This post was updated on January 18, 2022
Olympic Rescue It Reviewed 2022
Since the article was first originally published, we have had numerous comments from consumers who have used the Olympic® RESCUE IT! Max Resurfacer® and have had a poor experience with peeling and failure. If you have used the Olympic® RESCUE IT! Max Resurfacer® please upload and post pictures of your exterior wood or deck with the Olympic Max Resurfacer® RESCUE IT!® on it. A short description of your experience would be helpful as well. This can be done in our comment area below. Feel free to also submit a Star Rating on the Olympic® RESCUE IT!® coating.
Update: There has been a Class Action Lawsuit filed against the Olympic® RESCUE IT!® There has also been a label change. The product is now called Olympic RESCUE IT Max Resurfacer.
Olympic RESCUE IT! MAX Deck Resurfacer + Primer + Sealant is ideal for worn or weathered wood and concrete. This 100% acrylic, high-performance deck resurfaced, and concrete sealer coating fills cracks up to ¼”, locks down splinters, and provides a safe, extremely durable surface that resists fading and creates a mildew and algae resistant coating. Don’t replace it. RESCUE IT! Use this concrete sealer and deck resurfacer on your next project
Olympic Rescue It Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 6
– The Olympic Rescue It version of “deck restore type” products is no different in that it still looks like a thick paint was applied. Overall though it did have a nice uniform appearance.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10
– No graying of the deck as this product does not allow the stain to change the appearance.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 5
– The Olympic Rescue-It performed better than the Behr Deckover and the Rust-Oleum versions but not nearly as good as the Gulf Synthetics brand that we have tested. After the first Winter, about 1/2 of the deck had some issues.
Cost Per Square Foot: 3
– The coverage was about the suggested 50 sq. per gallon for the two coats. We used 12 gallons for the deck at a total cost of about $400 for 600 sq. feet.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8
– There was some mold on the deck. Very little and could be related to a large tree nearby. Nothing to worry about and the Olympic Rescue It did a pretty good job with this category.
Ease of Application: 3
– Applies like a thick paste. We had to dip into the tray with the roller every few sq. feet. Dries and sets fairly fast as well in direct sunlight
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 9
– The Olympic Rescue It did not darken in color in any way.
The Difficulty of Reapplication: 3
– You would have to sand off the Olympic Rescue It for full removal before reapplying the same or a different brand of deck stain.
Overall Score Olympic Rescue It at 2 Year Period: 6
– The Olympic Rescue It scored better than any other of the big box versions of the “Deck Resurface” type stains. If you are in a warm-weather state, you probably would get better results than our testing. These products seem to peel anywhere you get a freeze/thaw cycle.
Olympic Deck Rescue-It Peeling Photos
Where To Buy: Lowes, Home Depot, and Select Stores
Cost: $45 per Gallon
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain Resurfacer Coating – Water Based
Available Colors: 142 Custom colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: Covers up to 50 sq. ft. in 2 coats per gallon
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Cedar Deck
Deck Square Footage: 600 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used: Russet
*All products tested and results are from our experience. 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.
Update Spring of 2022
Please read our article on Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2022 We believe this product has real value if looking for these product types that actually work.
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