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What are the Best IPE Stains

So what is the best IPE Stain? To better understand what stain or oil finish would work well for your IPE, it is important to understand what IPE is and why stains fail quicker.

Originating from South America and Central America, Ipe has earned its reputation because it is naturally durable, stable, resists checking, and is absolutely gorgeous. With a deep and rich red brown color, Ipe is considered by most lumber experts to be the ultimate choice for high quality decking.

IPE wood has a density of 78 per pounds/cubic foot. This is the highest rating of any decking stain and compared to softwoods like pine and cedar, IPE is 3-4 times denser. Due to this high density, stains for IPE have issues with penetration or lack there of. Since the wood allows minimal penetration of the stain, stains will fade faster.

Less stain absorption = less UV protection.

When choosing an IPE Finish you should look for:

  1. Ability to penetrate into the dense wood
  2. Fades lightly in color, not darken in color
  3. Not prone to peeling
  4. Can be cleaned and reapplied as needed
  5. UV protection

On the chart below we will rank the IPE Stains that  we sell on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest.

  Messmers IPE Oil Armstrong Defy Penofin
Penetration Into IPE 4 4 4 3 5
Fade Lightly (Not Darken) 3 3 4 5 3
Not Prone to Peeling 5 5 5 4 5
Clean and Re-coat Ability 4 4 4 4 3
UV Protection (Retaining Color) 3 4 4 4 2
           
Average Score 3.8 4 4.2 4 3.8

 

These scores are indicative to our testing and may vary depending on the age of your IPE and where you are located. Feel free to ask any questions as to which stain would work for you.

The Best IPE Stains

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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Greg E.W.:
Our ipe deck and steps is about 15 years old, and I pressure washed it twice. I think there's too much fiber to stain right away, but to get rid of some of the gray weathering I think I'll pressure wash it once more before lightly sanding it.
Unless you recommend something different. So which stain would you recommend to slow the graying, and then how often might you think I'd need to re-apply? (I'm in northern Vermont, where there's plenty of rain and winter freeze-thaw cycles.

Use Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood. IPE requires an annual application of stain.
opwdecks , May 2nd , 2018
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Homeowner
Our ipe deck and steps is about 15 years old, and I pressure washed it twice. I think there's too much fiber to stain right away, but to get rid of some of the gray weathering I think I'll pressure wash it once more before lightly sanding it.
Unless you recommend something different. So which stain would you recommend to slow the graying, and then how often might you think I'd need to re-apply? (I'm in northern Vermont, where there's plenty of rain and winter freeze-thaw cycles.
Greg E.W. , May 1st , 2018
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Lisa:
I have a 12 year old IPE deck / covered porch in the Seattle area. Each summer I have put a coat of a waterproof sealer on the porch. The part of the deck that that receives the rain is turning a darker grey. I would like to even out the color what product do you suggest?

Thanks for your help!

Hello, you will need to remove the old coatings first with a stain stripper. Once the wood is stripped, use a wood brightener to even it out. After the prep, stain with Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , June 26th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
I have a 12 year old IPE deck / covered porch in the Seattle area. Each summer I have put a coat of a waterproof sealer on the porch. The part of the deck that that receives the rain is turning a darker grey. I would like to even out the color what product do you suggest?

Thanks for your help!
Lisa , June 26th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Frank Lloyd:
Hello. We recently had 300 feet of dock installed using IPE wood. Additionally we had a number of retaining walls, planters, and hose boxes built with IPE. The contractor suggests letting it weather to silver but would like to consider maintaining the natural colors. It is on a salt water bay in direct sunlight and subject to wind and spray

Confused on best product to use

Try the Defy Hardwood or the Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , June 14th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Hello. We recently had 300 feet of dock installed using IPE wood. Additionally we had a number of retaining walls, planters, and hose boxes built with IPE. The contractor suggests letting it weather to silver but would like to consider maintaining the natural colors. It is on a salt water bay in direct sunlight and subject to wind and spray

Confused on best product to use
Frank Lloyd , June 14th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Phil:
10 year old deck with steps; gray and dirty from Virginia sun and trees. Original stain when built - Sikken's. What is the best stain?

Try Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood stains. Prep first.
opwdecks , May 4th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
10 year old deck with steps; gray and dirty from Virginia sun and trees. Original stain when built - Sikken's. What is the best stain?
Phil , May 4th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting :
Hi. You recomended the black walnut for IPE

I know black walnut color is listed under hardwood stain on the AC websites, but there is a couple data points that conflict.

