How to Apply Ipe Oil® Hardwood Deck Finish

Easy Application, Exceptional Results

Applying Ipe Oil® Hardwood Deck Finish is easy. Just follow these three simple steps:

Step 1

Step 1: Clean the deck surface and let dry.

Step 2

Step 2: Apply Ipe Oil® Hardwood Deck Finish.

Step 3

Step 3: Wipe up any excess Ipe Oil®.


Regularly clean dirty or grey hardwood prior to implementing Ipe Oil®. Apply DeckWise® Deck & Wood Cleaner Part 1, a powdered concentrate. Permit hardwood to totally dry for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours. Prior stained or treated lumber should be adequately weathered to allow for complete penetration of Ipe Oil®. Newer hardwood must be aged at least 6-8 weeks and also cleaned prior to applying oil.


Prior to applying, this particular product must be stirred thoroughly. Make sure that any settled material on the bottom of the can is equally incorporated, then intermix all canisters. Utilize Ipe Oil® whenever surface temperatures are around 45F and 90F. If hardwood surface is hot to the touch, it is actually too hot to use the oil. Do not apply oil if rain is expected within 24-48 hours.


To reduce lapping, keep a wet edge lengthwise and also do not break in the center of planks. One layer is adequate for many applications. Continuously rub oil into the hardwood boards parallel to the wood grain. Any oil not absorbed into the wood inside of 30-45 minutes should always be thoroughly and completely wiped off to prevent surface sheen and tackiness.


Whenever spraying on oil, back brush or roll surface to prevent runs and sags. Cover neighboring areas to shield from over spray. For airless sprayer, use a .015” to .019” tip for best results. Oil not absorbed into the hardwood within 30-45 minutes is required to be thoroughly removed to prevent tackiness as well as surface sheen.


Dependent upon ambient temperature and also direct sunshine compared to shade, soak time period may possibly need readjusted. It is crucial to wipe excessive oil properly and watch for pooling after oil application. Continue to remove excess oil until eventually no surface shininess or leeching is apparent. Hardwood surface should not look wet and will posses a matte finish.


Paint thinner may be used. Discard of waste material in compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Danger - Rags, steel wool and any waste soaked with Ipe Oil® could spontaneously catch fire when incorrectly discarded. Immediately following each use, place rags, steel wool and all waste in a water filled metal container and seal it with a lid prior to disposal.


Clean and brighten hardwoods at least one time per year. Use the DeckWise® Deck & Wood Cleaner Part 1 and DeckWise® Deck & Wood Brightener Part 2 or use the easy all-in-1 DeckWise Deck Maintenance Kit with all the tools and products needed in a single handy package. Use Ipe Oil® for Hardwood Decks every 1 to 2 years in most applications for preferred natural hardwood coloration.

WISE UP! How to Protect Your Deck

Check out this quick video on how Ipe Oil® helps prevent deck boards from shrinking & cracking, all while preserving the natural beauty of exotic hardwoods. This video has been brought to you by DeckWise®.

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Complete Hardwood Restoration

Whether you're applying Ipe Oil® for the first time or re-oiling an old deck, we always suggest a thorough cleaning prior to starting the job. Offered by DeckWise®, the NEW Hardwood Deck Maintenance Kit is the perfect all-in-one package for both cleaning and oiling.

Hardwood Maintenance Kit Includes: 1 gallon Ipe Oil®, 16 oz. deck cleaner, 16 oz. deck brightener, paint tray, roller & brush, 2" trim brush, paint paddles, pro-grade wipe rags, & paint can opener.

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