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Ipe Stain Tips and Help

Need Help with restoring your IPE deck or wood?

IPE is a very dense wood that originates from Brazil. This wood is naturally resistant to rot and decay and when treated correctly, is absolutely stunning! The key to maintaining your IPE is in choosing a stain oil finish that penetrates into the IPE properly and can be cleaned and re-coated with ease.

Have some questions on which stain to use and how to prep?

Please answer these few questions.

  1. Age of the IPE wood?
  2. Condition of the IPE?
  3. Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain?
  4. Small description of the area to be treated.

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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting dbrlaw:
We have an IPE deck off the second floor which wraps around the house with steps down to the back yard, and then around the house to the front with steps up to the front door of the house, forming the front stoop outside the front door. There's also IPE railings all around and an IPE bench. We have loved it. It was installed in 2001 and finished with the Penofin Hardwood product in the gold can. We finished it religiously for about five years, but it got to be too much and we then let it go to a silver finish. It's not uniform at all and high traffic areas are obvious. We have pressure washed it three or four times. It was installed with screws with IPE plugs over the screws. Some of the plugs have come out and many need to be sanded flat. It's wet most of the year and dry in the summer. It's time to restore it.
We are planning to have it sanded and then refinished. Do you have any suggestions both about sanding and refinishing, and which products would work best?

No need to sand. Prep with this: https://www.ipestain.com/ipe-deck-cleaner

with pressure washing. Stain with Defy Hardwood Stain: https://www.ipestain.com/defy-hardwood
opwdecks , September 9th , 2018
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17 year old deck in Seattle
We have an IPE deck off the second floor which wraps around the house with steps down to the back yard, and then around the house to the front with steps up to the front door of the house, forming the front stoop outside the front door. There's also IPE railings all around and an IPE bench. We have loved it. It was installed in 2001 and finished with the Penofin Hardwood product in the gold can. We finished it religiously for about five years, but it got to be too much and we then let it go to a silver finish. It's not uniform at all and high traffic areas are obvious. We have pressure washed it three or four times. It was installed with screws with IPE plugs over the screws. Some of the plugs have come out and many need to be sanded flat. It's wet most of the year and dry in the summer. It's time to restore it.
We are planning to have it sanded and then refinished. Do you have any suggestions both about sanding and refinishing, and which products would work best?
dbrlaw , September 9th , 2018
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dock on saltwater in FL
IPE wood is at least 8 years old. The condition is ok. It's been pressure washed and Oxy scrubbed several times to remove the grey aging. It has never been stained. Area to be treated is a dock that occasionally is immersed in salt water (high high tide...possibly 6-8x's a year).
mattinella , June 19th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Marvin Pace:
1. We bought the planking from the hardwood dealer 10 months ago and had it installed on our deck immediately
2. The wood is in good condition
3. Not stained but treated with Thompson's WaterSeal but this did not seem to absorb well so we ended up skimming most of it off and the wood--except for under the roof overhang--no longer shows the original rich brown that it retained for the first few months, is quite bleached.
4. The deck is approximately 21 x 25 feet plus steps with 5 1/2 inch boards.

For prep, you will need the stripper and then the brightener. For the stain, use the Armstrong Clark or the Defy Hardwood Stains.
opwdecks , May 14th , 2018
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Mr.
1. We bought the planking from the hardwood dealer 10 months ago and had it installed on our deck immediately
2. The wood is in good condition
3. Not stained but treated with Thompson's WaterSeal but this did not seem to absorb well so we ended up skimming most of it off and the wood--except for under the roof overhang--no longer shows the original rich brown that it retained for the first few months, is quite bleached.
4. The deck is approximately 21 x 25 feet plus steps with 5 1/2 inch boards.
Marvin Pace , May 14th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting David Bier:
The Ipe decking and fence are brand new Kiln Dried Material. The bench top and fence top have been stored in the owners garage for over 20 years. The bench and fence cap have been sanded to remove old stains and to even out surface differences. The wood has never been stained. The deck is in Tucson, Arizona, with the Monsoon approaching Mid-May and in full swing the first of July. Must I Pre-treat prior to staining?

Yes. Use the IPE Cleaner:
https://www.ipestain.com/ipe-deck-cleaner
opwdecks , May 12th , 2018
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Stainmaster
The Ipe decking and fence are brand new Kiln Dried Material. The bench top and fence top have been stored in the owners garage for over 20 years. The bench and fence cap have been sanded to remove old stains and to even out surface differences. The wood has never been stained. The deck is in Tucson, Arizona, with the Monsoon approaching Mid-May and in full swing the first of July. Must I Pre-treat prior to staining?
David Bier , May 11th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mitchell Reaves:
The IPE wood deck paver tiles are new and has never been stained. The IPE deck paver tiles are on pedestals on top of a Thermo Polyolyefin roof membrane

Prep with the IPE cleaner and stain with Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , May 10th , 2018
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President
The IPE wood deck paver tiles are new and has never been stained. The IPE deck paver tiles are on pedestals on top of a Thermo Polyolyefin roof membrane
Mitchell Reaves , May 10th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Fran Basso:
Age of 16x40' deck is 13 years. It has been prof. Power washed 3 x's.
It is weathered silver ash grey and has never been stained. We would like to seal and /or stain for a rich deep brown color as it appears when it has been freshly power washed.

Hello, use the IPE Oil or Defy Hardwood:
opwdecks , May 6th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Age of 16x40' deck is 13 years. It has been prof. Power washed 3 x's.
It is weathered silver ash grey and has never been stained. We would like to seal and /or stain for a rich deep brown color as it appears when it has been freshly power washed.
Fran Basso , May 5th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting jon quint:
1. ten years old
2. good
3. yes. recently stained
4. deck 8 feet x 25 feet

Try the Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood Stains.
opwdecks , April 9th , 2018
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owner
1. ten years old
2. good
3. yes. recently stained
4. deck 8 feet x 25 feet
jon quint , April 9th , 2018
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting :
6 months
new and untreated
not stained
450 sq foot deck, in sun 1/2 day, in Washington DC area.

Prep first with our IPE Cleaner. Stain with Defy Hardwood stain or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , November 6th , 2017
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best stain for IPE
6 months
new and untreated
not stained
450 sq foot deck, in sun 1/2 day, in Washington DC area.
emanes@worldbank.org , November 6th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Arun Antonio:
Hi,
I have a brand new IPE deck that I built and would like to keep the natural look of the IPE wood, what stain should I use?
Also, I was told that I should sand the wood before staining, so I sanded it and I have it ready, would this affect what kind of stain I can use ?
One last question, can you please tell me anything I need to do to prep the wood before I apply the stain.
Thank you very much.

All the stains we carry will enhance the grain. See samples here for how much:
http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-stain-samples

Best to use our IPE Cleaner after the sanding for final prep.
opwdecks , October 9th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Hi,
I have a brand new IPE deck that I built and would like to keep the natural look of the IPE wood, what stain should I use?
Also, I was told that I should sand the wood before staining, so I sanded it and I have it ready, would this affect what kind of stain I can use ?
One last question, can you please tell me anything I need to do to prep the wood before I apply the stain.
Thank you very much.
Arun Antonio , October 9th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting John Paresky:
My IPE outside porch floor is about 6 years old. We originally sanded it to remove mill glaze and stained it with Sikkens stain. The stain never really took. It didn't penetrate into the wood. The IPE weathered and was pretty dirty so I power washed it. It now is grey and blotchy.
What can I do to restore the IPE to its natural finish? Also what should I do if I want to stain it?

Prep with the IPE Stain Remover:
http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-stain-remover

Stain with Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood Stains.
opwdecks , August 27th , 2017
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Home Owner
My IPE outside porch floor is about 6 years old. We originally sanded it to remove mill glaze and stained it with Sikkens stain. The stain never really took. It didn't penetrate into the wood. The IPE weathered and was pretty dirty so I power washed it. It now is grey and blotchy.
What can I do to restore the IPE to its natural finish? Also what should I do if I want to stain it?
John Paresky , August 27th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Vince Obsitnik:
Our deck is about 12 years old. It has been powerwashed. Do you recommend putting two costs of IPE Oil on the deck?

Just one coat.
opwdecks , May 27th , 2017
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IPE Staining
Our deck is about 12 years old. It has been powerwashed. Do you recommend putting two costs of IPE Oil on the deck?
Vince Obsitnik , May 26th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Maureen Mammen:
Our IPE came prestained with Penofin hardwood stain. The decks need to be cleaned and restrained. How should we clean and what stain should be use? It has been 3 years since first installed and looks very dark and dull. Any suggestions? We live on edge of salt water

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner:
http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-deck-cleaner

Stain with Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , May 12th , 2017
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Home owner
Our IPE came prestained with Penofin hardwood stain. The decks need to be cleaned and restrained. How should we clean and what stain should be use? It has been 3 years since first installed and looks very dark and dull. Any suggestions? We live on edge of salt water
Maureen Mammen , May 12th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Don Gibson:
My IPE deck is 4 years old and never been stained. We have a food stain (steak juice). Any recommendation for cleaning? Otherwise the deck is in good condition. It is a covered deck.

You can use the Ipe Cleaner for the prep, but not sure if the steak juice will come out. If deep into the wood grain, it will not be possible to remove with a cleaner.
opwdecks , May 12th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
My IPE deck is 4 years old and never been stained. We have a food stain (steak juice). Any recommendation for cleaning? Otherwise the deck is in good condition. It is a covered deck.
Don Gibson , May 12th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting vc randell:
ipe deck is about 7 years old been stained twice. Originally with messmers and later with sickens. it has been untreated for about 4 years. NOt sure where to begin and whether it needs sanding or not. Any feedback would be great.

Prep with the Ipe Stripper and IPE Brightener. Stain with Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , May 10th , 2017
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deck is a mess
ipe deck is about 7 years old been stained twice. Originally with messmers and later with sickens. it has been untreated for about 4 years. NOt sure where to begin and whether it needs sanding or not. Any feedback would be great.
vc randell , May 10th , 2017
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deck is a mess
deck is about 7 years old and has been stained twice. Originally with messmers and later with sickens. its been untreated for last 4 years and looks it . Not sure where to begin. I also am not sure if it needs to be sanded down. whats the best way to approach this.
vc randell , May 10th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jim Lumsden:
1 IPE wood deck is new ~3-5 months
2 very good condition but ends are showing first signs of separation
3 has not been stained or treated
4 ground level deck, extending around pool and along house for 40 feet to pool house at end of pool

Prep with the IPE cleaner and stain with Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood.
opwdecks , May 10th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
1 IPE wood deck is new ~3-5 months
2 very good condition but ends are showing first signs of separation
3 has not been stained or treated
4 ground level deck, extending around pool and along house for 40 feet to pool house at end of pool
Jim Lumsden , May 10th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting marc:
We have a new unsealed IPE deck that has been exposed to construction work around it. As a consequence, it has a number of water stains. I was wondering what the best way to remove the stains would be?
Thanks!

You could try a cleaner and a brightener but if the water stains are deep into the wood, they may not come out fully.
opwdecks , May 10th , 2017
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Water stain removal
We have a new unsealed IPE deck that has been exposed to construction work around it. As a consequence, it has a number of water stains. I was wondering what the best way to remove the stains would be?
Thanks!
marc , May 10th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kat Chapman:
We have IPE decks and posts about 15 years old.
We have used penofin in the past but it turns dark quickly. We have power washed, sanded and still it looks bad in less the a year.
How do we get better results.

Strip off all the of the Penofin with the Ipe Stripper and then brighten with the IPE Brightener. Try the Defy Hardwood Stains. It will not turn black but fade lightly through the year. IPE will need to be cleaned and reapplied every year.
opwdecks , May 4th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
We have IPE decks and posts about 15 years old.
We have used penofin in the past but it turns dark quickly. We have power washed, sanded and still it looks bad in less the a year.
How do we get better results.
Kat Chapman , May 4th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Paul Lang:
deck rail. previously coated with Messmers UV mahogany Red stain. Using same again to finish

Prep with the IPE Cleaner before applying.
opwdecks , May 3rd , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
deck rail. previously coated with Messmers UV mahogany Red stain. Using same again to finish
Paul Lang , May 3rd , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Cheryl:
10 years old
Stained 4 years ago with Australian timber oil natural look
Deck size is 3000 sq ft

Prep with the IPE Cleaner. You will need about 4 of these. Stain with Armstrong Clark in Amber. About 10 gallons.
opwdecks , April 23rd , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
10 years old
Stained 4 years ago with Australian timber oil natural look
Deck size is 3000 sq ft
Cheryl , April 23rd , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Michael Still:
1.) 15 years old
2) Excellent condition
3) it has been stained twice previously, last time for years ago with Olympic 5yr oil semi transparent.

Strip and brighten the wood for the prep. Stain with Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , April 17th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
1.) 15 years old
2) Excellent condition
3) it has been stained twice previously, last time for years ago with Olympic 5yr oil semi transparent.
Michael Still , April 16th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Cork Motsett:
We have a fairly large 3 level aide deck totaling +/- 3,500 sq ft that is 7 years old.

The Ipe deck is in excelllent condition but gets dirty over the winter, Last year, spring, wee power washed, cleaned and added brightener then stained the entire deck. It looks good but is dirty again. I sure don't want to repeat that experience and expense again.

How can I clean the deck without screwing up yet stai?

Thanks/

More than likley you will need to restain if you clean. The IPE wood requires an annual coating in most scenarios.
opwdecks , April 15th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
We have a fairly large 3 level aide deck totaling +/- 3,500 sq ft that is 7 years old.

The Ipe deck is in excelllent condition but gets dirty over the winter, Last year, spring, wee power washed, cleaned and added brightener then stained the entire deck. It looks good but is dirty again. I sure don't want to repeat that experience and expense again.

How can I clean the deck without screwing up yet stai?

Thanks/
Cork Motsett , April 15th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Michael Berman:
My Ipe deck is probably 20 years old and has never been stained. What would you recommend to revive the color? The deck is 20 x 40

Try Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood Stain. Prep with the Ipe Cleaner First.
opwdecks , April 14th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
My Ipe deck is probably 20 years old and has never been stained. What would you recommend to revive the color? The deck is 20 x 40
Michael Berman , April 14th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Steven Bathiche:
Hello. Installed new IPE deck. Treated ends. Only stained one side with Seafin Ship N Shore. Been a little over a year. Deck is grayed. In Seattle so deck gets a fair bit of water but also there is no shade and south facing deck. I see some areas of checking. Would like to restore.

Looking for a stain (or stick with Seafin?). Happy for any recommend products. Would like the stain to tend towards walnut rather than the red tones.

If looking towards the Walnut color, then use the Armstrong Clark in Black Walnut. Prep first with the IPE Cleaner
opwdecks , April 10th , 2017
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Newer IPE deck
Hello. Installed new IPE deck. Treated ends. Only stained one side with Seafin Ship N Shore. Been a little over a year. Deck is grayed. In Seattle so deck gets a fair bit of water but also there is no shade and south facing deck. I see some areas of checking. Would like to restore.

Looking for a stain (or stick with Seafin?). Happy for any recommend products. Would like the stain to tend towards walnut rather than the red tones.
Steven Bathiche , April 10th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Monte:
The IPE wood is about 10 years old- It is in very good condition and is a small low lying deck built around my above ground pool- It was stained I believe about 7 to 8 years ago with Messmers -- also not sure how to measure the exact coverage I need. Please advise. I am going to do this myself and that is why I need to know how to get the proper measurements.

Typically length x width for the sq. footage of the entire area (deck with pool in middle), then minus out the sq. footage of the pool area. Prep with the IPE cleaner and try the Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , April 3rd , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Hall V. Worthington:
IPE Gate installed ten years ago. Good condition, but I had to sand of the Penofin that had turned black; all black sanded off. Gate in opening, measures about 5'x6'.

Still have Penofin in stock, but not happy with turning black.

Any recommendations appreciated.

Thanks,

Hall

Defy Hardwood Stain will not turn black.
opwdecks , March 3rd , 2017
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Home Owner
IPE Gate installed ten years ago. Good condition, but I had to sand of the Penofin that had turned black; all black sanded off. Gate in opening, measures about 5'x6'.

Still have Penofin in stock, but not happy with turning black.

Any recommendations appreciated.

Thanks,

Hall
Hall V. Worthington , March 2nd , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Marc Steurer:
Hello

I am building a new Ipe deck and fence in my backyard. We would want the ipe to look natural (no color), also don't like the oily finishes.

What would be our best option? Should we install the Ipe without any treatment? Are there any good treatments that will result in a very natural look?
(It's ok for the Ipe to gray and age)

Thanks so much!
Marc

We do not sell any IPE stains without color. The color/tint is what helps with UV protection from graying. Without it, there is no UV protection. If you want a true clear sealer and you are okay with graying, look at a different brand called Defy Extreme Clear. It is not sold here but you can find it on this site defystain.com
opwdecks , February 18th , 2017
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Natural color Ipe
Hello

I am building a new Ipe deck and fence in my backyard. We would want the ipe to look natural (no color), also don't like the oily finishes.

What would be our best option? Should we install the Ipe without any treatment? Are there any good treatments that will result in a very natural look?
(It's ok for the Ipe to gray and age)

Thanks so much!
Marc
Marc Steurer , February 18th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Greg Spivey Remodeli:
I used the 1x3 tongue and groove ipe flooring on a screen porch.The water that blew in before I had a chance to get it sealed.There are water marks on floor that wont wipe offf with water.Do you have any suggestions
Tim S

You could try a deck cleaner and wood brightener to see if that removes the spots. If not, you will need to sand.
opwdecks , February 16th , 2017
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partner
I used the 1x3 tongue and groove ipe flooring on a screen porch.The water that blew in before I had a chance to get it sealed.There are water marks on floor that wont wipe offf with water.Do you have any suggestions
Tim S
Greg Spivey Remodeli , February 16th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Joan Olson:
Age of deck - 10 years
Condition - exterior deck, lost all natural color & finish
protected deck - retains nice finish
front porch - retains some finish but parts lack finish
Previoustly stained with Flood CWF hardwood stain
Exterior back porch and front porch will be treated

What is the best refinishing stain to use?
Thank you, Joan

Look at Defy Hardwood Stain or Armstrong Clark. Make sure and prep by removing all of the Flood stain before applying a new coating.
opwdecks , February 14th , 2017
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Dr
Age of deck - 10 years
Condition - exterior deck, lost all natural color & finish
protected deck - retains nice finish
front porch - retains some finish but parts lack finish
Previoustly stained with Flood CWF hardwood stain
Exterior back porch and front porch will be treated

What is the best refinishing stain to use?
Thank you, Joan
Joan Olson , February 14th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Raffi Guedikian:
It s a long IPe fence that was installed 2 years ago and I'm having a problem keeping the satin on. I stained it twice already with clear Thompson and Huntsman brand waterproofing stain, but within few months, it peels. I haven't tried your product. What would you recommend? The fence is exposed to a lot of sun and we are in Los Angeles. Thank you.

