Ipe is a naturally dense wood that requires special attention. Most Ipe surfaces can be stained for enhanced beauty and lasting protection. The dense nature of the wood however can require yearly maintenance. The best way to get lasting protection is by using a stain that is specially designed for Ipe Hardwood.
Ipe Oil Hardwood Deck Finish has deep penetrating properties that helps protect Ipe from water and UV damage. Prior to an Ipe Oil Hardwood Deck Finish application, the surface should be cleaned using a wood cleaner and brightener. Ipe should dry for 1 day before staining.
Be sure to check the weather prior to beginning your staining project. Ipe Hardwood Finish can be applied using a brush, roller, pad applicator, or sprayer. Stain the entire length of one or two boards at a time before moving to the next. This stain application method will eliminate any unsightly lap marks. You should find that Ipe Oil Finish spreads very well and has an excellent coverage rate.
After an Ipe Oil Deck Finish application, wait 20 minutes and back wipe any excess stain residue. Do not allow excess stain to remain on the surface and dry. This will cause a spotted shiny finish and inconsistent appearance. Ipe Oil Hardwood Deck Finish is a penetrating oil formula, therefore you only apply as much Ipe Oil as the wood can absorb. Allow the freshly stained surface to dry for 24-48 hours before allowing traffic.
Future maintenance is easy with Ipe Oil Deck Finish. Merely perform a light wash of the wood surface using a wood deck cleaner and scrubbing to remove any dirt and slight graying. Allow the wood to dry and reapply a light coat of Ipe Oil Finish in the same manner wiping away any excess stain.