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It depends on what kind of paint you'll be using. If you're going with a two-part linear polyurethane paint, I would remove all the hardware and wood. The paint really works much better if it is applied to the entire deck, rather than applied to the deck around things like deck hardware, and will last much longer. It is a lot more work, but that's what I would do.
I don't think that TSP will harm varnish as a general rule...but it isn't very friendly to the environment.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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