Before you can use any of the stains we offer, you will need to remove 100% of the current sealer and stain. Our products are penetrating stains and cannot be applied on top of filming coating(s) that you currently have. How to remove will most likely consistent of stripping, pressure washing, and sanding. Once remove, try the Armstrong Clark or the Defy Hardwood stains.
opwdecks , February 11th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
It s a long IPe fence that was installed 2 years ago and I'm having a problem keeping the satin on. I stained it twice already with clear Thompson and Huntsman brand waterproofing stain, but within few months, it peels. I haven't tried your product. What would you recommend? The fence is exposed to a lot of sun and we are in Los Angeles. Thank you.
Raffi Guedikian , February 11th , 2017
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jeremy:
I have Jensen Leisure IPE furniture - 5 yrs old, I recently disassembled the table & stools, lightly sanded and applied The "old style" Jensen IPE Protector, looks great but will run out of current stock before I finish second coat on all pieces. Now I discover that Jensen no longer makes the IPE protector and their solution is to remove what I just finished and apply their Penofin product. I prefer the darker color of the IPE protector to their new product and don't want to redo the disassembly and refinishing process.

What can I use over the water based IPE protector? Is there a current stain that approximates the dark brown of the original IPE protector, that doesn't require removal of the newly applied IPE protector first?

Thx,

You cannot stain over this. You will need to remove first so the wood is free of the coating.
opwdecks , November 4th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I have Jensen Leisure IPE furniture - 5 yrs old, I recently disassembled the table & stools, lightly sanded and applied The "old style" Jensen IPE Protector, looks great but will run out of current stock before I finish second coat on all pieces. Now I discover that Jensen no longer makes the IPE protector and their solution is to remove what I just finished and apply their Penofin product. I prefer the darker color of the IPE protector to their new product and don't want to redo the disassembly and refinishing process.

What can I use over the water based IPE protector? Is there a current stain that approximates the dark brown of the original IPE protector, that doesn't require removal of the newly applied IPE protector first?

Thx,
Jeremy , November 3rd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Patti:
I've is about 5 years old. Great shape. Iis on a deck. Would like a cherry colored finish. Has been power washed. Light gray finish currently.

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner and pressure washing. Stain with Armstrong Clark in Mahogany or Defy Hardwood in Light Walnut,
opwdecks , October 7th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I've is about 5 years old. Great shape. Iis on a deck. Would like a cherry colored finish. Has been power washed. Light gray finish currently.
Patti , October 7th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Gary Gerstein:
12 years old
Stain if worn off in places
50 foot deck 2-12 feet above ground

Prep by removing the old stain. Stain with Armstrong Clark or Defy.
opwdecks , September 11th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
12 years old
Stain if worn off in places
50 foot deck 2-12 feet above ground
Gary Gerstein , September 11th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Sean Pieper:
Hello,

I have about a 3-4 year old Ipe wood ~200 sq. ft. deck. The original coating did not last a season so now it is gray and dirty. I want to have it cleaned and sealed.

So what products and process should be used to clean the deck first to bring the wood color back?

Then should it be oiled before sealing it?
What products for oiling and then sealing?

Thank you
Sean Pieper

Use Our Ipe Clean for the prep. You do not need to oil and then stain. Just use the stains. Look at Armstrong Clark, IPE Oil, etc
opwdecks , September 2nd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Hello,

I have about a 3-4 year old Ipe wood ~200 sq. ft. deck. The original coating did not last a season so now it is gray and dirty. I want to have it cleaned and sealed.

So what products and process should be used to clean the deck first to bring the wood color back?

Then should it be oiled before sealing it?
What products for oiling and then sealing?

Thank you
Sean Pieper
Sean Pieper , September 2nd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting john scripp:
Our historic lighthouse tower and keepers' quaters are being repainted 9 yrs. after restoration. 3 porches on the quarters (now a maritime museum) are floored with ipe and were never finished and are gray in color. We think our options are to leave it uncoated or to power wash or lightly sand it and appy a clear protective coast--that will allow some grain to show through.

If you recommend the later, what product do you recommend and what practical application tips?

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner and and stain with IPE Oil or Defy Hardwood Stains.
opwdecks , August 18th , 2016
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Pres. North Point Lighthouse Friends
Our historic lighthouse tower and keepers' quaters are being repainted 9 yrs. after restoration. 3 porches on the quarters (now a maritime museum) are floored with ipe and were never finished and are gray in color. We think our options are to leave it uncoated or to power wash or lightly sand it and appy a clear protective coast--that will allow some grain to show through.

If you recommend the later, what product do you recommend and what practical application tips?
john scripp , August 17th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Patrick Hodges:
Age of the IPE wood? 10 years
Condition of the IPE?excellent
Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain? rosewood oil was applied when new
four (4) adirondack chairs custom-built in 2006

Prep well to clean and remove the old stain. Try the Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , August 15th , 2016
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Landscape Architect
Age of the IPE wood? 10 years
Condition of the IPE?excellent
Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain? rosewood oil was applied when new
four (4) adirondack chairs custom-built in 2006
Patrick Hodges , August 14th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Charles Gray:
IPE front porch is new - just installed, condition is excellent.
Untreated porch is uncovered and faces south, about 150 sq.ft.

Use the Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , July 5th , 2016
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Mr.
IPE front porch is new - just installed, condition is excellent.
Untreated porch is uncovered and faces south, about 150 sq.ft.
Charles Gray , July 5th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting maurice:
My Ipe deck has been stained with Cabot amber once, two years ago. I just finished powerwashing it back down to the raw wood. Two questions...do I need to us a Brightener and do i need any other prep work. Also, what is the coverage using the armstrong IPE product. Although is says about 200 sq/ft, i read that a gallon on ipe covers about 300. Please advise. thank you

For IPE you will get 300+ per gallon. If the wood is clean, you will not need further prep.
opwdecks , June 13th , 2016
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homeowner
My Ipe deck has been stained with Cabot amber once, two years ago. I just finished powerwashing it back down to the raw wood. Two questions...do I need to us a Brightener and do i need any other prep work. Also, what is the coverage using the armstrong IPE product. Although is says about 200 sq/ft, i read that a gallon on ipe covers about 300. Please advise. thank you
maurice , June 13th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting michelle:
I have IPE deck fairly new. The wood is looking dull. the guy that installed it only put 1 coat of sheer stain and it needed 2. I cant' get a hold of the guy or confirm if he used a color stain or not. What should I do and where can I get stain for my wood? I live in Houston, Tx. thanks

You will need to remove the coating he applied by sanding or possibly stripping, if it can be stripped. Once removed, use any of the stains we sell on our site.
opwdecks , June 9th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I have IPE deck fairly new. The wood is looking dull. the guy that installed it only put 1 coat of sheer stain and it needed 2. I cant' get a hold of the guy or confirm if he used a color stain or not. What should I do and where can I get stain for my wood? I live in Houston, Tx. thanks
michelle , June 9th , 2016
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VP
I found the IPE Oil to be the best. I have used several over the years and have been disappointed with the results. This time I used IPE Oil and am thrilled with the natural vibrant colors and clear grain.

I cleaned the porch twice with Defy cleaner and then brightened it with Defy Brightener. I used a 1/4" nap roller.
Bob Miller , June 7th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Pauline:
we have a new pie installed , we love in foggy san francisco ca, want advise on what sealer would be best

Try the Defy Hardwood stain or Armstrong Clark in Amber or Mahogany color.
opwdecks , June 6th , 2016
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owner
we have a new pie installed , we love in foggy san francisco ca, want advise on what sealer would be best
Pauline , June 6th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Bob Worley:
the decking is about 15 years old we have just purchased the home and would like to restore the decking. the decking is aged by weather and has the gray weathered look it appears that the deck was coated with a solid colored material but is flaking off. the area to be treated is a front and back porch that are covered.

