We have put together this FAQ page because of the numerous questions that we get from our customers. These responses also include some good tips and suggestions to help you with a successful installation of our coatings system. You can also download any of our installation instructions by product.

For full instructions, see these links:

Deck Revive Instructions

Why do we recommend Gloss Paint?

We highly recommend that you choose a Gloss sheen when mixing with DeckRevive for this simple reason, Gloss is more cleanable. The final sheen ends up to be closer to a Satin/Semi-Gloss.

 

How is your product different from a stain or paint?

Horizontal wood surfaces are typically the most difficult to coat and that is why there are numerous products on the market. Stains and sealers are designed to penetrate into the wood and are not designed to provide a new surface. DeckRevive is designed with a special polymer to be absorbed into the wood like a stain and sealer, but also to provide you with a safe, skid-resistant new surface. Most products fail because they are unable to provide proper penetration into the wood fibers and because they have a low Perm Rating. Our Perm Rating is over 19, which has a higher permeability rating than Stucco.

 

Why should I resurface?

The cost to completely replace existing deck or dock boards with brand new decking boards can range from $6-$10 per square foot for labor and material. If you choose composite decking, costs could range from $15-$50 per Square Foot. DeckRevive and ConcreteRevive are very cost-effective coatings solution comparative to the aforementioned with many more benefits. Not to mention saving landfills from treated lumber.

 

What colors are available?

All you need to do is add 1 Gallon of gloss exterior acrylic latex paint (DeckRevive) to our kit. The color choice is almost unlimited.

 

Are the colors exact or does the mix alter the color?

The colors are true and it would be very difficult to see the difference since it is a non-skid, the color may seem a little different due to the coatings profile.

 

Do I need the aggregate in the product?

Yes, all the mix components are designed to work in tandem with each other. The specially formulated polymer and dry mix need to be activated together in order to work. Think of it as rebar in cement.

 

Does DeckRevive come in a clear so that I can see the wood grain of the wood?

No, you will need a gloss exterior acrylic latex paint (DeckRevive) in order for the product to look right. The special polymer primer dries clear but the dry mix and polymer resin will not look good if you do not add a paint or stain. Most older deck boards are beyond their life for a stain application and that is why resurfacing with a solid color is the perfect choice. Your deck boards will look similar to a new composite deck when finished.

 

What about the nails and screws?

We recommend that you fill any nail, screw holes, knot holes or 1/8” or wider cracks with our new PermaFill to allow yourself a cosmetically smooth surface. This type isn’t absolutely necessary, but an option. Older nails tend to leach rust.  We suggest you talk to your paint store what rust inhibitive primer would best suit this problem. Our acrylic formula DOES NOT prevent the nail from rusting through our coating.

 

What kind of preparation is needed?

Please read through the front page of our instruction sheet thoroughly. We simply recommend a good pressure washing and remove any loose materials from your wood surface. Some old paints are difficult to completely remove. In some cases, you may want to use an orbital sander to remove peeling areas that are of concern. (PermaBond Primer is needed on all pre-painted, pre-stained surfaces or where the boards are cracked and weathered) DeckRevive is water-based so any previous stain or sealers that were oil-based need to be sanded down to create a profile before applying our coating. If a paint remover is used, all strippers need to be thoroughly removed and power washed and completely dried. All the paint remover chemicals need to be removed. In these cases, we suggest 48 hours of dry time after power washing. Make sure the deck after applying our coating is not rained on freeze within 24 hours so the coating can completely cure.

 

How do I mix the product?

DeckRevive comes conveniently packaged with instruction sheets to make mixing as simple as possible. Once you open the kit (Pail), you will notice an instruction sheet; pull it out read through the instructions thoroughly. Remove all contents, pour the 1 gallon of resin into the bucket, and pour the exterior acrylic latex (recommended S/G or Gloss) into the bucket, drill mix with a paint mixer that you attach to your drill (Electric drill works best). Do not use a grout mixer to mix any of our products. After mixing for 2 minutes slowly add each bag of dry material from the bags into the liquid, drill mix for 5 minutes. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes and then remix for 5 minutes. The product is ready to use. We recommend applying the product in 24 hours, but has a shelf life of 14-21 days, depending on temperature. Always drill mix if the product sits for more than 4 days. Keep stored out of sunlight and in a cool area.

 

Can I spray your products with a paint sprayer?

