Rust-Oleum Rock Solid in A Day Review /5 (20)
This post was updated on February 5,
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid (formerly Deck Restore)
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Important Note: The Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is a relabeled version of the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore that failed miserably and had a class-action lawsuit against them: Rust-Oleum Class Action Lawsuit Deck Restore
Well, Rust-Oleum is back at it with a newer, relabeled version of their Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. The Deck Restore version has failed miserably in the last years and a Class Action lawsuit was settled in They still continue to sell the Deck Restore version to unknowing consumers but they have come out with the newer RockSolid Deck Coating as well. This new version is marketed slightly differently. It is a Deck Resurface product that uses a primer first and can also be done in one day. From what we have seen and heard, the Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is not any better than the Deck Restore and continues to peel and fail. If you have used Rust-Oleum Rock Solid, we would like to hear what you think, so feel free to leave a comment below and pictures of your completed projects if you have them.
Transform your Deck in One Day with RockSolid 6X or the 20X Deck Coatings. These innovative one coat deck resurfacers are ideal for moderately worn decks and patios. Formulated to resurface wooden decks and concrete patios.
- Ideal for moderately worn decks & patios
- 6X thicker for enhanced durability
- 20X for best protection on heavily worn decks
- One coat coverage
- Superior weather-resistance and waterproofing protection
- Fills hairline cracks
- Available in 60 different colors, tint before use
- Coverage: up to 80 sq ft per gallon with 1 coat
Note: Class Action Lawsuit has been filed against Rust-Oleum Deck Restore 10x: See Here and Our Article
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid Deck Coat Rating ()
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 3
The finished appearance of this product is poor. It looks clumpy and dirt has a tendency to stick to the surface as the product cures. The color did not match the color on the chart.
Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark:10
Does not gray in the areas where it has not peeled.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 2
Of all the Deck Resurface products the Rust-Oleum version peels the worst. It started peeling within the first year of application in our cold-weather state test deck.
Cost Per Square Foot:1
Coverage is terrible. We did not get the 30 sq. feet per gallon for the 2 coats. Closer to 20 sq. feet for two coats. We spent over $ on our sq. foot deck.
About 40% of the deck had mold.
Ease of Application:1
This product is not easy to apply. It splatters and we had to constantly back wipe to ensure an even appearance. The roller that comes with the kit is useless and does not last. It feels like you are applying a coat of tar with sand in it.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years:10
The Rust-Oleum Rock Solid Deck Coating does not darken in color.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 1
Be prepared to power sand this off for switching to a different brand. If rotting occurs, you may need to replace the decking.
Overall Score Rust-Oleum Rock Solid It at 1 Year Period:
We cannot recommend this product based on our testing, numerous poor online reviews (check Amazon), and the past class-action lawsuit. Rust-Oleum just does not seem to care either. Why continue to sell these products knowing there is a good chance of failure? Makes no sense
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Where To Buy: Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, Lowes, Select Stores
Cost: $40 for a 1 Gallon. Deck Start Wood Primer must be used first.
Stain Type: Acrylic Solid Stain Water Based
Available Colors: 60+colors
Application Temperature: F
Coats Required: 2 Coats plus primer
Coverage Per Gallon: sq ft per gallon with 2 coats
Application Tools: Brush, Roller
Dry Time: Hours
VOC Compliant: Compliant in all States
Test Deck Stats:
Deck Wood Type: Pine Treated Deck
Deck Square Footage: Square feet
UV Exposure: Full sun
How Many Years Tested: 1+ Years
Stain Color Used: Cedar
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take into consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.
Rust-Oleum Rock Solid (Deck Restore)Video Review
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Update May, After a full year, our deck continues to look great and we are very happy with Rustoleums product. However, other users have had a poor experience with this product and that is reflected in many of the comments. It is important to note that people visiting who do leave a review are more likely to write a negative review than a positive one. This happens because people only look for reviews on sites like ours after they use a product when that product didnt perform well. We have not taken the time to analyze all of the use cases, as this product was installed on our deck (and we only have one!). It could be that this product performs better on certain wood species than others, or with certain pre-treatments, or in certain climates. It may fail when being used over top of an existing stain, or over top of newer wood. Given the number of negative reviews below, and the amount of negative user reaction on Rustoleums Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rustoleum), we encourage you to tread cautiously before proceeding.
Early this year Jocie and I attended a Rust-Oleum media event. They shared information about several products, and the one that really piqued my interest was the Rust-Oleum Deck Restore. They described it as a thick coating that fills gouges and cracks and buries splinters. It also hides imperfections, and the textured surface is slip resistant. In short, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore sounded like the perfect product for my old, weathered deck.
