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Wood Restoration: How to Strip a Log Cabin Exterior

Wood Restoration: How to Strip a Log Cabin Exterior

I have to say right up front that wood restoration using chemical strip methods is a project best hired out to qualified professionals. The pressure washing equipment, chemicals, safety equipment and best practices for all of the above are not common knowledge. Also, knowledge and experience in working wood through various stages of chemical ph […]

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Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

While we don’t do many whole house strip projects anymore, we have a great customer who was willing to wait over a year for Topcoat to be the wood loving restoration team on their heavenly home in the mountains. The home is a log cabin with a pretty brutal sun and wind exposure. The existing […]

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Fir Porch Floor Restoration

Fir Porch Floor Restoration

  Can’t say it enough…pressure washing is such a cool service to integrate into a paint contracting company. Today, we brought back to life a rather tired old tongue and groove porch floor in Burlington. We will be restoring this porch over the course of the next week. It’s beginning to feel a lot like […]

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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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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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Deck Restoration (2009)

Deck Restoration (2009)

Decks and porches have really come into their own in recent years as practical and appealing extensions of indoor living spaces. We have learned to “bring the outdoors in” and also to “bring the indoors out.” Pressure washing is a misunderstood component in home maintenance. This article helps to clarify some of the myths and […]

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