You can spray PermaBond because it is thin, however, we recommend a brush and roll application for the DeckRevive due to the aggregate and heavy viscosity.  When you roll out the product you are more able to force the product into the cracks which will allow the wood to absorb the product for a better bond.  This will prevent you from achieving only a surface bond that will have a shorter life span.

 

When do I use the PermaBond Primer?

You must use the PermaBond on all applications when using our coating systems.  PermaBond needs to be used with all wood that is weathered or has previous coatings.  We recommend that any existing coating be removed as best as possible.  Our bond will only be as good as what is underneath it.

 

How long does it take between recoats of PermaBond and DeckRevive?

You can recoat any coated surface within thirty to forty-five minutes as long as the surface is dry to the touch. This applies to normal weather conditions – material will dry quicker in hotter temperatures and longer in cooler temperatures.

 

How do I apply the DeckRevive products?

Brush and Roll applied. Use a ¾” nap roller cover, sturdy roller handle, and frame so it’s easier to press the first coat into any cracks in the boards. The first coat should be applied against the grain of the boards’ width to work the coating into the cracks while smoothing out any heavy spots to prevent lap marks. 2nd coat applies going with the grain and board length. 

 

When can I use my deck?

DeckRevive, as well as PermaBond, dry fairly quickly, so you can walk on it within 4 hours. We recommend at least a 24 hour cure time before moving furniture on to it or allowing heavy traffic.

 

What is the best way to mix the dry chemistry?

Slowly add dry chemistry while mixing briskly with drill and paint mixer (recommended Electric Drill) for 5 minutes. (DO NOT USE A CEMENT MIXER).

 

When Should I use PermaBond Primer?

All scenarios. PermaBond Primer is required over pre-painted, pre-stained, redwood, cedar and extremely cracked or weathered deck boards when applying DeckRevive or on pre-painted, pre-stained concrete when applying ConcreteRevive.  As an option, PermaBond can be colored by adding 1 quart of exterior latex paint to a gallon of PermaBond.

 

What life expectancy will I see?

With proper preparation and application, we are seeing 5-7 years. If the surface gets heavy traffic or scratched from metal chairs, etc… a service coat could be applied, which would cover twice the square footage (400 square feet) for a full kit. Always use the PermaBond first when reapplying.

 

Other Benefits?

Gulf Synthetics is American Made and American Owned. DeckRevive is safe for the environment and will actually lock in any harmful chemicals that are in the pressure-treated wood.

 

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    Stephen · 10/25/2020
    We are planning on using Deck Revive on all of our horizontal surfaces and sold stain on all of our vertical surfaces as you guys recommend. My question is most of the solid stains I have been looking at talk about using a stripper and brightener prior to staining but for the Deck Revive the recommendation is for avoiding getting any stripper or brightener on the surface prior to the Deck Revive. Is there a certain solid stain you would recommend that we don't need to use stripper and brightener for? There is some old, non-peeling paint on the vertical surfaces that did not come off with pressure washing. Or do I need to just protect the vertical surfaces with plastic/tarp when applying the stripper and brightener? Thanks.
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      Gulf Synthetics · 10/26/2020
      A stripper will not remove paint so not sure what you would even need to use it. Best to sand it off or just cover the intact paint with a new coating.
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        Stephen · 10/26/2020
        Do you mean cover the intact pain with the new coating of solid stain?
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    Eric · 10/20/2020
    How does this product do in the Midwest? I am considering applying it in the Chicago suburbs in my 15 year old deck.
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    Karen · 10/04/2020
    Could you provide an explanation as to why the second coat must be applied within 12 hours?

