What do you do when your clients' kids spill bug repellent all over the freshly-sanded but still unfinished ipe deck that you just completed? Instead of panicking, you contact Scott Burt of Ipe Help, who will walk you through the steps needed to clean up the bug juice and make sure the finish turns out flawlessly.

Burt is a Vermont-based painting contractor who owns Topcoat Finishes and who has contributed several painting and deck-finishing articles to both PDB and to JLC. Most recently, he acted as a consultant on this repellent-stained ipe deck, which is located south of Boston. You can read more about Scott's role in the finishing process in Scott's blog. But there are also some cool details in this project, including some curved glue-laminated ipe treads. So we're planning on taking a closer look at this project in a future article. Meanwhile, here are a couple of photos of the deck.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] This Boston-area deck features curved glue-laminated ipe treads and decking, and contrasting Spanish cedar risers and trim details. Photo by Scott Wehrli.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] Burt always recommends sanding ipe to 80-grit prior to applying the finish. In this case, the finish was Armstrong Clark's clear penetrating oil. Photo by Scott Wehrli.[/caption]