Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2019 4.8/5 (45)

by Deck Stain Help

Important Note: 

This review is from a third party. We personally have not reviewed/used this product. We posted the review based on respect for the manufacturer and belief that this product has real value and an excellent history based on consumer reviews. This review is not an actual outdoor field test but a Freeze/Thaw test.

Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2019

Deck Revive is a DIY acrylic-based polymer deck coating that resurfaces old decks, docks, and other treated lumber — in ANY color you choose.  Deck Revive repairs and protects wood structures from the constant expansion and contraction cycle that destroys wood.

Traditional deck stains, deck paints, and deck sealers just put a new color on old splinters, cracks, and nailheads and have to be re-applied annually.  Deck Revive actually fills in cracks and knots,  locks down splinters and nailheads,  and provides a new slip-resistant textured surface that lasts for years.

Unlike other “Deck Resurfacer” type products, Deck revive is breathable, allowing moisture to escape.

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DeckRevive Freeze-Thaw Performance Test

Scope: Test comparison of Rust-Oleum Deck Restore, Behr Deck Over and Gulf Synthetics DeckRevive.

Test Parameters:

  1. Front panel and edges were coated according to manufacturer-recommended application instructions, leaving the back of the panel untreated.
  2. The panel was fully submerged in water at room temperature for 24 hours, removed from the water and placed in 15° Fahrenheit freezer for 24 hours and removed and allowed to recover at room temperature. This process constitutes one cycle.
  3. As of this published overview of freeze/thaw testing the panel has been exposed to 24 cycles

Test Results:

  1. Deck Restore was initially soft and somewhat recovered but can be removed from the substrate with little effort and there was no evidence of substrate cracking through the coating.
  2. Deck Over slightly softened and fully recovered but due to its lack of film build compared to the other coatings displayed substrate cracking through the coating.
  3. Deck Revive slightly softened but fully recovered within the 24-hour room temperature portion

See Testing Video Here:

Product Information:

Web site: Gulf Synthetics
Cost: $240 per Kit
Stain Type: Solid Color Deck Surfacer
Available Colors: Any Color
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: 200 sq. ft for 2 coats per kit.
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 2-8 Hours
Cleanup: Water Cleanup
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
More Info: Product Data
Manufacturer: Gemini Coatings

*We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.


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Teresa
Teresa

I used GULF Synthetic in Sept of 2015 on my front porch. Today is 5/1/17. We live in NY with harsh winters. The porch gets a little morning sun but is otherwise shaded. Application of this product is difficult but I did it myself. I followed directions completely and made sure I was totally ready to move quickly when I began the process. The porch still looks great with no pealing or wearing noted. I must note we shovel this porch when it snows. smile I think It is the best product out there to cover that nasty deck situation you might have. The only thing I find to be a very small issue is the “grit” The surface is gritty however it beats splinters. I now plan to do my back deck 1350 sq feet, a huge undertaking. This product is costly but at least it does what it says. I have researched all these products and I think using the Gulf is the way to go.

Dianna
Dianna

Does the deck synthetc coating show any wear after you shovel?. We get a lot of snow , therefore lots of shoveling and I am looking for a product that would withstand tht.

Teresa
Teresa

no it held up well.

Ri enn
Ri enn

Do you mean that grit releases continuously? We walk into our house onto hardwood floors. I would be worried that the grit would scratch them. thanks.

Michael
Michael

Is it gritty in a good way, that you have firm traction when the surface is wet? We live in western NY. I also want to avoid the bubbling or peeling in the Summer. I am retired and can’t afford to do the job twice. I want to do it right the first time.

Mitch
Mitch

i am the original owner and developer of DeckRevive. i am originally from Rochester, NY and can relate to the harsh winters. i have the first batch of DeckRevive on my deck in georgia whuch was applied in 2008. No peeling and still looks like the day i applied it

Curriers painting/decorating
Curriers painting/decorating

I have been using the product for 5 years now this will be my 6th year I have no complaints of peeling I love this product and it’s the only one I will use for my business in ct..

Jeanette
Jeanette

what about Olympic Rescue It Max , resurfacer+Primer+Sealant

RA Day
RA Day

I applied two coats of UGL NuDeck Wood and Concrete Restorative Coating about five years ago and reapplied it a couple of years ago since it didn’t look good and it has peeled and cracked and is basically a mess. My deck looks like the pictures I’ve seen of the Rust-Oleum product, but I can find no mention of law suits about it. I can find ads touting how great it is.
I’ve now resorted to applying the strongest paint remover I could find and have been scraping for days and I keep getting layers of paint but can’t seem to get down to bare wood except in places. I started by power washing and that got a lot off but there is a lot left.
I spoke to a rental store manager and he suggested that I let the wood thoroughly dry and use an edger to sand each board individually and to then apply a new finish. I don’t know what someone here thinks of that idea or if you have another one.
I’m rather gun shy of these deck refinisher products as the owner of the paint store where I bought the NuDeck recommends I stay away from them. Is this Gulf Synthetics Deck refinisher really a product that will stand up or will I just have to go through this again in a couple of years? I followed the NuDeck instruction meticulously and it was all just a waste of time and money. I don’t want to have to do this over again.

