Finishing: Because of Ipe's natural density and alkaline characteristics, many oil and water based coatings and finishes may cause reactions.
This can range from drying and adhesion problems to color changes in the wood.
It is recommended to test any product chosen on several sample boards to determine compatibility. If the desire to maintain Ipe's rich natural walnut finish is required, we recommend applying superior quality penetrating oil finish with UV inhibitors, such as Messmer's UV Plus for Hardwood Decks.
Always clean wood thoroughly prior to any product application and allow wood to dry completely for at least 24 to 48 hours.Ipe' can be pressure washed at up to 2500psi without damaging the surface fibers.
We recommend applying the finish approximately 6-8 weeks after installation is complete. This allows for the original mill glaze to wear away making it possible for the oil finish to penetrate effectively into the wood. You can use a mill glaze reducing product to speed up the process. Ask your supplier for a recommendation.
Ipe' will weather to a beautiful silver gray over a period of time, there is no maintenance required and it will not effect its durability. We do, however, recommend applying a water seal product, such as Seasonite, to protect from stains during the graying process.