1) in I reading the Armstrong Clark instructions for the exotic wood stain, it explicitly states to only use amber and mahogany on IPE.

2) Also when ordering samples the black walnut on your webPage it Says it is semi transparent parent. And everything I read says to avoid semi transparent stains for IPE.

Please Look at the statements from their product data sheet from their website. Second page third paragraph.

http://www.armclark.com/downloads/2016/ProdDataSemiTransHW.pdf

Are their instructions wrong? Outdated? Or Is the some misunderstanding?

Thank you.

The Black Walnut is their new color for hardwoods as of this year. There is nothing wrong with using a penetrating semi-transparen t for IPE, in fact, almost all the products we sell on this site are semi-transparen t.
opwdecks , April 12th , 2017
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Black walnut on IPe?
Hi. You recomended the black walnut for IPE

I know black walnut color is listed under hardwood stain on the AC websites, but there is a couple data points that conflict.

1) in I reading the Armstrong Clark instructions for the exotic wood stain, it explicitly states to only use amber and mahogany on IPE.

2) Also when ordering samples the black walnut on your webPage it Says it is semi transparent parent. And everything I read says to avoid semi transparent stains for IPE.

Please Look at the statements from their product data sheet from their website. Second page third paragraph.

http://www.armclark.com/downloads/2016/ProdDataSemiTransHW.pdf

Are their instructions wrong? Outdated? Or Is the some misunderstanding?

Thank you.
stevieb@microsoft.com , April 12th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting :
Hello.
Looking for a stain. IPE Deck is 2 years old. Treated ends. Sanded. And stained only top side with Seafin Ship N Shore.

Deck is south facing with no shade and lots for rain (seattle). Would like easy to apply and avoid wiping (if possible). Deck is 400sq ft and took 2 gallons of the Ship N Shore.

Can you please recommend a stain. Performance is more important than the tone. But if I wanted the deck tone to be something it would tend towards walnut rather than redwood.

IPE will require an annual coating. Look at Armstrong Clark in Black Walnut color.
opwdecks , April 12th , 2017
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Young deck
Hello.
Looking for a stain. IPE Deck is 2 years old. Treated ends. Sanded. And stained only top side with Seafin Ship N Shore.

Deck is south facing with no shade and lots for rain (seattle). Would like easy to apply and avoid wiping (if possible). Deck is 400sq ft and took 2 gallons of the Ship N Shore.

Can you please recommend a stain. Performance is more important than the tone. But if I wanted the deck tone to be something it would tend towards walnut rather than redwood.
stevieb@microsoft.com , April 12th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Brian Walters:
I have an IPE deck that will be a year old in June. Was built by myself and my father. I applied a coat of Deckwise Oil stain but the color faded after around 6-8 weeks. I cleaned the wood before applying the coat, but did not sand or power wash it. Was that the reason the color faded?

Deck is 19ftx21ft. Is deckwise a good option still? Planning on getting IPE wood cleaner, power washing, and applying brightener before reapplying new stain.

Your wood type requires an annual application or sooner as it will fade. 2 months does seem rather short. For the prep, you should strip and brighten if you switch brands. Richer colors will give longer UV protection. Armstrong Clark in Mahogany or Defy Hardwood in Light Walnut should hold the color better.
opwdecks , March 26th , 2017
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IPE Stain
I have an IPE deck that will be a year old in June. Was built by myself and my father. I applied a coat of Deckwise Oil stain but the color faded after around 6-8 weeks. I cleaned the wood before applying the coat, but did not sand or power wash it. Was that the reason the color faded?

Deck is 19ftx21ft. Is deckwise a good option still? Planning on getting IPE wood cleaner, power washing, and applying brightener before reapplying new stain.
Brian Walters , March 25th , 2017
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting douglas anthony:
Completing the ipe deck and had to sand wood plugs to surface with the level of the deck boards. It is obviously very patchy where sanded against the new wood. I was planning on sanding the whole deck with a random orbital sander and finish with armstrong as per your chart. I am reading very different opinions on sanding or not the new wood before I stain. Care to comment as I really am confounded with the plethora of conflicting opinions via google...? Thank you, Doug

