ipe deck stainIPE is an extremely beautiful wood when stained and will be the envy of your neighbors. The problem with exotic hardwood decking such as IPE is that it will require maintenance annually. It is best to choose a pigmented wood stain that will enhance the reddish brown tones of the IPE as if wet with water. This will filter the UV and prolong the graying. Stains that are designed to penetrate IPE will work better and will be easier to clean and reapply when needed.

How to stain IPE decking:

  1. Make sure to choose a wood stain that is designed for dense wood such as IPE: IPE Decking Stains All of these stains are transparent but pigmented stains. Our most popular are: Ipe Oil, Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods, Defy Hardwood Stain, Penofin Exotic Wood Stain, and Armstrong Clark in Mahogany Color.
  2. The IPE will need to be prepped first by removing and dirt, grime, mold, etc. Best to use a wood deck cleaner. Make sure to clean the IPE wood at least 2-3 days prior to applying the stain
  3. Always wear protective clothing and gloves when applying a wood finish. Take precautions to tarp or cover all surrounding plants, home, and concrete areas.
  4. On the day of staining make sure the wood is completely dry and that there is no rain in the forecast. Remove all furniture and sweep off any dirt or grime.
  5. We suggest applying the IPE stain with a stain pad applicator. This will apply the finish evenly to the deck. Always start with the railings before moving onto the flooring. Make sure to apply with the grain of the wood and take care to not "puddle" the stain. Do not over apply! Excessive application will result in the stain drying tacky and failing faster than normal.
  6. When finished make sure to check for missed spots and drips. Take care to wipe any thick areas of stain that have not absorbed.
  7. Stay off the decking surface for at least 24 hours before putting any furniture back on the flooring. If you notice any sticky or shiny areas you can wipe off the excess stain with a rag.

Keep the IPE surface free from dirt and grime. Periodic sweeping and rinsing with water will keep the wood looking better longer. Best to reapply the IPE stain before the wood turns gray. Depending on the exposure to the sun, you will need to reapply every 9-18 months.

If you have any IPE Staining questions please ask below.

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    The Sealer Store · 07/29/2017
    Rhonda Chappell:
    I was out of town and a friend did my deck using messmers uv stain. I'm home after 3 days and there are shiny sticky spots on my deck. What do I do

    Sounds like he over applied or did not prep correctly. Try wiping the deck down with mineral spirits and rags to remove excess stain. When done, take all oil rags and soak them in water. Lay them flat to dry outside.
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    Rhonda Chappell · 07/28/2017
    I was out of town and a friend did my deck using messmers uv stain. I'm home after 3 days and there are shiny sticky spots on my deck. What do I do
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    Tim Smith · 03/20/2017
    I have a client ( More like a buddy at the marina) who has a IPE deck. I typically don't work on that type of wood as we don't have many people who will pay for it. It has been coated with multiple coats of Sikkens Dek and has peeling all over the deck. He has asked me to help him restore it and I am just at a loss. If I strip and sand the Sikkens dek off. Won't it come back through the wood when another stain is applied. I have had that happen before. He wants to keep it looking natural but I just don't know how to help him. If we were to strip and sand could we use another type of oil based stain on it? Any advice would be great.
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    The Sealer Store · 07/26/2016
    You could try removing some of the excess stain with mineral spirits and rags. Make sue that all oil rages are saturated in water when you are done. Dry the wet rags by laying flat on the ground outside.
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    Gene · 07/25/2016
    I had a contractor apply Penofin to a deck of treated word. Basically he did a good job but there are a couple of areas where he got it too thick and it did not soak in. Several days passed before I came back and saw what had happened. When I try to wipe the shiny and sticky areas it won't come off. What should I do to fix those areas?
    Thanks so much for your help?
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    The Sealer Store · 06/14/2016
    Prep with a Restore A Deck Kit. No need to sand.
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    Joe D. · 06/14/2016
    We purchased a 10 year old home and the previous owners stained the Ipe deck initially, and then decided to let it weather over the last 3-4 years. Mostly gray now, with some brown faded stain in low traffic and under railings etc. Assuming we're ok with the color variability, do we have to sand the deck prior to applying oil? Is there a difference in absorbtion either way?

    Thanks.

    Joe
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    Mikey Bagels 718 · 06/12/2016
    Hello, I am refurbishing an old bench and I'm using IPE, I've applied my sealer and the color of the wood looks great, but I'm not too sure about the next step. Do I apply an IPE oil next? Do I have to put a Polyurethane finish on it? Totally a novice here, but very eager. looking forward to your reply.
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    The Sealer Store · 06/06/2016
    If you have water spots then you will need to strip off and start over. Use the Restore A Deck Stain Stripper to remove.
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    AAinCO · 06/05/2016
    Contractors sanded my 9-yr old Tigerwood deck and stained it with Deckeise Ipe stain-it looked beautiful. No rain was in the forecast, but being CO, that changed and we had a very light sprinkling snot 2 hrs after the deck was stained. It has not rained since but now I have waterspots. What do you suggest to fix this? Thanks!
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    The Sealer Store · 08/24/2015
    It is for both. Looks better and will protect form weathering.
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    Kristine · 08/24/2015
    We bought a house that has an ironwood deck built 6 years ago. As far as I can tell, it has never been stained. I just applied a deck wash to clean it and it looks a light gray color. Does it need to be stained to help it last longer or is that just for aesthetics?
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    The Sealer Store · 04/20/2014
    Woodley, best water based stain on the market for IPE is the Defy Stain for Hardwoods. Light walnut color.
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    Woodley Murphy · 04/20/2014
    I am sanding my IPE 455 sq. ft. deck back to bare wood and considering applying a water based stain. I have been using Australian Timber oil. What is the best water based stain to use?
    Defy Extreme versus Flood CWF versus? What do you recommend?
    Thanks
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    The Sealer Store · 11/09/2013
    Niraj, it would be best to wait until spring and prep with a deck cleaner first to remove the graying.
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    niraj · 11/09/2013
    I just installed and tigerwood deck and am wondering if I can wait until the spring before applying an ipe oil? Will the wood grey?
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    The Sealer Store · 09/29/2013
    Penny, no need to stain all sides. Application new wood depends on the stain brand. Most want you to wait at least a few months and prep first with a deck cleaner.
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    Penny · 09/29/2013
    I am building an IPE deck. From what I've read it is not recommended to sand it because it will bring the oils to the surface and then any oil/stain that is applied won't be able to soak in. Also I have read that the wood should be stained on all sides and then installed. However from many of the articles I've seen it sounds like they just install it then stain the top. Any opinions on this? Also acclimation is a question. I've seen anywhere from a week to a year. I would really like it to be a week:-)
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    The Sealer Store · 09/06/2013
    Do not add more stain. Color of the stain when applied is determined by the IPE as you are enhancing the natural tones of the wood. Pigmented stains will help a little but they cannot change the wood grain completely.
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    Chad · 09/05/2013
    I finally got part of my deck cleaned and Oiled. As feared all the boards are a similar "plain" brown color. Despite reassurance from my Ipe dealer and Ipe Oil dealer the wood did not get back any of those great dark browns. It's essentially a muddy-light-brown deck. What I don't get is how there are so many pictures of Ipe decks that are older and still have the great black, brown and red differences from board to board, where mine is just pretty much brown. Is there anything else I can do? How do I get those great dark colors back? Will time do the trick or will multiple coats of oil do the trick? Will the Mahogany stain you sell do the trick?