The only way to remove a solid stain is to sand it all off. Once removed, you can use one of our stain like the Ipe Oil or Defy Hardwood stains.
opwdecks , June 3rd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
the decking is about 15 years old we have just purchased the home and would like to restore the decking. the decking is aged by weather and has the gray weathered look it appears that the deck was coated with a solid colored material but is flaking off. the area to be treated is a front and back porch that are covered.
Bob Worley , June 3rd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting david w howard:
15 year covered porch. 2 to 3 feet of porch edges receive some rain depending on direction of wind. Wood has never been treated. Considering treating to protect edges as well as rest of porch. Recommendations on what to do to the edges and what type of stain, etc. to use

Prep with the IPE Cleaner and stain with Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood stains.
opwdecks , May 31st , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
15 year covered porch. 2 to 3 feet of porch edges receive some rain depending on direction of wind. Wood has never been treated. Considering treating to protect edges as well as rest of porch. Recommendations on what to do to the edges and what type of stain, etc. to use
david w howard , May 31st , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Bill:
New 5/4 ipe decking and workbench surface, sanded to +/- 120 grit, not previously finished. would appreciate recommendations for a durable, satin finish for workbench surface and similar for decking.

Thanks!
Bill

Use the Defy Hardwood stain.
opwdecks , May 31st , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
New 5/4 ipe decking and workbench surface, sanded to +/- 120 grit, not previously finished. would appreciate recommendations for a durable, satin finish for workbench surface and similar for decking.

Thanks!
Bill
Bill , May 31st , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jennifer Robinette:
We have installed the IPE deck last year but the wood looks really dirty and black after only a year. Can I have some suggestion how to clean it and restore it to the natural color? And how can we keep it that way for future years?

Thanks
Jennifer

IPE requires annual maintenance. Prep with the Ipe Cleaner and stain with the Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark. Repeat every year.
opwdecks , May 8th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jamie:
I have new decking that I am about to install. The decking has been stacked with stickers between layers and has plywood covering with good circulation for about 6 months. Still looks brand new. I would like to apply a product to all four sides to help protect/prolong life with out surface cracking, not to concerned about greying. What would you suggest to use and at what intervals?

Sealling all fours sides will not make a difference in longevity of the stain or the wood. Best to install, wait a couple of months, prep and clean and stain then. Look at Amber color in Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , May 8th , 2016
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Restain IPE floor
We have installed the IPE deck last year but the wood looks really dirty and black after only a year. Can I have some suggestion how to clean it and restore it to the natural color? And how can we keep it that way for future years?

Thanks
Jennifer
Jennifer Robinette , May 7th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Dirk Massie:
2 year old IPE deck stairs have turned gray. installers stained the wood but I'm not sure what product they used.

Prep with our IPE Cleaner and stain with Defy Hardwood Stain or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , May 1st , 2016
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owner
2 year old IPE deck stairs have turned gray. installers stained the wood but I'm not sure what product they used.
Dirk Massie , April 30th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Carrie:
4 year old ipe front steps, have used Penofin every year since install. The stain does not last more than 7-8 months. We are in the NW, a lot of rain, partly covered by overhangs. There are a couple of plant pot ring marks, some discoloration. Is there any benefits of sanding, do I need a brightener/conditioner? Tipically I wash it with dilute oxy clean and mild soap, rinse, dry and apply Penofin. I'm willing to try what you would suggest.
Thank you

No sanding. Use our stain Stripper and pressure washer to remove the Penofin. Use the brightener after. Once all the penofin is removed, try one of other stains.
opwdecks , April 22nd , 2016
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Used Penofin in the past
4 year old ipe front steps, have used Penofin every year since install. The stain does not last more than 7-8 months. We are in the NW, a lot of rain, partly covered by overhangs. There are a couple of plant pot ring marks, some discoloration. Is there any benefits of sanding, do I need a brightener/cond itioner? Tipically I wash it with dilute oxy clean and mild soap, rinse, dry and apply Penofin. I'm willing to try what you would suggest.
Thank you
Carrie , April 22nd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Steve Wright:
1 year old Jenson Leisure furniture. Slight graying/fading of original color. What is the best process(es) to restore original medium brown color to the wood? Jensen suggests using their propreitary Ipe Aftercare kit.

Do you have another approach. I plan to keep this furniture in "new" condition by re-conditioning each year.

The furniture is covered but outside in the winter (MD).
Thanks.

Clean afor prep and try the Ipe Oil or Armstrong Clark in Amber color.
opwdecks , April 20th , 2016
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Ipe Furniture
1 year old Jenson Leisure furniture. Slight graying/fading of original color. What is the best process(es) to restore original medium brown color to the wood? Jensen suggests using their propreitary Ipe Aftercare kit.

Do you have another approach. I plan to keep this furniture in "new" condition by re-conditioning each year.

The furniture is covered but outside in the winter (MD).
Thanks.
Steve Wright , April 20th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jayne Adams:
Hi,

We have been in our home for 7 years which we built, we have an ipe wood deck and have not done anything to the wood and now woudl like to stain. It is now a silvery grey but would like to clean and stain. Please advise.
Thanks Jayne

Wash the wood with our IPE cleaner and a pressure washer to remove the gray. Wait a few days and stain with Armstrong Clark or IPE Oil.
opwdecks , April 17th , 2016
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Mrs.
Hi,

We have been in our home for 7 years which we built, we have an ipe wood deck and have not done anything to the wood and now woudl like to stain. It is now a silvery grey but would like to clean and stain. Please advise.
Thanks Jayne
Jayne Adams , April 17th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kathy Mersereau:
Our ipe deck is 8 years old, never been cleaned, but in good condition. It has never been stained, but I would like to clean it and then stain. We live in the Oregon coast range, so get a lot of rain. It is a large deck. Please advise best way to proceed. Thanks, Kathy

Hi Kathy, prep with our Ipe Wood Cleaner and pressure washing to help restore the original color. As for staining, look at the Defy Hardwood Stain or Armstrong Clark stains.
opwdecks , April 13th , 2016
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Need help with cleaning & staining
Our ipe deck is 8 years old, never been cleaned, but in good condition. It has never been stained, but I would like to clean it and then stain. We live in the Oregon coast range, so get a lot of rain. It is a large deck. Please advise best way to proceed. Thanks, Kathy
Kathy Mersereau , April 13th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Christy Rutherford:
Our deck is 6 months old. Never been stained. there are two grease spots where my husband dropped food. Also a couple of water stains where the rain blew in. I'd like to be able to get the grease stains up if possible. Thanks!

You can use the IPE Cleaner but the grease may not come out 100%. If you stain the deck, it should blend then.
opwdecks , April 11th , 2016
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Screen Porch Deck
Our deck is 6 months old. Never been stained. there are two grease spots where my husband dropped food. Also a couple of water stains where the rain blew in. I'd like to be able to get the grease stains up if possible. Thanks!
Christy Rutherford , April 11th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Paul Bangert:
Age varies from 2 years to 10 years
It is in good condition, just grey
Never been stained
The area is a pool desk about 1500 square feet
I have used Ipe cleaner a couple of times

Prep again with the IPE Cleaner and stain with Defy Hardwood Stain or IPE Oil.
opwdecks , April 11th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mary:
We bought the house a year ago and are not sure what they used for stain or sealer on our Brazilian deck. I did try some Wolmans on the front porch last year and it didn't dry well and stayed really tacky. I'm guessing the deck is about 13 years old and in good condition. What is the process for renewing the deck and front porch?

Prep with the Stain Remove that we sell. You will need a pressure washer as well. Use the IPE Brightener after. The Wolman on the front may need to be stripped a few times or even sanded to remove. Once all the old coatings is removed, you can apply a new stain.
opwdecks , April 11th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
We bought the house a year ago and are not sure what they used for stain or sealer on our Brazilian deck. I did try some Wolmans on the front porch last year and it didn't dry well and stayed really tacky. I'm guessing the deck is about 13 years old and in good condition. What is the process for renewing the deck and front porch?
Mary , April 10th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Colleen:
We have a couple of bleach stains on our Brazilian wood deck. What can we use to get rid of them before cleaning and oiling?

Bleach? As in someone spilled house hold bleach on the deck? You cannot remove this. You can try to clean the wood so it evens out.
opwdecks , April 6th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
We have a couple of bleach stains on our Brazilian wood deck. What can we use to get rid of them before cleaning and oiling?
Colleen , April 6th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Tyler:
I have a IPE deck that is partially covered. The contractor used thompsons water seal but I knew that was wrong so I sanded it all roughly 9 months ago. Now most of the deck has grey'd a bit. I would like to stain it. Two questions. Should I sand again to get Rid of the grey? Then what sealer? Was planning in penifin.

Do not sand for the prep. Prep with our Ipe Cleaner and pressure washing.
opwdecks , April 4th , 2016
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1 yr old deck
I have a IPE deck that is partially covered. The contractor used thompsons water seal but I knew that was wrong so I sanded it all roughly 9 months ago. Now most of the deck has grey'd a bit. I would like to stain it. Two questions. Should I sand again to get Rid of the grey? Then what sealer? Was planning in penifin.
Tyler , April 4th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Cork Motsett:
Deck is 5 years old. Originally sealed/stained with oil based product (brand unknown.) We've been allowed to grey and it is in good condition but beginning to look dry and showing signs of cracks on the surface

We live in NE FL, Very hot and humid in the summer cool to cold in the winter with from 15 to 25 night time freezes warming during the days.

We back to a wetlands sanctuary that is heavily treed. Lots of Mosses and other fungus's and algaes. (Just lovely for the deck but why we went with a hard wood)
Originally sealed and stained with an oil based stain, brand unknown

How do you suggest applying Armstrong Deck stain?