If you stain now it will be very uneven due to your spot sanding. The best thing would be to allow the wood to natural weather and then use the Ipe Cleaner to remove the oxidation. This would allow the wood to accept the stain evenly. Your would have to let it weather for 2-4 months.
opwdecks , September 13th , 2016
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to sand or not to sand...
Completing the ipe deck and had to sand wood plugs to surface with the level of the deck boards. It is obviously very patchy where sanded against the new wood. I was planning on sanding the whole deck with a random orbital sander and finish with armstrong as per your chart. I am reading very different opinions on sanding or not the new wood before I stain. Care to comment as I really am confounded with the plethora of conflicting opinions via google...? Thank you, Doug
douglas anthony , September 13th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Alan Close:
My ipe deck was built about ten years ago and left untreated by any surface treatment.it did not weather as I thought it should. I have pressure washed and sanded it and need to find a stain that will protect it and bring out its natural beauty. What do you recommend.

All of the stains we sell are designed for this. You can test samples here:

http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-stain-samples
opwdecks , July 29th , 2016
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Home owner
My ipe deck was built about ten years ago and left untreated by any surface treatment.it did not weather as I thought it should. I have pressure washed and sanded it and need to find a stain that will protect it and bring out its natural beauty. What do you recommend.
Alan Close , July 29th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Ryan B:
I have t&g ipe screened porch that's a little over 8 years old. It was originally stained with a Flood stain in cedar color when orignially installed and nothing since. I did not want it stained but contractor did not listen to me when we built our house As I wanted to weather naturally. I am painting the house and no to do something on the deck. A lot of stain has worn away over the years and Painters have pressure washed a lot off and say they can sand the rest. What stain and color do you recommend? Thanks

Try the IPE Oil for this.
opwdecks , June 22nd , 2016
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Pie stain
I have t&g ipe screened porch that's a little over 8 years old. It was originally stained with a Flood stain in cedar color when orignially installed and nothing since. I did not want it stained but contractor did not listen to me when we built our house As I wanted to weather naturally. I am painting the house and no to do something on the deck. A lot of stain has worn away over the years and Painters have pressure washed a lot off and say they can sand the rest. What stain and color do you recommend? Thanks
Ryan B , June 22nd , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting J Lee:
We are installing T&G tigerwood on a west facing front porch. What is the best product to protect the wood? The porch will eventually be screened in.

Look at Armstrong Clark or Defy Hardwood.
opwdecks , June 16th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
We are installing T&G tigerwood on a west facing front porch. What is the best product to protect the wood? The porch will eventually be screened in.
J Lee , June 16th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Phyllis:
I have a deck 10 years old,been stained twice with Australian Timber Oil . It is free of stain in some places and on the side rails not,patchy color. I would like to refinish to make it look new. What products do you recommend and how often to reapply? I was told the wood is tigerwood,

Prep with the Ipe Stain Stripper that we sell and pressure washing. Brighten the wood after. Stain with Armstrong Clark in amber on an annual basis for your wood type.
opwdecks , June 14th , 2016
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owner
I have a deck 10 years old,been stained twice with Australian Timber Oil . It is free of stain in some places and on the side rails not,patchy color. I would like to refinish to make it look new. What products do you recommend and how often to reapply? I was told the wood is tigerwood,
Phyllis , June 14th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Gary g:
I have a ton of ipe scrap that varies in size and length that I got for nearly free. I made a beautiful coffee table and have been scouring the net for the best way to protect it from finger prints, coffee spills... Any advice?

Any of our products should help.
opwdecks , May 4th , 2016
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interior ipe
I have a ton of ipe scrap that varies in size and length that I got for nearly free. I made a beautiful coffee table and have been scouring the net for the best way to protect it from finger prints, coffee spills... Any advice?
Gary g , May 4th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Hillary armitage:
I want to keep my new ipe deck from fading to gray. What should I use?

All the coatings we sell will help to prevent graying. IPE needs reapplication every year at a minimum.
opwdecks , April 15th , 2016
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Protecting a new deck
I want to keep my new ipe deck from fading to gray. What should I use?
Hillary armitage , April 15th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Janice Ducate:
Hi, my carpenter just redid my roof deck with new Ipe boards. I live in Brooklyn. He lightly sanded and coated the wood with Cabot's Austalian Timber Oil, but was concerned that the formula is now 'oil modified'. He said it didn't go on the same as the old stuff. He used a lambs wool cloth and coated it lightly. 30hours later it rained and now there are horrible water stains all over. The can said 24 hrs drying time. Is Cabot's Timber Oil not the best bet anymore? From the charts, would Armstrong be better? I'm looking for a natural stain. And will he need to resend with an orbital sander? Thank you.