Fran
Fran

We have a large porch that is about 90% covered by roof. However driving rain and snow at times covers most of the surface. The porch pitch is insufficient and water does not readily run of.

Unlike a deck the porch is covered with pine tongue and groove planking that is mostly in good condition, a few boards will need to be replaced.

The floor has no real openings to drain water between the boards but just small gaps typically of a tongue and groove flooring and also not enough pitch to shed water. So at times there is some standing water and it does seep into the tongue and groove gaps. Will this type of flooring work with the GULF Synthetic or is it strictly designed for decking with wider gaps?

Katy
Katy

My deck was most likely done with Olympic Rescue It before we bought the house, based on looking at photos and research. It lasted about two years, and now we are in year 4 and really need to redo it. When trying to look up what products to use with since it’s in poor condition, came across DeckRevive. My question – do we have to completely remove the Rescue It paint or can we just pressure wash and then start with the PermaBond and then the Revive? See photos. Sorry if has already been asked, I know you have to completely remove the DeckOver before doing DeckRevive, but this doesn’t have any texture/grit to it, just paint. Thank you in advance!

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James Young
James Young

Is SuperDeck®
Exterior Deck & Dock Coating a good deck restore product?

Benny
Benny

Question. I am going to apply Gulf Synthetics to my deck. Deck is 26’x16′ of 2″x6″x16′ green treat boards. Seven boards have been replaced. Deck has been power washed (no finish material on boards). After reading the horror stories about the other products I will be using Gulf Synthetics DeckRevive. The guys at gulf synthetics said I should wait about 2 months before applying material to allow the new boards to dry. I live in Illinois, and will be pushing late September when application is to happen. The weather has been very strange. My question: Is it better to cover the deck with a tarp to protect from rain and keep dry, or just leave the tarp off and let deck get wet and weather? Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide. I am a retired professional HVACR mechanic, but at best a poor wood butcher and protective coating applicator.
BB

Benny
Benny

Thank you very much for your quick reply. Hence the term “weathered”, as I sat thinking one evening. Thanks again I’ll let you know how it turns out in a few months.

Scott
Scott

I am thinking about using this on a pool deck. Being gritty is it tough on bare feet? Additionally does it absorb heat like a composite deck and get extremely hot? Thank you.

April
April

I have been reading reviews of Deck Over by Behr, Deck Resurfacer by Rustoleum and a couple others when I came across this product. I read through most of the reviews, and was impressed. I do have a few questions however:

1. How many gallons of the Revive and Permabond (needed first like a primer?) for 1,000 square feet?
2. Where can I buy this product? I have not seen it at the box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s. Maybe at ACE HW?
3. Will this product hold up in South Florida?
4. My deck was built in 2005 and has been stained over the years – most recent was with Extreme Defy – Cedar color
5. There are about 20 planks that are new but about 2 months old so should be fine
6. I am having the deck pressure cleaned first – do I need to wait 2 days before painting?
7. What is the cost of the kit/paint….?
8. Is there a warranty for Deck Revive?
9. I was planning on a custom color (beige/yellow – same as house and fence
10. Deck is all PT wood – in fairly good shape – not heavily worn as many pieces have been replaced over the years
11. Some reviews recommend painting with a brush and others with a roller – which is better and how long before dry?
12. Is one coat sufficient? All the products I was looking at stated two coats.

The answer to the above questions is appreciated as I am thinking seriously about purchasing Revive for my deck

AG

Claire
Claire

I plan to use the Deckrevive just on my horizontal surfaces, and paint the verticals, ordering 2 full kits and 2 quarter kits for my 480 sq. ft of deck. I needed to order 2 gallons of Permabond to have enough, but will have plenty extra. Can I use the Permabond on my vertical surfaces as well, under the paint?

Linda
Linda

Can this product be used on cedar decking

Claire
Claire

I bought a house last fall with a badly weathered, painted deck. While it is structurally sound, there are areas where the paint has almost fully peeled off, spots where the boards are scarred or damaged, as well as low traffic, shaded areas where the paint is still almost fully intact. I was just going to stain, but when reading reviews for DeckOver, found the DeckRevive which looks like a much better option. Is it necessary to remove every bit of the old paint before I start. I’ve been pressure washing, some comes off easily, other areas paint is holding fast. Should I also sand the deck before apply the DeckRevive?

