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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Sikkens Dek on IPE
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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re: shiny and sticky areas it won't come off
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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Home owner
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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Prep with a Restore A Deck Kit. No need to sand.
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Deck Prep.
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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IPE Bench
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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re: Light rain on newly IPE-stained Tigerwood deck
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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Light rain on newly IPE-stained Tigerwood deck
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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It is for both. Looks better and will protect form weathering.
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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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Woodley, best water based stain on the market for IPE is the Defy Stain for Hardwoods. Light walnut color.
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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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Niraj, it would be best to wait until spring and prep with a deck cleaner first to remove the graying.
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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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re: Stain all sides of wood?
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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Stain all sides of wood?
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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re: Just Brown
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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Just Brown
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-bro wn 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?
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re: What have I done!?
Chad, IPE Oil does have a stain/tint in it and will enhance the color.
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What have I done!?
I had an order of IPE deck board sit out for 2 months because the vendor sent the order too early. I recently had a few new pieces delivered that was added to the order and realized the new boards are brown look great and the old stuff is more of a tan/gold cedar color to do the elements over 2 months. I have Ipe oil ready to go but worried I won't get that original dark look as seen on my new boards. I hope to have the deck completed by next week but am disappointed that my boards already look so light. Is there anything I can do to return that dark brown color? Can I add some stain to the oil? Can I just stain before/after the oil treatment?

Please tell me all is not lost!!!!
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owner
I have bought 2 gallons of Semi transparent Mahogany colour stain of Amrstrong clark for my 350 sq ft mahogany deck from you. Please let me know if this qty is enough. Also,the picture in your site for this color is very dark like solid color. Shall I be able to see the wood grain through the stain? I have not yet opened the gallons you sent to me. Please respond as soon as posiible to enable me start my project.
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re: Stripping IPE Deck?
Hard to say. If the old stain is completely gone than I would clean and brighten. If not than strip and brighten.
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Stripping IPE Deck?
Hello,

I have a quick question regarding my IPE deck. It is ten years old and I have restained it a few times. The last time I restained (about three yrs ago) I stripped the stain before I applied a new coat. My question is do I need to strip the old stain or can I just use a product to clean and brighten the deck before staining.

thanks!
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re: IPE deck with Cedar railings
I would wait a month, clean and brighten the wood, then apply 1 coat of the IPE Oil
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IPE deck with Cedar railings
We just had a 400 SQ ft IPE deck with Cedar railings completed last week. The whole project took about a month so the wood both cedar and IPE has been exposed to the elements ( we had had lots of rain ) for at least a couple weeks. My questions are

1. Do I wait a 5 or 6 months to satin the IPE decking with IPE oil or do i do this right away?
2. Should i clean, brighten and stain the Cedar railings and lattice with Timer oil right away or wait a few months.
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We have a tigerwood deck that is gray when dry but a beautiful reddish brown when wet. It was originally sealed with Penofin (not sure if oil or water based) which didn't last very long. It has not been sealed for several years. Do I need to pressure wash, or can I work a deck cleaner in with a broom and rinse with a garden hose? What cleaner do you recommend? The lumber yard that sells tigerwood recommends Penofin. Is there anything better (longer-lasting ) than Penofin? What do you recommend? Thanks, Bill VS
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re: We have just framed a new deck
In general all oil stains will penetrate better into the wood if the wood weathers some. New wood is just not that that porous. Your Tigerwood is very dense though and waiting a month or two will not make that much of a difference. Cleaning though would probably help.
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We have just framed a new deck (pressure treated lumber) and are getting ready to install Tigerwood decking. I'm going to order the Messmer's UV Plus for Hardwoods from your site but was reading your instructions first. Do the suggestions on your site regarding "When" and "How to Prep a Deck" (waiting a couple months for the wood to dry, etc) apply for hardwoods? The article above "How to Stain IPE" mentions cleaning the wood first, but nothing about letting it weather first. The salesman where we purchased the Tigerwood says no oil they recommend (Messemer's for Hardwood) has a waiting period. My husband is inclined to stain the boards before we install so that we can see the colors/striping in the wood but if it needs to weather first we'll wait. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks!
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re: ipe dock in the Bahamas
I would look at the Messmers Red Mahogany color or Armstrong Clark in the Mahogany color.
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We have an ipe dock in the Bahamas, so salt is an issue. What is the best stain to maintain the beautiful red. We have used Ipe Oil, and find it too brown. We are considering Penofin's Marine vs Messmers. Thoughts?
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re: not smell so bad for so long
I would look at the Defy Hardwood Stain (www.opwdecks.com/.../). Much less odor.
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A couple of years ago when we stained/sealed our ipe deck with Mesmer's product, the smell was unbearable for many weeks. We could not use or eat out on the deck for at least a month due to the strong obnoxious odor. We could smell it in the house too, even with the doors/windows closed. Is there a product we can use this time that will not smell so bad for so long?
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re: applied Armstrong Clarke to my ipe deck last year and it still looks very good
You can apply a second coat after a light cleaning to prep.
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Hi,

I applied Armstrong Clarke to my ipe deck last year and it still looks very good with about a 20% lightening of color. Would it be okay to apply a second coat this summer to maintain the deck as well as possible?

