Resurfacing our wood boat dock has been on my “to do” list for several months. I was planning on using Rustoleum’s Restore but Olympic just came out with their version of a cement and wood resurfacer which was a better fit for our needs. It’s called Rescue It!, and its carried in select Lowes stores (at least here in Fl). Read on for my review on the product and application tips.
Product Selection – Both Rescue It! and Restore are made to resurface cement and wood by coating the surface with a non-skid type of slightly rubbery layer. Both are tintable in a wide range of colors. They are applied the same way and use a paint roller and paint brush. One small difference is that the Restore requires a special roller where the Rescue It! uses as common paint roller. The biggest difference I could see was that the Rustoleum product went on very thick, “like rolling on oatmeal” and the finished layer was really thick and kind of uneven, like icing on a cake. We choose the Olympic product because we wanted a thinner coating that was barefoot friendly.
Application – Applying Rescue It! is almost like rolling on paint only a little bit thicker. Kind of like pancake batter. We used disposable paint tray inserts in our metal paint trays and common paint rollers. We also used an inexpensive chip brush to do the detail work like cutting in around the dock cleats. The directions call for 2 coats and I’d recommend that also. It dries to the touch in a few hours and you can put furniture back on it in 48 hours. Clean up of hands and tools is a breeze with soap and water. Caution ** Don’t spill any on a surface you don’t want painted. My son had a little spill and now we’ll have to treat/resurface the seawall as well!
Here’s a close up of what our wood looked like before and after 1 coat. This is not the same plank but I wanted to show both a smooth finish and one with filled cracks. The large cracks were really large before and the small ones disappeared. The instructions on the can stated it was for “weathered wood that was structurally sound”. Our dock was really weathered but still solid with good structural integrity. We figure by resurfacing the docks we were able to slow down the weathering process and extend the life of the docks. Which keeps the cash free to be spent on other more immediate fixes in the Bungalow!
My Recommendation – I love this product and give an absolute yes recommendation. In just one day we resurfaced our wood docks, filled in the largest gaps of the weathered wood and totally changed the overall look. The new surface is lightly textured, very anti-slip and barefoot friendly which means no slipping and no more splinters! We spent a little over $350 on the supplies but we have a large dock and deck area. We saved a bundle on the cost of labor by doing it ourselves. I think this would be fantastic on cement as well and may use it on our garage floors later.
Here’s a few more before and after shots. Looks great doesn’t it!
As you can see I’m now enjoying the updated dock and love sitting out in the morning for a little peace and quiet.
Where do you think you could use this product? Do you have a wood deck, doors or cement floors that could use an update? Send me a pic if you try it!
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