Update for 2018: IPE Oil Hardwood Stain Review
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Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish is the best solution for your hardwood deck. Ipe Oil™ Hardwood Deck Finish will penetrate the densest of exotic hardwoods, protecting and conditioning while at the same time maintaining a completely natural appearance.
IPE Oil Stain provides excellent penetration into naturally dense woods to provide adequate water and UV protection. IPE Stain is recommended for woods such as Tigerwood, Cumaru, and IPE decking and wood siding surfaces. It aids in preserving the natural beauty of these exotic wood types. IPE Oil Hardwood is an oil based VOC compliant formula.
Important Note: Testing for Exotic Hardwood Deck Stains
Naturally dense hardwoods such as IPE are difficult to penetrate. The stain will always fade quicker on these wood types than other types of exterior woods like cedar and pressure treated pine. Therefore our typical 2-year test will be changed to 1-year.
IPE Oil Hardwood Stain Stain Scores (1-10)
Appearance After Initial Stain Application: 9
–IPE Oil is available only in a natural finish. This pigmented transparent finish helps enhance the natural wood grain beauty. The final finish of our test IPE surface after drying was a rich, warm brown tone with a slight reddish glow. It really was quite beautiful.
Preventing UV Graying at 1 Year Mark: 6
–At our exotic wood stain inspection after 1 year we observed 70% color retention. Considering the dense nature of IPE this was a fair amount of color retention compared to other hardwood stains we have tested.
Wear/Tear and Peeling: 10
–No peeling was visible after 1 year. This is common for a good penetrating oil stain. Even the high traffic areas showed no peeling or wearing.
Cost Per Square Foot: 8
–IPE Oil Stain for Hardwoods is on the more expensive side at $51.99 per gallon. Luckily IPE Oil has a great coverage rate. We experienced a coverage rate at over 300 square feet per gallon. This is twice the coverage rate of soft woods. For our 600 square foot IPE test deck, we used 2 gallons in total.
Preventing Mold/Mildew/Algae: 8
–There was some mildew present after 1 year on the outside rails and in some corners.
Ease of Application: 8
–IPE Oil Hardwood Stain was applied using a stain pad. We back wiped excess stain after waiting 20 minutes. Coverage was very good and the whole stain project was finished in 3 hours.
Color Shifting (darkening) after 2 Years: 8
– With small amounts of mildew growth, there was no noticeable darkening or color shifting with IPE Oil Hardwood Stain after 1 year.
Difficulty of Reapplication: 8
–Prior to a recoat of IPE Oil Hardwood, a thorough cleaning would be needed using a wood cleaner to rid the wood of dirt and grime. This is all that would be needed for a proper prep before a recoat of IPE Oil.
Overall Score IPE Oil Hardwood Stain at 1 Year Period: 8.25
–Overall we really liked IPE Oil Stain. Besides the user-friendly application and excellent coverage rate, the finished appearance is spectacular. We believe that IPE Oil Hardwood Stain is a great product for any exotic hardwood that requires yearly 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:
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 in consideration that results may differ due to different wood types, exposure to UV radiation, and natural weathering.