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 guaranteed 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
Update Spring of 2016
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