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Looks Brand New : Deck Restore FAIL

Today I have a DIY project to show you – it is really BIG!   Over the past few weeks I have been busy not only traveling, but working on giving the wood deck in my backyard a very overdue makeover with a product called Deck Restore. One that not only adds color, but also hides all the flaws in the deck’s older wood with a textured finish.

It all sounds good, but sometimes  too good to be true.  I DO NOT RECOMMEND DOING THIS TO YOUR DECK

UPDATE: Please READ

It has been a little less than a year that I used the Deck Restore 10X on my deck and wrote this post.  The finish held up great all winter and into the Spring, but I have been finding patches that are peeling off now that we are in the midst of the hot summer.  I have also heard from a few readers telling me that the same happened to their decks. I DO NOT recommend the DECK RESTORE 10X. I do however highly recommend the stain (smooth finish) that I used on the risers of my deck.  See photos below. This looks great and adhered beautifully, plus it is much easier and cheaper to use.

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Ed built this deck 18 years ago pretty much by himself.  At the time we designed it, a backyard pool and concrete patio were not on our radar. We made the deck large since we thought it would be the only thing in the backyard.   In hindsight, we would have made it much smaller since every few years, we need to clean or re-stain a part of it to make it look new again. It is always a big job, but one that I reap the rewards for since we do spend lots of time in the backyard.

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I had stripped the old finish off years ago and with all the power washing the surface has seen, parts of it have divots and are uneven.

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The deck is solid and well constructed since our township required the building inspector come to the house to approve every step as we completed it, but it needed some polish to make it pretty again.

I should have just used solid colored stain to give the wood a new look.

Here is my post about how I used RESTORE on my deck. I am keeping this post up, just to warn others not to use this or deck products like them.

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the Restore 10X sounded like a perfect way to give the surface a much better look and finish than stain alone. It is a tough, durable coating that extends the life of wood decks and concrete patios. It is 10x thicker than ordinary paints, creating a solid yet flexible protective barrier from the elements. It also lasts 3 times longer and requires less maintenance than typical desk stain. That sold me…I am all for less maintenance.

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I bought a 2 gallon kit at my local True Value Hardware to learn more about it and get me started.

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It is really thick textured paint that you can have made into just about any color you desire. I chose the color, Driftwood to match my home’s exterior siding so that the deck looks like an integral part of the house.

Roller needed to paint with Rustoleum Restore 10x resurfacer

The key to the application is in the textured roller.

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To update the vertical boards on the deck, I used a sister product to the Restore 10X, I used Restore Solid Acrylic Stain. I needed this since the Restore 10X is only for horizontal surfaces. I had both products mixed the same color.

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I was pretty amazed after rolling on one coat, but to apply it properly it takes two coats to get complete coverage.  The product is made thick enough to cover the spaces between the boards.  When we built the deck we used metal spacers between each board so the spaces are larger than the norm.  The paint didn’t cover every gap, but I still love how it made the deck look new.Deck-After-using-Rustoleum-Restore-10X-Deck-Resurfacer

A huge difference for my huge deck :-)

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The hardest part of the job was making sure there was no rain in the forecast, plus the deck gets full sun all day, I had to wait until evening to work on it. Once I had all the supplies set up, applying the paint was easy with a roller on a paint stick.

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How to Apply Restore 10X Deck and Concrete Resurfacer and Restore Acrylic Stain

supplies needed: 

  • Rustoleum Restore 10X Deck and Concrete Resurfacer
  • Rust-Oleum Restore Stain
  • Wood Deck Cleaner
  • Scrub brush to clean deck
  • Paint roller frame
  • Paint roller extension for scrub brush and paint roller
  • Scotch Brand Painter’s Tape
  • Bristle paint brush – not the foam type

A few tips: 

  • Wear old shoes, the paint does splatter
  • Easy clean-up of both products with soap and water
  • I used two different Restore products – 10X Deck and Concrete Resurfacer and Restore Solid Acrylic Stain
  • Watch the video – a link to the site comes in the directions
  • Watch the weather. You cannot apply either of the products when the surface is in the sun or if there is a chance of rain in the forecast.

1. Wash deck well with a good deck cleaner to remove previous stains and water repellants. Let dry. Test to make sure water does not bead. If it does, you need to remove it before proceeding.

