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Oil-based stain adds nice finish

WELL, Mother Nature has decided that we will most certainly have a fairly cool and wet summer this year. However, we can still get out and enjoy the sun when it does come out and spend some quality time on our decks.

WELL, Mother Nature has decided that we will most certainly have a fairly cool and wet summer this year.

However, we can still get out and enjoy the sun when it does come out and spend some quality time on our decks.

If your deck is made of wood, you may want to check out a new deck product that has hit the market from a local East Vancouver business.

Vancouver's CBR Products is now marketing Broda Pro-Tek-Tor, an innovative water-based oil stain that does not require wood to be totally dry for application.

This dismal Vancouver summer has many homeowners putting off staining their decks, siding or fences. Most are waiting for a string of sunny days that may not come. With Broda Pro-Tek-Tor you can stain your deck now and not have to wait for Mother Nature to co-operate. This stain is a natural oil wood product that uses water as its carrier so cooler weather and wood that is not perfectly dry are no problem.

CBR President Bill Willis actually advises his customers to stain their decks when the weather is inclement. Depending on the surface of the deck, fence or siding, you may only require one day of dry weather to finish the job.

The trick for pressuretreated wood that has never been treated is to power wash the deck first then let dry just on the surface. The product will soak right in. For a brand new deck, or wood that needs to be refinished, just be sure the deck is dry enough to be sanded then stained. All you need is two to three days of clear weather to finish the job. After you have coated the deck be sure the project is protected so there is no rain on the Broda surface until it's dry.

The Broda line also carries a water-based Clarity acrylic and Pro-Thane Urethane finishes. All Broda products are low-VOC and clean up beautifully with soap and water. It's a great eco-friendly and nontoxic alternative to the more traditional solvent-based wood stains on the market.

For more information call 1-888-311-5339 or visit www. cbrproducts.com

lunter@shaw.ca