Q: How to Maintain Ipe Decking?
1.) If the wood is weathered one can use a deck wash first to prep the wood, let it dry fully, then recoat with a hardwood oil. Expect to recoat every spring.
2.) If the wood is in really bad condition, sand it first with a palm sander, use a deck wash...then re coat with oil. A good goal to have in mind would be to use this product on both the stairs and your Ipe furniture. If you are looking to remove the current coating on your furniture you can use a deck stripper before or in lieu of sanding. However, this process is trial and error.
1.) Messmer's UV Plus for Hardwood Decks- apply with a brush, rub it in with a rag. This product can be purchased online at http://www.messmers.com/ or at Sherwin Williams call beforehand to confirm the location nearest you carries it.
2.) Cabot's Australian Timber Oil-For best results, use a high quality pad applicator or stain brush. If spraying immediately back brush after each section is coated to ensure proper penetration. This product can be purchased at your local hardware store, Lowe's, and Seven's Paint.