Frequently asked resurfacing questions

Unsure how to care for a deck or concrete once it has been treated with RESCUE IT®? Read below for answers to many frequently asked resurfacing questions.

Can I apply the product over a deck surface previously coated with semi-transparent or solid color stain?

YES. Scrape to remove peeling paint or stain. Replace rotting or severely damaged boards, remove all loose splinters. Secure loose deck screws, raised nail heads or loose decking boards. Clean with Olympic® Premium Deck Cleaner and rinse well to remove cleaning product residue, and contaminants. Repeat cleaning steps as many times as necessary to remove ALL dirt, mildew, grease and algae. Pressure-wash using LOW to MODERATE pressure. (High pressure may damage wood surface and cause product to fail.) Allow wood to dry completely (minimum 24 hours). Use coarse sandpaper to remove any loose wood fibers and then remove all sanding dust that will interfere with bonding. Fill wood cracks and depressions deeper than ¼” with an exterior paintable sealant caulk.

See "How to Prep" videos on for pressure-washing demonstration, details on drying time and dryness test, and the loose wood fiber test. For more detailed instructions, please visit NOTE WARNING BELOW* about removing paint.

If used on a pool deck (wood or concrete) will chlorine damage the coating?

RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer will not be damaged by chlorinated pool water. It can be used on wood or concrete deck surfaces around a pool.

Can decks be cleaned with a pressure washer once RESCUE IT!® Wood & Concrete Resurfacer is applied?

NO. A pressure washer should not be used to clean the surface once RESCUE IT! Resurfacer has been applied. We recommend non-bleach-based powdered laundry detergent.

What is the warranty?

Olympic guarantees satisfaction with the application and performance properties of this product when applied to a properly prepared surface in accordance with label directions. This guarantee is limited to your choice of product replacement or refund of the purchase price.

How does it handle UV/sun? Will the color fade?

RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer is UV-resistant. Color may fade over time, more or less, depending on your color choice. Color fade on light and mid-tone colors will be less noticeable.

Will a dog’s paws scratch the coating?

Our initial tests have shown that dog claws do not damage the surface.

Is RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer slip-proof or slip-resistant?

RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer is slip-resistant. It has been tested in accordance with ASTM F 1679-04 for wet and dry slip resistance. The product passed both tests.

How can I change the color once applied?

You can change the color of RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer by applying two coats of Olympic® MAXIMUM® solid color stain, or by recoating with RESCUE IT! Resurfacer.

How does RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer compare to porch and floor paint?

RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer is intended to improve the appearance of aged wood and concrete surfaces like patios and retaining walls, structurally sound old, gray weathered decks, stairs, docks, posts, railings, and more -- as an alternative to replacement. It will fill small cracks up to ¼-inch in depth. RESCUE IT! Resurfacer can also be applied to new wood or to 30-day-cured new concrete when a non-slip, textured surface is desired. RESCUE IT! Resurfacer lays down a finely-textured surface, in contrast to Floor and Porch Paint which is a smooth finish.

How long will the product last?

While we expect this product to last as long as a high quality Floor and Porch Paint or Solid Color Exterior Stain (such as MAXIMUM® Solid Color Exterior Stain), the lifetime of the product may be limited by the condition of the wood or concrete that is being “Rescued.”

Can you color match?

YES. This product can be tinted to over 110 solid colors in the Olympic® Exterior Stain palette and can be color matched to competitive colors in-store. Competitive color formulas are not currently available, but will be added to future color updates.

Can this be used on stucco?

NO. RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer is not recommended for whole-house vertical surfaces such as stucco or wood siding.

Can it be applied to a damp surface?

NO. The surface must be clean and totally dry before applying the coating and there should be no threat of rain for 24 hours after the final coat is applied. See “How to Prep” videos on for details on drying time and the dryness test.

Can I use this on my driveway or in my garage?

NO. Do not apply to areas with vehicular traffic, or to submerged surfaces in ponds, fountains or swimming pools, or to any interior concrete surface such as garages or basement floors.

Will RESCUE IT!® resurfacer adhere to smooth concrete without etching?

YES. Best practice would be to etch smooth concrete, but RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer was tested on smooth concrete without etching and was found to adhere.

Will RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer adhere to a 2K epoxy?

NO. The epoxy coating would need to be stripped before applying RESCUE IT!® Resurfacer.

I live in the North and often salt walkways to remove ice. Will the salt damage the coating? What about a snow shovel?

Rock salt will damage the coating and is not recommended. Metal shovels will damage the coating. We recommend the use of plastic shovels only.

WARNING NOTE: WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust or fumes. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST OR FUMES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a properly fitted NIOSH-approved respirator and prevent skin contact to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the USEPA National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to Follow these instructions to control exposure to other hazardous substances that may be released during surface preparation.

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