Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a wood finishing expert. IPE decks are one of the areas of expertise in which he is frequently published in paint and remodeling magazines. He also engages in clinics and speaking appearances on the topic. Ipehelp.com is where IPE owners and installers can engage with Scott.

Ipe Deck Projects by Members of this Site

Written by on August 13, 2016 in Articles with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Projects by Members of this Site

What Happens Behind the Ipe Help Curtain? Here’s a quick reel of some of the ipe deck project situations being addressed this season by paid members of Ipehelp.com. We continue to be impressed, and often downright amazed, at the work our ipe deck owners are able to complete with our support. This is just a […]

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Ipe Deck Planner

Written by on December 29, 2015 in Articles with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Planner

For the ipe deck planner in your household…ipe decks are one of the most exciting and popular projects to plan. We offer these questions for your consideration as you research for your project. 20 Questions for the Ipe Deck Planner Have you laid out the footprint of the deck in the yard? How big will […]

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“Ipe Rules” Class at ’15 Deck Expo in Chicago

Written by on November 22, 2015 in Common Issues, IPE Rules with 0 Comments

Lively Discussion on Ipe Rules Wood snobs Scott Burt and Todd Pudvar, co-founders and trainers at Prep to Finish, taught an ipe class in Chicago at the 2015 Deck Expo held at the Navy Pier on October 1. The class included a power point presentation in support of the presentation on their popular Ipe Rules. […]

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Tips for Ipe Decking Inspection: Selection and Rejection

Written by on September 7, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Tips for Ipe Decking Inspection: Selection and Rejection

What Should You Expect when Purchasing Ipe Decking? The old timers call it “culling the pile”, and even though you paid a premium price for your ipe decking, it is still necessary to give it a close look when it arrives on your site. While it is exotic wood and a premium deck building material, […]

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Redefining the “Custom Ipe Deck”

Written by on September 6, 2015 in Articles with 0 Comments
Redefining the “Custom Ipe Deck”

In the world of exterior home features, it is rare to come across an architectural element that is designed to strike the balance between large in scale and tastefully detailed. That combination could well be the new definition of “custom”, in the exotic wood deck realm – where material selection and final aesthetic are geared […]

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Ipe Deck Maintenance: When is it Time?

Written by on August 30, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
Ipe Deck Maintenance: When is it Time?

Another of the most common questions we receive from ipe deck owners. The answer is pretty simple. When your deck starts to look dull, gray and faded out, it is time to maintain. In other words, you probably know how ipe is supposed to look – rich, deep red and brown tones – and when […]

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What About Deck Stain Product?

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Member Questions with 20 Comments
What About Deck Stain Product?

This is a question that is often addressed too late in the planning/execution of an ipe project. In a new ipe deck build, choosing a deck stain product seems to be a lower order priority in the grand scheme of building. And on a “re-do”, it is often one of the last decisions made in […]

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Reader Question: 3 Days with Tacky Oil

Written by on August 23, 2015 in Member Questions with 0 Comments
Reader Question: 3 Days with Tacky Oil

    Hi Scott, We used Ipe Oil to finish our deck. We did not wipe off enough oil from the wood when we applied it. It now looks shiny and still tacky after three days. Do you think it will harden up? Is there some type of chemical to wipe over and reduce amount […]

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Reader Question: Failed Arborcoat on Ipe…

Written by on August 23, 2015 in Member Questions with 0 Comments
Reader Question: Failed Arborcoat on Ipe…

Scott, please advise. Our 8 year old IPE deck was not properly maintained and when we reached out to our painter last year, he said the original oil product was not appropriate due to the few years since it was done, harsh winters, sun, etc. He convinced us to let him use BM Arborcoat, Waterborne, […]

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Does Exotic Deck Wood Ever Rot?

Written by on July 14, 2015 in IPE Myths with 0 Comments
Does Exotic Deck Wood Ever Rot?

A Cautionary Tale of Rot and Restoration One of the biggest myths about exotic deck woods is that they never rot. It’s not something we see every day, but it does happen. All wood is capable of rotting. That’s what keeps it interesting. A handful of contributing factors have to converge for exotic deck wood […]

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