Ipe, in its natural state, is a dark brown color with grain quite similar to mahogony. It will turn grey or silver over
time, if unprotected from the sun's u.v. rays. In this application, silvering would be undesirable. To prevent this from happening,
I used Cabot's Australian Timber Oil (Natural). Cabot carries pigmented (colored) varieties of this product as well. Ipe really doesn't need any kind of color change.
It is already a very rich, beautiful color. Click on the pictures below to see what I mean.
The decking was all attached using the Deckmaster blind fastening system giving a nice, smooth, furniture like deck surface. The trim boards were fastened with countersunk,
stainless steel screws.