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.

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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Reader Question: How to Correct the Bad Pressure Wash Job

Written by on July 12, 2015 in Member Questions with 0 Comments
Reader Question: How to Correct the Bad Pressure Wash Job

Q: I have a ipe deck that was installed 9 years ago with streaks where someone pressure washed it poorly in the past and also variation in color where a tinted oil was applied at some point. Do you think the best course of action at this point is to pressure wash the whole deck […]

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IPE End Grain: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Written by on July 4, 2015 in Common Issues with 0 Comments
IPE End Grain: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

A picture is said to be worth a thousand words. In this case, it is definitely worth a few IPE questions. Here’s a short case study that captures some of the most common questions about IPE end grain and joints, and best installation practices for longevity.  So, let’s take a look at what is wrong […]

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IPE Myth: It Just Doesn’t Accept Oil

Written by on June 28, 2015 in IPE Myths with 0 Comments
IPE Myth: It Just Doesn’t Accept Oil

I was doing some reading the other day on one of the social media sites, I think it was Pinterest. There, I came across a discussion about IPE, wherein the group was discussing the challenges of making oils work in IPE. One contributor concluded: “Oil just doesn’t penetrate IPE…” This is a classic IPE myth. […]

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IPE Advice: The Worst Things in Life are Free Too.

Written by on June 27, 2015 in Common Issues, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
IPE Advice: The Worst Things in Life are Free Too.

Many of our reader inquiries are about seasonal maintenance on existing IPE decks. The stories are similar: “We installed our IPE deck last Fall and it looked great. Now, it has turned gray, has scratches and stains in it…how do we bring it back to its rich brown/red tone?” IPE Maintenance There are several ways […]

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Welcome to IPE Help

Written by on June 21, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Welcome to IPE Help

Thank you for contacting IPE Help , I look forward to working with you to figure out how to maximize your investment in the IPE lifestyle. I have been working with IPE decks for a couple of decades now, and the purpose of this site is to archive the essentials from those experiences, and to […]

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Ipe Deck “Checking”

Written by on June 12, 2015 in Common Issues with 2 Comments
Ipe Deck “Checking”

If you are here, you have probably read some of our ipe archives and have heard us refer to ipe deck “checking” as  a common and critical condition. It is very rare to see it in the early years of an ipe deck’s existence, but very common in the 5-15 year old decks, varying with […]

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