HOW TO CLEAN & MAINTAIN IPE DECKING
Do I need to seal or oil my Ipe deck?
No. Sealing or Oiling is a function of maintaining the rich color and does little to prolong the life of Ipe as it needs nothing to do so.
What will happen if I do nothing to my Ipe decking?
Ipe, like all other wood species, will weather to a silver/Grey patina when left untreated.
Should I use an oil based or water based sealer on my Ipe deck?
While both are effective in providing a rich initial appearance, it's been our experience that water based products such as Flood CWF Hardwoods provides longer lasting performance. We've carried several brands/varieties of oil based sealers and have concluded that the initial application is satisfactory, but the rich appearance rapidly deteriorates.
Why is my Ipe deck sticky after sealing?
Oil based products are penetrating and will never soak into Ipe or other hardwood decking due to the extreme density and cellular structure. If an Oil based sealer is applied too heavy, it will never dry and remain sticky until enough dirt settles on the deck to mitigate the stickiness. Water borne finishes dry rapidly and will never remain sticky as a result of heavy applying.
Why does my Ipe deck show footprints after oiling?
If an Oil based sealer is applied too heavy, footprints will show when walking on the surface.
Why does my Ipe deck have milky white appearance in some areas?
The milky appearance is a result of incompatibility of water and oil based sealers. It will occur if the decking is not fully dry after cleaning or if a sudden rain shower appears before the oil's cure time. This aspect is not applicable to Water borne finishes.
Why does the nice grain appearance disappear after oiling my Ipe deck?
All oil based sealers that we've carried or tested have a rusty color in the can. As a result, the decking will develop a red hue and darken to the extent of hiding or masking the nice grain or figure in Ipe and other tropical hardwoods. Water borne sealers for Hardwoods will dry clear and will retain all of the natural beauty of Ipe Decking and other hardwoods.
Why has my Oil based sealer disappeared after a few months since applying?
Ipe Oil based finishes provide a rich appearance initially, but can rapidly deteriorate if not cleaned properly prior to applying, if the deck is sanded, or if it's applied to heavy.
Can I put multiple coats of sealer on my deck to gain longer performance?
Generally, only 1 coat of Oil based finishes can be applied. Because Oil based finishes are penetrating, multiple coats cannot build up and any attempt will leave the deck sticky. Water based finishes are film forms and are applied similar to paint, but will dry clear or translucent unlike their Oil based counterparts. Multiple coats of Water borne finishes are acceptable and often encouraged to increase longevity of the finish.
Why does my Ipe deck have small cracks on the surface?
Unlike other species that develop cracks, Ipe's grain remains tight and some surface checking can occur. Check (checking) are hairline cracks that develop on the surface and ends due to moisture loss.
Should I wax the ends of my Ipe decking?
End wax is applied, as a standard, at the factory level to minimize end check or hairline cracks that develop as a result of moisture loss. When cutting Ipe decking on the jobsite, end wax should be applied immediately after cutting to further minimize end checking.
Should I clean my Ipe deck before applying a UV finish?
Don’t assume that new wood is clean. Most any deck cleaner will suffice for cleaning, but non-bleach cleaners are preferred. Cleaners with Sodium Percarbonate are highly effective for a thorough cleaning. A light scrub is recommended with a medium bristle deck brush as pressure washing is not effective in removing ground-in dirt.
Can I use a pressure washer to clean my Ipe deck?Pressure washing can be used and is recommended for weathered decks. A Brightener product containing Oxalic Acid should be used prior to pressure washing. This will help remove previous sealer residue and weathered/worn wood to a new appearance.
Why are there black spots and marks on my Ipe deck that doesn't appear to be mold or mildew?
Carbon based metals placed in contact with Ipe will cause a reaction that results in a black stain. This stain cannot be removed by sanding or general deck cleaners. Oxalic acid is the only effective
chemical for removing this stain.
HOW TO APPLY WATER BASED SEALER FOR IPE DECKING:
* Allow wood to dry completely for at least 24-48 hours after cleaning.
* Do not apply 24-48 hours before rain.
* Brushing Flood CWF for Hardwoods with a high quality nylon brush will achieve best results and
better penetration. Brush in a linear motion as overlapping will further darken those areas.
* Do not apply sealer with a roller, rag, sponge, and spraying is not recommended.
* Allow to dry/cure for 24-48 hours before walking on the deck.
Please visit IPEDECKINGSOURCE for extensive information and to order Flood CWF for Hardwoods.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA USA PHONE: 770-953-0303