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Decking
Maintenance

MAINTAINING IPE Black Label DECKING

Ipe Black Label’s strength and hardness make it one of the easiest decking materials to maintain.

After installation

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.

Note

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.

MAINTENANCE TIPS

Annual maintenance is sufficient to keep the deck looking great, while bi-annual maintenance can yield even better results. The best seasons for that are springtime and just before autumn. This is important if you want to retain the rich red-brown color of Ipe Black Label decking for longer, instead of letting it acquire a silvery overtone.

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.

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LETTING IPE Black Label ACQUIRE ITS NATURAL COLOR

Ipe Black Label decking does not require regular maintenance and can be left to acquire its natural color. The UV rays in the sun will change the deck’s color to a silver patina which can be left as-is for as long as needed. To bring back the original color simply pressure wash the decking.

LEGALLY HARVESTED LUMBER

Tropical Forest Products is committed to promoting sustainable forestry, sourcing only legally harvested lumber.

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