Truckee Love

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SC Deck Maintenance, Custom Deck Staining Santa Cruz

Emeline Road, Santa Cruz


Another case of the solid stain blues.  In this case, it’s really just the top piece that needs the maintenance.  The question will forever be how to best accomplish this.  I can think of six off hand…













Everywhere in this town.  On your street, on my street, on his useless fence, on her decrepit barn.  Keep your eye open.  It’s worth it’s weight wait in wood.

Wash Me

Photos like this never get old.

It’s a constant reminder

of what lies below the silvery-grey.

IMG_4254This is 25 year old redwood

after a cold water pressure wash,

and a little time to dry.

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Six y/o rails on this deck in Scotts Valley, CA. 

We applied Extreme by Defy, Redwood tone.

Santa Cruz Deck Maintenance summer 2017

Ipe Upkeep

Say that 5x fast..


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This beautiful, 3yr old Ipe’ deck is nestled in the hills of Santa Cruz County off Hwy 17.  This photo was shot just after the deck was cleaned.  It had been previously stained when the deck was built.  Typically when a new deck is stained immediately after it has been built, the lasting factor stands to be pretty short.  That means the wood boards needs a little time to “open up” before being stained.  Especially on a hard wood deck like Ipe’.  After this particulardeck was washed, it virtually had no stain remaining on it from the previous application.


IMG_3960This is was an old fence.  This fence now beads water motor oil.

Once New

Somewhere in Santa Cruz


These are 20 year old wood shingles that have almost 100% UV and moisture protection by virtue of them being covered.  They were stained(not by us) when the house was built.  The bottom portion of the shingles do receive a little bit of late afternoon direct sunshine.

We washed the shingles with cold water and 800lbs pressure.  We used a Crystal Clear stain by Defy towards the top, and even in and around corner nooks.  We then blended in some Cedar/Light Walnut pigment as we got closer to the flooring and the more exposed shingles..

The goal being to bring the top and the bottom together to form a new and neutral tone.  We triple coated these shingles.  Surely they are good to go for a long, long time.

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IMG_3660IMG_3662Extreme by Defy.  Redw/Cedar tone mix.  Get your grain on..


Santa Cruz, California
Deck Maintenance 2017
North Branciforte Road

Every so often the entire deck is stained and sealed.  If you have the disposable income, and you have a deck that you want to have last forever and ever, then it should seem reasonable that at least every other year it should be loved up.  At least the horizontal boards that comprise the deck.  The other parts, may I suggest every so often.


Wood Restoration Santa Cruz County

March 2017, Scotts Valley

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Golf Course @ Pasatiempo, Spring 2017, 11am

Way more times than not, the deck boards that I(we) monkey around on, and have been monkey(ing) around on every single year for the past 17 years, have all been built too close to one another. 

I don’t claim to know too much about building decks, but I do know a thing or three about how the deck boards should be spaced for optimal maintenance.  I’m going to leave it at that for now…

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IMG_3323IMG_3327We see this a bunch.  A very functional deck that has been cared for in the past with a solid or a semi solid stain.  I forget this exact story, but from what I remember, this RED job was done 8-10 years ago.  Capitola, New Brighton Beach area deck.  Gets tons of sun.  That being said, I knew that just by washing the deck, an additional 85% of red would wash away, and it did.  In addition to that, all the bare wood you see in the pictures would become very clean and ready to go the transparent route.

Had we tried to convert this deck five years go, there may have been too much existing stain.  This company does NOT sand, stain, strip, and/or the like.  If a mistake was made in the past with a stain that was TOO dark or TOO solid, or TOO dark AND solid, the silver lining is that the wood is probably being very well protected.

Unfortunately I do not have any additional shots of this particular project.  It was all washed, and just the floor and top piece of rail were stained with a redwood tone transparent stain.  Water based of course.  The white pickets were also washed, and to save a $$$, the client decided to stain them herself.

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