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Synta (Rust-Oleum) Deck Restore Stain Review 2.2/5 (42)

Synta Deck RestoreNote: Rust-Oleum bought Synta Deck Restore in 2012. It is now called Rust-Oleum Restore.

Deck Restore™ is the smart alternative to deck replacement. It revives and protects wood surfaces such as wood and composite decking, stairs, docks and more.

Deck Restore™ is water based, low odor and fills up to 1/4” cracks.

Synta’s Deck Restore is designed to “mask” the wood. It will not show the wood grain. Promoted as a product for wood that is beyond conventional restoration.

Note: Class Action Lawsuit has been filed against Rust-Oleum Restore 10x:  See Here

Synta Rust-Oleum Restore Stain Scores (1-10)

Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 5

– Synta Restore is basically a very thick paint that is designed to mask the wood and fill any large cracks and voids. To us it looked very fake on the pressure treated deck. We also noticed that the finish (after full drying) is very hot to the touch when exposed to direct sunlight. To the point that you would not be able to walk on the surface with bare feet.

Preventing UV Graying at 2 Year Mark: 10

– Being a solid non-translucent product, the (Rust-Oleum) Restore does not show any signs of UV fading. This is normal for solid stains and paints.

Wear/Tear and Peeling: 7

– Synta (Rust-Oleum) Restore showed some wearing in the high traffic areas and between the decking boards. It seems that the (Rust-Oleum) Restore did not adhere between the boards as the finish curled up here.

Cost Per Square Foot: 1

– Horrible. We needed 10 of the (Rust-Oleum) Restore 2 gallon kits. That is $600 for a 600 sq. foot deck or $1 per foot.

Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 10

– Synta (Rust-Oleum) Restore should zero mold or algae on deck.

Ease of Application: 2

– Very difficult to apply. We used the supplied roller and a heavy duty brush for back wiping and to get between the floor boards. We followed all the supplied directions. The entire project for the two required coats took 12 hours to perform with 2 people. We had issues getting the stain to apply evenly and between the deck boards. Full curing for the Synta Restore can take up to 3 weeks.

Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 10

– Did not darken or attract dirt.

Difficulty of Reapplication: 5

– Heavy scraping to remove the peeling stain would be required prior to applying another coat. Conversations with the manufacturer on the product failure were difficult. Basically, they blamed the peeling on poor prepping of the wood even though we followed their online instructions.

Overall Score Rust-Oleum Restore Solid Acrylic Stain at 2 Year Period: 6.25

– We are not a fan of this product. Basically, a “thick” paint that performs about the same as any other solid color deck stain. Doing some research online and you will find there are more unhappy customers out there than satisfied customers. Appearance is poor, application is difficult, and cost per foot is horrible. To be fair, the Synta Restore did score extremely well in UV fading and preventing mold.

Product Information:

Where To Buy: Big Box Stores, Home Depot, Menards, Lowes, etc
Cost: $59.99 per 2 Gallon Kit
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain – Water Based
Available Colors: 20 different colors
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 2 Coats.
Coverage Per Gallon: 100 sq. ft per 2 gallon kit for 1 coat. Need 2 coats for best performance.
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 8-24 Hours
Cleanup: Water
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: Rust-Oleum

Test Deck Stats:

When Tested: June 2009 (Tested as Synta Restore)
Deck Wood Type: Pressure Treated Pine Dock
Deck Square Footage: 600 Square feet
UV Exposure: Southern exposure. Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 2 Years
Stain Color Used: 

Update Spring of 2016

Please read our article on Gulf Synthetics Deck Revive Review 2015  We believe this product has real value if looking for these product types that actually work.

*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.

Disgruntled Rust-Oleum Restore Customer

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184 responses to “Synta (Rust-Oleum) Deck Restore Stain Review”

  1. Merry says:

    This stuff ruined our whole deck ??????

  2. VIctoria says:

    We used the 10x on our deck last summer. Prepped and followed all instructions to a t. This summer it is peeling off in thick strips right down to the bare wood. So disappointed and it's sickening to think of the money we spent. Did the slats and handrails in the 4x. Same results. Stay away from this product. Not worth the money or time.

  3. Dean says:

    This product looked good at first followed directions and applied after first year started to notice cracks in the product on the deck boards. Second year I now have the product peeling off the boards in strips. My deck is 52’x32″ spent a small fortune and a lot of hard work prepping the surface and applying the product. Like I stated above. It looked great the first year now starting to have problems. Not sure on what to do but not satisfied with what product had promised to do.

  4. Gail says:

    The only reason I gave it one star is because that was the lowest it would go. They need to take this mess off the market!

  5. Jack says:

    I put on front deck 5 or 6 years ago and only did a coat and then touch up. Looked great. Held up 2 years looking like it did when I put on. After about 4 years started to look a little chipped on edges. But not bad. Recoated this year using deck start which is easy on then reapplied with lighter color. Looks great. Just finished back decks. First time was massive project for my 16 year old deck. Filling cracks and now 3 coats but solid and looks awesome.

  6. edna cotton says:

    i am so disgusted with your product. it absolutely DID NOT do the job I was led to believe it would. applying it was difficult enough but to have to patch it up every year is absolutely ridiculous. right now it is peeling off in big chunks. absolutely worthless and paid probably $700.00 or more to do my decks. this may not seem like much to you but you are probably not on a limited income and as old as I am. I thought I was using something that would make things easier at my age but that certainly wasn't the case. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. shame on you for putting such a product on the market and misleading the customers and taking their money without a second glance.

  7. Carol Ann says:

    I totally regret putting this on my deck. It is peeling in sections and has adversely impacted water drainage between the boards. The worst part is I can't find anyone who will remove the product. I've had several different contractors/deck companies come out and look at the deck, and all of them just shake their heads and tell me that they've seen so many other decks like mine and that the product is one of the worst things that you can put on a deck.

  8. Charlene Dowdy says:

    I am in the process of removing this crap from my deck. It lasted maybe a year and then started peeling and flaking off. Very disappointed.

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*This is first and foremost a help site from our experience as wood restoration contractors. All stain and prepping manufacturer directions were followed with our reviews and ratings. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take in consideration that wood and deck stain results may differ due to prepping procedures, different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, natural weathering, etc.