What is the Best IPE Deck Stain? Very good question as there are not many deck stains or sealers that work well for IPE or other exotic hardwoods. IPE is a Brazilian hardwood that is very difficult to penetrate. Many wood and deck stain will not properly penetrate into this wood type. This results in premature fading of the finish. In this article, we will look at what makes a great and long lasting IPE finish.
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 recoating than other softwoods such as cedar and pine. Since you will be re-coating your IPE deck annually (or sooner), it is best to choose stains that do 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 an IPE finish that has a good amount of pigment. In addition "red" pigment will prevent UV fading longer than other pigments. For Example, Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods in Red Mahogany will last longer than their Natural tint.
Here are our most popular IPE Stains: