Finishing Ipe Wood


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Finishing Ipe Wood

I have a ipe wood handrail outside in the weather (not protected like a porch). It developed slight cracking on the top. I am still in the process of finishing it with Star Brite Teak Oil. The wood is looking good but my intention is to repeatedly apply oil (apply, let set, rub off excess...) until the cracks have filled. Does this sound like a good approach?

I have so far done 12 coats of oil and the cracks are about half filled. I wipe it down for the several hours after applying the oil but during the night, the oil in the cracks seems to erupt out of the crack. It gets deposited on the surface next to the cracks where it hardens. The next morning there are raised lines of mostly hardened oil on both sides of the cracks. So, I scrape down the ridge of hardened oil and repeat the process. I would love to know how this bit of magic is happening, or if this is a never ending fools chore.
 
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I have ipe on an exposed deck and a set of stairs in different locations. The deck has never been oiled in 5 or 6 years. Fortunately it has not cracked.

The steps have been oiled twice. The finish lasts about 3 years.

Ipe is so dense that there is little or no penetration.
 
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Old 07-06-23, 01:36 PM
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FWIW...If the cracks or checks are too deep, I don't think Star Brite will fill the voids. Sounds more like you need an epoxy filler then maybe the stain.
 
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"this is a never ending fools chore"

Sorry but I think that is the answer.
 
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I think it might be futile. I used to live on a wooden boat so I've already had a lifetime's worth of oiling teak and mahogany.

I've added another 5 or 6 coats and the cracks are 3/4 filled. It's one of those processes where I wipe off 95% of what I just applied so it's a very slow process.
 
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Progress painting and wiping the oil was very slow and wasted a lot so I decided to try something different. I filled a hypodermic needle with the oil and squirt it directly into each crack. It's tedious work but one application with the needle filled the cracks better than painting & wiping 20 coats.
 
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Nice to hear it worked, hope it lasts.
 
 

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