Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish is designed specifically for IPE and other Brazilian Hardwoods. Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish offers deep penetration into dense exotic woods protecting the wood from water and UV damage.
Ipe Oil™ can be used on all types of wood including ipe, tigerwood, cumaru, or and hardwood decking and wood siding, preserving the natural grain while enhancing at the same time. Ipe Oil™ Deck Finish is a 250 VOC compliant oil-based finish that can be used in all 50 states.
Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains
Exotic hardwoods such as IPE are extremely dense and difficult to penetrate. These wood types when stained will always fade faster the other woods such as Cedar, Redwood, and Pine. Testing will be changed to 1 year instead of 2 years for exotic hardwoods.
IPE Oil Hardwood Stain Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9
- IPE Oil comes in only a Natural Finish. This is a transparent but pigmented color that really enhance the natural grain of the wood. The finished look after drying was a beautiful rich tones of brown with a hint of red throughout our IPE wood.
Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 7
- We only test exotic hardwoods for 1 year. IPE oil had retained most of it’s color. Only about 30% of the color has faded from the wood. The was still a decent amount of color left.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 9
- IPE Oil penetrates very well into exotic hardwoods. There wasn’t any peeling of the stain from the wood, even in the high traffic areas.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
- IPE Oil Finish retails for an expensive $51.99 per gallon. Fortunately the IPE Oil spreads extremely well. Coverage per gallon was over 300 feet per gallon. This is double the coverage on a soft wood such as Cedar or Pressure Treated Pine. We only used 2.5 gallons for the 800 sq. foot test deck.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8
- Small amounts of algae was present after 2 year around the outside railings and in corners We did not find any mold growing in or on the IPE Oil Stain.
Ease of Application: 8.5
- Coverage is excellent. We applied with a pad applicator, waited 20 minutes and back wiped the excess stain residue. Entire project was completed in about 3 hours.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8.5
- The IPE Oil did not color shift/darken noticeably. No mold/mildew and very little dirt accumulation.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 8
- Future maintenance would require a wood deck cleaner and some scrubbing to alleviate the wood of dirt. This would be enough prep prior to applying a maintenance coat of stain.
Overall Score IPE Oil Hardwood Stain at 1 Year Period: 8.25
- We liked the IPE Oil overall. Very easy to apply, coverage per gallon was excellent, and the finished look was stunning. This would be a good product for any exotic hardwood that requires annual maintenance.
Where To Buy: Mostly Online with a few retail stores: IPE Oil Stain
Cost: $51.99 per Gallon
Stain Type: Semi-Transparent – Oil Based for Hardwoods
Available Colors: Natural Finish
Application Temperature: 45-95 F
Coats Required: 1 coat for most hardwood decking surfaces
Coverage Per Gallon: 300+ sq. ft for Exotic Hardwoods
Application Tools: Sprayer, Pad, Brush, Roller
Dry Time: 4-12 Hours
Cleanup: Mineral Spirits
VOC Compliant: 250 Compliant in all States
Manufacturer: IPE Clip
Test Deck Stats:
Location of Deck: Commerce TWP, MI
When Tested: May 2010
Deck Wood Type: IPE Exotic Wood
Deck Square Footage: 800 Square feet
UV Exposure: Full Sun
How Many Years Tested: 1 Year
Stain Color Used: Natural Finish
*All products tested and results are from our experience. We offer no guarantee of similar results. Take inconsideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.