Painting an ipe deck
So, I've done a bunch of Google searches and I see that it is heresy to paint an Ipe deck. Alas, I am a heretic, and I really want to!
I'm replacing a small 5'x7' landing near my front porch on a restored Victorian and I want to maintain the same colors used on the rest of the trim of the house. Aged Ipe is beautiful, but I want brown!
The decking will be made from biscuit-joined 3/4"x3.5" boards.
- Is this a reasonable thing to do? Please keep in mind I'm replacing an existing surface and maintaining the Victorian aesthetic and color design is important.
- How do I prepare the Ipe boards for painting? I've heard that I should wash with oxalic acid first, then sand with an orbital sander using 60 grit, but I've also heard conflicting advice.