This is one of the benches after sealing ....

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 3, 2012 @ 9:54 a.m.

BTW- do you have you do any sanding before appling the sealant/finish?????

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tomjohnston Nov. 3, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m.

Really, surfpuppy619?? I mean come on. Aren't you a home owner? Are you really that unaware and unobservant? Or are you possibly just being a dork, albeit a well meaning one?

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tomjohnston Nov. 3, 2012 @ 11:31 a.m.

What I meant to add was that something had to have been done to remove the grey before oiling/sealing. Most likely sanding, though if the greying was fairly recent, a good power washing might do the job. That doesn't seem to be the case here and in any event, despite the density of ipe, it would seem at least a light sanding would be in order. That said, my experience with ipe is limited; not nearly as much as with teak and cedar, so if MR. Grant would like to correct me on any points or add to what I said, please feel free to do so. I'm always up for picking up a little knowledge from an expert, which I am definitely not in this case.

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 3, 2012 @ 3:56 p.m.

Aren't you a home owner? Are you really that unaware and unobservant? Or are you possibly just being a dork, albeit a well meaning one?

Interesting comment, I ask a simple question as to sanding and all the sudden B/C I don't know the answer I am a dork. Nice.

And why would owning a home have be indication that I have some advanced work working skills?????? I didn't know home ownership distilled that wood working skill in people the second they closed escrow on a house, unless you're implying all homeowners who own their home have wood on the home, and they all treat the wood themselves, and therefor should know that.

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tomjohnston Nov. 3, 2012 @ 4:56 p.m.

Humor surfpuppy619, humor. Most people I know, in fact almost everyone I know, actually do know that before refinishing wood, be it paint, stain or oil, you have to prep the wood. Scraping, sanding , whatever method you choose.. And yeah, I have never been in a single home in my life that didn't have wood in it. Have you? Doors, floors, baseboards, casings, trim,kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, ceilings,rafters, fences, decks, columns, pilasters, patios, window frames and casings, not to mention furniture. Never had one of your dogs chew on a piece of furniture when they were a puppy? Yeah like I said, I have never been in a home anywhere that doesn't have wood products in it and on it. And no knowing how to refinish wood is not an advanced woodworking skill and barely a woodworking skill at all. When our oldest daughter was maybe 6 or 7 we repainted her room for her and she helped. It would not be a stretch to say that she had NO woodworking skills at all. So how about going over to the freezer, pulling out your sense of humor and thawing it out for a while. For someone who shoots their mouth off here as much as anybody and claims not to care whether anyone likes it or not, you're way too sensitive. Enjoy your weekend!!!!!!

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