know how to clean it off so we can stain deck.

Michael Carroll
Michael Carroll
3 years ago

We used it last year to re-coat our deck. I power-washed the deck and replaced a number of boards that were aging. We then applied a *very* liberal coat of this paint. In less than a year it looks like the deck hasn’t been painted in years. The paint peels, chips, and cracks to an astonishing degree. I walked across the deck with a leaf blower and I accidentally allowed the nozzle to aim down at a section of the deck and a section of paint 6″ wide by 18″ long peeled away. This coating looked really great for about 2 weeks last summer. By the end of the summer there were already wear marks showing. Very disappointed.

SLunski
SLunski
3 years ago

I was just going to get new paint to redo peeli g deck. I looked online to check who retsiler was near me and found this lawsuit info. Wow, no wonder. My deck is a mess!!!

andy
andy
3 years ago

Best stuff I ever put on a deck. Held up for 10 years or more. I’d buy it again for sure.

PaintBandit
PaintBandit
3 years ago

Must be a ppg loser rep trying to do damage control. Keep coming out w bad products!

Truth deliverer
Truth deliverer
4 years ago

I’m not sure if it’s just where we live, but our application held up as much as we could have expected. My mother-in-law went on her own and applied the product, so I know she didn’t do the proper prep work (which is relatively extensive. And we didn’t clean the surface nearly as much as we should have after application. Nonetheless, I’d say we got four years out of it before it started peeling badly.

My guess is that the majority of owners didn’t do nearly the amount of prep that is recommended in the product instructions and on videos online. You have to:

1. Clean the surface heavily before application, preferably with a power washer.

2. Let it dry after that completely.

3. Make it hasn’t rained for 3-4 days before you put it on and the deck is bone dry.

4. Caulk all your big cracks or use wood filler

5. Mix the paint thoroughly before applying

6. Make sure it isn’t going to rain at all within 24 hours of being applied.

Then after you put it on, you need to wait 6 hours and put a second coat on, another 48 hours after that for any foot traffic, and then another 72 hours after that to replace the furniture and anything else heavy. Then don’t have any parties or large gatherings on it for another 30 days.

Did all the people complaining do all that? Knowing how not thorough and impatient the average American is—- Unlikely. So they reaped what they sowed.

We also used the paint on our lower level concrete, and despite substantial abuse, it has only worn away in places where we permitted a lot of dirt buildup or had significantly heavy foot traffic. It’s very good in that application.

I’ve now HEAVILY power washed the flaking paint off my deck, and put a new coat down (after following all the guidance) because I liked the look of the original coat. The old product didn’t all come up, which suggests that’s where the deck was clean and dry enough when my mother-in-law put it down the first time. And this time we will give it the proper drying time, which I’m positive we didn’t do the first time.

If you followed ALL the prep and application steps, and it still failed, then perhaps you have a case. But search your memory and see if you REALLY did ALL the steps. Most people will probably admit they didn’t. If that’s the case, you shouldn’t be trying to blame the product for your failure to adhere to instructions.

Nuff said.

mr. brutus
mr. brutus
4 years ago

this is the second firm:

Sauder & Schelkopf, LLP
555 Lancaster Avenue
Berwyn, PA 19312
(888) 711-9975

Ben
Ben
4 years ago
Reply to  mr. brutus

has anyone else had any luck with this?
I got a call back and they told me it was closed and that I had to call PPG… that’s pretty unrealistic.

Ora Hammond
Ora Hammond
4 years ago

I decided to use it because of Home Depot associates. They claimed it was easy to clean and it wears better in the hot sun of Georgia…. it is a mess… I can not get my deck clean even with a bristle brush… I really dislike this product… i don’t know what to do…

mr. brutus
mr. brutus
4 years ago

Contact this firm :

MCCUNE WRIGHT AREVALO LLP 555 Lancaster Avenue Berwyn, PA 19312

I emailed them. They responded that the case was closed and refereed me to another firm. They got me the settlement.

mr. brutus
mr. brutus
4 years ago

Since this forum gave me a lot of good info. I wanted to give back. I was also a victim of the Olympic Rescue It product. I was never notified of the class action suit. I contacted a friend whos is a product liability lawyer. He said to reach out to the firm of record on the case. I did, and they responded that the case was closed, and referred me to another law firm for questions. I thought it was done and was ready to drop it. My attorney friend said to contact the second firm, and I did. Their attorney said to submit to him the original claim form and documentation and he would contact PPG. I did that and one week after sending the information to him, I had a check for $5,000 in my mail. NICE! Details – I had a 600 sq. ft. deck and spent $5,100 dollars to have it refurbed, I submitted before, during refurb, and after photos. I had a paid invoice receipt for the work, and pics of a remaining 3 gallon bucket of the Olympic product, with the custom tint tag from Lowes showing the date of purchase. The attorney advised to have the pics in one PDF or PowerPoint file for easier review. I submitted the claim on 9-9-19 and had a check on 9-16-19. As I poured over the details around this settlement. I saw that of the $6.5 MM, none of it could be returned to PPG. So, go get yours! Good Luck!

Lisa
Lisa
4 years ago
Reply to  mr. brutus

Hello, how did you go about this? We have 2 large decks we put this on and ours is bubbling and peeling bad? One deck is 16’ x 32’ and the other is 24’ x 40’. This took a lot of time, hard work and lots of money to do. Now it has to be replaced. My husband is in poor health and somehow I’m going to have to take care of this. Please let me know what I need to do.
Thank you

Carol
Carol
4 years ago
Reply to  mr. brutus

Could you please provide the information for the second firm you contacted and received settlement from

Brian
Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  mr. brutus

Yes, can you please provide information for the second firm you contacted? I didn’t know of this class action lawsuit and now my deck is in terrible shape, for which I need to repair it. Thanks for your help!

James Eubank, DVM
James Eubank, DVM
3 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Please provide information for the second firm you contacted? I didn’t know of this class action lawsuit and now my deck is in terrible shape, for which I need to repair it. Thanks for your help!

Leland LaFray
Leland LaFray
4 years ago

Wow I can’t say anything bad about it I’m a retired union roofer/water proofer of 40 yrs. 4 years after application still happy

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