Yes you will have to remove first before using a different brand. Cabot changed their formulas so not the same. Use Defy Hardwood or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , April 5th , 2016
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Water stains on newly coated deck
Hi, my carpenter just redid my roof deck with new Ipe boards. I live in Brooklyn. He lightly sanded and coated the wood with Cabot's Austalian Timber Oil, but was concerned that the formula is now 'oil modified'. He said it didn't go on the same as the old stuff. He used a lambs wool cloth and coated it lightly. 30hours later it rained and now there are horrible water stains all over. The can said 24 hrs drying time. Is Cabot's Timber Oil not the best bet anymore? From the charts, would Armstrong be better? I'm looking for a natural stain. And will he need to resend with an orbital sander? Thank you.
Janice Ducate , April 5th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting LOU:
CAN IPE OIL BE USED ON MY MAHOGANY PORCHES

Yes you can.
opwdecks , March 5th , 2016
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IPE OIL
CAN IPE OIL BE USED ON MY MAHOGANY PORCHES
LOU , March 5th , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Dan:
I just purchased a Jensen Ipe patio table and chairs. Would these stains be suitable for ipe patio furniture? Or are they just for decks?

Any of the products we sell can be used on IPE furniture. Make sure that there is not already a coating or stain on the wood.
opwdecks , January 3rd , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
I just purchased a Jensen Ipe patio table and chairs. Would these stains be suitable for ipe patio furniture? Or are they just for decks?
Dan , January 3rd , 2016
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Duane:
Hi, I am looking for a finish for interior stair treads made of 3"x11"X4' solid IPE planks.
I am hoping to darken the wood as much as possible
Thank you

Try the Ipe Oil.
opwdecks , December 8th , 2015
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interior stair treads
Hi, I am looking for a finish for interior stair treads made of 3"x11"X4' solid IPE planks.
I am hoping to darken the wood as much as possible
Thank you
Duane , December 8th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Jose castro:
Hi. What color stain and product would you recommend to minimize the red and orange tones on IPE? Also do IPE oils come with any tint or are fully clear? Thanks

They are all tinted. See here for pictures of the colors:
http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-stain-samples
opwdecks , November 8th , 2015
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IPE oil or stain
Hi. What color stain and product would you recommend to minimize the red and orange tones on IPE? Also do IPE oils come with any tint or are fully clear? Thanks
Jose castro , November 8th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Connie Call:
We are installing a massaranduba deck in Southern California and would like your opinion on which of the above products is most successful in our climate.
Our contractor warns that some oils water spot. Is that your experience? And if so, which ones?
We have an existing redwood deck that will soon be refinished. What is the best stain/sealer for old redwood?
Since we will be recoating regularly can we use leftover product in the next year?

Many Thanks!
Connie

Oils should not leave water spots if properly applied and cures. Look at the Armstrong Clark or the Defy Hardwood. If you store properly it may be okay in a a year or so as long as there is not any evaporation.
opwdecks , November 5th , 2015
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home owner
We are installing a massaranduba deck in Southern California and would like your opinion on which of the above products is most successful in our climate.
Our contractor warns that some oils water spot. Is that your experience? And if so, which ones?
We have an existing redwood deck that will soon be refinished. What is the best stain/sealer for old redwood?
Since we will be recoating regularly can we use leftover product in the next year?

Many Thanks!
Connie
Connie Call , November 5th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting tony:
what has better UV protection in armstrong ipe stain, natural or mohohany ?

AC Mahogany will have better UV protection then the AC Amber.
opwdecks , October 15th , 2015
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uv
what has better UV protection in armstrong ipe stain, natural or mohohany ?
tony , October 15th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting wilson:
I have a home on the beach, I have a dock on the water which is built with IPE, my pool deck , gate and front siding of my home are all IPE wood. We have tried numerous contractors and products but nothing seems to last more than one year, the pool deck and dock showing the most wear and fading to the point of almost no stain remaining. The last application we used messmers and has not faired well. Now we are looking at Sansin. What is the best recommendation for each area of my home, or is there one product that will perform just as well everywhere.

thank you.