    Thank you.
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      Gulf Synthetics · 10/04/2020
      Once the first coat cures the second would not adhere correctly. Recoat as soon as the first is dry is best.
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    David Whitehouse · 09/22/2020
    I have a heavy wheeled grill on the deck. What is the best way to work around the grill?
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      Gulf Synthetics · 09/22/2020
      Remove it off the deck until done. Wait 24 hours after to return it.
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    Mark · 09/11/2020
    I replaced one of my deck boards with a pre-treated board. 2 weeks later I applied Deck Revive, not realizing that the board should have been left to weather for 3 months. Is this going to affect the longevity of paint???
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    Jennifer · 09/10/2020
    I applied deck revive yesterday-it was a large deck and it took me all day-I didn’t finish until about 8 o’clock last night. It unexpectedly began raining about 9:30 this morning. Not a downpour but a slow steady drizzle. There is currently water standing on the deck boards. Since I only got 13 hours before rain, not 24, and most of that time was overnight with some dew, what is likely to happen to my finish?
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      Gulf Synthetics · 09/10/2020
      It should be fine.
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        Jennifer · 09/10/2020
        Thanks-I’ve been worrying all morning and now it is raining again even harder! Also, the deck was dry to the touch this morning except for one board-I must have put the product on thicker in that spot or something. What will likely happen there?
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          Gulf Synthetics · 09/10/2020
          You can always touch up that one board if it fails at some point by peeling.
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    Timothy Hirschberg · 08/30/2020
    I purchased the permabond and deck revive about 2 years ago, and I have stored them in my basement which is around 65-68 degrees. Is it still ok to use the products?
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    Brian · 08/28/2020
    We refinished the deck with Deck Revive 60 days ago and it turned out great. Since then we have repainted our house and want to change the color of the deck. Because we just filled all the cracks and did the Revive product, we don't have any cracks to fill and don't need to "re-fill" everything - we just want to go over it with a new color.

    Can we just paint over the existing revived surface?

    Or, do we need to use the whole Revive process?
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    Cyndy · 08/19/2020
    If I am replacing one or two deck boards with "primed" or "painted" boards, do they still need to weather for 3 months, or can I apply the deck revive right away??
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    Doug Rahn · 08/19/2020
    I want to use Deck Revive to cover my car port concrete floor. I used a covering on it once, but that is now peeling and mostly gone. I have 'Marshal Town Pole Sander with a metal sanding screen that I plan to use to remove and rough up the concrete. What do you suggest to recover with Concrete Revive?
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    scott · 08/15/2020
    I've put the two coats of Deck Revive on my deck floor and it looks great. Was going to paint the railing next but decided the existing railing is too far gone so need to replace it. New posts will be installed in different locations. Can I install the new posts directly over the deck revive or do I need to scrape it off where I plan on putting posts?
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    Doug · 08/10/2020
    After I put 2 coats of the DeckRevive, you can see uneven coverage. Before this, I used PermaBond then PermaFill to spot treat cracks. Then I used PermaBond over entire deck then cut in between boards with a brush with the DeckRevive. While cutting in, I also brushed a thick coat of DeckRevive over the PermaFill areas. After it dried, I rolled on 2 coats of DeckRevive. I think the uneven coverage was because I brushed over the PermaFill spots with a thick coat and afterward rolled on 2 coats. I used a 3/4 nap roller and tried to brush on a thick coat but you can see the difference between where I brushed and where I rolled. What can I do now to get even coverage? Should I PermaBond the Deck and then add a 3rd coat of DeckRevive? Should I brush on the 3rd coat or roll it on?
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    Jeffrey J Pignato · 08/07/2020
    How about Rock Hard applied to screw/nail, knots etc. It is a hard finish product to be sanded to finish
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    Mike Randall · 07/30/2020
    We recently installed a clear water-based sealer on an old deck. Now the water beads up. However we do not like the looks and the cracks and splinter problems are still there. I would like to install DeckRevive to solve this problem. You have stated that PermaBond can be used on all wood that has previous coatings (pre-painted, pre-stained) but the bond will only be as good as what is underneath it. If the previous sealer is good can PermaBond just be applied over it like paint or stain?
    If not then how do you recommend removing the existing sealer? Deck wash and pressure washing? I’m hoping not having to strip the sealer off the deck as it is very large.
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      Gulf Synthetics · 07/30/2020
      Presssure wash for prep and then you can use the Permabond.
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    Keith Stone · 07/27/2020
    We did the deck revive earlier this summer, great product btw. However, we poured a concrete counter top on an outdoor kitchen last weekend and some of the concrete liquid leaked though some tears in the plastic tarp when we screeded. Its not seeming to come off with a brush or power washer. Should we strip the deck revive down to the board and permabond then Deck Revive or can we apply permabond + deck revive over the current deck revive and concrete juice? Nothing is peeling at this time.
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      Gulf Synthetics · 07/27/2020
      You cannot strip it so best to try touch up over it with the Permabond and Deck Revive.
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        Keith Stone · 07/27/2020
        we're going to try a vinegar solution first. Would the vinegar cause an issue with the current layer of deck revive?
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    B.L. · 07/19/2020
    1) Can unused paint be stored for later use?
    2) What is the best way to determine if the previous paint used was oil or water based?
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      Gulf Synthetics · 07/19/2020
      1. No, not after mixed. Shelf life is 24 hours or less.
      2. Does not matter.
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        BL · 07/20/2020
        Thanks for your response. You FAQ says, “DeckRevive is water-based so any previous stain or sealers that were oil-based need to be sanded down to create a profile before applying our coating.” Does this mean I need to sand off the old stain/paint or just roughen it up by sanding before applying the PermaBond?
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          Gulf Synthetics · 07/20/2020
          Roughen it up so it is porous and the Permabond can adhere.
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    Kevin Painter · 07/17/2020
    Do you offer a military discount?
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    Brian · 07/12/2020
    What is the advantage of adding "tint" to the Prime (permabond) r, if it will still take 2 coats of Revive?
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    Ben · 07/08/2020
    I have an old 500 sf deck where I have have replaced some of the cedar boards.
    1. Do I need to let the new boards "cure" before using the Permabond/Revive?
    2. Does a gallon of Permabond really cover 350 sf?
    3. It looks like I can tint the Permabond with a quart of paint. Right?
    4. Looks like I need 3 big kits for the Revive. Right?

