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Who here likes to do the same work over and over again?
I’m not shocked. Nobody (sane) likes to do and re-do and re-re-do the same thing over and over again. Not when doing it once should have been enough.
Anyway, let’s take a look back at how Rustoleum’s Restore 10X (and 4X) that I’d slathered on our back deck have been doing.
Let’s Do Some Deck Comparison
Now, I haven’t done a ton of deck comparison lately.
But back in October 2014 (which was 3 months after I’d updated our own back deck where we used to live), we were house hunting. And seeing decks while house hunting is a totally legit way to do some quick research.
While we looked, we saw a lot of great decks and houses. We also saw some decks that, well, let’s just say that things hadn’t turned out as well for them.
How can 4X or 10X Restore Go Bad?
After seeing the 4X and 10X (or similar products) applied on other people’s decks, I think it’s safe to say that 10X Restore can go bad. How does it happen? Well, it’s when it’s not applied according to the directions.
How do I know that instructions were skipped?
Well, I saw some decks that had been painted – but were missing paint in large swaths across the deck. Rule #1 with this stuff is to apply liberally. Oops.
I saw another deck that looked… odd. It took me a few minutes to put my finger on it. They’d painted the cool wood-looking 10X finish across the shortest parts of the boards. In other words, the texturing and wood grain were going the wrong direction. It made their solid wood deck look like a very poorly done imitation.
Another deck I saw did great on the deck; but they forgot to apply the 4X to large portions of the deck railing. Especially between the rails. It made an otherwise fantastic looking deck look sloppy, unfinished, and like a lot of work needed to be done to fix it.
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Here’s How to Avoid Ugly Deck Syndrome:
There’s really one, easy step. Are you ready for it?
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
I’ll make life easy for you: here are the 10X Restore Instructions.
Let’s go over a few of them, shall we?
- The directions say you WILL need two coats. I promise you… they aren’t trying to sell extra 10X; you really DO want two coats. That second coat makes a big difference. The first coat, done right, looks fine. But the second coat? It makes it look great – and makes it last, too.
- They also say to roll the Restore Roller in only ONE direction. You could ignore this advice, if you want your deck to be pitted, uneven, and missing coverage in areas.
- Rustoleum also advises rolling along the length of the boards – doing so gives the boards a natural, wood grain look. It looks beautiful. You can roll it across the shorter, narrower parts of the deck, but it makes your deck look like you used some really weird, patch-worked wood to build the deck. It doesn’t look pretty – trust me.
- Let the 10X and 4x dry before you walk on it – at least 24 hours for light use. Ours ended up needing more than that to dry. We tested it after 24 hours and it wasn’t dry enough, so we let it dry another day. Be sure to test in an inconspicuous area, ‘mkay? You’re welcome.
Those instructions aren’t there to make your life miserable. They’re there to make your deck look amazing. So before you crack open that next can of paint, take a moment to pause. Read the instructions. Re-read them, and then go for it.