Rust-Oleum Corporation has again been hit with a class action lawsuit by consumers who claim that its’ deck coating products are defective and prone to failure. The products are marketed as –
- Rust-Oleum Restore Deck Start Wood Primer
- Restore 2X One Coat Solid Stain
- Restore 4X Deck Coat
- Rock Solid Deck Start Wood Primer
- Rock Solid 2X Solid Stain
- Rock Solid 6X Deck Coat
- Rock Solid 20X Deck Resurfacer
At issue is the Restore and Rock Solid line of products fail to adequately adhere to the underlying surface. As a consequence these products prematurely degrade, chip, peel, flake, strip, and otherwise deteriorate a surface.
Rather than providing years of protection, these deck products deteriorate in a short time period. Consumers soon discover that peeling and failure require removal and replacement of the product coat in its entirety and often replacement of the underlying deck itself. Thus, instead of ending the cycle of repainting and replacing, Rust-Oleum deck products actually hasten it.
The various product failures experienced by consumers who purchased Rust-Oleum Products are at odds with Rust-Oleum’s marketing representations, including promises and representations it makes regarding product quality and performance directly on the product label.
Rust-Oleum’s guarantees, promises, and other representations about its products lead customers to believe that the Restore and Rock Solid products are long-lasting and that Rust-Oleum stands behind its advertising representations. For this, Rust-Oleum charges consumers a premium price for its Restore and Rock Solid branded products.
Rust-Oleum knew or should have known of the deficiencies of its Restore and Rock Solid product line and that its marketing label was deceptive. Indeed, this is not the first time Rust-Oleum has been sued regarding the defective nature and inferiority of its Restore brand. Different products marketed and sold by Rust-Oleum under the “Restore” brand were previously the subject of a well-known class action lawsuit that asserted similar allegations regarding product failures of the Restore products. That class action settled in 2016.
Important Note on Label Change for Deck Restore (Rock Solid)
Even though they have settled this lawsuit, Rust-Oleum Deck Restore is still sold to unsuspecting consumers and has not been pulled from the shelves. Rust-Oleum has changed to a newer, relabeled version of their Rust-Oleum Deck Restore.The line is now called Rust-Oleum Rock Solid. According to consumer feedback, Rust-Oleum Rock Solid is not any better than the Deck Restore and continues to peel and fail.