Will Rustoleum restore my 17 year old deck

by Mary
This is my deck
This my deck will Rustoleum restore it.
  33 answers
  • Norma Norma on Nov 13, 2015
    I bought the 10X for the deck and 4x for the railings and it was WELL worth the expense. I have no complaints, just watch you tube, follow instructions and its easily done.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 13, 2015
    Rust-oleum offers a wide range of deck restoration products. www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/restore
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    • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 13, 2015
      @Mary That is why I gave the website for the steps . If there is an old finish on the deck this will have to be stripped. Since the deck is old it may need sanding. So the website gives you options.
  • LD LD on Nov 13, 2015
    Give it a good power washing, check the boards for any rot, and then proceed with the Rustoleum Restore. Here is a link to their website, which has a video. http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/restore/restore-10x-advanced-resurfacer
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    • LD LD on Nov 13, 2015
      If you follow the directions from the YouTube Video link that I gave you, it will remove all loose paint and the mold from the deck. Its not necessary to remove all of the paint in order to use this product.
  • I've wondered about this as well!
    • Mary Mary on Nov 13, 2015
      Do you have something that you want to use Rustoleum on??
  • Mary Mary on Nov 13, 2015
    I have had a lot of great ideas, and any more will be helpful thanks.
  • Mary Insana Mary Insana on Nov 13, 2015
    I would start by using a mild and mildew removing liquid that can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes. After you leave that in for the allots time I would take it off with with a power sprayer. Let it dry throughly before you use any type of paint or stain. You can buy stain in different colors other than browns. After staining use a clear waterproofing top coat. I haven hear many good reviews on any of the deck restoring products. Hear it peels and doesn't last very long.
  • NormaJean NormaJean on Nov 13, 2015
    My deck is 12 years old and I rehabbed it in August 2015.
    • Paul Hayden Paul Hayden on Nov 18, 2015
      @NormaJean I would be interested in knowing if this lasts more than a year, especially after a winter.
  • NormaJean NormaJean on Nov 13, 2015
    Really pleased with the results.
  • May I suggest a couple things to help you save money and renovate your deck? First I need to ask if you have any tools and the capability to remove and flip the boards? I did this and added years to my deck. Then I would use screws NOT nails. Deck boards are not that expensive because I would replace the wood on the steps. But I highly recommend Behr Deck Over paint. It is good and it will stick to to the boards. They will need to be washed and no peeling paint- but you can use Deck Over on previously stained boards. You may have to cut down some of the boards because the ends look very weak. But great news is that you can piece in new boards. Good luck
  • Kelly kitchen Kelly kitchen on Nov 14, 2015
    We tried the restore product three years back, after one year it came up in big chunks. I would not recommend it . Google all the complaints on the product before you commit.
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    • Your welcome.
  • Deb2310574 Deb2310574 on Nov 14, 2015
    Be sure to use primer that is made for this product before you apply the top coat. When we purchased this product for our deck the sales person did not mention anything about priming first. We applied to clean sanded deck and within nine months it started chipping off. I contacted the company directly and they told me it should have been primmed first. They sent us another five gallon pail, primer and deck cleaner at no charge. We had to take time to repaint properly but it turned out great and has not chipped or pealed.
    • Mary Mary on Nov 16, 2015
      Wow!! I liked what you had to say about this product and take your advice, how is your deck now since you last repainted it....
  • Shelly Rockstad Shelly Rockstad on Nov 14, 2015
    I had a painting company for 22 years , the first thing you should do is use a power washer , you will get a lot of the old grey off before you even start with a finish product. Then you should try a good penetrating seal ,instead of any hard seal, they never seam to last. Some folks don't under stand when constructing a deck, all the wood should be treated , painted, stained, etc. while the wood is still in lengths before it is built and on all sides,this way the deck won't pulls moisture from the under side as well. Good luck with your project!
    • Mary Mary on Nov 16, 2015
      Thanks, I need all the help that I can get..
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 14, 2015
    You are about to spend an awful lot of time and money to come up with something that will remain looking like it is old and repaired and looking like this again in a couple years anyway adding no value to your home. Get off your wallet and replace it with the new kind of artificial decking that is permanent.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 15, 2015
    Have heard and seen a lot of really negatives reviews on this product.
  • Patricia Pattison Patricia Pattison on Nov 15, 2015
    We used this product on our two decks.Didn't even last a year all peeled up. We power washed it and let it dry for a week and then applied the it,, So that didn't work for us,VERY Disappointed,and a lot of money down the drain !!!
    • Mary Mary on Nov 15, 2015
      Thanks for the answer, what did you do after that.
  • Edward Cogan Edward Cogan on Nov 15, 2015
    Unfortunately, I had the same experience. It is a decent (perhaps overstating it a bit) product if you do not plan to give the space a lot of use.
    • Mary Mary on Nov 16, 2015
      Thanks that was so helpful, I will take in all advice....
  • Mary Mary on Nov 15, 2015
    Thanks, what's good for an old deck if you don't want to rebuild.
  • At least half of that wood is rotted out and potentially unsafe. 17 years is a long time. Plus, whomever installed it used nails instead of deck screws. All the trouble you will have to go through to prep it, and then have it look somewhat better??? If that?? Sorry, but that wood is toast. Just replace it when you get the funds. And to keep it from happening in the future, you must maintain the wood with yearly re-coverings. The stuff that says you can stain it and be good for 5 years are full of crap! I do mine every 9-10 months. Make sure you seal and stain or paint every part of the wood before you screw it down, that way you get the underside of the plank.
