Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
For weather deterioration, I use a sandblaster. Just a small unit. It will eat the soft wood rings like there is no tomorrow, and leave the harder rings standing proud. Only takes a few minutes.
If you have to buy a small sandblaster, get the pressure pot type. The syphon feed type is just a joke. These small sand pots can be had for under $100 at Harbor Freight, problem is that you will need an air compressor with about 8-10 CFM at 90 PSI.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx