Ipe Decking Finishes

When ipe has weathered unevenly, pressure-wash it with a mild cleaner prior to refinishing to remove graying and give the surface a more uniform appearance.

If you need to sand ipe, don’t use paper finer than 80-grit. Be sure to vacuum up any sanding dust before refinishing.

For handrails, doors, and vertical surfaces, the author prefers to use marine-grade spar varnish rather than an oil finish.

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