Deck Restore Failure
I had a deck where the paint was peeling and starting to look old and worn. The deck was existing when we bought the house and I think it is a few years old. I contemplated to paint or stain it but I came across this product at Home Depot called "Deck Restore", which is made by "Rustoleum". It claimed that it would resurface a deck to a non-slip surface and would fill small cracks and voids.
I washed the deck and prepped it to the manufacturers directions,. The product requires two coat and don't apply it in direct sunlight. The reason for the two coats is you want to create a barrier so moisture and rain won't get under it. I made sure to apply two generous coats with their special roller. I applied the "Deck Restore" in July 2013, it looked really good and the surface was very non-slip.
The winter of 2013-2014 was cold and snowy but nothing too different than any other winter, it was just longer. In March once all the snow melted I noticed that spots around the deck were starting to peel and chip. When I investigated I notice that the Deck Restore started to let go from the deck boards in big pieces and in some parts the resurfacer was turning into dust. The Deck Restore had a catastrophic failure, the whole deck was letting go, I got a putty knife and picked at the deck and all of the coating just peeled off with almost no effort.
I was not a happy camper, I went back to Home Depot and explained what happened, they called the company for me (Rustoleum) and offered me a refund. Funny while I was at Home Depot, another customer had the same problem. While I am not out of pocket, I did spend a day applying this crap so I am out my labor and time. I would avoid this product!
I did some searching around on the net and the reviews have been mixed with this product, I think if you live somewhere warm and dry year around it should work fine but if your weather is cold and damp YMMV.
There is also a class action law suit
Here are some pics:
Before Picture - last year (2013)
After picture - not even one year later (spring 2014)