Re-furbished Ipe - Ready Seal
My prep could have been better. I should have stripped it before sanding. I've heard HD-80 is good. Ready Seal guys say Oxalic. I've heard "lime clean"(?) is the best prep for a deck there is according to one professional.
The Ready Seal didn't soak in immediately. I did go against recommendation and I lathered a crazy thick coat to the already dense Ipe. I had to end up wiping/t shirt mopping a lot off. I'm getting a bit of leaching out of 2 small boards that are probably still wet. Closest to pool and have cracks. The homeowner wants the pool back since it is 100 degrees here in Austin Tx - so I'm going to wipe with mineral spirits in the a.m. to accelerate dry/soak in time. I hope I allowed enough dry time ?? 24 hours in Texas brutal sun I figured o.k. You are supposed to test moisture with a moisture meter !!!! Ready Seal makes this an emphatic point since it is a stain sealer that penetrates and doesn't fully cure for a long long time. Just keeps flowing so water can make it flow up (oil x water) and leach out. Sheesh I'm exhausted. It was a crap shoot and I'm lucky I got some advice from more experienced guys
They wanted it done fast. I am a bit disappointed I wasn't allowed time to re-store to full glory.
Anyone know why I'm getting that leaching? Thanks Y'all
The leaching is because the Ready Seal is a non-drying oil and the IPE is extremely dense. Basically, it is repelling the Ready Seal and since it never dries, this issue will most likely not go way anytime soon. This is one of the reasons we do not use Ready Seal anymore.
If it doesn't stop leeching, you may need to strip it all off and start over with a stain that actually dries.