Do I need stainles steel bolts for ipe deck posts?
I am in the middle of building an ipe deck. Decking and railing are both ipe. I understand that I generally must use stainless steel fasteners with ipe, due to the staining that HDG fasteners will cause. That makes sense for the decking screws and railing screws.
But does that extend to the railing posts that are mounted inside the framing, where nobody will ever see the connection? Is there any structural reason I need to use stainless steel? I assume the stain won't creep up the post, correct?