Gary
Gary

I am considering deck revive. How old is this product? Does anyone have had it for 5 years and how did it stand up?

wwwww
wwwww

How is it possible for this coating to allow the wood to breathe as they claim if it is a solid coating? Also, is painting the underside of the boards completely necessary? My deck is above a patio and the bottom is covered by a drainage basin, and I want to avoid removing it to paint.

Ken
Ken

I have a ten-year-old Duradeck (vinyl, I think) glued down onto treated plywood with their glue (seems to be contact cement). The Duradeck is seriously deteriorated and is lifting from the plywood (the glue, and the vinyl, appear to be failing).
Does that contact cement need to be removed before applying Gulf Synthetic?

Deborah
Deborah

Where can I purchase this?

JOSEPH L GEARY
JOSEPH L GEARY

current deck has behr deckover which is failing somewhat after 5 years on my treated wooden deck. what type/brand of deck paint can be used to cover it without needing to sand entire deck. my plan is to power wash to clean and remove any loose paint.

Joel
Joel

Gulf synthetic as compared to rustoleum 4X or is it the same product

Carlin
Carlin

Do you need to use permabond on a new deck or can you just apply the Deck Revive?

Wanda
Wanda

We used this product on a very weathered full sun back deck some years ago. It lasted beautifully for a long time and now we would like to reapply. Our painting contractor advised that this product was so thick that it would not work well since it had been treated previously. Do you have a solution. The product is really incredible.

Dave Mulford
Dave Mulford

Can Deck Revive be used on a composite deck?

Laureen
Laureen

Where can i buy deck revive

Duane Troxler
Duane Troxler

Does this product come in a version that does not have the grit?

Wanda nelson
Wanda nelson

This product was used on my deck 5 years ago. It has held up beautifully. It is now time to spruce up and apply again. What is the procedure?

Mitch
Mitch

i am the developer of the product and have a solution for sprucing it up. mitch 678 234 7584. owner of gulf synthetics

Jen
Jen

How can we make this product less rough? I don’t want it to feel like I’m walking on sandpaper. Thank you!

Sue Case
Sue Case

One year old Flood (pro series) solid color shows mold/mildew after one year. Yuck. Does Gulf Synthetic protect old deck wood rom mold/mildew? I don’t read any where here (and other sites) if Gulf Synthetic protect deck wood against mold? Flood acrylic stain still cover wood good but removing mold with bleach and water major pain. Any suggestions on what I can do keep “green” stuff away (long term).

Tim Townsend
Tim Townsend

What do you use to tint or add color to the “Deck Revive” ?

Kurt
Kurt

I’m trying to determine what final color/tint I’ll get.

Gulf Synthetics website says to mix one gallon of exterior gloss acrylic latex paint to the one gallon of the liquid component of their Deck Revive. So whatever color paint I add, would be diluted 2 to 1, so to get a specific color/tint, I’d add paint that is about twice as dark as the final color I want? Could I test this by adding a small amount of the tinted paint to an equal amount of white paint and test paint small sections?

Mark Currier
Mark Currier

Thank you gulf synthetics and Gemini industries 5 years now using deck revive on customers decks we now have done 104 decks in the last 5 years out of all them we had 4 minor repairs which took about ten minutes and it wasnt a product failure either only product we will use I guarantee my deck for 3 years other solid stain will not hold up to this product we also proved that it will work on wire ourmt trex decking.this has been our best year and we are growing more each year with more believers.thanx again gemini…

Nancy Atkinson
Nancy Atkinson

Can it be used in cement porches?

Steve Perry
Steve Perry

How will this product act if put over a coat of properly prepared DeckOver that has been on the deck for 2 years?

John J
John J

Can you give detailed info/instructions on how to apply Deck Revive like what type of brush is best to use? or can a roller or pad be used? or can it be sprayed on? How often does DR need to be stirred/mixed? What quantity is best used at a time?

Mark Currier
Mark Currier

Would like to inform the growing number of homeowners who are realizing that deck revive from Gemini industry is the leading deck surfacing product on the market that I have and Gemini lab has confirmed my testing with their own that we can now resurface your old worn out trex decking Gemini lab has given my testing along with theirs the ok so all you owners of worn out trex decking you have your solution I knew it would work I am ct and Rhode islands only deck revive professional call me if you need service or I can also answer questions you may have a great day and spread the word it is not the same failing stain product that others are selling thank you

joanne M ostrander
joanne M ostrander

will this work as well on a new deck that hasn’t been stained before?? thanks!

Tony Cantin
Tony Cantin

I am very interested in your trex experience with deck revive. Thank you for offering your assistance.

Billie Bob Norton
Billie Bob Norton

Do you ever use punctuations such as periods or commas? Just askin’….

Mark currier
Mark currier

It’s not an English class sorry

susan
susan

Love the texture and the grit in this product and it is what I expected. Keeps the dogs from slipping and it saved our 20-year-old pine deck from being demoed.