Thanks,

Cork

Apply with a deck stain pad. Do not back wipe after applying. Let the stain absorb into the wood grain.
opwdecks , March 25th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Deck is 5 years old. Originally sealed/stained with oil based product (brand unknown.) We've been allowed to grey and it is in good condition but beginning to look dry and showing signs of cracks on the surface

We live in NE FL, Very hot and humid in the summer cool to cold in the winter with from 15 to 25 night time freezes warming during the days.

We back to a wetlands sanctuary that is heavily treed. Lots of Mosses and other fungus's and algaes. (Just lovely for the deck but why we went with a hard wood)
Originally sealed and stained with an oil based stain, brand unknown

How do you suggest applying Armstrong Deck stain?

Thanks,

Cork
Cork Motsett , March 25th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting fred engel:
I have a Brazilian hardwood deck approximately 12'x60'.a It has been down for 18 years. Originally it had penfin sealer but it didn't hold up well and we didn't care for the look. Since then, the deck has had nothing on it. We are going to sand it as it is pretty dry and has some splinters. What do you recommend to seal it with?
Fred

Try the Armstrong Clark or the Defy Hardwood stain. Best to use a deck cleaner after the sanding to allow the stain to penetrate better into the wood.
opwdecks , March 11th , 2016
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homewoner
I have a Brazilian hardwood deck approximately 12'x60'.a It has been down for 18 years. Originally it had penfin sealer but it didn't hold up well and we didn't care for the look. Since then, the deck has had nothing on it. We are going to sand it as it is pretty dry and has some splinters. What do you recommend to seal it with?
Fred
fred engel , March 10th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting peter bernett:
I have an pie deck partly exposed partly covered. The exposed part gets dull and looks washed out fast. I have used Cabot's oil (which does NOT dry) and Messmer's.
What should I do?
Thank you,

Prep well with our prepping products so all old stain is removed. Try the Defy Hardwood stain this time in Light Walnut color. Your wood type requires a new coat every year.
opwdecks , March 6th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I have an pie deck partly exposed partly covered. The exposed part gets dull and looks washed out fast. I have used Cabot's oil (which does NOT dry) and Messmer's.
What should I do?
Thank you,
peter bernett , March 5th , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting bob kushner:
8 year old ipe deck, when new I used messmers stain, laster about 4 years. 2 year ago powerwash it and applied sikkins. sikkins was horrible. I now have 30% gray, 30% with some stain and 30% with a combo. I want to refinish back to new. I'm willing to sand complete. I have 100 feet of verticle 1 x 6 x 4 ft long on a block wall and 200 sq feet of deck and railings. Need lot of advise.
thank you
Bob

Try the RAD Statin Stripper and pressure washing first to remove much or all of the Sikkens. If needed you can sand after completed to remove any additional stain. Try the Messmers again or IPE Oil.
opwdecks , January 23rd , 2016
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owner
8 year old ipe deck, when new I used messmers stain, laster about 4 years. 2 year ago powerwash it and applied sikkins. sikkins was horrible. I now have 30% gray, 30% with some stain and 30% with a combo. I want to refinish back to new. I'm willing to sand complete. I have 100 feet of verticle 1 x 6 x 4 ft long on a block wall and 200 sq feet of deck and railings. Need lot of advise.
thank you
Bob
bob kushner , January 23rd , 2016
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Daniel Breazeale:
I completed an outdoor deck 3 months ago. It has an Ipe railing cap (only). 60 linear feet of 1x6. Never stained, never oiled. I'd like it to have the natural finish, as it looks after a rain. I've read I also need to treat the endgrain? In a couple of months I'll have the rest of the pressure treated deckwood stained, but I wanted to address the Ipe now. Which of your products to you recommend for me? Thank you.

Try the Armstrong Clark in Amber or the Ipe Oil. Prep first with our Ipe Cleaner.
opwdecks , November 30th , 2015
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Mr.
I completed an outdoor deck 3 months ago. It has an Ipe railing cap (only). 60 linear feet of 1x6. Never stained, never oiled. I'd like it to have the natural finish, as it looks after a rain. I've read I also need to treat the endgrain? In a couple of months I'll have the rest of the pressure treated deckwood stained, but I wanted to address the Ipe now. Which of your products to you recommend for me? Thank you.
Daniel Breazeale , November 30th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kat:
deck is 8 years old
the part that gets direct sun is dark
the part under cover stays pretty good.
i have only used Pennofin for hard exotic woods.
i am looking for a finish that won't darken so fast and will penetrate well.
thanks

Sorry I misread the previous reply. I though you meant darken as the stain will enhance. Penofin has a tendency to darken after 6 months and even turn black. Look at the Defy Hardwood Stain or Armstrong Clark. Both will enhance the grain when applied and add UV protection. Neither darkens in color over time.
opwdecks , November 14th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kat:
how do i find a finish that will not darken but will penetrate the wood and last more then 6 months?

That is not possible. No tint means it is clear and will not darken the wood. This also means there is zero Uv protection from graying.
opwdecks , November 14th , 2015
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homeowner
how do i find a finish that will not darken but will penetrate the wood and last more then 6 months?
Kat , November 13th , 2015
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homeowner
deck is 8 years old
the part that gets direct sun is dark
the part under cover stays pretty good.
i have only used Pennofin for hard exotic woods.
i am looking for a finish that won't darken so fast and will penetrate well.
thanks
Kat , November 13th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Amir:
1. IPE wood is brand new
2. Great condition
3. No stain
4. Used for deck mostly in the shade.
Thanks!

Let the IPE sit outside for 2-3 months. Prep with the IPE Cleaner then stain with the Defy Hardwood or the Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , October 28th , 2015
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Ipe deck
1. IPE wood is brand new
2. Great condition
3. No stain
4. Used for deck mostly in the shade.
Thanks!
Amir , October 28th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Marcela:
wood is 3 months old
great condition
unstained
fence

Wood type? Ipe? Try the Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood Stain.
opwdecks , October 23rd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
wood is 3 months old
great condition
unstained
fence
Marcela , October 22nd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Scott Snethen:
1. The deck is 8 years old.
2. wood is in good condition.
3. Stained unknown blackish color.
4. Tables, chairs, benches, 1500 sqft of decking.

Prep with the RAD Stain Stripper and pressure washing. Brighten when done. Apply one of the stains we sell after 48 hours of drying. Try the Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood Stain.
opwdecks , October 20th , 2015
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Maintenance Manager
1. The deck is 8 years old.
2. wood is in good condition.
3. Stained unknown blackish color.
4. Tables, chairs, benches, 1500 sqft of decking.
Scott Snethen , October 20th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting crystal zervas:
Hello,
The IPE wood is in good condition,' its about 8 x 15 sf It was stained in the past, not sure with what product. I will clean it with your deck cleaner. I'm not sure if it was an latext base stain or an oil based product. I am assuming that it was an oil based stain.
What's the best way to test what based was used on the deck? If it was an oil based stain, how many coats used I apply to the deck?

Thank you,
crystal

You have to remove the previous stain before reapplying. You will need to strip and brighten the wood. Once the wood is free of the old coatings then you can stain. IPE typically only allows one coat of stain due to the density of the wood.
opwdecks , October 12th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Hello,
The IPE wood is in good condition,' its about 8 x 15 sf It was stained in the past, not sure with what product. I will clean it with your deck cleaner. I'm not sure if it was an latext base stain or an oil based product. I am assuming that it was an oil based stain.
What's the best way to test what based was used on the deck? If it was an oil based stain, how many coats used I apply to the deck?

Thank you,
crystal
crystal zervas , October 12th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Joseph Huber:
I purchased the home (and deck) two years ago. I believe the deck is 5-6 years old. IPE is weathered but otherwise in good condition. It appears to have been stained in the past but is mostly weathered away. Deck has a southeast exposure with minimal shade from the house in the afternoon. Size is approximately 15' x 50'. Your thoughts on prep and staining please.

Prep with the Ipe Stain stripper and pressure washing. Use the Brightener after to neutralize. Stain with Defy Extreme or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , September 10th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I purchased the home (and deck) two years ago. I believe the deck is 5-6 years old. IPE is weathered but otherwise in good condition. It appears to have been stained in the past but is mostly weathered away. Deck has a southeast exposure with minimal shade from the house in the afternoon. Size is approximately 15' x 50'. Your thoughts on prep and staining please.
Joseph Huber , September 9th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Tom Berlandy:
Age of wood 10years
condition good
Has Been stained with cabot austrial teak oil, and sikkens cetol 077
area about 1000sf upper,lower,about half get direct sun 3/4 of day

Use the Ipe Stain Stripper and pressure washing to remove the old layer first. Apply Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark when done.
opwdecks , September 9th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Age of wood 10years
condition good
Has Been stained with cabot austrial teak oil, and sikkens cetol 077
area about 1000sf upper,lower,abo ut half get direct sun 3/4 of day
Tom Berlandy , September 8th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting David Howard:
Deck is weathered and wood is grey. IPE species. Should I stain it to preserve it longer and get a fresher look. If yes, what staining prep should I do?