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2. Gather supplies. A large paint stick will make it easier to stir each gallon of paint. My deck is very big and has two levels. I needed 15 gallons.

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3. Use painter’s tape around all posts and any areas you don’t want the Restore 10x to splatter on.

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4. Applying is easy – roll one area at a time and do not over work.

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5. Overlap areas so that you create an even finish.

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6. Use a bristle brush to pounce and smooth the paint in hard to reach places.

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7. For step/stair risers, I sanded them with 100 grit sandpaper using a hand sanding block to smooth out the previous finish. I then used the bristle brush to apply the Solid Acyclic Stain. I applied 2 coats.

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Here you can see the difference between the texture of the Restore 10X and the Restore Solid Acrylic Stain.

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All done. It looks so fresh and new that I don’t even want to put the furniture back on. If you have a deck or a concrete patio that needs a makeover this is one ingenious product that can make it look better without too much effort.

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Now when I look out any of the windows in the back of my house, I see pretty again and as you know, I like pretty things.

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

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31 Comments

  1. I am so grateful for this post, because next summer we will be staining our deck, but was not sure, until now, what stain to use. Thank you. Thank you.

    1. Hi Ivory – I am so happy that my post helped. It was an awful product. Since I did my deck, they may have improved the the forumula, but I still would not recommend it.

      1. Thank you so much for your honesty, about this product. We might give the Restore SMOOTH Acrylic Stain a try .
        What do you think about this idea? Or do you recommend something totally different?

  2. Yeah, The brand “Restore” is one of the recommended brands in Walmart. For me, I’m using it for more than a year now for my house. It never fails me to give a better outcome after painting the walls.

  3. Thanks so much for leaving the post and follow up on your blog. We’d used a similar product (i think it was the original Rustoleum Restore deck paint) and it peeled horribly in many spots. Ironically, it stuck so firmly in other spots that not even power washing or a belt sander can get it off. I’d always assumed that I applied it too late in the season and that it didn’t cure well. I was about to go out and buy the newer formulation to repaint, since I can’t get the last of the darned stuff off. I think your post has saved me more dissapointment. We are hoping to sell our house before next spring and I’d be gutted if all my hard work peeled!

    1. Hi Becky – I will never ever buy and use a new product on such a large project ever again. I learned my lesson. If you use just the stain in the same color it should mask over the spots where the 10x won’t budge. I hope your house sells fast and you can put the whole project behind you soon.

    1. Hi Sylvain – I have moved from the house that we painted the deck with REstore, but before we moved we had to sand the entire deck and redo it with regular stain. Now when I am in the home improvement store and see someone considering one of these products I tell them to reconsider their choice and just go with regular stain.

  4. I used the 10x paint last year, applied as directed and it is a disaster this year. It peeled, chipped and did not power wash well. I’m very disappointed and feel my deck is totally ruined. I’m going to write to them as I want some resource for something that did not hold up. It looked great last year but terrible this year.

    1. Hi Brenda – Sorry to hear that the product did not work for you. I didn’t know it could be power washed? On my deck there is one section that chipped off. I have a big deck and maybe I did not apply it right in that spot. I think I may have applied it too thinly in the spot, as everywhere else the layer is much thicker. I have some product left over and will try to again on the spot. The rest of the deck held up well even over the snowy and wet winter. I would definitely write to Rustloeum and let them know, they may have a fix.

  5. We were supposed to redo our deck this summer using this…but time got away from us. The plan is for next spring…can’t wait. Your deck looks fantastic! ;)

  6. Beautiful job Diane! Don’t you just love how technology keeps giving us great solutions to fix or replace our worn out stuff? Vikki in VA

    1. Hi Vikki – Yes!! I love seeing innovation and smart products. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could replace our kitchens so we could have one like Jane Jetson. That is the technology I am waiting for :-)

  7. Your deck looks fabulous! How does it feel in bare feet? Is it smooth? How does it do for the heat of the day?

    1. Thanks Jill – The surface has texture, but it does not hurt to walk on in bare feet. It feels like you are walking on a sisal rug. It seems to take the heat fine – it does not get hot to the touch.

  8. Love it! I actually do need to do something with the decks on the front and back of my house. We are going to paint the house so this will help make the decks look good too.

