This post was updated on January 30, 2023
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid (formerly Deck Restore) 2023
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Important Note: The Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is a relabeled version of the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore that failed miserably and had a class-action lawsuit against them: Rust-Oleum Class Action Lawsuit Deck Restore
Well, Rust-Oleum is back at it with a newer, relabeled version of their Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. The Deck Restore version has failed miserably in the last 6-8 years and a Class Action lawsuit was settled in 2018. They still continue to sell the Deck Restore version to unknowing consumers but they have come out with the newer RockSolid Deck Coating as well. This new version is marketed slightly differently. It is a Deck Resurface product that uses a primer first and can also be done in one day. From what we have seen and heard, the Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is not any better than the Deck Restore and continues to peel and fail. If you have used Rust-Oleum Rock Solid, 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.
Transform your Deck in One Day with RockSolid 6X or the 20X Deck Coatings. These innovative one coat deck resurfacers are ideal for moderately worn decks and patios. Formulated to resurface wooden decks and concrete patios.
- Ideal for moderately worn decks & patios
- 6X thicker for enhanced durability
- 20X for best protection on heavily worn decks
- One coat coverage
- Superior weather resistance and waterproofing protection
- Fills hairline cracks
- Available in 60 different colors, tint before use
- Coverage: up to 80 sq ft per gallon with 1 coat
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid Deck Coat Rating (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 1 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 the first year of application in our cold-weather state test deck.
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 Rock Solid Deck Coating does not darken in color.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 1
– Be prepared to power sand this off for switching to a different brand. If rotting occurs, you may need to replace the decking.
Overall Score Rust-Oleum Rock Solid It at 1 Year Period: 4.25
– We cannot recommend this product based on our testing, numerous poor online reviews (check Amazon), and the past class-action lawsuit. Rust-Oleum just does not seem to care either. Why continue to sell these products knowing there is a good chance of failure? Makes no sense…
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid (Deck Restore) Customer Photo Issues
Where To Buy: Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, Lowes, Select Stores
Cost: $49 for a 1 Gallon. Deck Start Wood Primer must be used first.
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain – Water Based
Available Colors: 60+colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats plus primer
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:
Deck Wood Type: Pine Treated Deck
Deck Square Footage: 300 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.
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