Palette Pro Painting & Renovation Inc. owner Rodrigo Vasconcellos manages paint projects, repairs and finished carpentry work for residential renovations and remodels, as well as new builds. Located in New York near the Connecticut border, Vasconcellos tackles a number of deck projects over the spring and summer months. His favorite product is PPG* ProLuxe Cetol DEK Wood Finish. “The durability is amazing,” he says. Depending on the project, though, he might go with PPG* ProLuxe Cetol SRD Wood Finish. “It’s a one-coat application with UV protection and water repellant,” he says. And while the PPG products are great for cedar and pine, for decks made of ipe, mahogany or exotic woods, Vasconcellos likes Penofin products. “We like the overall finish that they give. Plus, there’s great UV protection. The key to maintaining a finished look on ipe decks or exotic woods is maintaining the stain every year,” he says.
“Winters are relatively harsh. Snow, sleet and ice can beat up your deck.” –SAM REUTER, PAINTER PRO
6 DAN BRADY
Decks in Traverse City, MI, pile up with snow every season. That’s why Dan Brady sticks with semi-transparent, oil-based stains for his customers. “Anything waterborne will peel,” he says. “I tell customers to think about what would happen if you dumped a foot of snow on your hardwood floor inside your house. That is what a deck goes through.” Brady, who has owned Dan Brady Painting & Wood Restoration for nearly 20 years, typically opts for PPG* ProLuxe Cetol SRD Wood Finish. “There’s a richness to it,” he says. “To apply, we roll it on, then back brush.” Brady sets expectations with his customers, noting that the color will hold relatively well for two years and then will start to fade. If a customer wants to keep their deck in top shape, he recommends maintenance coats every two years; otherwise, at least every five years is a good rule, he says. -
*Formerly Sikkens 30
inPAINT | May 2018