Your planters and receptacles are built
with marine-anodized aluminum legs and solid
Jatoba, Lyptus, Cumaru, or Ipe wood
planks and stainless steel fasteners using dielectric
anti-corrosion paste that prevents galvanic action
between the stainless steel and the aluminum. HDPE feet
isolate the leg from water while the recycled plastic
commercial grade liner isolates the wood from water and
The wood has been finished with
Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofer Plus Clear Wood
Protector, which darkens the wood minimally while adding
protective oils and UV inhibitors to repel water and
slow fading from the sun. Just as with teak, these
woods will go “grey” in time if not repeatedly
waterproofed, and the planks will take on a more uniform
We use Thompson’s as it has relatively
low VOC and can be used indoors at our shop safely.
There are many other, longer-lasting oil based
waterproofing materials that we cannot use indoors.
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To renew the finish, let the wood dry
after washing with plain soap and water before
reapplying the same Thompson’s finish, or another
waterproofer of your choice, with a clean rag. After
waterproofing the wood, wipe the leg down with alcohol,
mineral spirits or MEK to remove excess waterproofing.
The whole process only takes about 10
Afterwards, be sure to dispose of used
rags per the package instructions to prevent spontaneous
NEVER USE VARNISH OR POLYURETHANE to
refinish the wood.
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Wood Finish Options
If you wish to renew the natural color of
the wood after it has faded and gone grey you will need
to remove the outer layer of wood without damaging the
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should be done sparingly as it is more destructive than
sanding as it removes more than soft wood the hard wood
leaving a raised grain to catch more dirt.
To clean the aluminum,
do NOT use
such as ammonia,
such as Soft Scrub or Comet.
Also avoid contact with de-icing
Just mild dish soap and water, or products such as
Simple Green, Formula 409, etc. will clean the aluminum
as well as the wood. If you get sealer, paint, markers,
or the like on the legs, MEK on a clean rag is the best
solvent for heavy duty clean up. Wear gloves when
applying MEK. Mineral spirits are also safe to use.
NOTE: Water may wash out red color from
the wood for the first few weeks, leaving stains on the
deck below. Phosphoric acid will remove these stains
easily from pavers, cement, and porcelain tile, but will
quickly eat into the anodizing on the aluminum legs. We
recommend that you move the planters first, if possible,
and use care. Use MEK early and often in the initial
months to prevent stains on the aluminum.