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Forum topic by bigblockyeti posted 08-05-2018 10:32 PM 488 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bigblockyeti

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08-05-2018 10:32 PM

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The dock at the beach house is in need of a proper rehab, some have suggested ironwood decking, others just slap on some we stain. My thoughts are somewhere in between; sanding it down and applying a penetrating finish that I won’t have to touch for at least 10 years. The conditions are heavy UV, salt water splashing and not a whole lot else. It’s currently decked with 2×6 TYP about 20 years old and most are structurally sound but starting to reveal many splinters that little feet don’t have appreciate. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-05-2018 11:51 PM

Having grown up in the Florida Keys, all we used was normal pressure treated stuff and water sealant for the decking. They got a fresh coat of water sealant every now and then as needed. Never did use any kind of staining, as we wanted the wood to bleach towards white to reduce heat – and they typically lasted a good 30+ years or more before needing to be re-planked.

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Brad

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 02:21 AM

Pressure wash and stain or some other form of weather proofing

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 05:36 PM

In my opinion and that of many others, there is no such thing as a penetrating finish that will even last 2 years. In fact, I don’t know of any so called penetrating oil finishes that are any better than nothing at all. I have tried several products on my deck work. Opaque stains work better than anything else I have tried. I have rebuilt several decks. Nowadays, pressure treated lumber doesn’t last near as long as it used to because arsenic – copper compounds have been banned.

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 06:22 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, as of now it looks like some version of what the good, old formula Thompson’s water seal applied after pressure washing makes the most sense.

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 09:18 PM

Pressure wash on low pressure, sand a bit if necessary, and then stain or paint with the most opaque thing I could find would be my choice, but then I don’t like re-applying things constantly.

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