Mike McCoy
Mike McCoy

I came across this product when considering refinishing a 10 year old PT deck. The deck had an original stain on it, which I was able to clean off pretty easily with a pressure washer. I purchased 2 full kits and 1 Permabond, for a 390sq ft deck.

I used a Sherwin Williams exterior gloss acrylic for color.. the color seemed to mix okay.

I had this applied by professional paint contractors locally, and after they did one tier of the deck I regretted the decision. This is going to add a great deal of texture and grit to your deck, be aware. I didn’t like it so much that I stopped half way through.

I was left with one untouched kit which I am going to return, however the company is hitting me with a 30% restocking fee even though the package is literally untouched. For the premium they charge over the cost of off the shelf resurfacing solutions, its just not worth it. If you are planning on applying this yourself, you are going to be in for a tough time — my contractors were misterable working with it, having to continuously mix it every 10 or 15 minutes to keep it from turning to sludge.

Great mistake on my part.

Buyer be very, very aware.

Billie Bob Norton
Billie Bob Norton

Mike – did you do any research on the product or read the descriptions about it? Do you expect them to give you a full refund when they have a restocking policy? Too bad you decided to give the product a poor review when in fact you should give yourself a poor review for not reading and comprehending before purchasing the product. Sad, very sad…….

Sandy
Sandy

I am dealing with a Behr Deckover disaster. The pain peeled very quickly and what is left, cannot be removed. Can I use the Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive product on top of the Deckover Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive after power washing? Getting new boards is simply not an option for me, financially. My deck is large, about 24′ by 12′. Thanks

Reid
Reid

With the gritty finish, would it be better to paint the fence and railings part of the deck than to apply Deck Revive? If so, would the paint color be different from the product color even if using the exact same paint?

Clint
Clint

I used deck revive a couple years ago and the deck still looks great. However, I want to change my color. What are the steps involved in going over deck revive? Since the permabond has been used could I apply any latex over it like deck and dock from Sw, or do I need to use your product. Also would I need to use permabond again before I use your product or another latex?

Michael Maddox
Michael Maddox

where can you purchase Deck Revive in metro Atlanta ga.

Jon Martinez
Jon Martinez

How is this product with very high heat temperature. Arizona

Bob Double
Bob Double

Can you apply 3 coats of Deck Revive over Perma Bond?

Mark currier
Mark currier

I am a professional deck revive installer I service ct and rhode island I have do 72 decks in four years it’s the only product I will use I advertise the product on my company vehicle and local papers many people think it’s the same junk from he he and rustolium no comparison powetwash first we will not due moisture will stay in wood a long time we moisture test all ways first we use floor Sanders for prep note all the seams must be free of debris before and after it could cause minor failure due to water trapment airflow beneath is a plus with concrete revive a clear sealer called wet look will aid in beauty and rock salt apps we are currier painting and decorating in Brooklyn ct we are the only real representative of this product in ct and rhode island and the most experienced with the product it is the number one product on the market today follow us on Facebook thank you

Hal Adcock
Hal Adcock

Hi, I just power washed my deck. Let it dry for 7 days. I used Sherman Williams woodscaped exterior house stain that my neighbor gave me. My deck is open to the weather, the color is perfect, but their are so many cracks in every board I think I have to apply another product. What would you recommend. Thanks, Hal.

Sugarz
Sugarz

Last year I used a Deck Resurfacer and it started peeling within 1 month. I followed the mfg. directions to the “T”. My question is for the areas where it is still pretty secured do I need to get that removed before using your product?

Bill
Bill

How to paint a already painted deck

Brooke
Brooke

I live close to the ocean and my ex used standard decking screws that have rusted. I not only have to do a front entry but also a 14 x 28 deck. In fact, the rusting has run down onto the stained deck surface (steps). I guess my choices are to try and replace every screw with a stainless one or use your Gulf Deck Revive. The deck color is a very light grey (stain). Will your product permanently cover these rust stains? What type of steps will be involved? How hard is this to do (I am disabled with a very bad back)?

Mark Currier
Mark Currier

Once again remove it with a floor sander and itcwill also remove the rust from the screws most of the time they will snap if u try to remove them prime them with a rust treatment or primer

Milton Strange
Milton Strange

What about Deck Revive color choices? Will it cover, colorwise, the darker old stain on my deck?

Larry Rudisill
Larry Rudisill

So do you have to strip the old stain off the deck before using this?

Jeremy
Jeremy

Looking to paint a new deck. Do you recommend using deck revive on a new pressure-treated deck?

Cris Underwood
Cris Underwood

Can this product be used on a wooden fence?

Lisa
Lisa

Can I buy this product anywhere in Columbus oh?

Joan
Joan

Can this product be applied to a floating dock for a pond? It will be put on before the dock is in the water. Thank. you

Rob
Rob

Can Gulf be used over trex type products?