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BSponz1 06-14-2010 12:14 PM

Treating an IPE Deck
 
So I'm about to have 1x4 IPE decking boards delivered for the deck I'm building. The guy I'm getting them from said that he recommends that they be treated with a UV sealer on all 4 sides prior to installation. (Nice guy, but maybe not the sharpest tool in the shed) However, since IPE is naturally resistant to rot and decay, the sealer is only to maintain its natural color instead of letting it turn to a silvery-grey. Why, then, does it need to be treated on all 4 sides? Note that this sealing is different from what needs to be done with any cuts, which should be sealed immediately.

I wanted to install it one weekend, and treat it the next. Aside from the extra cost of the sealer (it's a rather large deck), I think this would take more time. I'm not opposed to it, but I'm thinking it's overkill. Am I missing anything here? Also, can it wait a week to be sealed, or will the exposure to the sun during the week (supposed to be sunny and in the high 80s) cause it to fade.

Thanks Everyone!

Joe F 06-14-2010 12:30 PM

I treat mine with Messmers UV protector once a year. I only treat the top side. Ipe is a great deck, I love mine.

kwikfishron 06-14-2010 01:05 PM

Google “sealing Ipe” you’ll find all kinds of info, for and against.
Personally I love how it grays out. Very rich color.
You don’t have to do anything to it if want.

How are you going to fasten it?

BSponz1 06-14-2010 01:53 PM

It's a notched 1x4, so I'm using tiger claw system. I went with them because my supplier has an in and got me the fastners at 1/2 price.

kwikfishron 06-14-2010 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BSponz1 (Post 456068)
It's a notched 1x4, so I'm using tiger claw system. I went with them because my supplier has an in and got me the fastners at 1/2 price.

:thumbup:
Glad to see you’re not hacking the pretty wood up with screws through the top, like so many do.


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