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How I Used Restore Deck Paint for My Deck Restore Project

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Deck Repair with Restore Deck Paint

Restore Deck Paint - Finished Project

I recently needed to fix my sun-battered and splintered wood deck.  It was in sad shape – the paint was pealing and the top of the wood started coming up.  The wood was still solid apart from the splinters and I didn’t have time to tear it out and start new, so I decided to simply repair the deck with restore deck paint.  I spent quite a bit of time looking for the best restore deck paint and in the end found that Rustoleum Deck & Concrete Restore would be best for my project.

Preparing my Deck for Restore Deck Paint

Before I could apply the restore deck paint, I needed to first prepare my deck.  I used a Bosch Mult-X Oscillating Tool with an aggressive sanding head to quickly remove loose paint and splintered wood.  I also used a Bosch belt sander to sand down areas that had bucked up.  I screwed a few large splits in the treated 2x6s to hold it together for when I apply the restore deck paint.  You don’t need to worry about pre-filling in defects and missing wood because the restore deck paint will fill in those areas.

Restore Deck Paint Sanders

Restore Deck Paint Multi-Tool

I prepared the deck for the restore deck paint with a mix of bleach and trisodium phosphate (TSP) dispensed through a pump sprayer.  I let it set for 20 minutes and then power washed the deck.  You should then let the deck should dry for 24 hours.

Restore Deck Paint Deck Preparation

Applying the Restore Deck Paint

For my entire project I used four 4-gallon cans of Rustoleum’s restore deck paint.  If you’ve never used restore deck paint before, you’ll need to get a feel for it.  Restore deck paint is 10 times thicker than standard paint, so if you’re not careful you’ll apply too much.  My deck had deep crevices, so the primer coat had to go on heavy.  I also had to apply a lot of pressure when rolling the restore deck paint.  I used two 9” rollers and one 4” roller.  I had a putty knife to fill in areas where the roller couldn’t reach and then a chip brush to blend in the restore deck paint so the textures matched.  Rustoleum Deck & Concrete Restore has a lot of sand in it and acts similar to polymer modified concrete overlay.

Restore Deck Paint Steps

Restore Deck Paint First Coat

On my deck, I had some boards that were closer than others so sometimes the restore deck paint filled in the joints and other times it didn’t.  To make the space uniform I used a Bosch 5” angle grinder and a segmented diamond blade to cut materials out of joints as needed.  I used a piece of cardboard when I wanted to remove excess restore deck paint from between the boards when there were large openings; I used a drywall knife when the openings were tighter.  This helped to clear up the boards and better adhere the paint where needed.

Restore Deck Paint Grinder

Restore Deck Paint Drywall Knife

Other Helpful Restore Deck Paint Tips

  • It can take some time for the restore deck paint to cure and it all depends on the humidity and temperature.  If it’s humid and cool, it could take 24 hours for the paint to set, or it may not at all.  Rain can also ruin your project because it will prevent the paint from curing.
  • The surface will be a little rubbery for up to a week after its applied, so you’d want to be careful as to when you set the furniture.
  • Be careful when applying it to corners (i.e. steps) because if the paint isn’t completely cured it can be peel off.
  • I’ve found that the restored deck surface can sometimes burn your bare feet when the temperature reaches more than 90 degrees.
  • Despite these drawbacks, the restore deck paint gave my old deck a fairly hard and durable surface.

Applying Concrete Stain

In addition to applying restore deck paint, I also stained the walkway to the gazebo. My walkway consists of re-purposed concrete boards. These boards are 2’x10’x9″. Each is 10″ thick with metal around them and rebar inside. They weigh 2,750 pounds each – they’re not going anywhere!

Restore Deck Paint Preparing Concrete

I stained the concrete boards with Smith Paint acrylics.  It’s a water based stain that can stand up to the elements and is easy to apply

Restore Deck Paint Smith Paints

I stained the concrete walk-way with a moss green color (and I actually mixed in some blue to soften the green color).  When sealing use one part stain and four parts water (the exact amount can vary depending on whether you want a more translucent or opaque surface).  You can either spray or brush the stain.  After the stain dries you should seal it with two coats of solvent acrylics.

Restore Deck Paint Smith Paints

After the stain dries you should seal it with two coats of solvent acrylics.

Restore Deck Paint

Restore Deck Paint Stain Finish

Now sit back, relax and enjoy your newly restored deck

Restore Deck Paint Finished 2

Restore Deck Paint Finished 3

Restore Deck Paint Finished 4

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25 comments on “How I Used Restore Deck Paint for My Deck Restore Project

  1. Joe

    Good advice – I’ll be gearing up to do my deck this fall before it gets too cold. I like the idea of the angle grinder to more clearly define the boards – I’ve noticed that issue on my deck, and I’m sure it will be magnified by the thick restore paint. I assume some touch-up may be required after that step? Deck looks great.

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    Gerald Taylor Post author

    Thanks Joe. It does take some time to do the touch up work, especially where you clean out the joints. I used a putty knife and a dry wall tool. I like using the dry wall knife to not only clean out between boards, but using this tool as you roll will help the paint adhere between the boards. I like this better than cardboard when the openings are small.

