Minnesota Ipe Deck: Penofin Marine?

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Ask the Topcoat Team! with 2 Comments

Question from Minnesota

Hi Scott

It’s Eric up in Minnesota. You helped answer a lot of questions for me when I was building my IPE deck a couple years back. Well, it turned out great and thanks again for all your advice! I’ve been applying the Penofin Marine annually and it looks great but after the snow melts, the decks in need of some washing and fresh oil. Are you still recommending the Penofin Marine or have you found greater success with another product? Thanks for your help!

Kindly, Eric

Answer about Penofin Marine

Hello Eric

Hope you are having a good winter out there.

Glad to hear that the deck came out great and that you are staying on the maintenance – that is key. To your question, we have moved away from Penofin Marine (and all their formulations) as a deck product, mostly for the reasons you outlined. The decks would look great the season that we applied Penofin Marine, but after one winter or rainy season, they would discolor and often turn black.

Penofin Marine

Ready Seal is a great alternative…

This made the maintenance impractical, so we began testing other options. We have been seeing much better results from a couple of products: Ready Seal and Super Deck Transparent from Sherwin Williams. These products also do not require the wiping that Penofin Marine does, which is a huge plus.

Our ipe content has grown to where we launched a site dedicated specifically to the topic. Feel free to visit ipehelp.com to learn more about our more recent findings. You can register for free to access a lot of the articles. There are also paid membership options for ipe owners who need more in depth assistance with ipe projects.

Hope this helps, please post up some pictures as you make the product switch and continue to maintain.

They get better with age!

Cheers, Scott

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  1. Nate says:

    Hey Scott!!

    Would you recommend Ready Seal on a newly stripped pine log home? or would Armstrong Clark or Super deck be a better alternative?

    Always been nervous of low voc paraffin oils on a log home, but intrigued by your praise of Ready Seal Stain 🙂

    Thanks brother

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