Finishes & Maintenance

Cleaning mystery spots off ipe deck tiles
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Cleaning mystery spots off ipe deck tiles

Even if you don’t know exactly what caused them, you may be able to get rid of them. More

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Extra Steps Needed to Prevent Rot and Corrosion

While not required by code, deck framing and metal hardware that is primed and painted prior to installation will be better protected from rot and corrosion More

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Never Use Bleach Before Recoating Wood

A reader reports that using bleach to clean wood can cause a subsequent stain job to fail. More

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Deck Stain Performance

For those that refurbish decks for a living, ease of re-coating aged wood is an important consideration. More

Field Test: Elastomeric Coatings for PT Decking
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Field Test: Elastomeric Coatings for PT Decking

After using SuperDeck Deck & Dock elastomeric coating to restore old... More

Removing Scratches From Composite Rails
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Removing Scratches From Composite Rails

Automotive polishing and rubbing compounds can be used to fix scuffed and... More

Ipe Question and Answer Session
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Ipe Question and Answer Session

Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar of Prep to Finish tackle questions about ipe, captured... More

The Great Stain Shoot-Out
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The Great Stain Shoot-Out

Twenty-two finishes were applied to six different types of wood decking - here's... More

Fast Method for Aging Copper
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Fast Method for Aging Copper

You can take the shine off copper pipes and panels by soaking them in sawdust... More

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Finishing Touch for an Ipe Deck

Finishing expert Scott Burt coaches a Massachusetts deck builder through the proper steps for applying oil finish to a high-end ipe deck. More

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