Ipe Wood Decking and Teak Accent Furniture: Totally Restored

The Ipe Wood Decking and Teak Accent Furniture: Before the Restoration

These project images came to us from one of our contractor friends, Carolina ProWash in NC. The homeowner wanted the contractor to restore and protect their weathered Ipe wood decking and Teak accent furniture. Both the Ipe deck and the Teak furniture pieces were in fairly new condition.

These steps are in need of a teak wood stain
Ipe wood decking and stairs

Exposure to UV Rays from the Sun

The teak furniture and portions of the Ipe wood decking had been exposed to UV rays from the sun. The exposure caused the teak wood to take on a nearly uniform grey appearance. The Ipe wood decking had been allowed to weather and areas that were exposed to the sun had also begun to grey. However, other areas under the cover and more protected from the elements showed much less greying. To combat this weathering, a tweak wood stain would be needed.

A set of one table and two chairs made of Teak before restoration (from the Ipe deck and Teak accent furniture restoration project)
Teak Furniture exposed to UV rays from the sun turns to grey

Enter a Teak Wood Stain Product from Woodrich Brand

The teak furniture and Ipe decking were gently cleaned using EFC-38 and brightened with the Citralic Brightener/Neutralizer. This ensures that the wood had complete cleaning and conditioning to accept an oil-based stain.

Four chairs made of Teak, ready for a teak wood stain finishing after cleaning
Teak Furniture after removing the grey wood fibers

After cleaning and brightening, the contractor allowed the wood to dry prior to applying the oil-based wood stain. For this project, the contractor chose the Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain in the Brown Sugar color. Brown Sugar is a very natural color that looks great on both Ipe and Teak. Therefore, it was a perfect choice for this project.

The Ipe Wood Decking and Teak Accent Furniture: After the Restoration

The difference between an Ipe deck after applying the wood stain and an Ipe stair tread without polish or stain (from the Ipe deck and Teak accent furniture restoration project)
Applying Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain (Brown Sugar) to Ipe wood decking

This photo shows the difference between the clean, dry wood on the steps and the freshly stained wood on the deck above. When applying Hardwood Wiping Stain, it is important to let the product soak into the wood as much as possible. It is also equally important not to leave too much product on the surface. Wiping the excess teak wood stain will leave the wood looking damp, but not wet.

A table and chairs set made of Teak after application of the wood wiping stain
Teak furniture with Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain
A Teak chair and an ottoman finished with Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain in Brown Sugar
Teak chair and ottoman finished with Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain (Brown Sugar)

The Teak furniture turned out great! The contractor chose to finish the teak wood stain by using the ragging technique. A rag dipped in the stain gave the wood its first essential saturation. The contractor then used a dry rag on the surface to work in the oils and to remove any excess stain. This results in a beautiful furniture quality finish.

Ipe Wood Decking with Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain in Brown Sugar applied
Ipe Deck with Woodrich Brand Hardwood Wiping Stain

Take another look at the Ipe wood decking after finishing and replacing all the furnishings. The richness of color really brings a warm feel to this front porch. Here is one final picture to show the beautiful steps, a grand entry on their own.

An Ipe deck and stair treads after restoration (from the Ipe deck and Teak accent furniture restoration project)
Ipe used for decking and stair treads

Carolina ProWash did a great job on this project and we are happy to be able to share their results with you! If you have an exotic hardwood project coming up and you have questions, feel free to reach out to a project support specialist at 636-288-8512 or at our Facebook page. We are always happy to help!

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