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner we sell and light pressure washing. Stain with Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood stains.
opwdecks , September 8th , 2015
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Self
Deck is weathered and wood is grey. IPE species. Should I stain it to preserve it longer and get a fresher look. If yes, what staining prep should I do?
David Howard , September 8th , 2015
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Self
15 years old; never stained to my knowledge and I owned home 10 years; great condition as it is on covered porch deck of entrance to my home; some weather on edges. Tongue and grooved 2 1/2 inch boards.
David Howard , September 8th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Dima Chetvoc:

A month later, the ends of decking got all checkered, the splinters appeared on the edges of the decking boards and the cracks developed on the posts and railings throughout. It appears that he did not dry the wood after receiving it and did not seal or stain it at all.


If the end grain is checking, that is because the contractor did not apply a wax sealer. Ipe *must* be sealed on the end grains or it will check. Our ipe deck was not stained, only the end grain was sealed, and it is holding up fine except for surface mold where it gets wet. No cracks, no splinters, and it is in the sun all day. The end grain sealer I used (and recommend) is Anchorseal. We stacked all the lumber with the end grain exposed to hot sun, and put 6 coats of anchorseal on it, basically we kept applying it until it stopped taking more.
Dave Erickson , September 8th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Dima Chetvoc:
Age - 1 month
Condition - already checkered, splinters, cracks
History - no stain and no seal, installation of ipe that was not dried properly
Area - Outside deck

My contractor installed an outside ipe deck with ipe posts a month ago (August). The deck gets 4-5 hours of sun a day and we are in Brooklyn, NY where humidity gets pretty high in the summer. He used ipe clips and he pre-cut tongue and groove in the areas where the clips went. He did not stain it and used 220 rotary sanding disks to try and make the surface more smooth. A month later, the ends of decking got all checkered, the splinters appeared on the edges of the decking boards and the cracks developed on the posts and railings throughout. It appears that he did not dry the wood after receiving it and did not seal or stain it at all. I am wondering if there is anything I can do now to weatherproof it and remove the splinters so that my kids and I can use the deck safely. Thanks!

I am not sure he did anything wrong. You cannot stain new wood right away and drying or not drying does not matter when it comes to splinters and cracks. This will happen no matter what with outside wood. At this point you should clean the wood with the IPE cleaner and then apply a stain like the Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark before the Fall comes. You will need to clean and reapply every year in the Spring with IPE wood.
opwdecks , September 8th , 2015
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Ipe Sealing and Weatherproofing
Age - 1 month
Condition - already checkered, splinters, cracks
History - no stain and no seal, installation of ipe that was not dried properly
Area - Outside deck

My contractor installed an outside ipe deck with ipe posts a month ago (August). The deck gets 4-5 hours of sun a day and we are in Brooklyn, NY where humidity gets pretty high in the summer. He used ipe clips and he pre-cut tongue and groove in the areas where the clips went. He did not stain it and used 220 rotary sanding disks to try and make the surface more smooth. A month later, the ends of decking got all checkered, the splinters appeared on the edges of the decking boards and the cracks developed on the posts and railings throughout. It appears that he did not dry the wood after receiving it and did not seal or stain it at all. I am wondering if there is anything I can do now to weatherproof it and remove the splinters so that my kids and I can use the deck safely. Thanks!
Dima Chetvoc , September 8th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting James Smith:
Age - 10 years
Condition - Faded and grey looking
History - Clear stain & sealer using Preserva Wood
Area - Outside deck

Live in California and can't use Preserva. Want to restore but not sure which product and required steps. Your help appreciated.

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner and pressure washing. Stain with Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark stains.
opwdecks , September 1st , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Age - 10 years
Condition - Faded and grey looking
History - Clear stain & sealer using Preserva Wood
Area - Outside deck

Live in California and can't use Preserva. Want to restore but not sure which product and required steps. Your help appreciated.
James Smith , August 31st , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Brandie:
Ipe wood deck is 6 months old. Unsure of the original finish as it was done by the landscape contractor. A portion of the deck gets wet from sprinklers and is looking lighter and dryer than the rest of the deck. Is there a treatment we can do to restore the original finished look and to prevent fading?

Use any of the product we sell to restore color. IPE will require annual application though. Clean and brighten the wood for the prep. Many use the Defy Hardwood, Ipe Oil, or Armstrong Clark stains for this.
opwdecks , August 26th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Ipe wood deck is 6 months old. Unsure of the original finish as it was done by the landscape contractor. A portion of the deck gets wet from sprinklers and is looking lighter and dryer than the rest of the deck. Is there a treatment we can do to restore the original finished look and to prevent fading?
Brandie , August 26th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting chet walker:
8 yr old deck in NC mtns-part covered and part exposed. Originally treated with Australian Oil(?) we think. Clear Flood used since then. Am in process of stripping with your Restore a Deck Stripper. Altho it will take a second treatment and lots of elbow grease, it appears to be coming clean. When dry, it is a very light and dried out tan. Is that what it is supposed to look like? We want to get it back to looking like Mahogany as it did originally.
After the Brightener, we plan to use your Armstrong Oil. Should we use Amber or Mahogany? ie what will it look like with each one?

Best to get a sample to test the colors on your wood as all wood turns out different. Amber is similar to a wet look and Mahogany is a deeper reddish color.
opwdecks , July 21st , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
8 yr old deck in NC mtns-part covered and part exposed. Originally treated with Australian Oil(?) we think. Clear Flood used since then. Am in process of stripping with your Restore a Deck Stripper. Altho it will take a second treatment and lots of elbow grease, it appears to be coming clean. When dry, it is a very light and dried out tan. Is that what it is supposed to look like? We want to get it back to looking like Mahogany as it did originally.
After the Brightener, we plan to use your Armstrong Oil. Should we use Amber or Mahogany? ie what will it look like with each one?
chet walker , July 20th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Dave:
ipe deck is 1 year old, part is shaded from sun. Entire deck gets wet most nights from fog. The shaded portion is mildewing. I don't mind the grey of the part that gets sun, but I want to stop the mildew so that the deck looks uniform. What do you recommend?

You cannot stop mildew from growing on top of the wood or stain by adding a stain or sealer. It will still come. Best to jut clean with the IPE Cleaner we have every 6 months or as needed.
opwdecks , July 16th , 2015
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mildew on ipe
ipe deck is 1 year old, part is shaded from sun. Entire deck gets wet most nights from fog. The shaded portion is mildewing. I don't mind the grey of the part that gets sun, but I want to stop the mildew so that the deck looks uniform. What do you recommend?
Dave , July 15th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mary Ann:
The deck is 12 years old. It has been power washed and sanded down to the original surface. We love the grain and wish to have it show. What type of item should be used to seal and have the deck exhibit the beauty of the wood.

Any of the stains we sell for IPE will work. Look at IPE Oil, Armstrong Clark Amber, Defy Hardwood in Natural Pine, etc.
opwdecks , July 14th , 2015
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Home
The deck is 12 years old. It has been power washed and sanded down to the original surface. We love the grain and wish to have it show. What type of item should be used to seal and have the deck exhibit the beauty of the wood.
Mary Ann , July 14th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Gail:
just installed IPE deck
I'd like to keep the natural dark brown look
Can i finish it now
What is the best process and best product

What a month and lightly prep with the IPE Cleaner we sell. Try Ipe Oil or Armstrong Clark in amber color.
opwdecks , July 10th , 2015
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Home owner
just installed IPE deck
I'd like to keep the natural dark brown look
Can i finish it now
What is the best process and best product
Gail , July 10th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting David R.:
7 years old. I had used Sikkens stain on the deck (had been told it would work). It has proven a disaster. Peeling up and deck surface looks terrible. What is best course of action please? Thanks. David.

Strip and pressure wash to remove. Sand if need to remove and stubborn areas that do not strip off. Re stain with a penetrating product that we sell. Try IPE Oil or Armstrong
Clark.
opwdecks , July 6th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
7 years old. I had used Sikkens stain on the deck (had been told it would work). It has proven a disaster. Peeling up and deck surface looks terrible. What is best course of action please? Thanks. David.
David R. , July 6th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Steve:
IPE Deck is approx 10 years old.
Wood surface is very rough due to powerwashing.
Never has been treated.
After powerwashing the deck is very rough and splinters are now a huge problem. What should I do the smooth out the decking to reduce splintering. Deck is large, gets full sun.

Try smoothing the wood with a floor buffing machine and sanding pad.
opwdecks , July 6th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
IPE Deck is approx 10 years old.
Wood surface is very rough due to powerwashing.
Never has been treated.
After powerwashing the deck is very rough and splinters are now a huge problem. What should I do the smooth out the decking to reduce splintering. Deck is large, gets full sun.
Steve , July 5th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting steve:
Large Gazebo made of IPE. About 15 years old. Never stained . Never treated.
How can I restore it and finish it and protect it and keep if from turning grey again or am i too late

Yes you can restore this. Prep with the Ipe Cleaner we sell and pressure washing. Stain with Armstrong Clark, IPE Oil, Defy Hardwood, etc.
opwdecks , June 30th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Large Gazebo made of IPE. About 15 years old. Never stained . Never treated.
How can I restore it and finish it and protect it and keep if from turning grey again or am i too late
steve , June 30th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Doug Carlson:
I sanded my IPE wood; I'm finding now that the Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish for Hardwood is no longer penetrating. Water removes the finish within a month. Any suggestions to remedy the problem?

