First, it is important to make sure that the wood has been sanded in its entirety and correctly. We always sand the entirety of the walking surfaces of the ipe with grit 50 and 60 sandpaper. Ipe wood is a very dense and hard wood, it is therefore difficult to penetrate the pores very well. That is why an intense sanding is important in order to protect it, otherwise the product used will not penetrate it well.
When it comes to ipe, two degrees of transparency are available : translucide and transparent. These two finishes are very interesting because they do not hide the grain of the wood.
The translucide finish, can give an aspect of wet wood. For these types of project we recommand and use oils taylored made for this exotic wood. Ipe oil is natural, does not flake and accentuates this wood’s unique look. We apply a single coat on the surfaces using lambswool applicators and wipe the residual product off the wood.
Maintenance : A single coat every year needs to be applied otherwise the wood will become greyish.
Transparent finishes with a mild pigment all demand the same method of application. However, not all types of products can be used on ipe.
- Ipe is very dense and its pores are difficult to penetrate.
- Coventional stains are often ineffective on this type of wood since they are unable to adequately penetrate the wood.
We use a specialized stain taylor-made for exotic woods. The stains that we use for ipe are very efficient and they will keep their finish throughout the season. Two coats need to be applied on the first year the wood is stained. We dilute the first coat with the help of a product called Pénétrol or Fluetrol to help the stain penetrate the pores of the wood.
Maintenance : A single coat needs to be applied every year. However, after four years of maintenance, the same process needs to be re-done every two years.