Thanks
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Ipe Care
Hi Folks,
We had an Ipe porch installed and the painters applied the oil, unfortunately, they did not wipe up the excess immediately. Several hours later, we wiped up what we could, but now have some tacky spots and areas that have a sheen. Any suggestions for achieving a more uniform appearance?
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re: home owner
Cleaners or stripper will not remove wax out of wood. As for the stain, I would look at:

IPE Oil
Messmers UV Plus for Hardwoods
Armstrong Clark in Mahogany Color
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home owner
Last summer wax oil from citronella containers spilled on IPE deck and left a dark oil stain. What cleaner do we use and how to prepare the deck to apply a coating (not a stain) that is best for IPE.

Thank You
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re: can i power wash
You should always wash with a deck cleaner or stain stripper. Pressure washing a deck without cleaners can cause damage. It also makes your job easier with better overall results when done.

The cleaners and brighteners we sell are biodegradable and eco friendly. Especially the Restore-A-Deck products (www.opwdecks.com/.../).
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can i power wash
Can I power wash my ipe to remove the old stain residue prior to restaining, or must I clean and brighten? I'd rather not have the cleaner and brightner run off in my landscaping if I don't have to.
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re: How to restore original finish
Restore-A-Deck (www.opwdecks.com/.../) stain stripper and the wood brightener should remove the old coatings so that the wood is properly prepped.
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How to restore original finish
I have a 3 year old Ipe deck. I originally used Penofin several times to finish the deck. Last year I used Cabot Austrailian Timber Oil but I don't think I prepared right. It turned the deck brown almost like a solid stain would do. How do I remove the Timber Oil so I can get back to the Penofin with the same look I had originally? Should I sand it off or apply something else?
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re: Wood and Stain suggestion for Front Steps in Colorado
IPE is one of the most beautiful woods when stained. Unfortunately it requires annual (or sooner) maintenance if you want to maintain that rich stained color.

You will not be able to achieve the look of IPE wood by using a "soft" wood such as pine or cedar. There are no other "hard" woods (mahogany, teak, tigerwood, etc) that will take a stain and last 2 or more years. What you are looking for is not possible.

You could try pine and use a stain such as Armstrong Clark in Mahogany (www.opwdecks.com/.../). It will look great but will not look like IPE.

Good question though!
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Wood and Stain suggestion for Front Steps in Colorado
I am having my front steps rebuilt -- it's about 10 steps plus landing pad, so it's a substantial amount of wood. I was thinking of having them done in IPE because I love the reddish tones of the wood and I'm told that the dense hardwoods will last longer. However, I've also been told that the stain must be reapplied every year (and I saw some info on your "How to Stain IPE" that seems to confirm the annual stain requirement).

Can you suggest an alternate wood that would have good lasting qualities and would take a stain well so that it doesn't have to be reapplied every single year (every other year would be fine)? Is pressure treated a good idea? And, what stain would you recommend for the wood you suggest? I'd like to end up with something that looks close to the IPE look but I realize that only IPE will look like IPE. I live in Colorado, so extreme sun and wet, cold winters are a factor, and I want to be sure the wood won't be slippery when it's stained (I had my deck stained with Sikkens and it came out slippery when wet). Thanks.
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re: sticky ipe deck
You can try to remove some excess with mineral spirits. If that does not work then you will need to strip it off and start over if it does not dry.
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AFter a week we have a sticky ipe deck. What can we do to get rid of this stickiness? This was the second coating of ipe oil stain. We know we must have put it on too thick. is there something we can do aabout this? it is a beautiful deck!
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re: Armstrong Mahogany Stain
Armstrong Clark in Mahogany (www.opwdecks.com/.../) does have a tendency to hold color a little longer then other IPE stains. A lot to due with having "red" pigment as part of the color. Red pigment can absorb the UV better then other color.
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Armstrong Mahogany Stain
Seems that this stain seems to last longer then some of the others. Any reason for that?
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re: Penofin on IPE
Nothing wrong with the Penofin. The issue is the IPE's wood density. Might want to try Armstrong Clark in Mahogany (www.opwdecks.com/.../). It seems to hold color a little longer.
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Mr.
I've been using Penofin Exotic Wood Stain for years and my question is this: Is there a better stain to use on my IPE deck or should I continue with the Penofin? I find that the Penofin has a really short protection period before another coat is requirred.
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re: sanding a deck
Clean and brighten first. Let dry then lightly sand any splinters before applying the stain.
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sanding a deck
Where in the restoration process do you do the sanding of splinters. Do you clean,sand then do the brightner?

Thanks
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