Update 2018 for Hardwood Deck Stain Tips for Ipe
DeckStainHelp.com is the Internet’s go-to site for all things wood deck restoration related. Just like all different types of wood surfaces, we recommend you properly prep your IPE wood prior to staining with a penetrating exotic hardwood stain. Feel free to leave us a comment with pictures and any questions you may have below.
Maintaining an exotic hardwood such as Ipe requires a little more patience and the proper deck stain. The vital key to consider when choosing a lasting finish is the density of the wood. This determines how deep the stain will be able to penetrate.
Ipe decking is extremely dense and tough for a deck stain to penetrate. On newer Ipe wood a deck stain may only penetrate as little as a few millimeters. For this reason, any type of deck stain will only last about a year, so regular maintenance definitely comes into play.
Most decks stains are too low in resins and pigment solids to penetrate Ipe wood and wouldn’t last long or be very appealing. Special deck stains specifically designed for Ipe are necessary to get as much protection as possible. Ipe deck stains are designed to give a more lasting and maintainable finish. They are rich in oil alkyd resins that are more effective when dealing with limited penetration from dense wood.