Mark from CT asks:
I am going to install an Ipe porch. I live in CT, two thirds of the
porch will be open and one third will be under roof but exposed to the
open air. I would like your recommendation on the type of oil to use.
After the initial application, what prep work should I do prior to
future applications to keep the deck looking rich?
Mark, ipe deck oil questions are becoming more and more common every season. It is a tricky, and rather high maintenance wood species, but very rewarding and durable to live with. To your questions, we recommend using a premium marine grade penetrating oil, such as Penofin Marine Grade, on all sides of the ipe prior to installation. Then, wait 2-3 months, clean and reapply. It is critical to wipe off excess oil each time. Prefinishing all sides is the best way to ensure dimensional stability of the lumber over time. And here are some things not to do.