When Jocie and I purchased our home, the deck was already a bit neglected. It was bad enough that youd easily get splinters, and subsequently we never spent too much time on the deck. If you know anything about decks, they require periodic cleaning and sealing to combat mother nature. Fred and Kim went through the process with their pine deck and used Behr Premium Deck Sealer. After witnessing their experience, I was convinced composite decking was the way to go. However, the cost for materials to re-board the deck was high enough for me to abandon the idea. Needless to say, I was excited about a low-cost alternative that would enable us to enjoy our deck again.
Rust-Oleum kindly provided enough Deck Restore to cover the horizontal surfaces of our deck and stairs. Deck Restore isnt intended for vertical surfaces (like balusters) so they also provided a matching solid acrylic stain. Rust-Oleum offers a broad range of color choices, and we selected Saddle. I estimate all the materials cost approximately $ (Deck Restore, stain, rollers, roller grids).
Preparing the Deck
To get the deck ready, we cleared it off and removed any embedded dirt. Around here the Oak flowers can be a real hassle, and we had to sweep the deck periodically.
The deck needs to be dry before applying Deck Restore so we waited till the next day to resume.
We taped off were the deck meets the house. We also covered the shed underneath the stairs and the HVAC unit underneath the deck.
I went around with a hammer to pound in any nail-pops. I also removed various hardware like the gate latch and some plant hangers.
I put in a bunch of screws to further secure the railing and any boards that had a tendency to bounce.
Applying Rust-Oleum Deck Restore
Deck Restore is very thick, and we used a lot more product than I expected. Rust-Oleum states that a four gallon pail covers about square feet with two coats. Its applied with the Restore rollers which are a polyester honeycomb roller designed to help texture the surface of the deck boards.
I rolled it on in the direction of the deck boards, and I was pleased to see it fill in so many cracks. I also rigged up a painters tool for edging the boards. More on that later though.
While the first coat dried, I went to work on the stairs.
Four hours later I was back applying the second coat, making sure to fill in missed areas like the one pictured below.
I found that letting the Deck Restore dry enough to walk on and using a garden hoe to cut the gap between boards worked really well. It resulted in nice, clean lines.
The Finished Product
We found that the deck needed a little more than 48 hours to completely dry. Its only been a few days since the work was completed, but already Im extremely pleased with results. The deck looks like a hybrid between composite and wood. All the cracks are filled in creating a nice, even surface. Plus, Im not worried about splinters anymore.
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Rust-Oleum Corporation has again been hit with a class action lawsuit by consumers who claim that its deck coating products are defective and prone to failure. The products are marketed as
- Rust-Oleum Restore Deck Start Wood Primer
- Restore 2X One Coat Solid Stain
- Restore 4X Deck Coat
- Rock Solid Deck Start Wood Primer
- Rock Solid 2X Solid Stain
- Rock Solid 6X Deck Coat
- Rock Solid 20X Deck Resurfacer
At issue is the Restore and Rock Solid line of products fail to adequately adhere to the underlying surface. As a consequence these products prematurely degrade, chip, peel, flake, strip, and otherwise deteriorate a surface.
Rather than providing years of protection, these deck products deteriorate in a short time period. Consumers soon discover that peeling and failure require removal and replacement of the product coat in its entirety and often replacement of the underlying deck itself. Thus, instead of ending the cycle of repainting and replacing, Rust-Oleum deck products actually hasten it.
The various product failures experienced by consumers who purchased Rust-Oleum Products are at odds with Rust-Oleums marketing representations, including promises and representations it makes regarding product quality and performance directly on the product label.
Rust-Oleums guarantees, promises, and other representations about its products lead customers to believe that the Restore and Rock Solid products are long-lasting and that Rust-Oleum stands behind its advertising representations. For this, Rust-Oleum charges consumers a premium price for its Restore and Rock Solid branded products.
Rust-Oleum knew or should have known of the deficiencies of its Restore and Rock Solid product line and that its marketing label was deceptive. Indeed, this is not the first time Rust-Oleum has been sued regarding the defective nature and inferiority of its Restore brand. Different products marketed and sold by Rust-Oleum under the Restore brand were previously the subject of a well-known class action lawsuit that asserted similar allegations regarding product failures of the Restore products. That class action settled in
Important Note on Label Change for Deck Restore (Rock Solid)
Even though they have settled this lawsuit, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore is still sold to unsuspecting consumers and has not been pulled from the shelves. Rust-Oleum has changed to a newer, relabeled version of their Rust-Oleum Deck Restore.The line is now called Rust-Oleum Rock Solid. According to consumer feedback, Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is not any better than the Deck Restore and continues to peel and fail.
