IPE Exotic Hardwood Stain Review 2019 4.6/5 (9)

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Update 2019 IPE & Exotic Hardwood Stain Reviews

Welcome to Deckstainhelp.com, your source for industry insights and tips for the perfect deck stain project execution. IPE & Exotic Hardwood Stains continues to follow same wear patterns as years before. Leave us a comment if you’ve used IPE& Exotic Hardwood Stains and the type of hardwood and brand of stain used.


IPE Stained Deck Review

IPE Stained Deck Review

Exotic woods like IPE are extremely dense and hard to penetrate. Common deck stains should not be used on these types of dense hardwoods. Specially formulated exotic hardwood stains are designed to dive into the dense pores of these woods to give maximum protection against UV rays and water damage. Due to the hard nature of these woods stain will not last more than 1 year. In some cases, exotic hardwood surfaces can benefit from being cleaned and recoated every 6 months. This is just the nature of exotic hardwoods.

The huge popularity of these types of woods is their beautiful nature and durability. Although fairly expensive compared to cedar or pressure treated pine, IPE, and other Brazilian hardwoods are gorgeous. When stained with IPE Exotic Hardwood Stains the wood grain is naturally highlighted and the wood’s beauty is enhanced. The wood grain and character of these woods can be stunning. The exceptional penetration that an IPE Exotic Hardwood Stain review showed was the key to a long lasting beautiful appearance. Water repellency and UV protection are a must to keep the exotic hardwood from graying and fading as well as warping or cracking. 

IPE Exotic Hardwood Stains like the Defy Hardwood Stain and the Armstrong Clark Hardwood Colors are a low VOC compliant oil-based wood stain that can be shipped to all 50 states. IPE, tigerwood, cumaru, and mahogany are the most common types of wood that professionals stain with IPE Exotic Hardwood Stains. Preserving these expensive woods will save you a lot of money in unnecessary repairs and replacements of rotten or damaged wood. The semi-transparent finish will darken the wood as if it is wet. This makes the wood grain pop and makes for an eye-catching wood surface. IPE Exotic Hardwood Stains can be used on decks, fences, wood railings and any hardwood furniture that is previously untreated.

Top IPE and Exotic Hardwood Stain Ratings
1. Restore-A-Deck Wood Stain
2. Armstrong Clark Wood Stain
3. Defy Hardwood/Cedar Stain

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ken folkman
ken folkman

I have a 18 year old IPE deck. I live in Fla and so it is exposed to sun year round and rainy. I have always used a clear or natural after pressure washing it once a year. Some areas are more gray or brown , by no means the original color. I was thinking of using a solid this year and make it cherry which is closest to the original color. I was recommended to use Superdeck Exotic Hardwood by Duckback ?? Does anyone have any recommendations or thoughts on this product, process, or even a better idea

Thanks

John
John

I have used Messmers UV Natural for my Ipe deck in the past. It seems to work fine. I just pressure washed everything again after a few years and the wood/grain looks great. Is there a more transparent oil that would keep the wood grain more visible? Thank you….

Jeffrey Bowers
Jeffrey Bowers

I’ve just installed just milled African Mahogany vertical siding to my SoCal home very close to the beach. The single story wall faces south. I am mostly concerned about longevity, though I want to enhance (and not hide) the look of this beautiful wood. Ease of application is not weighted as much for me as I’d rather pay up front to have the better chance of preservation. I have read the articles and wondering, given these conditions, what finish product you’d choose between Restore-A-Deck, Armstrong Clark and Defy? Messmers also had a good review on your site.

Jeffrey Bowers
Jeffrey Bowers

Also – in reading manufacturer pages they generally advise waiting 3-6 months so hardwood can age, prior to application. Agree?

GuyM
GuyM

I moved into a house that has dark stained ipe wood railings. They need to be cleaned and restained . I would like to keep them the same color. Any idea how i can figure this out. Can i use a product like Armstrong Clark black walnut over the existing similar color stain once I’ve properly prepped the wood?

Deck guy in California
Deck guy in California

If Ipe deck is covered so that it gets little sun, will this be an issue? Just sanded and stained using Armstrong hardwood stain and it the Ipe oils keep coming up. The owner hosed it and it caused spotting. What do you recommend?

Joy Brown
Joy Brown

We are replacing our deck this summer and have made the amazing discover of IOE woods. Reading your article
In staining the IPE wood deck, did I understand you correctly that this deck will need to be restrained every year? This can become quite expensive a deck guy for an annual maintenance or sanding and staining right?
Could you please give me a short list of the best and acceptable stains for this particular wood. Maybe I can find the stain locally.
Is there a finish that needs to be applied also?

John Knudson
John Knudson

I have a 10 year old massarunaba(sp?) deck in upstate NY. I have used Messmers UV Plus Natural for Hardwoods every 2-3 years. Part of the deck is exposed to sun and turns grey quickly, sheltered portion less so. I want to return the deck to its original color. I’m considering RAD Stripper/Brightener, then Armstrong Clark semi transparent Mahogany stain. Comments or suggestions please!

Ankoor
Ankoor

Have an ipe deck that the previous homeowner used a solid brown stain on. Pealing throughout and looks terrible. Want to get solid stain removed but none of contractors that gave prices seem to agree on method. Any suggestions? One suggested using deck stain stripper, sanding and power washing. Will that damage wood? Thinking of using penofin after.

Dave M

I have a hardwood deck that has a stain in decent shape. A bit of peeling. My plan is to clean the deck than stain. Just not sure because I do not know brand of stain on deck if it should be stripped. I can down load pics if that would help

Dave M
Dave M

Trying on pics. Lol

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Gill D
Gill D

Hi there-not sure if my post was submitted. Built an ipe deck in july 2015, and it was stained a few days later (temp 85 deg when stained)-stunning deck. By Sept the stain was fading and in April 2016 stain was gone. We restain it that month, temp about 50 degrees. Again, by Sept stain was fading. We get about 8 hrs of sun on the deck from Jun-end Aug, snow from end Nov-Apr. Now that the snow is melting, we see the stain has vanished. Not sure of the product the guys used. But we live in Montreal-would the weather-heat and snow (-20deg in winter)- have anything to do with it? Our summers ave around 80-85deg, of course it’s much hotter on the deck. I’ve heard that sometimes you have to let the deck dry for over a week after power washing, and to sand and oil a few times before when staining it. Do we have to do this process twice a year for the rest of our deck life? I had no idea that this would be so difficult to maintain. When i had the deck built, i was looking forward to LESS maintenanc, guess that’s NOT gonna happen. The IPE wood and stain is absolutely gorgeous!!! But when the stain fades-well-not so pretty on the eyss.
I will submit some pics.
Thanks for your help and your wonderful site.

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scott
scott

That is a beautiful deck in the picture. What stain was used? I have a 3 year old IPE deck. What should I use?