Use a Stain or Finish that is Designed for Exotic Hardwood
IPE is a very expensive a beautiful wood. Problem is that many stains are not able to penetrate well. Make sure when researching your IPE stain that you look for a brand that is specifically designed for exotic woods. Usually you will see special formulas by major brands. Words to look for in the name are: Hardwood, Exotic, IPE, etc.
Ease of Reapplication when Faded
IPE and other exotic woods will require more maintenance and re coating then other soft woods such as cedar and pine. Since you will be re-coating your IPE deck annually (or sooner), it is best to choose a stains that does not peel or darken in color. This makes a light cleaning and reapplication of the stains substantially easier.
Color of Pigment
Lighter pigmented stains will fade faster the darker stains. Make sure to choose a IPE finish that has a good amount of pigment. In addition "red" pigment will prevent UV fading longer then other pigments. For Example, Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods in Red Mahogany will last longer the their Natural tint.
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