Nothing will last more then a year with IPE on a horizontals surface. The longest we have seen will be the Armstrong Clark in Mahogany and the Defy Hardwood Stain in Light Walnut. Both still need to be cleaned and reapplied every year though. The issue is not the stain but the IPE being extremely dense. You can use the same stain for both the house and the decks. The house will last much longer since it is vertical.
opwdecks , October 14th , 2015
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Mr.
I have a home on the beach, I have a dock on the water which is built with IPE, my pool deck , gate and front siding of my home are all IPE wood. We have tried numerous contractors and products but nothing seems to last more than one year, the pool deck and dock showing the most wear and fading to the point of almost no stain remaining. The last application we used messmers and has not faired well. Now we are looking at Sansin. What is the best recommendation for each area of my home, or is there one product that will perform just as well everywhere.

thank you.
wilson , October 14th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting James Smith:
After applying a Defy Hardwood stain, do you need to then apply a sealer?

No you cannot apply a sealer on top of the Defy nor is it needed.
opwdecks , September 4th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
After applying a Defy Hardwood stain, do you need to then apply a sealer?
James Smith , September 3rd , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Dave Pass:
Installed a new deck using mukulungu (African redwood) which is a hardwood with slightly lighter color than IPE. What stain products do you recommend to retain the nice reddish-brown tones in the wood?

Look at Armstrong Clark in Amber or Defy Hardwood in Natural Pine.
opwdecks , July 16th , 2015
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Stain products for mukulungu
Installed a new deck using mukulungu (African redwood) which is a hardwood with slightly lighter color than IPE. What stain products do you recommend to retain the nice reddish-brown tones in the wood?
Dave Pass , July 15th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting John Oppenhuizen:
As for Staining, my IPE patio is directly on the beach on the western shores of Lake Michigan. Lots of sun (as much as you get living in Michigan.) I am asking if any of the stains would be better if applied to a 12 year old patio that has completely bleached out and has never been stained previously?
Thank you.

The AC in the Mahogany holds the color the longest.
opwdecks , July 14th , 2015
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Advisor
As for Staining, my IPE patio is directly on the beach on the western shores of Lake Michigan. Lots of sun (as much as you get living in Michigan.) I am asking if any of the stains would be better if applied to a 12 year old patio that has completely bleached out and has never been stained previously?
Thank you.
John Oppenhuizen , July 14th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting deborah murphy:
I need to restain my deck but am looking for the most transparent stain. The mahogany stains make the deck too hot in the summer. What would you recommend?

Do you mean a lighter color/tint? Look at Defy Natural Pine or AC in Amber.
opwdecks , April 29th , 2015
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Ipe stain
I need to restain my deck but am looking for the most transparent stain. The mahogany stains make the deck too hot in the summer. What would you recommend?
deborah murphy , April 29th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Rob:
What do you recommend for my aged Ipe Deck. I have it freshly cleaned and sanded and need a No or low VOC product to put on it. I have used Penifen in the past and the long term high vocs make me ill. What do you advise? Thank You!

Defy or Armstrong Clark.
opwdecks , April 24th , 2015
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Mr.
What would be the best stain to use on meranti wood?
Gary King , April 23rd , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
What do you recommend for my aged Ipe Deck. I have it freshly cleaned and sanded and need a No or low VOC product to put on it. I have used Penifen in the past and the long term high vocs make me ill. What do you advise? Thank You!
Rob , April 23rd , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting faye kemon:
I have a stained and dirty pie that is in bad shape and needs to be stained.

How would you get a deck to look good again.
I think the quality of my ipe was not a high quality as my brothers deck.

WHo would you have clean and stain it.
living in Bonita Springs Fl.

You would need to use our stain stripper and wood brightener for prep and to restore the IPE. Stain with IPE Oil, Armstrong, Defy, etc.
opwdecks , March 27th , 2015
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ipe
I have a stained and dirty pie that is in bad shape and needs to be stained.

How would you get a deck to look good again.
I think the quality of my ipe was not a high quality as my brothers deck.

WHo would you have clean and stain it.
living in Bonita Springs Fl.
faye kemon , March 26th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Greg:
I have a IPE deck that is ~18 yrs old and still in great condition. I have refinished the deck many times over the years with different products looking for something that will last; no luck, I am resolved to knowing it requires annual application. It currently is "grayed" with some spots flacking previous finishes. I am planning on sanding the deck and apply a new coat of something. Any suggestions?

