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Written by on January 3, 2014 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 4 Comments

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Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine ( since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. Stan says:

    I have just completed building a home in Moloka`i, Hawai`i. I’m located in an arid part of the island. There’s about 800 sq’ of lanai and another 300 sq’ of deck, all Ipe. I was considering using Woodrich products, but had so many problems with the company and samples and trying to place an order with them, I gave up after four (yes, four) months. I am prepared to do whatever it takes in terms of maintenance, e.g., every couple years. What can I do to keep this deck looking great? The photo is about one month after install, and after a rain (a rarity!)
    Really appreciate your site! Well done.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Stan, nice looking deck. Annual maintenance is the key. A light pressure wash with a mild soap usually cleans the deck up well enough for another oil application. Follow all the tips that our readers have shared regarding not overapplying, making sure to wipe excess thoroughly, etc.

  2. Ed Sherman says:

    Hi Pros!
    The stair risers in my home haven’t been painted since construction in 1996. Scuffed, yellowed & highly trafficked; it’s time. Original paint unknown – do I prime first & w/ what? Then the biggie: waterborne acrylic enamel in semigloss or something else? Which brand for this non-pro working vertically w/ stained & sealed hardwood above & below with a wonderful wife raised in a home her Daddy built with His Own Two Hands!?!

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