This post was updated on June 4, 2023
Can you Strip Rust-Oleum Deck Restore?
The simple answer is no, you cannot chemically strip off the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. The only way to remove this deck resurface coating is to power sand and scrape. Some customers have had very good luck using the Diamabrush. This is a wood coating removal and grinder tool. If you cannot get it off with the sanding and grinding, you may even end up replacing the wood. The “boiling water” method will not work which many have asked about.
Note: Behr Deckover and Olympic Rescue-It are also considered deck resurface coatings so the info here would apply to them as well.
More Info: Rust-Oleum Deck Restore and Rust-Oleum Rock Solid are basically the same, just a relabel after they settled a lawsuit.
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