Ipe Black Label boards have a natural finish and are ready to be sanded lightly after installation. Use a 5” electric palm sander with #80 grit sandpaper to remove installation and transportation scratches. Sand the deck lightly, while paying attention to visible imperfections. Blow or sweep the dust off and a coat of exterior hardwood oil for decking can be applied.
Wear protective gear to prevent dust inhalation and injuries from woodworking (including while cutting and sanding). It is highly advisable to wear gloves, a dust mask, and protective eyewear.
Getting the right results is all about preparing the surface of the deck. Following regular annual maintenance also reduces the amount of work required. A light sanding with #80 grit sanding paper with an orbital palm sander is sufficient. Remove the dust that has accumulated and the wood is ready to re-oil.
If maintenance is not performed for a long time and the wood has become grey, pressure wash it and then let it dry for a couple of days. Sand lightly to remove grey spots and oil afterward.