Decked Out: Part 2

Rustoleum Deck Restore 4x & 10x

The deck makeover using Rustoleum Restore 4x and 10x is finally done and I’m excited to share the results along with the rest of the process involved in fixing up a peeling and cracked deck using this paint.


If you haven’t done so already make sure to read part one of how to refinish a deck for the first half of the instructions.

Rustoleum Deck Restore 4x & 10x

Now that the deck is cleaned (see step 1 for cleaning process) I was ready to prime the deck using Rustoleum Restore Deck Start Wood Primer to help the paint properly adhere to the deck. The process of applying the primer is fairly quick to do, and I found it also helped to smooth out the deck further. To apply the primer simply paint the primer on the deck using a large paint brush.

Rustoleum Deck Restore 4x & 10x

The primer goes on white and slightly cloudy so it makes it easy to tell where you have primed. Start on the furthest area of your deck and slowly make your way to the front, keeping in mind you won’t want to step on the primer when it is wet. All you need is one coat of the primer, and when it dries it will become clear.


When you are ready to start painting make sure to check the weather report as you need there to be 48 hours, or 2 full days without any rain with the temperature being not above 32 C. After a series of rather raining days the deck had dried off and was ready to paint. To help protect yourself from heat exhaustion I would recommend painting early in the morning or later in the evening as painting a deck is rather taxing and with the heat you will become exhausted.

To paint the deck I started by using Rustoleum 4x to paint the railings as it dries smooth unlike the gritty texture found in the 10x. Rustoleum recommends applying the paint using a paint brush to fill large cracks, followed by using one of their paint rollers to apply the paint. Personally I wasn’t a fan of the paint roller texture, as it was rather bumpy. So instead I used a paint brush to apply all of the 4x paint to the deck railings as it gave a nice smooth finish. One thing to note, that I found rather surprising is that the 4x gives a smoother finish while the 10x is shown to have a more of a bumpy texture. Yet while painting I found the consistency of the 4x to be extremely thick compared to the 10x. While using the Restore 4X I was referring to it as chocolate moosse because it had a similar texture and color. Within the paint itself there was also a few thicker clumps in the paint which needed to be picked out while the paint was wet or sanded off when dried if you want a truly smooth finish.  That being said this paint is a wonder at filling in cracks, and could nearly be used a wood filler, and certainly lives up to the claim that it can fill up to 1/4″ cracks in wood.

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Once the railings were all painted with the Deck & Concrete Restore 4X I was ready to move onto painting with the 10x. I have to admit I was a bit nervous as the 4x paint was so thick, and Rustoleum claims it is 4 times thicker than normal paint, I was picturing the 10x paint to be near cement in consistency if it was supposed to be 10 times thicker than normal paint. Yet surprisingly it was extremely fluid and easy to use. The grain texture in the paint does do a remarkable job at filling small grooves, and within the first coat of paint the deck floor had an amazing full coverage. Once again, it was suggested I used paint rollers, and go overtop of the still wet paint with a paint brush to smooth the paint texture if desired. I decided to simply skip the paint roller and use a paint brush to paint the entire deck as I was able to get a very smooth texture and thick coverage by loading up my paint brush with paint.
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As the paint is designed to fill cracks if you paint over the spaces between the boards on the deck the hole will be filled. Thus to solve the problem if you happen to have paint between the boards you can use a palate knife to run down between the boards to remove the excess paint.

how to paint a deck

Here is an example of the paint now removed from the space between the boards using a palate knife. Don’t worry, if you forget to clean the spaces between the board while the paint is wet you can fairly easily sand it off after 1-2 days of the paint drying by using fine grit sandpaper.

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Here is a close up of the texture of the deck after applying one coat of paint of the Rustoleum 10 x paint. You can see the sand like texture that covers the boards and works to fill in and hide any cracks.

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As I was trying to get a rather smooth finish I went over the deck with fine grit sandpaper to sand off any of the larger clumps of paint before painting the second coat of paint over the deck. After a few hours the first coat of paint will be dry and you can proceed to paint the second coat of paint to finish your deck. Do note that it is recommended that you allow the deck several days before you return any patio furniture on the deck as the paint takes a few days to fully cure.

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| Railing Before |
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| Railing After |

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| Cracked Posts Before |

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| Cracked Posts After |

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| Peeling And Cracked Deck Before |

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| Peeling And Cracked Deck After |

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| Peeling And Rusted Spots On Deck Before | rustoleum 10x

| Peeling And Rusted Spots On Deck After |

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| Deck Before |

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| Deck After |

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I’m simply stunned by the deck, as the Adobe color the perfect warm rich brown and the all the cracks are completely gone leaving the deck feeling brand new. While I tackled this project slowly over a few evenings, it is completely possible to give your deck a makeover with this paint in a weekend without much trouble especially if you have someone helping you. For those of you with children, or worried about slipping I can see the slight texture of the 10x also being useful as it is extra grippy which can be handy especially on stairs.

I’d give this product a huge glowing review and I’m eager to see how the deck looks in a year, but for now I have to say the Rustoleum Restore paint exceeded all my expectations and is a product I highly recommend.

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  1. STrep
    July 27, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    Wow… looks amazing. Great job Stephanie!

  2. Alex
    July 28, 2015 / 6:59 pm

    Looks great Steph.

  3. 0_Fyrebrand_0
    July 28, 2015 / 11:58 pm

    Wow, what a difference between the before and after shots… The wood looked like it was in pretty rough shape at first, but now it all looks brand new!

  4. Bonnie Thompson
    July 16, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Stephanie, It is July 16, 2016, almost a year since your application of the Restore 4X deck coat to your deck.

    What is your report on the durability and appearance of the product on your deck now?

    We are in process of refinishing our deck and are interested in your experience with this product. Curious, what part of the country was the deck located? we are in the Pacific NW.

  5. July 18, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Thanks for checking in Bonnie. The deck still looks brand new and the survived the entire winter without any damage to the paint. If you do use the product you won’t regret it, I highly recommend it.
    The deck is located in Ottawa, Canada.

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