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Project by jma213 posted 01-20-2015 09:33 PM 2096 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hoping for an early spring – so wanted to share pictures of my deck remodel last Summer. Purchased the home from an older couple, who for some reason painted (YES PAINTED) their pressure treated deck Fire Engine Red. I spent the first summer in the home sanding the deck (literally months on my knees sanding off the Fire Engine Red Color). Then I re-stained with a Sherwin Williams Deckscapes. I can honestly say that has to be the worst stain ever created. Within weeks it was flaking off. I was disgusted, so I decided to tear off the pine wood and replace with something that had minimal maintenance. I am not a fan of plastic Lumber. First – how do you dispose of it in the future? Also, should it be scratched, I wanted something I could sand. So…I decided on hardwood. I chose IPE which I sourced from J Gibson Mclvain in Baltimore. I researched and negotiated between numerous suppliers and J Gibson had the best price in the country – by far.

Ipe was delivered and I followed the advice for installation online. Ended up countersinking and plugging each screw. It was a pain, but the final look is gorgeous.

Pictures above are of:
1. Finished Product
2. Before – former owner and Fire Engine Red Deck
3. After – IPE deck and furniture
4. De-construction of the former Deck
5 Oil finish on Deck vs. Unoiled
6 Deck prior to oiling

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#1 posted 01-20-2015 09:40 PM

How much? I ask because I’ve been itching to do something similar.

Good work by the way. Looks great.

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 09:41 PM

A full deck made of Ipe! Amazing. I may have to give J Gibson a call! Looks great

-- Joe, Houston TX,

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 09:44 PM

Screws / plugs / countersink drill bits were roughly $500 – purchased them from Manasquan Premium Fasteners (Ryan Unick 1-800-542-1979 – ask for him, he was an amazing resource).

Ipe cost roughly 3500 if I recall. I think I bought 90 boards sized to 1X6X12

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 10:28 PM

Looks nice. I did my front porch with tongue and groove Ipe. Like you, I just couldn’t stand the thought of using plastic and the fir I put down originally was being replaced (didn’t last long). I also found that J. Gibson was the least expensive source for the Ipe. It has been about a year and a half. My only complaint (other than it dulling your tools) is that you can see water stains on the edges (covered porch). So far, so good. Enjoy yours.

-- Ben in Va

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#5 posted 01-21-2015 01:12 AM

Well, this deck is a thousand times better than the previous one! That Ipe will last forever!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 03:03 PM

Clean work. I redid my deck last summer in Cumaru because of similar frustrations. I’ll have to post it at some point. I used the Kreg deck jig and loved it. Anyway, yours is beautiful, and I am sure it will last a lifetime.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#7 posted 01-21-2015 03:37 PM

Curious – where did you buy your Cumaru?

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#8 posted 01-21-2015 05:45 PM

Wow, McIlvain’s website is great! The series of blogs about environmental and economic principles of logging are very thought-provoking.

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#9 posted 01-21-2015 06:08 PM

If you work with McIlvain – talk to Norm, he was amazing – must have had 100+ emails back and forth before I finally purchased. Never got tired of answering my numerous questions.

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#10 posted 01-21-2015 08:31 PM

Just exactly what is wrong with Carpet? Alistair ps it’s good enough for the rest of us peasants.Oh well it does look nice I give you that.

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 04-08-2015 10:49 PM

Looks nice. I have Tigerwood/IPE decking, make sure you keep track of the oil you use. I end up re-applying annually and i’ve had problems with the wood not accepting the oil. Also, be very careful with paint strippers as it can react with the oils in the wood to darken it (correctable with brighteners).

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 04-15-2015 08:00 PM

Fettler – Question, I’m getting ready to re-apply oil to the deck this spring. Do you use any product to bleach or brighten the wood prior to re-applying oil?

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