If you purchased and used any Rust-Oleum Restore or Rock Solid Product you may be eligible for compensation. Contact us and we will review your situation at no cost to you.
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Our huge two story wooden deck was neglected for years before we purchased our house. Almost all of the stain had worn off and the wood was splintered and severely weathered. We were able to save it with the help of RockSolid 20X Deck Resurfacer.
The deck was in such bad shape that we never wanted to hang out back there. Our big, beautiful backyard was one of the main reasons we purchased our home, so we knew putting time and effort into remodeling the deck was important to us.
Thank you to my friends at Rustolem for sponsoring this post. I was talking to them at a blogging conference and they told me about these products and I knew they were the perfect fit for our old, sad deck.
If you are in a similar situation, let me walk you through the process of restoring an old deck.
Step 1: Repair any rotted or broken wood. We had to completely replace our stairs because the stringers were broken.
We also replaced several deck boards and a few of the side pieces that were rotted through. Our deck used to house a hot tub and had a little wind break fence around where the hot tub was placed. We decided to take it down to open up the whole space. You can see a bit of the old partition left in this photo:
Step 2: Power wash the deck. We sprayed in between deck boards first, then went back across the tops of the boards. I was shocked at what a difference power washing made. Suddenly our deck didnt seem nearly as old. Look at the difference:
I also thought this was the most fun part of this project. Power washing is oddly satisfying.
Step 3: Scrub the entire deck with RockSolid Deck and Patio Cleaner.
Mix the cleaner with water in a Home Depot bucket (the directions are on the package), then pour the solution across the deck and use an outdoor push broom to scrub the solution into the wood. Rinse with clean water.
Step 4: Once the wood is dry, spray all of the exposed nail heads with Zinsser Primer to protect them from rusting. This only works because the top coat is opaque, so the white primer will disappear later. Obviously you wouldnt want to do this if youre using a semi-transparent stain.
Step 5: Coat the deck with Deck Start Wood Primer. This product works with any solid top coat and simplifies prep work because you dont have to strip off the old stain. This is a crucial step to promoting top coat adhesion, so dont skip it! Also, just a funny little side note. This stuff reminded me so much of school glue. It goes on white and dries clear and it even kind of smells like school glue!
Step 6: Apply RockSolid 20X Deck Resurfacer to horizontal surfaces. This special coating is designed to fill in cracks in the wood and seal in splinters. It is VERY THICK like really good milkshake thick.
We chose the color Brownstone which is a nice greige color. If I were to do it again, I would have picked Winchester which is basically the same tone, but a few shades darker. This is just a personal preference I think the higher contrast would have looked sharp on our particular house. You can see a whole list of the available color options on the Rustoleum website.
Here are some things you need to know about applying 20X Deck Resurfacer:
- The product must be stirred before application using a drill paddle attachment.
- Because it is so thick, the 20X requires the use of a special roller cover designed to spread just the right amount of paint onto the deck.
- Use a paintbrush to cut in edges and paint between boards first, then go over everything with the roller.
- The color between different containers can vary slightly, so if you need more than one bucket, mix them together before application to avoid problems with color variation.
- You MUST be on drip patrol for about 20 minutes after applying the product. Because its so thick, it can leave huge drips, especially along edges. Walk around with a paint brush and wipe away any drips and keep checking for more drips as the paint dries!
- 20X cleans up with soap and water, which makes life so much easier!
We chose to spray our deck railing with a high quality exterior latex paint and my trusty paint sprayer because we knew that brushing on the paint would have taken FOR-EV-ER. It was the best choice we made in this entire project. Not only did it save us a ton of time, but I love the contrast of the white railings. If you dont have access to a paint sprayer, then I recommend using RockSolid 6X Deck Coat for railings and vertical surfaces.
Now on to the best part, the before-and-after photos!
This photo really shows the old hot tub wind break. Its so nice to have that gone. The deck feels a lot more unified and open with the rest of the backyard now.
Doesnt the railing look so good painted white? The whole deck looks so much more modern in the new color.
I definitely see us spending a lot more time out here now. The risk of slivers is gone and the whole space feels so fresh and clean.
This project took us a lot longer than we anticipated, but we have a huge deck (+ sqare feet) and it really was in awful shape. We spent about five Saturdays and a few weeknights working on it. Not going to lie it was exhausting!
But the payoff is pretty great. We love our new deck! Ill let you know how the finish holds up after its seen a harsh Idaho winter.
Before beginning this project, please visit Rustoleums product FAQ pages. They have so many helpful tips, tricks and resources to help you have success with your deck refinishing project.
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