    Thanks!
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      Ben · 07/09/2020
      The 3 month curing time for the cedar boards might be a deal-breaker for me. I need to finish the deck in early August. The cedar deck boards are 2x6 with grooves underneath and radiused sides. They are light-weight and appear to be very dry. Still have to wait 3 months?!
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        Gulf Synthetics · 07/09/2020
        Yes. It is not about dryness but porosity and only weathering will help with this.
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      Gulf Synthetics · 07/09/2020
      1. Yes, 3 months.
      2. Yes.
      3. No need to tint the Permabond. Apply as is.
      4. Correct.
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    Dietrich Hoecht · 07/08/2020
    I have done the coatings by the book. However, under metal, like furniture feet or screw heads the coating gets damaged, i.e. lifted, probably with retained moisture. We use acrylic paint to cover it up. Do you have suggestions to prevent this?
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      Gulf Synthetics · 07/08/2020
      If it is black then that is rust from your metal and there is not a way to prevent this.
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    Scott Griscom · 07/06/2020
    Can Deck Revive be applied over galvanized deck hangers?
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    BobM · 07/04/2020
    Half the deck looks like this, the other half still has some stain on it. Can I clean and apply the permaseal to both and then use the deck revive?
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    BobM · 07/04/2020
    What do you recommend for the vertical surfaces? We want a uniform color on both?
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      Gulf Synthetics · 07/05/2020
      Solid stain in the same color as your paint that you add to Deck Revive.
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    Lori · 06/26/2020
    I am interested in the Deck Revive for my aging deck. However, it is already above 90 degrees here. Can I start to work on the deck with the Permafill and then finish with the Revive in about 3 months?How long can Permafill be "uncovered"?
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      Gulf Synthetics · 06/26/2020
      You can do the Permafill now and the PermaBond and Deck Revive Later. You do need to spot apply the Permabond prior to wherever you are using the Permafill
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    Ray · 06/18/2020
    I have about 2000 sf of decks with multiple layers of Solid Waterproofing Stain and Sealer that have deteriorated (peeling) to the point where I am going to have it all professionally stripped. The contractor doing the stripping recommends using a premium semi transparent stain. Am I correct in believing that in a year from now, if I wanted to use Perma Bond and Deck Revive, I could apply those products over the semi transparent stain after power washing?
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    Jill · 06/11/2020
    Can you use any of these products on composite deck that was previously painted with an unknown product? The deck has been power washed and some scraped off, but not all. . Should one sand a composite deck?
    I live in California where it is hot during the summer (90-100) with some rain in the winter and gets down to 30 degrees very occasionally. Thanks!
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    Betsu · 06/10/2020
    Can I use a paint stick that you fill with paint and push to fill the roller as you go? Is the deckrevive too thick?
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    Brian Laperriere · 06/10/2020
    Can I wait a couple days between the first and second coats?
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    Bob Paine · 06/10/2020
    Previous owners used Deck Restore and it is peeling, etc. Do you have a recommendation for how to remove it so we can use Deck Revise? We have read that it is impossible to remove. Thanjs, Bob Paine
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    Brian Laperriere · 06/10/2020
    My deck is all prepped and I am ready to apply the Deck Revive. There is rain in the forecast. How much time do I need after application before the rain hits it?