I ended up returning this product, so can’t say how well it really works. But I thought maybe I should post this FYI for others.
I bought the product to be used as a coating on my bare concrete patio which had some pockmarks and cracks. After going to the website to view application information and videos I wondered why all of the videos were about wooden deck applications. After all, the product is named “Deck and Concrete Restore”. After finding something in the FAQ section about concrete applications which stated the product is not to be used on “floated” concrete I got worried. Then read the small print on the can that said “for broom finished concrete”. Hmmm… I think pretty much all professionally done concrete is float finished. So I called the Tech Support line. The rep confirmed that the product can only be applied to concrete with visible ridges and valleys – such as by a rough broom finish – otherwise it will not adhere and will probably come off with the first freeze.
It seems to me that if this product is not suitable for 90% of finished concrete patios and such it should not be advertised as a concrete restore product. I probably works fine on wood decks, though.
Everyone needs to actually read the instructions before they apply this product. Most of the negative reviews are from people who obviously did not…I am a very serious do-it-yourselfer with lots of project experience, both with wood and paint/staining. I have a pretty large deck with 3 levels, an it has been built for about 10 years or so. I have tried many different stains, both semi-transparent and pigmented with very little of it lasting more than 2 years before it shows wear on the traffic areas.
I used Rustoleum Restore to recoat the entire floor of the deck this past week. Obviously I cannot speak to the life of Restore, I can speak of how to apply it. I spent quite a bit of time cleaning, sanding and caulking the larger cracks in the floorboards of the deck before beginning the work of actually applying the Rustoleum. One concern that became very apparent was if the boards are not perfectly flat (which if you are using the product to cover imperfections they won’t be) the Restore roller provided in the kit will not fill/cover the boards. I think they need to make the roller a little thicker. With that said, the aggregate (sand) in the product requires a honeycomb type roller. The roller will wear out quickly from the friction, I used the 2-gallon kits that come with a roller, so I had plenty. This requires you to work sideways on the boards that are cupped or domed to get good coverage. This is true regardless of how thick you are trying to roll the Restore. Once you have the boards coated you can then over-roll to even it out with the other coverage.
The product cannot be “rolled out” unless the roller is completely saturated. This makes applying this product VERY SLOW GOING. Make sure you prep as directed and take plenty of time to apply the Restore. As stated, if you try to roll too quickly the product will splatter. The coverage is less than as advertised, so plan on getting more than you think you will need. If you actually want this to fill in a 1/4″ crack, you will have to put down several coats and allow them to set in between, which according to the directions takes 3-6 hours before a re-coat. The second coat does well at filling in the coverage from the first coat, so do not even think of not applying 2 coats. This has been the slowest “paint” project I have ever done, but it looks good now. I used a lighter color in hopes to reduce the sun damage, we will see over time if that works.
Again, this is not a project for someone who has not had a lot of experience in prepping and painting. Read all of the Tips and FAQ’s on the Rustoleum website and be sure to watch the videos, both on the site and other from users on youtube. Educate yourself and this may be the right product for you. Also take a look at the other versions that are out, both Home Depot (Behr) and Oympic have a similar product, but Restore is the “thickest” so I am hoping it will last the longest, too! BTW, and oddly, at Home Depot the 2, one gallon cans in this kit were less expensive than the 3.68 gallon container. The Restore was less expensive at Home Depot than Lowes, so you can save a little bit of $$.
UPDATE: After a few weeks I thought some additional information might be helpful. Two things, if you have nails or screws, seal over them BEFORE you put down the Restore. The website suggests sealing if you sand the screw/nail heads, but I did not, so I neglected that step. I now have light rust spots showing through my Restore (canvas color). Second, while the product seems to be holding up well, the pores make it nearly impossible to clean. The lighter color is showing dirt where my dogs track, so I tried mild soap, water and a broom, no dice. After I wait the full 30 days to be certain the Restore is cured I may try light power-washing, but I am not hopeful due to the rough texture. Never thought about this when I put it down. Guess I will see how it goes!
Behr deck over paint
Date:June 12, 2013
Exterior Project: deck
Saw the commercial and decided to try it on my old weathered deck and WOW it looks great. Be careful not to pour out too much if it is hot outside because it is so thick it can form a skin. Other than that it did just what it said it would do.
Date:June 11, 2013
Exterior Project: Outdoor Living, deck
Our deck definitely needed a pick me up, so this product was just the thing to do that. Just like all of the other users, I found it to be a great product. We had to use 2 coats (3 gallons) and though it did not make our old deck look new, it sure dressed it up. The one thing that prevents me from giving 5 bears is the temperature. On the can it said it may reduce surface temp, but it did the opposite for us. Even though I chose a lighter color, it is too hot to walk on barefoot while the sun is shining, and to go a “step” further my 2 dogs have a hard time walking on the deck now as well. They can no longer lay on it to get “sun”, it’s just too hot. We may have to change to another color but we are definitely barefoot walkers around here……
A Good Purchase
Date:June 1, 2013
Exterior Project: Outdoor Living
I found this product easy to apply and coverage was close to what was suggested on the label. Except for certain areas, which I will explain, the bonding to the deck was good. After several days of curing, I noticed small quarter sized bubbles in random locations. To investigate, I cut the bubbles and and found small knots that were bleeding sap. You would not expect to see bleeding sap on a 15 year old deck. But apparently, Yellow Pine can bleed for many years. I drilled out the knots, filled and reapplied Deck over in those areas. So far the bubbles have not reappeared and the entire surface looks fine. In spite of the extra time spent redoing the 22 knots, I would recommend this product to others. You should be aware of this potential for bubbling when applying Deck Over to Yellow Pine.
Deckover on Conrete
Date:June 1, 2013
Exterior Project: front porch (concrete)
Just used the Deckover on our concrete front porch. My husband cleaned and etched it first and then applied two coats. It went on easily and it looks beautiful. Our concrete was very rough and hard on the feet and now it is easy to walk on. It also had red clay stains and some previous smal paint spills and it covered it all and looks fantastic. We are going to do it on our back porch too.
Behr Deck Over
Date:May 30, 2013
Interior Project: deck
Exterior Project: Outdoor Living
My deck is seven years old, 18′ x 18′ with steps, rails, and little 2″x2″ “spindles” (a real pain). This deck has been stained with a transparent stain at least four times in seven years and within 2 years it looked like it needed staining. I had had it, and asked about Restore, but reviews indicated it was labor intensive and it looked really gritty (sand). The tech suggested Behr’s Deck Over. I tried it. It was amazingly easy and that tired old deck, rails, steps had cracks and splinters, covered with 2 coats. Love it. (our summer temps are hard on wood)