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    Eric

    I have been seeing a lot of commercials for this product. It is interesting to hear first the details behind using the product as well as your observations. Nice job!

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    Gerald Taylor Post author

    Thanks Eric. Glad to share info. Time will tell how good the product is. I have used coatings that looked good for decorative concrete, but one year later were pealing off and made some contractors to go out of business.

  5. Gerald Taylor

    Hi Bob,
    I’m really not sure how it would bond to a composite material – probably not much to bond to mechanically . Here’s a help number from Rustoleum (877-385-8155) they should be able to advise .

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    Matthew

    Does anyone have experience on the life of the “restore deck paint’? We have some old decks that need something and this look like a good product but just didn’t know.

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    Dirty

    WoW Gerald, your deck came out beautiful! I love the colors you picked for the deck and rail along with small side walls. I’m guessing that was a standard pressure treated 2x deck boards? One more question how long is that deck coating system expected to last?

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    Gerald Taylor Post author

    Thanks Dirty
    The deck is 2×6 pressure treated . As far as the time it last , I hope it last atleast 5 yr. When it comes to coatings I just have to wait an see. But we had some really hard freezes , no delamination any place yet . Even places where I screwed the splits together holdng well for now.

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    Gerald Taylor Post author

    Steven just left them stained .
    I will do some follow up shots after clean up of deck . We had some serious freeze thaw issues this winter . But looks like it’s just like it applied yesterday .

  10. Marisa

    I am interested to see how it looks today! I am planning on doing this over the next several weeks and have already begun the prepping process. Nice tips!!

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      Gerald Taylor Post author

      Marisa I just power washed the pollen an dirt off my deck today .
      I was surprised , There was no damage to the deck after the hard winter . My wife said it looked like I had just done it !
      Only a couple of small places on the edge of the step . Not the materials fault , I was running out of material an left it with just a thin primer coat . Here’s a couple of photos today .

  11. Robert

    Gerald,
    Your deck had been painted prior to the Restore correct? Did you have to sand down bare wood or did the TSP/Bleach “open” the paint enough to let the Restore adhere?

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    Gerald Taylor Post author

    Hi Robert
    applying over painted surfaces could be a little risky . That would be a good question for rustoleum .My wood was painted but it was rough an splintering . This surface imade a good mechanical bond . The only reason I sanded some was to knock down high spots . Bleach an TSP will not open pores in a painted surface . Tsp an bleach is for cleaning oils mildew etc .from wood ,

  13. Jim Young

    I do not recommend Deck Restorer especially in climates where there is snow. All of my deck restorer peeled off or dissolved as the snow melted.

  14. Ed

    I applied Rust-Oleum Restore to my deck mid August 2013.
    We followed the manufacture’s instructions religiously. We also watched their video for product application. We used Rust-Oleum deck cleaner for preparation and their special roller for application.
    Fast forward to March 2014 and this stuff is peeling and cracking everywhere.
    The failure mode is either peeling up in large sheets or it crumbles when you step on it.
    The major problem is that in sections of the deck where it neither peels nor crumbles, its removal is all but impossible without destroying the wood decking.
    The only thing I can do now is pull up the fir decking and either replace it (very expensive) or turn the decking over, put it back down and use a conventional stain (labor intensive).
    Needless to say, “I am not happy”.
    Please do not simply believe what I say. Verify this for yourself.
    Go to:
    Home Depot Customer Reviews:
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Restore-Deck-Liquid-Armor-Resurfacer-4-Gal-Water-Based-Charleston-Exterior-Coating-49510/202679783#customer_reviews

    Amazon Customer Reviews:
    http://www.amazon.com/Rust-Oleum-49104-Deck-Concrete-1-Gallon/dp/B00BIOBP7Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1401047431&sr=8-4&keywords=rustoleum+restore

    Most Importantly: Rust-Oleum’s Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/RustOleum

    See the hundreds of Horror stories

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRQGdoSwYGQ

    Stay away from this garbage, junk product

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      Gerald Taylor Post author

      Daaryl I’d give rustoleum a call but It looks like they have many issues with this product . I guess the polymer solution was so diluted so theres no bonding agent . Possibly power wash it off an start over . But at best its just cosmetics . For now mines holding up well . But will see what happens in another year .

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    Gerald Taylor Post author

    Sorry to hear the horror story on the rustoleum product . After a year an 4 months mine is still intact an looks like i just put it down . Coating problems are 1 reason I got away from decorative concrete . Lots of things can effect the adhering to the surface There are 2 places on the whole deck the size of a quarter on the edge of a step .

  17. Ron Danekas

    Really great tips for restoring a weathered deck. What made you think of using your old concrete boards for a walk way? I really like this idea as it gives the yard a nice feel to it with the stain.

    1. gerald taylor

      Thanks Ron , I just see items around and wonder how they can be used . About the boards they are Extremely heavy an thick with steel around the out side . After placing I welded these together to keep them from moving as they settle .
      The rough surface really hold stain an sealer well .
      By the way the deck looks just as when I put it down .

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