Ipe A La Carte Member Chat

Written by on May 30, 2017 in Common Issues with 6 Comments

Scott Burt, your IPE Coach…

This space is for Ipe Help “A La Carte” members only. So, if you can see this, you are one.

I wanted to open up a chat opportunity for folks with questions about current, future or even past ipe deck issues.

Feel free to load up the comment section below as part of the Q&A opportunity that comes with your membership.

I look forward to hearing from you,


About the Author

About the Author: Scott Burt is a wood finishing expert. IPE decks are one of the areas of expertise in which he is frequently published in paint and remodeling magazines. He also engages in clinics and speaking appearances on the topic. Ipehelp.com is where IPE owners and installers can engage with Scott. .


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  1. philnys says:

    Hi I am new and I have a question:

    a stain that appeared on our deck over the weekend. It is a newly installed deck and no one understands where the stain came from.

    I’m wondering if you’ve ever seen or heard of this sort of stain, what could’ve caused it and how to get rid of it. I sent an image via email.



  2. Scott Burt says:

    Hi Phil, that is an odd looking stain. I would be curious to see a couple more pictures. One that is more close up of the stain and another that is standing back looking at the deck as a whole. I have not seen a stain like that before. How does it feel to the touch?

  3. sambiller says:

    Hi Scott, I had a local supposedly experienced ipe contractor treat my new ipe deck with Sikken Cetol SRD. We immediately had a sticky mess. We waited 2 weeks and the deck is still tacky in some areas and very sticky in the covered porch area. I called Sikkens and they suggested we use a wood stripper to remove the finish and start over. The contractor came back and tried a TSP wash but that didn’t help. We tried to use the SW duckback Stain & Sealer Remover. We followed directions but now the deck looks really dark. Should we use something else before applying the SW SuperDeck Revive product. Our plan was to use the SW SuperDeck transparent Redwood oil once we revived the product. I’m concerned that we may need to use another coat of stain remover before moving forward with the Revive.


    • Scott Burt says:

      Hi Sam, it depends on the current condition. Is it possible to let the current condition dry out and cure? Then it might be possible to sand if that is an option…

      • sambiller says:

        Hi Scott, we decided to use additional stripper and then we sanded. We contacted Sherwin Williams for their advice. To our surprise, the discourages us from using their SuperDeck product on ipe. We decided to look into Ready Seal. We contacted Ready Seal and they were extremely helpful. We send them pictures. They suggested that we sand and use an oxilac acid wash followed by a 25% bleach / water wash to reopen the pours. After that process, the deck is looking much better. We plan on applying the Ready Seal to the deck later this week weather permitting.

        Is there anywhere on the site where we can post pictures?

  4. MikeyRules says:

    Hi Scott, am happy to have found your site. I am about to have an ipe deck installed on my house renovation. The lumber has been delivered and I noticed a few things – 1) where the lumber stack out from the others in the stack, it seems to be lightened in color – can I just sand that down? 2) The lumber yard said they applied an end sealer (as my contractor said they “slapped it on” and it looks that way), so each board has what looks to be a darker, almost black color from that sealer on the face and sides of each board on each end that go up the board about 1/2″ to 1″. Is that something that can be sanded out? Or should I ask the contractor to trim off those portions? 3) In reading your site, I noticed different suggestions for end grain treatment – one article suggested end sealer, the other suggested allowing the stain that one is using to soak into the end grain. Which is better? Thanks for your help!