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This is Batu Hardwood, AKA Mangaris  This is the lower deck which for the great most part is completely sheltered from both rain and sun.  That being said, I used a very neutral tone with significantly less pigment.  The end result was(is) an extremely well protected deck with a very natural look.  There’s that word again.

    

     

This brand new deck in Santa Cruz was a pleasure and challenge wrapped into one.  Springtime proved to be way too consistently variable with heavy rains and winds during the three week span it took me to properly wash and stain this Clear Cedar Deck near Steamer Lane.

These pictures are both taken around 11am after one of the heavier springtime Santa Cruz storms in decades.  I chose to showcase them side by side because they tell one of the more important stories regarding deck maintenance.  For another time…..

 

 

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I know why water beading doesn’t get old even though it isn’t the “end all” indicator as to whether or not a wood deck is in need of maintenance.  It is however safe to say that if water is beading on your deck, there is likely plenty of product protecting the boards.

These photos are of identical nature, taken one after the other, at 3pm in the shade.  They help explain a thing or three which likely answers many questions.  Hopefully yours too.

Where you see water beading means that those boards have been washed and stained AND the stain is dry.  Where you see water that has penetrated the wood means that those boards have been washed only.  It’s safe(enough) to say that the stained boards don’t look all that much different than the wet boards.(And for the record, the “wet” boards are really only damp, certainly not soaked.)

This is a new Redwood Deck off Escalona Drive in Santa Cruz built in early October 2018 that was washed and stained in late May 2019.

Beautiful Ipe Deck in La Selva off San Andreas.  Every 24 months keeps this deck just about right.

      

     

All shots worth sharing, especially if you have a cedar deck, in this case Clear Cedar.  Again, each picture here can definitely tell its own story.  This deck is under a year old with a horror story or two attached to it prior to me getting my hands on it.  We decided on a very neutral transparent pigment.  The client wanted to begin the process slowly, promising to maintain the deck as needed.  The goal to begin this deck’s journey was to create a tone that would look like the deck looks when it gets wet.  This beauty takes on eight hours of hot sun per day in the summer time.

Yeah I get it, but explain what you mean!?!  Which slice of natural do you want your brand new deck to look like?  Do you want it to look exactly like it did or does the day it was completed?  Do you want it to look like the guy or gal who built it says it should look?  Natural Blonde or Brunette?  Naturally Grey perhaps?  Do you want it to look natural today and tomorrow?  What about in six months, still natural?  What about six years?   
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Wood Siding Maintenance Project

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Phase One

   

 

 

 

 

Not sure why I decided to put these two photos together in the same post.  Each photo represents a completely different section of this glorious deck, facing a different direction altogether.  And of course it’s a different time of day after a much stormier kind of night.  

One common bond is that both pictures represent a finished look after a fresh coat of high end water based transparent stain.  This deck is 10 months new.  Good times.

Santa Cruz County Deck Staining & Maintenance

Santa Cruz County Deck Staining & Maintenance

This is Ipe’ in Santa Cruz.  Same deck, same corner of deck, same exact transparent blend.  Just a different angle, and a different time of day.  Santa Cruz County Deck Maintenance.

Spring 2019

Testing new tones

 

This mammoth shingled home on Rebecca Lane in Boulder Creek is officially underway.  Thirty years of neglect.  This is the north facing front of this beautiful mountain hideaway.  As always, we decided on Extreme by Defy.  We will use a cedar tone as a 3/5 base, and add redwood, driftwood grey, and butternut to complete the mix.  

Even after all these years, I still get confused when the client says they want the shingles to look natural.  I’m never sure if that means naturally clean or naturally filthy.

Beautiful Deck on The Peninsula.  My second time out to this property, first time being 2014.  This deck takes 6+ hours of hot afternoon sun daily.

Water Bead Test more to show just how natural the finished look of the Extreme Stain by Defy is when professionally applied.  This combination is 1/4 Driftwood Grey, 1/4 Light Walnut, 1/4 Cedar, 1/8 Redwood, 1/8 Butternut.

Santa Cruz Deck Maintenance

Hardwood Deck – Felton California

Extreme Stain by Defy, Custom Redwood Blend

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Not What You Want

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