My Review of Restore 10X and 4X for Deck and Concrete


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 home and garden to-do list for years. It was ugly-obvious it needed attention.

Really, y’all. It was bad. And I mean that. It was bad enough that our small children knew it needed painting. Or something. Anyway, my husband did some research and found Restore 10X by Rust-Oleum. We got some of that (and the Restore 4X for our vertical surfaces AKA deck railings) from our local Lowe’s.

Oh – and in case you’re wondering if this post is sponsored? It’s not. 100% honest, not-sponsored review headed your way, y’all.

Restore 10X and 4X Review: Rustoleum deck paint lets you restore your deck with a lot less work

Several years ago, after we got new siding, we finally looked at our deck. We’d known it was ugly and needed attention. But suddenly… it was glaringly obvious that we’d neglected the thing. Oops.

You know how re-staining 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 been some pretty color once, 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 to 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 (And Restore 4X)

First off, you need to know that this 10X Restore is not paint. With this stuff, you’re NOT going to be painting your deck. You’ll be dumping gritty, sand-filled molasses on it and trying to spread it around.

If you do want to paint your deck, then you’ll want to go read this other article instead: What You Need to Know About 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 paintbrushes 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 slopped more 4X restore paint onto the railing, thinned-out molasses slid 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 and 4X?

It’s a whole new deck.

Gone are the splinters, holes, and even most of the knots. It transformed into a smooth, gorgeous deck and I don’t have to worry about my kids catching tetanus or some other nasty germ when they 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 restore deck paint!

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!!

We painted our deck over several Saturdays during the summer. We ended up selling our house that winter to move closer to family – and when we moved, the deck still looked great. That’s despite normal use, hot summers, snow during the winter, and crazy weather in between.

If your deck is in need of some TLC, be sure to check out Restore 10X and Restore 4X.

Update: Is Restore 10X and Restore 4X for you?

As with any product, I recommend you do your due diligence. Of course, you’re here, so you’re in the thick of that step. Good for you! *slow clap*

Now, I’m adding this section because this product isn’t for everyone. I’ve had a few readers email me and let me know how spectacularly it failed for them. Some even assured me they’d been part of a class-action lawsuit against Rustoleum because of this product. I don’t know about any lawsuits – because this product worked well for us.

Like I said before, we used this product on our backyard deck several years ago.

We’ve since moved, so I can’t attest to how the deck has held up since we moved. But while we lived there, we had zero issues with our deck after using the restore product line.

We also keep in touch with several people from our old neighborhood. And I’d like to think that if there was any spectacular failure, we’d hear about it. But the deck was sturdy, so our friends may not hear about deck coating or painting issues.

So if you’re wondering about those issues, then feel free to keep researching. Oh, and you’ll want to read this article I wrote after talking to several others who used Restore and didn’t like it: When 4X or 10X Restore Goes Bad – and How to Avoid it!

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Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos.

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