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My friend Julie has a four-year-old deck. It's never been
stained or treated, so it's looking old and gray, and the wood is starting to
crack and splinter. When she asked for my advice on how to restore it, I
recommended the same Rust-Oleum Restore10X product I used on my own deck.
Since the cracks were fairly small, she could have used the
Restore 4X product. But after looking at the product samples at the home center,
she preferred the look and texture of the Restore 10X product. So we gathered
all the supplies and started the project.
We thoroughly prepped the surface by applying Rust-Oleum
Restore Deck Cleaner. We diluted it according to the directions and scrubbed
all the deck boards with a stiff broom. Then we power-washed the boards and let
it dry for a week. Next, we covered the deck boards with a drop cloth and
stained the vertical posts and pergola boards with Restore Solid Acrylic Stain
and a roller. We applied the same stain to the rim joists and let that dry.
Then we were ready for the deck boards. We wrapped painter's
tape around the vertical posts where they met the deck boards so we wouldn't
get the textured product on the posts. Next, we loaded the special application
roller cover onto the roller frame and dipped it right into the bucket of
Restore 10X. I've used the product before, so I knew the application process
was much different than painting with a roller. I pushed the roller onto the
deck boards and rolled a small puddle in front of the roller. That forced the product
deep into the cracks in the wood. And I made sure I only rolled in one
direction, completing two boards at a time from end to end before moving on to
the next row. We had the first coat down in less than an hour.
Julie wasn't happy with the appearance and was concerned
that I hadn't applied enough product. But I assured her she'd be happy after
the second coat. So we covered the roller with plastic wrap and broke for
Once the first coat dried, we applied the second coat using
the same method. The second application is really the magic coat. Julie was
thrilled as the deck boards came alive. The second coat filled in all the gaps
and gave all the boards an even texture. By the time I was done, Julie was
chomping at the bit to move her deck furniture back into place. But I convinced
her to wait on the furniture and to keep her dogs off the deck until the
product was completely dry. She waited two days and moved the furniture. She
raves about the new look and the textured surface. She says it looks like a new
deck, which was exactly what I wanted to hear.
— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor
Skills required: Easy
preparation: One hour. Wait one week before proceeding if you power-wash.
• Posts and
pergola (or railings): Four hours.
• Deck boards:
One hour per application. Drying time varies depending on the temperature and
Type of project: Deck restoration
Rust-Oleum Restore Deck Cleaner
Rust-Oleum Restore Solid Acrylic Stain
Rust-Oleum Restore Application Rollers
Other tools and supplies:
9-in. roller frame and roller covers (for stain)
Paint tray (for stain)
Water for cleanup
1. Surface prep: Clean deck with Restore Deck Cleaner. Rinse
or power-wash and let dry.
2. Lay drop cloths on deck boards and stain vertical
3. Tape off posts before applying Restore10X.
4. Install Restore Application Roller on the roller frame.
5. Dip roller into bucket and roll a puddle onto deck
boards, rolling in one direction only.
6. Roll two boards from end to end before moving on to other
7. Let the first coat dry.
8. Apply the second coat.
9. Remove the painter's tape while the product is still wet.
10. Keep animals off the deck until the product is fully