Look at Armstrong Clark in the mahogany color.
opwdecks , February 15th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
I have a IPE deck that is ~18 yrs old and still in great condition. I have refinished the deck many times over the years with different products looking for something that will last; no luck, I am resolved to knowing it requires annual application. It currently is "grayed" with some spots flacking previous finishes. I am planning on sanding the deck and apply a new coat of something. Any suggestions?
Greg , February 14th , 2015
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Debbie:
The stain on my deck is VERY light hardly darker than untreated. The deck was re constructed a few months after original construction due to a poor job. I love the color the deck gets when rained on and would like a stain to give that color, darker richer but not too dark. Messmers Natural is ok but Penofin Transparent Natural looks more like when wet.
Do you have an opinion if one is a better stain for ipe.

Look at Armstrong Clark in Amber color or Defy Hardwood in Natural Pine.
opwdecks , November 22nd , 2014
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Ms
The stain on my deck is VERY light hardly darker than untreated. The deck was re constructed a few months after original construction due to a poor job. I love the color the deck gets when rained on and would like a stain to give that color, darker richer but not too dark. Messmers Natural is ok but Penofin Transparent Natural looks more like when wet.
Do you have an opinion if one is a better stain for ipe.
Debbie , November 21st , 2014
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Ms
do you know anything about Cabots Austrailian Timber oil. To be used on ipe deck which was previously stained but the deck had to be REDONE due to poor construction to begin with !!!
Thanks.
Debbie , November 21st , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Karen Kelley:
We have a large ipe deck that has been stripped. We live inthe Pacific Northwest, Duvall, WA. Deck is southern exposure and gets lots of sun in the summer and the typical rain and some snow inthe winter.

We want a reddish brown finish.

Which stain do you reccommend?

Karen Kelley

Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color.
opwdecks , September 11th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
We have a large ipe deck that has been stripped. We live inthe Pacific Northwest, Duvall, WA. Deck is southern exposure and gets lots of sun in the summer and the typical rain and some snow inthe winter.

We want a reddish brown finish.

Which stain do you reccommend?

Karen Kelley
Karen Kelley , September 11th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Harry Arnold:
We would appreciate a recommendation of stain for a brand new Ipe deck. Our home is located on the Eastern slope of the Howell Mountains between Fairfield and Napa, California.

The deck gets full morning sun and limited afternoon sun exposure. Mold is not much of an issue. Annual rainfall is 24 to 30 inches with dry Summers. It does not freeze. We have eliminated Penofin as an option.

Armstrong Clark in the Amber or Mahogany color. IPE Oil is another option.
opwdecks , September 10th , 2014
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home owner
We would appreciate a recommendation of stain for a brand new Ipe deck. Our home is located on the Eastern slope of the Howell Mountains between Fairfield and Napa, California.

The deck gets full morning sun and limited afternoon sun exposure. Mold is not much of an issue. Annual rainfall is 24 to 30 inches with dry Summers. It does not freeze. We have eliminated Penofin as an option.
Harry Arnold , September 9th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Lynn West:
Hello,

My husband and I are way behind the curve on various home maintenance projects, including finally focusing on our much-neglected 6-year-old Ipe deck at our home in Marin County California. The deck is south-facing and gets full sun all day most months of the year, with little rainfall on average except a few weeks a year with heavy rain. We know we should've been staining it every year to keep it looking good but haven't gotten around to it. It's never been sealed either. The color has faded a fair amount from its original deep dark reddish brown - now I'd describe it as medium brown with faint reddish tones underneath but with some boards starting to look gray. Your advice would be greatly appreciated!

Prep by using the RAD stain stripper and pressure washing. Once removed and dry, use the Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany.
opwdecks , August 27th , 2014
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Best Ipe Stain for 6-yr-old deck
Hello,

My husband and I are way behind the curve on various home maintenance projects, including finally focusing on our much-neglected 6-year-old Ipe deck at our home in Marin County California. The deck is south-facing and gets full sun all day most months of the year, with little rainfall on average except a few weeks a year with heavy rain. We know we should've been staining it every year to keep it looking good but haven't gotten around to it. It's never been sealed either. The color has faded a fair amount from its original deep dark reddish brown - now I'd describe it as medium brown with faint reddish tones underneath but with some boards starting to look gray. Your advice would be greatly appreciated!
Lynn West , August 26th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Jan Pascal:
We bought a house with an ipe deck which had been stained then apparently the owner tried with only partial success to remove it. My husband has power washed it annually and used a deck cleaner once on the patches woth no luck. What is is the best product to remove old patches of stain from ipe?

