You know those home projects that need to get done? But you’re too busy living life, so you do whatever you can to avoid doing that project?
Well, at our last home we finally had to address a huge, discolored eyesore attached to the back of our house: the back deck.
It’d been on the to-do list for years. And, after we’d gotten new siding, it became super obvious how badly it needed restaining.
Really, y’all. It was that bad.
Anyway, my husband did some research and found Restore 10X by Rust-Oleum. There’s also a Restore 4X for vertical surfaces.
Rust-Oleum HAS NOT in any way sponsored this post. We bought what we needed at Lowe’s.
Restore 10X: Restore your deck with a lot less work
You know how restaining a deck is a pain in the patootie? Well, this stuff was a ton easier to use. To prep the deck, all we had to do was clean it. That’s right: no sanding, buffing, or good-luck dances you would normally do to re-stain a deck.
Let me pull a Lucy and ‘splain what our old deck had looked like….
Our deck was old, tired, and ugly wood. It had once been some pretty color, I’m sure. But in the meantime, it had become a faded, dejected gray. The poor deck had been snowed on, rained on, and pooped on by the neighbor dog who liked to dig under the back fence to come visit us. It was a pile of splinters, holes, and gouged wood pretending to be a deck.
So, let’s talk about how to fix the sad deck, shall we?
Application of 10X Restore (or 4X Restore)
First off, you need to know that this 10X Restore is not paint. You’re NOT going to be painting your deck.
This stuff is thick, people.
Turns out that the reason it’s called 4X and Restore 10X is that it’s that many times thicker than regular paint.
The 4X handles like thick paint – it’s a pain, but it’s still doable. The 10X is like painting with Elmer’s glue – only somebody dumped a ton of sand into the glue! This stuff is so thick that it has its own line of paint brushes and rollers – and I’m so glad we bought those, too! There’s no way my household paint brushes and rollers could have held up as well as these heavier-duty ones did. The heavy duty roller (with the 10X) also left a wood grain like pattern – so my wood deck still looks like a wood deck, only safer for bare feet.
Each time I glopped more paint onto the railing, it looked kind of like a thinned-out molasses sliding downwards. I applied it liberally to all of the vertical surfaces – and didn’t end up needing the second coat (except for on the handrail itself). We wanted a second coat on the parts that would be used more often, anyway.
The 10X Restore definitely needed a second coat, as it’s on the surface that gets used most: the floor! Again, this is something you don’t want to skimp on: apply it liberally!
What about after using the Restore 10X?
It’s a whole new deck.
Gone are the splinters, holes, and even most of the knots. It transformed into a smooth, gorgeous deck that I didn’t have to worry about my kids catching tetanus or some other nasty germ when they managed to escape out the backdoor barefoot.
Now, you can still tell it’s a wood deck. It’s still bumpy and imperfect, but I can run my hand over it without worrying about impaling myself on it. All of the splinters are gone. I was amazed.
Result: Love this Stuff!
I’m a fan of this stuff. The wood deck looks like new, it wasn’t too hard, and it comes in a variety of colors!!
If your deck is in need of some TLC, be sure to check out Restore 10X and Restore 4X.
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This review was originally posted on my ProteanMom blog in Aug 2014; it’s been updated for publication here.