Try to pressure wash with a deck cleaner and switch stain brands to Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , June 15th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I sanded my IPE wood; I'm finding now that the Penofin Penetrating Oil Finish for Hardwood is no longer penetrating. Water removes the finish within a month. Any suggestions to remedy the problem?
Doug Carlson , June 14th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting chet walker:
6 yr old ipe decks both covered and uncovered (in NC mtns).
Previously treated with Flood Natural (Clear) CWF-UV.
Covered has done great and uncovered very poorly. Wood in great condition but badly discolored. Several cleaners (Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Olympic Deck Cleaner do a good job of cleaning dirt,grime, mildew and tannins. However, it appears that the Flood has failed- yellowish looking. In a few spots the reddish ipe color is showing thru leading us to believe that we must strip all of the Flood off not just clean the wood.
Do you agree? Also, what should we use as a final coat after the Brightener as a second stage- Flood or other?

Yes you will need to strip off the Flood. Stain with Ipe Oil or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , June 14th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
6 yr old ipe decks both covered and uncovered (in NC mtns).
Previously treated with Flood Natural (Clear) CWF-UV.
Covered has done great and uncovered very poorly. Wood in great condition but badly discolored. Several cleaners (Restore-A-Deck Cleaner and Olympic Deck Cleaner do a good job of cleaning dirt,grime, mildew and tannins. However, it appears that the Flood has failed- yellowish looking. In a few spots the reddish ipe color is showing thru leading us to believe that we must strip all of the Flood off not just clean the wood.
Do you agree? Also, what should we use as a final coat after the Brightener as a second stage- Flood or other?
chet walker , June 13th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Patsy Smith:
Our ipe deck is 10 months old. It is in good condition but UGLY! The Sikkens Dark oak 009 Cetol SRD stain has faded & terribly mottled. It is always dirty looking. The deck is 60 x 30 feet with built in Ipe seating around the perimeter. The seating looks fine with very little fading except in full sun area but still looks accesptable. What do you suggest we use to make the deck floor presentable? So GRATEFUL for any assistance you can offer!

You will need to remove the SRD by stripping and pressure washing. You may even need to sand. Look at the Restore A Deck products.
opwdecks , June 7th , 2015
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Mrs.
Our ipe deck is 10 months old. It is in good condition but UGLY! The Sikkens Dark oak 009 Cetol SRD stain has faded & terribly mottled. It is always dirty looking. The deck is 60 x 30 feet with built in Ipe seating around the perimeter. The seating looks fine with very little fading except in full sun area but still looks accesptable. What do you suggest we use to make the deck floor presentable? So GRATEFUL for any assistance you can offer!
Patsy Smith , June 5th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Steve Rankin:
New IPE deck in San Francisco (close to ocean). How frequently will a clear sealer need to be applied?

Clear means you have no UV protection. Tinted and transparent on IPE and you will need to reapply every 9-12 months. The Armstrong Clark and Defy hardwood seem to hold color the longest.
opwdecks , May 22nd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
New IPE deck in San Francisco (close to ocean). How frequently will a clear sealer need to be applied?
Steve Rankin , May 22nd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mark:
Back in 2013 I installed ipe wood fascia boards along the gable ends of my home. The boards that see direct sun are fading. I used Messmer's MF-500-1 because I thought it was the best. We only put one coat on. My plan was to lightly sand the boards then reapply the Messmer's. I used Messmers because I thought it was the best for this application. Any other suggestions?

Try IPE Oil or the Armstrong Clark Stain.
opwdecks , May 11th , 2015
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Owner
Back in 2013 I installed ipe wood fascia boards along the gable ends of my home. The boards that see direct sun are fading. I used Messmer's MF-500-1 because I thought it was the best. We only put one coat on. My plan was to lightly sand the boards then reapply the Messmer's. I used Messmers because I thought it was the best for this application. Any other suggestions?
Mark , May 10th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting ABG:
backyard deck is about 8yrs old. last stained about 4 years ago with sikkens products. when i stain this year do i have to trip because i will be using messmers?
thanks

If you still have old stain on the deck then yes you will need to remove first.
opwdecks , May 10th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
backyard deck is about 8yrs old. last stained about 4 years ago with sikkens products. when i stain this year do i have to trip because i will be using messmers?
thanks
ABG , May 9th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kenny:
I just purchased 315 sf of 1x6x10 Ipe. I want to keep the natural brown color of Ipe. I'm using Mesmers natural oil on a sample piece and it's turning the Ipe wood reddish instead of the natural brownish color. Is there an oil that will not change the color to red?

IPE Oil is more of a brown tint then a red tint.
opwdecks , May 4th , 2015
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Ipe Mesmers natural oil
I just purchased 315 sf of 1x6x10 Ipe. I want to keep the natural brown color of Ipe. I'm using Mesmers natural oil on a sample piece and it's turning the Ipe wood reddish instead of the natural brownish color. Is there an oil that will not change the color to red?
Kenny , May 3rd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Manni:
We have just installed a new IPE fence. what's the best stain to give it a golden rich look

Armstrong Clark in Amber or Defy Hardwood in Natural Pine.
opwdecks , May 2nd , 2015
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We have just installed a new IPE fence. what's the best stain to give it a golden rich look
Manni , May 2nd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Steve:
8 years
3/4" x 4" boards
silver with some stains
no
covered deck, stairs, railings, uncovered porch

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner we sell and pressure washing. Stain with the AC in Amber or Mahogany.
opwdecks , April 17th , 2015
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staining IPE Deck
8 years
3/4" x 4" boards
silver with some stains
no
covered deck, stairs, railings, uncovered porch
Steve , April 17th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting TJ:
I have a LARGE IPE deck...15yrs old...3/4" by 4" boards...weathered and pitted in many spots from lack of maintenance. What type of large floor sander and grit could I use to not make this a long job. What oil do you have that would be best after sanding?

Best to not sand for prep but use our prepping cleaners and pressure washing. Stain with Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , April 15th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mark:
Hello, I have an Ipe railing system that is 5 years old. It has never been cleaned or treated with anything. We were told that if left alone it would turn white. Not the case in upstate New York. It has turned gray and we are seeing a little mold and mildew. What do you recommend for cleaning and staining?
Thanks, Mark

Use our IPE Cleaner ans stain with Ipe Oil or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , April 15th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I have a LARGE IPE deck...15yrs old...3/4" by 4" boards...weathe red and pitted in many spots from lack of maintenance. What type of large floor sander and grit could I use to not make this a long job. What oil do you have that would be best after sanding?
TJ , April 15th , 2015
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Property Administrator
Hello, I have an Ipe railing system that is 5 years old. It has never been cleaned or treated with anything. We were told that if left alone it would turn white. Not the case in upstate New York. It has turned gray and we are seeing a little mold and mildew. What do you recommend for cleaning and staining?
Thanks, Mark
Mark , April 15th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Leslie:
Age of the IPE wood? 1 year
Condition of the IPE? Very good
Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain? Penofin
Small description of the area to be treated. The entire deck - after just one year it has become a bit gray, and I would like the original color. In preparation, the deck has already been powerwashed. Penofin is being suggested but have heard bad things about black spots after 1 year. I am being told Cabot Australian Timer Oil, either natural or Mahogany Flame is a good choice to bring the original color back. However, looking at this site, it seems Armstrong Clark Mahogany is best. Your thoughts?

Yes the AC in the Mahogany.
opwdecks , April 13th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Age of the IPE wood? 1 year
Condition of the IPE? Very good
Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain? Penofin
Small description of the area to be treated. The entire deck - after just one year it has become a bit gray, and I would like the original color. In preparation, the deck has already been powerwashed. Penofin is being suggested but have heard bad things about black spots after 1 year. I am being told Cabot Australian Timer Oil, either natural or Mahogany Flame is a good choice to bring the original color back. However, looking at this site, it seems Armstrong Clark Mahogany is best. Your thoughts?
Leslie , April 13th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting mari tischenko:
I have beautiful ipe/stainless outdoor furniture and decking that I have had for 10 years. I stay on it each year with light sanding to clean surface and tack cloth, followed by a penetrating oil, sometimes with teak added. It came back too orange-ey last year (I paid the "professionals" to do it! Plus, on the backs of the chairs, the horizontal boards have vertical drip lines that I can't get out for love or money! I would appreciate your advice on care and application of correct products. I am not averse to hard work, willing to invest elbow grease and some time and money to keep the pie all looking as good as can be. Most gets afternoon sun. I live in the SF bay area in a woodland setting with fairly mild temp. Thanks so much1

Apply our stripper to all the wood and pressure wash off. Apply the wood brightener when done. Look at IPE Oil for more a brownish tone, not orange.
opwdecks , April 9th , 2015
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homeowner/desig ner
I have beautiful ipe/stainless outdoor furniture and decking that I have had for 10 years. I stay on it each year with light sanding to clean surface and tack cloth, followed by a penetrating oil, sometimes with teak added. It came back too orange-ey last year (I paid the "professionals" to do it! Plus, on the backs of the chairs, the horizontal boards have vertical drip lines that I can't get out for love or money! I would appreciate your advice on care and application of correct products. I am not averse to hard work, willing to invest elbow grease and some time and money to keep the pie all looking as good as can be. Most gets afternoon sun. I live in the SF bay area in a woodland setting with fairly mild temp. Thanks so much1
mari tischenko , April 8th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Jon:
We're had an IPE deck for 4 years now, like everyone else, it started out beautifully. After using inexperienced contractors, my last sanding and oiling turned the deck orange. after a summer of fading, and splotchiness, i decided to sand one board, and it no longer looks like the red IPE i loved. It looks like a piece of pressure treated, yellowy orange wood. Shouldnt the sanding bring out the original IPE colors?? I'm so frustrated, I dont want an orange deck. Hopefully someone can help.