    • Mary Mary on Nov 16, 2015
      Thanks for the advice, I'm getting so much helpful information. Now I know what to do when replacing that deck, but what can I do to make it look descent just so I can have it refinanced...
  • power wash it, put numerous coats of primer over it, and paint. It will buy you 6-12 months depending on weather. But the wood is rotted! You just can't paint over it and expect it to last.
  • Deb2310574 Deb2310574 on Nov 16, 2015
    Great. Contact the company directly if you have any questions.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 17, 2015
    A lot of the boards look like they need replacing...the stairs look finished...are there any hollow spots? I would check for rot and insect damage. Years ago, I found out that my deck that looked solid and in good shape was really bad...the previous owners used the ''lipstick on a pig'' tactic. Had I realized it at the time, I could have fixed it then. Instead the rot continued beyond repair. I personally wouldn't waste money putting a finish on very damaged boards. If the frame underneath is structurally sound you could just replace the rotted boards. Flipping the boards as @The Garden Frog with C Renee suggested is a stop gap measure that can tide you over temporarily. You could replace a few boards at a time and flip others if money is an issue. However, normally when people install boards they place them to avoid warping or cupping which holds water. If you turn them over, they may not be perfectly flat (eventhough they have been down for a long time), and could cause a tripping hazard, so you may need to sand them.
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    • I really hope she had that luck
  • Mary Mary on Nov 17, 2015
    What would be a good product to refinish it and then would I put a coat of or two on it...
    • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 17, 2015
      @Mary I'm not sure if your question is directed to me or not, but I would follow the other commenters' suggestions, since I have almost always used a hardware store brand from here in Canada.
  • Paul Hayden Paul Hayden on Nov 18, 2015
    I personally have never seen a good, satisfactory application of any of the thick, restore or renew products on decks!!! I do dozens of decks each year, professionally, and have seen a number of these applications peel off within 1 year. Using a pressure washer on them as I do for prep, I have blown off up to 80-90 % of products like these within 1 year. IF YOU WANT TO USE THIS PRODUCT, BE SURE YOU DO THE PREP NECESSARY, AND FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. But I would highly advise against using them. There are "solid color stains" from various companies (Super Deck, Cabot, Wolman, Olympic, etc.) that I have used, that are far better in my opinion. If the deck wood is so bad that it needs these products, then it will not be a surface to which they can adhere well anyway! And they become expensive when this thicker product does not go very far, or cover much per gallon. From the photos, I do not believe the wood is too far "rotted" to help. Use a good deck cleaner and a pressure washer (have someone do this for you??), let it dry for at least 2-3 good drying days, then coat with 2 coats of solid color deck stain - your choice of colors. I have seen this last 3-5 years. Hope this might help.
  • Mary Mary on Nov 18, 2015
    Thanks Paul, sounds like you know your decks and I'm confident that this will work on my deck.I will take your advice. What is a good deck cleaner that I should use and I will God bless show you the finished project, any other advice is welcomed.
    • Paul Hayden Paul Hayden on May 24, 2016
      @Mary You can purchase the deck cleaner concentrates, and mix them as strong as you need - follow the directions. The pressure washer that I use is small and around 2,800 psi, but I have a special circular pattern nozzle that increases the effectiveness of the washer. Be careful of leaving cleaning lines with the pressure washer fan tip! After cleaning and drying, you may have to sand areas that have splintered - that is normal, depending on the board, the age, etc.
  • Mary Mary on Nov 18, 2015
    Thanks you are so helpful...
  • Jane Adkins Jane Adkins on May 18, 2016
    I have to agree with Paul Hayden, it is terrible stuff it is peeling and cracking! Do not use... My deck is ruined..
  • Paul Hayden Paul Hayden on May 24, 2016
    I need to amend my answer (above) - I have just seen a deck on which one of these thick products was used, FOUR YEARS AGO, and it still looked good. It is in partial shade, roughly half of it has an outdoor rug on it all the time, and there is very little peeling. I really do NOT like the appearance of this product, to be sure, even when it is new. But it does has a slip-resistant quality to it that might be desirable for some. I am not sure of the product used in this case. I STILL would advise against the extra-thick "restore" or "renew" or other deck coatings!
  • Anna Maria Falat Anna Maria Falat on Aug 27, 2016
    I did use another product which peeled off in 1 year, but then I used the Rustoleum product and I have had no problems 2 years later. I did clean the deck both times with deck cleaner concentrate.
  • Power wash it and then check for rot. Any soft boards will need replacing. Then use Thompson's Water Seal.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    If it was me I would replace the decking with a Trex material so you don't have to worry about the look or feel of the deck in the furture. Consider it an investment in your home.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 01, 2023

    Whatever you do, Save for a new Composition type deck, it will be so worth it, None of the painting/staining to worry about and after a good Hose down will look great every year!

  • Vco83771944 Vco83771944 on Jun 06, 2023

    I hate Rust-Oleum. Don't use it. We prepped our deck using all their products and it didn't last and worse, it burns your feet, if barefoot, and how about your dogs paws. I've tried removing it with the pressure washer and it's impossible to scrape.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 07, 2023

    We power wash our deck every year. Makes a huge difference and almost looks new. But where there is damage to the wood that needs to be addressed and fixed. Safety first.