This post was updated on January 18, 2022
Rust-Oleum (Rock Solid 20X) Deck Restore Review for 2022
Here at DeckStainHelp.com, we have worked hard over the years to become your trusted reference for deck stain opinions and consumer reviews. We thank you for your continued support. Our customers who have used Rust-Oleum Deck Restore (Now Rock Solid 20X) continue to give scathing poor reviews about the appearance and longevity of their deck restoration projects. Numerous issues with peeling and a class action lawsuit as well. If you have used Rust-Oleum Deck Restore, we would like to hear what you think, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.
Important Note on Label Change for Rust-Oleum Deck Restore (Now Rock Solid 20X)
Even though they have settled this lawsuit, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore is still sold to unsuspecting consumers and has not been pulled from the shelves. Rust-Oleum has changed to a newer, relabeled version of their Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. From what we have seen in the field and heard, the Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is not much better than the Deck Restore and continues to peel and fail.
Why repaint when you can revitalize your deck—with Rust-Oleum® Deck & Concrete Restore ®? This liquid-armor resurfacer forms a tough, resilient coating over existing decking. It lasts for years with minimal maintenance! Limited lifetime warranty.
- 10 times thicker than ordinary coatings—fills cracks, locks down splinters, hides imperfections
- Non-slip, barefoot-friendly texture; water- and weather-resistant; durable
- Economical, environmentally safe; easy to apply and clean up
Rust-Oleum Deck Restore Stain Ratings (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 3
– The finished appearance of this product is poor. It looks “clumpy” and dirt has a tendency to stick to the surface as the product cures. The color did not match the color on the chart.
Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10
– Does not gray in the areas where it has not peeled.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 2
– Of all the “Deck Resurface” products the Rust-Oleum version peels the worst. It started peeling within a few months of application.
Cost Per Square Foot: 1
– Coverage is terrible. We did not get the 30 sq. feet per gallon for the 2 coats. Closer to 20 sq. feet for two coats. We spent over $350 on our 200 sq. foot deck.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 6
– About 40% of the deck had mold.
Ease of Application: 1
– This product is not easy to apply. It splatters and we had to constantly back wipe to ensure an even appearance. The roller that comes with the kit is useless and does not last. It feels like you are applying a coat of tar with sand in it.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 10
– The Rust-Oleum Deck Restore does not darken in color.
The Difficulty of Reapplication: 1
– Be prepared to sand this off for switching to a different brand. It might be easier to fill deck boards or replace the floor.
Overall Score Rust-Oleum Deck Restore It at 2 Year Period: 4.25
– The Synta Deck Restore started the craze of the “Deck Resurface” products. Synta’s version was bought by Rust-Oleum and the formula may have changed. Looking at the online history of reviews for this product, it seemed to work better prior to the acquisition. We cannot recommend this product based on our testing, numerous poor online reviews (check Amazon), and the class-action lawsuit.
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid (Deck Restore) Customer Photo Issues
Where To Buy: Home Depot, Walmart, Select Stores
Cost: $45 for a 2 Gallon Kit
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain – Water Based
Available Colors: 60+colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: 25-30 sq ft per gallon with 2 coats
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Test Deck Stats:
When Tested: 2018
Deck Wood Type: Pine Treated Deck
Deck Square Footage: 200 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 1+ Years
Stain Color Used: Cedar
*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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