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A fine-grained timber that is light yellow to a warm golden hue. Garapa is an exotic hardwood that is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack. Garapa is naturally scratch resistant which allows the surface to remain smooth for many years.
Average weight is 54 lbs. per cubic foot
ORIGINSouth America (Brazil)
BOTANICAL NAMEApuleia Leiocarpa
OTHER NAMESBrazilian Ash, Grapia, Amarealao, Marotoa, Muiratua, Muirajuba
MECHANICAL PROPERTIESDue to the high silica content this wood requires carbide tooling when milling it. This silica content also has a dulling effect on drill bits and plug cutters.
WORKING PROPERTIESThis wood is easier to work with than the harder wood decking options we offer such as: Ipe and Cumaru
DURABILITYGreat durability with a very high resistance to daily wear and tear. Garapa also features a Class A fire rating.
SEASONINGAs the wood weathers, it takes on light silvery gray tones. This natural process can be inhibited by using a sealer to keep its natural color.
USESExterior jointery, carpentry, ship building, turned goods, furniture, flooring, stairs, tool handles, exterior decking.
COMMENTSGarapa is native to Brazil.
Our Guide to Garapa Decking Maintenance includes how to cleaning, Brightening, Restoring, and removing stains from your Garapa Decking.
Periodic cleaning with simple soap and water and a stiff brush will keep your deck looking new.
Pressure washers are not recommended. Using a pressure washer can have a sand blasting effect and tear wood fibers, causing a course and uneven surface. A simple garden hose with a spray nozzle should be sufficient.
If you need to remove aged or failing stains or finishes, use a good commercial cleaner designed for hardwoods, such as Woodrich Brand EFC-38.
Use of a cleaning and brightening two-part system, such as Messmer’s Part A – Cleaner and Part B – Brightener, or Woodrich’s EFC-38 Wood Deck and Siding Cleaner/Stripper and Citralic Wood Deck and Siding Restorer. These 2-part products will return silver/gray wood to its near-original color.
Solid color stains (if you can’t see the wood under the stain) should be removed using a stripper such as Woodrich Brand HD-80.
Follow all manufacturers’ instructions for applying cleaners and brighteners.
GARAPA SPECS: Products
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