    1. Hi Christina – If your deck is smooth and just needs to be cleaned up – the solid color stain may be enough. The texture 10X hides all the flaws, cracks, divots, rough areas, etc.

  9. I used the very same product on my back concrete porch that had peeling paint of different colors on it. I did the prep work and I agree you need to tape what you don’t want spatters on. I taped up butcher paper on my siding to keep it free and clear of the spatters, but what I loved most is that is covered up all the hairline cracks in my concrete. The only thing is I am not sure I like walking barefoot on it. The texture is pretty rough. I almost wish I had smoothed it down with a trowel. I also found that having it mixed in the 5 gallon bucket required more than a paint stick to stir and re-mix it up. I should have used a mixer attached to my power drill to stir it up even better. Overall I think it was worth the effort and expense and best of all I got mine on sale at Lowe’s.

    1. Hi Regina – Love your tip about using butcher paper to mask the areas from splatters – brilliant. I am OK fine with walking on it, I actually like the way it feels – kinda of like reflexology :-) To stir my cans, I was given a 3 -5 gallon paint stirring sticks from the salesgirl at the hardware store. She said I would need them.

  10. Patio looks great! I used a different product, I just wish I would have picked a color closed to our house color.

    1. Hi Debby – I checked out a few different brands, but one of the paint dept manager told me she used the Restore last summer on her concrete patio and loved it, so I went with it. Choosing the color is always hard when there are so many options. I am sure it looks great – all fresh and new.

  11. I am so glad you posted this. First of all, you did a fabulous job. We inherited a deck when we bought our current house, and it looked pretty shabby. We hadn’t heard of this product, so we went with an opaque stain from a popular paint company that was both very expensive and had good reviews. In spite of all of the prep work, and we did it all – pressure washing, renting a floor sander, getting into all of the other areas by hand – it didn’t last. It looked great at first, but needed some serious touchup the next summer. This past summer, it needed even more. Now, after three summers and two winters, it looks almost as shabby as before we started. I can only imagine what this winter will do to it. The salesperson told us we’d get a good 10 years out of it. Not even close. I told DH I’ll touch it up as long as we have leftover stain, but we need to do something else. It’s nice to know that there is something better out there. Your deck looks great! Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Hi Lisa – When we first built the deck we used solid color oil stain on it and the railings. It lasted for about 3 years and then we had to clean it and redo. We stopped doing the deck boards about 6 years ago and just did the railings. Last summer we noticed the boards were looking pretty bad. I found out about the Restore last summer and was going to do it, but I ran out of time. I made it a priority this summer. I hope it lasts for awhile. I will keep you posted after this winter.

  12. Looks like alot of work Diane. But just think, next spring/summer, it will be ready to go and use. We have a patio and we use it alot during the summer months. Your more recent posts re fall got me into all things fall, harvest, pumpkins, orange, etc….that I took one day off this past weekend from chores, housework, errands, etc. and we took my daughter to Freddy Hill farm. Hopefully this coming weekend, if weather is nice, we will go to Merrymead farm…as my son will be home from college. Trying to do all I need to during the week so I can have a free day on the weekends for harvest fun. :)

    1. I live close to Freddy Hill. Octoberfest at both farms is always a lot of fun. We can hear the Pig Races being called every weekend in Oct at Freddy’s. When my youngest was in high school she worked at Merrymead. I hope you enjoy the fun this weekend.

  13. Please do an update of how your deck looks at this time next year. I considered using this product but the online reviews and YouTube videos convinced me that this was not a long lasting solution. I live in a cold weather state and I think the winter temperatures may not do well with this product.

  14. Diane, I used the same product on my deck three years ago, and left it w/ a textured look to instead of back rolling it smooth. All I can say is your deck turned out beautiful and I hope you loved and continue to love your “new” deck as much as I did mine, until I sold the house this past winter. You really did a great job (as you always do on every project) and people who didn’t know any better would think your deck is brand new!!!! I absolutely love your deck!!

  15. We just purchased a home with a deck that needs some love. I will have to see if this comes in a good color for our house.

    1. Hi Julia – We spend a lot of time in the backyard and tried to make it a place our daughters would want to hang out and have their friends over while they were growing up. Now it is not used as much and getting a bit overgrown. I will have to tackle that next summer.