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Forum topic by Leisel posted 12-01-2011 01:59 AM 1780 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2011 01:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sealer deck porch refinishing ipe

I have an Ipe porch that is in desperate need of sealing/refinishing … I have no idea what the best products are, so I could really use some advice from someone who has experience/knowledge in this area.

What is a good product to use… that will both provide the best protection, as well as the best longevity?

Really appreciate any help I can get…Thank you!

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#1 posted 12-01-2011 06:29 AM

I built a 15×30 deck with Ipe a couple years ago. Its a wonderful and very durable wood.
My suggestion would be to use a flooring sander to pull off any stains and graying if its exposed to outside weather.
Because this wood is so dense (over twice as hard as oak) it really doesn’t do well with oil finishes. The oil doesn’t penetrate.
I gave up sealing my deck after one season because it doesn’t last long at all when exposed to weather.

The only good option in my opinion is to use a heavy duty marine type varnish. The downside here is that this creates a VERY slippery surface when wet plus if exposed to direct sun you will have glare and yellowing.
It may be worthwhile to add some grit to the finish for traction.

I bought my wood from ABS Wood.
They have a post with pics of how to clean and refinish Ipe porchs and decks here.
Good luck.

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#2 posted 12-01-2011 02:04 PM

I build Ipe decks for a living, and when I’m done, I give my clients a care sheet, and a link to my webpage.

deck care

sawdust55109 was correct when he said that nothing will penetrate Ipe very deeply. You can let it “silver”, or deal with re-finishing every year or 2.

-- Steve--

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Harry Montana

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 10:04 PM

Ipe porch that is in desperate need of sealing/refinishing:
please check this page by clicking on the link which is all about renovating your deck, it explains how to clean your deck without damaging it.
In short it is a two step process:
first you need to first is to apply a product that contains sodium percarbonate to get rid of the drit and mold and secondly, you apply the actual cleaning material for providing a fix for the following deck sealer you are going to apply.

-- With regards from Harry Montana

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