Try our stripper and pressure washing:
http://www.ipestain.com/ipe-stain-remover
opwdecks , August 8th , 2014
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Removing old stain from ipe
We bought a house with an ipe deck which had been stained then apparently the owner tried with only partial success to remove it. My husband has power washed it annually and used a deck cleaner once on the patches woth no luck. What is is the best product to remove old patches of stain from ipe?
Jan Pascal , August 7th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Doyle Gustafson:
I have just finished preparing and sanding my Tigerwood deck and wondered what would be the best product to apply to keep natural color. We live in Washington state north of Seattle. Would like a product that needs minimal cleaning for re-coating.

Thank you.

Look at Armstrong Clark in the Amber tint or Defy Hardwood in Natural Pine.
opwdecks , July 13th , 2014
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Tigerwood finish
I have just finished preparing and sanding my Tigerwood deck and wondered what would be the best product to apply to keep natural color. We live in Washington state north of Seattle. Would like a product that needs minimal cleaning for re-coating.

Thank you.
Doyle Gustafson , July 13th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting Jim Huberty:
I have an IPE deck. I've been using Cabet Australian Timber Oil to stain it. Looks good and doesn't peel. Its an oil. However I have to do it every year and it really scratchs easily. Is there a better brand that won;t peel and goes on like an oil?

Look at the Arsmtrong Clark in the Mahogany color.
opwdecks , June 6th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Quoting arnaud:
My goal is that the wood would age to a natural silver gray eventually. Which would be the best product to achieve that goal?

This particular installation is for an outdoor shower and 95% of the IPE will be installed vertically, i.e., wall and trellis. The project is located in CT.

Do you want any color now? If you do not an want it to gray than best to go withe a finish that has no tint.
opwdecks , June 6th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
I have an IPE deck. I've been using Cabet Australian Timber Oil to stain it. Looks good and doesn't peel. Its an oil. However I have to do it every year and it really scratchs easily. Is there a better brand that won;t peel and goes on like an oil?
Jim Huberty , June 6th , 2014
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architect
My goal is that the wood would age to a natural silver gray eventually. Which would be the best product to achieve that goal?

This particular installation is for an outdoor shower and 95% of the IPE will be installed vertically, i.e., wall and trellis. The project is located in CT.
arnaud , June 6th , 2014
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Brad, IPE in general will need to be redone every year, sometimes sooner. Best to prep well to remove all coatings. Try Armstrong Clark in Mahogany or Defy Hardwood in Light Walnut.
opwdecks , January 19th , 2014
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Homeowner
I installed and ipe deck some years ago. It stated to darken so I cleaned it with a deck wash and then used cloplay Australian stain on it. Well this darker the wood even more. This past summer I re cleaned the deck and used Messmers oil on it. It looked great for about 5 months, it's darkening again. I would like a stain/oil that holds up, is there one you recommend over all the others? I look forward in hearing from you.
Brad Wilhelm , January 19th , 2014
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re: TWP on IPE
TWP is technically not designed for Exotic Hardwoods. It would probably work though.
opwdecks , October 7th , 2013
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TWP on IPE
I've used TWP on many projects and am wondering how it would perform on IPE. The IPE is decking that gets coastal sunshine in the Northeast.
Thanks!
Lou , October 7th , 2013
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
Becky, none of the sealers we sell are filming shiny type clear finishes. They are penetrating and tinted. I do not think they will work for what you are looking for.
opwdecks , September 8th , 2013
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
My sons built a beautiful outdoor bar for us out of ipe. I want a clear sealer, something to keep wet glasses from staining the surface. Sun is not a big issue, since it is in a shady area and will be covered most of the time. Suggestions?
Becky , September 8th , 2013
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owner fox construction
i just installed new ipe decking,and i live in lexington ma. what is the best stain for me to use on deck?
don fox , June 15th , 2013
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
I would look at the Armstrong product
opwdecks , May 31st , 2013
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RE: What are the Best IPE Stains
I wish to finish a purpleheart deck in Seattle Wa. The deck is the front porch on the west side of the house that is on the east side of a hill, so doesn't get alot of sun but does get alot of rain. Would you recommend any of the hardwood/exotic finishes.
Thank you for your recommendations .
Sarah Peden , May 31st , 2013
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