Deck Repair with Restore Deck Paint
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
After the stain dries you should seal it with two coats of solvent acrylics.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy your newly restored deck