Wood Snobbery

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Tis the Season for Ipe Finishing

Tis the Season for Ipe Finishing

**Update: For ipe deck info, visit our new site, ipehelp.com** It comes every year… Exterior wood finishing season sure brings the bittersweet reward of intense immediate gratification after intensive prep in varying conditions. This is an example of a properly maintained ipe deck. Typically, we will apply oil to 6 courses of the deck at a time, […]

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Architectural Pergolas that Challenge Painters

Written by on June 7, 2011 in Exterior Paints, Wood Snobbery with 2 Comments
Architectural Pergolas that Challenge Painters

One of the things I enjoy the most about working with architects, designers and construction estimators on projects is the opportunity to be involved in specification of finish systems early in the design phase of custom architectural features. Pergolas are one of those design elements that often look great on paper, but require products that […]

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Ipe Deck Finish: 5 things not to do

In my little corner of the northeast, ipe has built quite a presence as a choice decking product on homes. I’ve lost track of how many miles the l.f. translates to that we have handled in prefinishing and then field maintained.

As these decks age, and their finishes fade, homeowners are often concerned that what they considered to be a pricy investment has gradually started to look more like the silvery gray outdoor furniture.

For some reason, this season I have been asked more questions about ipe finishing by homeowners and colleagues than ever before. To the point that I thought it would be easiest to just create a post.

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Screened Porch Wood Restoration – Lake Champlain

Screened Porch Wood Restoration – Lake Champlain

In the spirit of our custom exterior services for exotic natural wood species, Topcoat employees John and Sam recently completed a very special lakeside octagon screened porch ceiling restoration. The eight sections of the ceiling culminate in a single point in the peak, from which is mounted a ceiling fan. The ceiling material is fir […]

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Exterior Wood Care in Vermont’s Elements

Written by on June 1, 2011 in Home Improvement, Topcoat Finishes, Wood Snobbery with 1 Comment
Exterior Wood Care in Vermont’s Elements

Topcoat Finishes’ relationship with red cedar continues this season as we prepare new homes with visually appealing exterior coatings that perform, and we are also maintaining homes within our client base that have been subject to the most unusual weather patterns we have seen maybe ever. Vermont homes that are located in harsh lake and […]

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Nicely Stacked.

Written by on December 28, 2010 in Cutting Room Floor, Wood Snobbery with 2 Comments
Nicely Stacked.

What is it about handling nice lumber that just never gets old?

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Zar UltraMax Urethane

Hybrid Coatings? The auto industry isn’t the only one that has been experimenting with hybrid technologies in recent years. It’s been a transitional time in the paint world as well. Many of the changes taking place are driven by tighter regulations that government is placing on paint manufacturers to create products that are lower in […]

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