Strip it all down with the RAD Stripper and pressure washing. Do not sand. Use the RAD brightener after. Stain with IPE Oil or Armstrong Clark Mahogany color.
opwdecks , April 6th , 2015
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Ipe turning orange
We're had an IPE deck for 4 years now, like everyone else, it started out beautifully. After using inexperienced contractors, my last sanding and oiling turned the deck orange. after a summer of fading, and splotchiness, i decided to sand one board, and it no longer looks like the red IPE i loved. It looks like a piece of pressure treated, yellowy orange wood. Shouldnt the sanding bring out the original IPE colors?? I'm so frustrated, I dont want an orange deck. Hopefully someone can help.
Jon , April 5th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Lori Day:
We have IPA internally in a screened in room and then externally onan outside deck. We installed is in 2008, 7 years ago. It has never been stained. It is gray now and we would like to stain it but we are not sure if that is a good idea and what stain we would use.

Any of our stain would work for this. Look at IPE Oil or Armstrong Clark. Defy as well. Prep first with the IPE Cleaner before applying the stain.
opwdecks , March 29th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
We have IPA internally in a screened in room and then externally onan outside deck. We installed is in 2008, 7 years ago. It has never been stained. It is gray now and we would like to stain it but we are not sure if that is a good idea and what stain we would use.
Lori Day , March 28th , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Kurt Winselmann:
Hello,
I have a very large marina with over 7,000 sq feet of decking in IPE wood. The wood is about 6 years old. In the beginning we tried to oil it, but the density of IPE was such the stain just burned off and never soaked in. I see your product and would be interested in hearing about it. Basically we have the deck pressure sprayed each year which takes off the mildew and keeps it clean and white/silver, but it would be nice if we could maintain it in a "teak" color. Please let me know how much of your Teak Oil would be needed to cover 7,000 square feet and what the cost would be. Thank you.
Kurt

Kurt, each gallon of the IPE Oil covers 300-400 sq. feet. You would of course need to prep the wood first. The gallons for the Ipe Oil are 51.99 each and can be found on this link:
http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-oil
opwdecks , February 23rd , 2015
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IPE Oil
Hello,
I have a very large marina with over 7,000 sq feet of decking in IPE wood. The wood is about 6 years old. In the beginning we tried to oil it, but the density of IPE was such the stain just burned off and never soaked in. I see your product and would be interested in hearing about it. Basically we have the deck pressure sprayed each year which takes off the mildew and keeps it clean and white/silver, but it would be nice if we could maintain it in a "teak" color. Please let me know how much of your Teak Oil would be needed to cover 7,000 square feet and what the cost would be. Thank you.
Kurt
Kurt Winselmann , February 23rd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Chuck Jennings:
I have used Woodrich hardwood wiping stain in the past on my large ipe deck in Colorado. Do I understand correctly that the Armstrong Clark product does not require wiping after application? It is the most time consuming, labor intensive part of using the Woodrich product.

Yes that is correct. AC does not need to be back wiped. Apply a light coat and allow it to fully absorb and dry before using.
opwdecks , February 1st , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
I have used Woodrich hardwood wiping stain in the past on my large ipe deck in Colorado. Do I understand correctly that the Armstrong Clark product does not require wiping after application? It is the most time consuming, labor intensive part of using the Woodrich product.
Chuck Jennings , January 31st , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Mike Torres:
Age of the IPE wood? 3yrs
Condition of the IPE? Grey
Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain? Yes with an all natural sealer twice
Small description of the area to be treated.
It is a bench and panter box in y front garden it gets direct sun for about 6 hrs a day. It was beautiful but now gray and I want to restore it color

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner and stain with Armstrong Clark or IPE Oil
opwdecks , January 23rd , 2015
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Ipe bench
Age of the IPE wood? 3yrs
Condition of the IPE? Grey
Has the IPE been stained previously and if so with what brand of stain? Yes with an all natural sealer twice
Small description of the area to be treated.
It is a bench and panter box in y front garden it gets direct sun for about 6 hrs a day. It was beautiful but now gray and I want to restore it color
Mike Torres , January 23rd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Alan:
Client has Ipe hand rails and stair treads on a house they recently bought. We will estimate the Ipe may be 10 years old. It is solid, but very silvered, some checking and is a bit rough on the surface. It does not appear that it has ever been finished with anything. The Homeowner wants it finished with a dark finish. She originally wanted it painted black, but we know that is not going to work. So I'm looking to clean it, remove the silvered finish, and re-finish to a dark finish. Some areas of the hand rails would be difficult to sand, so ideally we would rely on chemical cleaning and oxalic acid washing to prep for a new finish. This house is in the low country in South Carolina. Lots of sun and high humidity. Recommendations? Thank you very much.
Alan

Prep with the Ipe Cleaner and neutralize with the Ipe Brightener. As for more of a "brown" color then red, look at the IPE Oil that we sell. Make sure she knows that Ipe requires annual maintenance.
opwdecks , January 22nd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Client has Ipe hand rails and stair treads on a house they recently bought. We will estimate the Ipe may be 10 years old. It is solid, but very silvered, some checking and is a bit rough on the surface. It does not appear that it has ever been finished with anything. The Homeowner wants it finished with a dark finish. She originally wanted it painted black, but we know that is not going to work. So I'm looking to clean it, remove the silvered finish, and re-finish to a dark finish. Some areas of the hand rails would be difficult to sand, so ideally we would rely on chemical cleaning and oxalic acid washing to prep for a new finish. This house is in the low country in South Carolina. Lots of sun and high humidity. Recommendations ? Thank you very much.
Alan
Alan , January 22nd , 2015
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Claudia:
Hello
I have a 6 months old cumaru deck, 600 sq ft, plus fencing around it. We used tiger oil. I live in Seattle so it rains a lot. The deck has turned very gray already. How can I clean it to go back to the original color? And how can I preserve the color going forward? I am okay reapplying sealers once a year as long as I don't think to strip the old stain or sand the deck before sealing. My contractor suggested a stain that will require sanding every year before applying the new sealer layer. I don't want to sand that is why I went with tiger oil, but the wood color has changed. Thank you

Use the Restore A Deck Stripper for the prep and apply Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood Stain. In the future use the IPE Deck Cleaner first before reapplying.
opwdecks , December 30th , 2014
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How to preserve IPE color with low maintenance
Hello
I have a 6 months old cumaru deck, 600 sq ft, plus fencing around it. We used tiger oil. I live in Seattle so it rains a lot. The deck has turned very gray already. How can I clean it to go back to the original color? And how can I preserve the color going forward? I am okay reapplying sealers once a year as long as I don't think to strip the old stain or sand the deck before sealing. My contractor suggested a stain that will require sanding every year before applying the new sealer layer. I don't want to sand that is why I went with tiger oil, but the wood color has changed. Thank you
Claudia , December 29th , 2014
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Eddie King:
IPE is indoor and has lost its gloss and in some places there are spaces between boards it is drops from different decks I built over the years. Just want to bring back its beauty and fill spaces. thank you

Eddie, none of the stains we sell for IPE will add a gloss shine nor will they fill spaces. If you want to enhance the color to make it look richer then look at IPE Oil or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , December 28th , 2014
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IPE is indoor and has lost its gloss and in some places there are spaces between boards it is drops from different decks I built over the years. Just want to bring back its beauty and fill spaces. thank you
Eddie King , December 27th , 2014
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Quoting Eve:
Hi,
Because our home is a mid-century modern surrounded by traditional New England homes, I would like to allow our new Ipe siding to weather to it's natural grey color. To have a uniform effect, bleaching oil seemed to be a good choice. However, our painter says the new low VOC formulas are not very effective and to just leave it untreated. Any suggestions? It is 8" T&G applied horizontally. Thanks.

All the products we carry will enhance the color of the IPE and provide protection form graying. To allow it to gray naturally you would need a clear (no tint) deck sealer.
opwdecks , December 4th , 2014
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RE: Ipe Stain Tips and Help
Hi,
Because our home is a mid-century modern surrounded by traditional New England homes, I would like to allow our new Ipe siding to weather to it's natural grey color. To have a uniform effect, bleaching oil seemed to be a good choice. However, our painter says the new low VOC formulas are not very effective and to just leave it untreated. Any suggestions? It is 8" T&G applied horizontally. Thanks.
Eve , December 3rd , 2014
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