Patio and Deck Restoration Made Easy


Article Posted By: Rust-Oleum

Your deck might look tied after a long winter, but as you’ll see, deck restoration can be quite easy. For this heavily-worn deck, we used Restore 10x Advanced for maximum durability. It works great for wooden decks or concrete patios that need a little extra reviving. There’s no need for sanding or sealing, too.

We’ll show you a deck restoration project, but if you’re thinking of reviving the look of your patio, the steps will be very similar. All it takes is a weekend and little bit of elbow grease.

Deck Restoration Using Restore Deck and Concrete Resurfacer

Supplies for This Deck Restoration Project

Before You Start

Before you start applying Restore, check the weather. There should be no rain expected in your area for at least 48 hours, and the temperature should not drop below 50 degrees, even overnight.

Note: If your deck is new or has been previously painted, stained, or sealed, you must let it weather for at least six months before using Restore.

Step 1 – Wash Deck

Use Restore Deck & Concrete Cleaner to wash your deck following the label’s instructions.

Step 2 – Replace Screws and Nails

Once  your deck is clean and dry, check for any loose screws or raised nails that need to be replaced. Also check for broken or loose boards and replace them as needed.

Before You Paint

Tape and mask off any siding or portions of your deck that you want to protect from paint.

Always stir your paint and primer according to the label’s instructions.

Step 3 – Apply Primer

To prime the deck, we used Restore Deck Start Wood Primer, which eliminates the need for sanding and stripping, saving time (and a mess).

To start priming, pour your Restore Deck Start Wood Primer into a paint tray. Use a paint brush to apply a generous, even coat of the primer to your railings, posts, and balusters. Then, use your ⅜-in. nap roller to roll a thick coat onto the entire deck floor.

The primer will go on milky, but dry clear. Let the primer dry completely. That will take at least two hours.

Step 4 – Paint Posts, Railings ad Balusters with Restore 4x Deck Coat

To paint the railings, posts, and balusters, we used Restore 4x Deck Coat, which is 4x thicker for enhanced durability, and ideal for vertical surfaces.

Once your primer is dry, use a paint brush to apply two even coats of Restore 4x Deck Coat to your deck railings, posts, and balusters.

Let the first coat dry for 4-6 hours (it should not be tacky), and then apply a second coat.

Step 5 – Apply First Coat of Restore 10x Advanced

Because this deck is heavily worn, we used Restore 10x Advanced to coat the horizontal boards. Restore 10x Advanced resurfaces your deck, filling in any cracks and voids and protecting it from future wear.

First, pour a generous amount into a clean paint tray. Then, use your Restore 90-in. Honeycomb Roller to apply an even coat to the deck, working on 1-2 boards at a time.

While you’re applying, roll in one direction with slight downward pressure to push the product into cracks and voids.

Step 6 – Remove Excess Coating

As you apply Restore 10x Advanced, use a paint scraper to remove the excess coating in between the boards.

Step 7- Apply Second Coat of Restore 10x Advanced

Let your first coat of Restore 10x Advanced dry for at least 4-6 hours.

If your deck is still tacky after six hours, extend the drying time.

Once it’s dry to the touch, apply your second coat of Restore 10x Advanced using the same technique you used to apply the first.

Step 8 – Let Your Second Coat Dry

Let your second coat dry completely for 48 hours before replacing your furniture.

Now, put your furniture back in place and enjoy your newly restored deck. Bring on the barbecues!

Browse The Home Depot for deck restoration products and deck parts and accessories.

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