DeckWise Common Questions (FAQ)

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Product Questions

What is Ipe Oil?

DeckWise Ipe Oil is popular hardwood finish used by homeowners and contractors that adds years of life to decks or any other outdoor objects. Its clear, oil-based formula protects and preserves the beauty of exotic hardwoods, while also preventing damages that can result from harmful elements like UV rays, high temperatures, humidity, mildew, fungi, mold, rain and snow.

How to apply DeckWise Ipe Oil:

  1. Clean the hardwood surface and let dry for 24 to 48 hours.
  2. Apply one coat of Ipe Oil by using a brush, roller, rag or sprayer.
  3. Wait 30-45 minutes for Ipe Oil to soak into the hardwood.
  4. Wipe off any excess Ipe Oil.
  5. Maintain the finish by using wood cleaner and brightener at least once a year and reapplying Ipe Oil every 1 to 2 years.

Where can I learn how to apply Ipe Oil?

For the best results using DeckWise Ipe Oil, utilize a high quality 3/8” nap roller, pad applicator or stain brush. When spraying, immediately back roll after each segment is covered for proper penetrative protection. To prevent overlap marks, begin at one edge and follow towards the end of the wooden boards. Apply Ipe Oil to small areas and keep 2-3 boards wet at all times. Always rub oil into the wood boards parallel to the grain of the wood. Completely wipe off any excess oil that does not soak in. For exterior home furniture, hand apply the finish into the hardwood grain using a soft cloth. Reapply oil depending on sun exposure and traffic areas every Spring and Fall to ensure a luxurious finish.

How much Ipe Oil do I need to cover my deck?

The coverage of DeckWise Ipe Oil may vary based on the condition of the wood. For example, smooth wood will require approximately 1 gallon of DeckWise Ipe Oil for 250-300 square feet of coverage. For application on rough wood surfaces, use approximately 1 gallon of DeckWise Ipe Oil to cover 150-250 square feet.

What type of wood is compatible with DeckWise Ipe Oil?

DeckWise Ipe Oil provides excellent penetration for even the densest hardwoods with minimal raising of the grain. It protects and conditions the wood while maintaining a completely natural appearance. DeckWise Ipe Oil is commonly used on hardwoods such as Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and other exotic hardwoods.

How do I prepare my deck for applying Ipe Oil?

To start, it is extremely important for the surface to be thoroughly clean of all grime, mildew stains, loose grain fiber and other unknown material. Deck or hardwood siding surfaces need to be structually solid as well as completely dried out. The longevity of DeckWise Ipe Oil could be reduced by a dirty or improperly prepared surface. Next, check to be sure the moisture content is below 15 percent. If it is not, wait a minimum of 2-4 days of exposure to dry weather. Use DeckWise Wood Cleaner Part 1 with a firm fiber brush or possibly lightly power wash to remove the surface layer of all loose wood fibers, dirt, mildew stains and other foregin matter. Concerning newer and weather-beaten hardwood areas, a light sanding using 80-100 grit sand paper is suggested in order to open the wood pores for optimum penetration. Then, apply DeckWise Wood Brightener Part 2 to effortlessly take out tannic acid bleeding, rust stains, and restore the wood's beauty. However, most hardwoods will require some light sanding after the use of cleaners and brighteners.

Where can I learn how to straighten a deck board?

The DeckWise Hardwood Wrench is a self-locking board straightening tool. With its larger self-locking cam, stainless steel and ergonomic hardwood handle, and adjustable joist pins, it straightens deck boards with ease. The Hardwood Wrench is expandable, reversible, dual-purpose and has a pushing force of roughly 1,100 pounds.

How far should I space my deck boards?

It is essential to have a minimum space between deck boards of 18” for drainage purposes and to prevent warping. This can be done easily by using two or more DeckWise Deck Board Spacers every 24 inches between boards. Deck Board Spacers are also available in 4 larger sizes if you desire a more spaced decking design.

Which Ipe Clip should I use for my deck?

What size DeckWise screw should I use?

There should be at least 1 inch of thread into the framing material. So, a 2 x 6 deck board that is 112 inches thick should use a 212 - 3 inch long deck screw (depending on your preference).

How many DeckWise screws are needed per deck board?

It is necessary to use 2 screws where the board crosses a joist to prevent deck board cupping, but some people prefer to use 3 screws. Rim joists may require 3 screws.

Which DeckWise screw is best for my project?

DeckWise offers five main types of screws with a variety of sizes, colors and options:

  • DeckWise ColorMatch Stainless Steel Trim-Head Screws are available in several colors. These screws match the colors of the DeckWise Ipe Clips. DeckWise Colormatch Decking Screws are made from high-quality 305 grade stainless steel for optimum performance with hardwoods and composite decking materials. T15 star drive finish heads and auger tips provide easy installation. Note: 316 stainless steel with with a T10 Bit. This 316 stainless steel screw is used in coastal applications.
  • DeckWise Composite Deck Screws are available in a variety of colors and are for use with composite and other plastic based materials. The Composite Screws are not for use with Ipe Clips. These screws feature a stainless steel body that is strong and corrosion-resistant. The anti-fade painted heads match many popular colors of composite decking. Advanced point and thread design mean these screws provide high performance. The T20 head delivers plenty of torque without stripping out the heads. The heads are designed to eliminate mushrooming or marring of deck surfaces. Threading grabs the board and holds it tight to the joist. Threads also compress dust deep in the hole to reduce mushrooming. The sharp Type 17 auger point cuts fast and clean without splintering or splitting.
  • DeckWise Self-Tapping Metal Joist Deck Screws are designed explicitly for metal applications. This multipurpose screw can be used to fasten all types of decking material from PVC, thermally modified wood, composite, capstock, and hardwoods to aluminum or steel. The Xylan coated #3 drill point and lead threads are tough enough to drill through metal and the load-bearing shaft area remains forgiving to remain ductile and resistant to stress cracking. It is a high performance 410 stainless steel fastener which allows Pro builders and DIY installs a uniform and long-lasting solution for metal joist decks.
  • DeckWise Bugle-Head Screws fastens all types of wood decking including Ipe, Redwood, Cedar, and preservative-treated (PT) woods (non-hardwood). These T25 drive deck screws swiftly penetrate decking with a Type-17 auger point including coarse threading which pulls boards tightly together. The double countersink flat bugle head has 6 nibs; utilizes a 6 lobe star drive to reduce cam-out and increase torque; and comes as a chipboard thread screw with partial thread and triple spline (one at the beginning on the thread and two at the end of point) and has a variety of colormatch painted heads to match your wood color.
  • DeckWise 18-8 Grade Heat-Treated Stainless Steel Deck Screws offer our specially engineered four-sided tips and a serrated thread design to minimize board splitting or splintering, even when drilling near the edge. Heat treated for hardened toughness means less stripping, less snapping and less headaches when installing hidden deck fasteners, hidden siding fasteners or face screwing.
  • Choose the DeckWise screw that best fits your project and rest assured knowing that all DeckWise screws are made from high quality stainless steel and feature type 17 auger tips.

What type of screws should I use for metal joist, such as Trex Elevations?

DeckWise Self-Tapping Metal Joist Deck Screws feature an auger tip and are designed for use with metal joists. They are available in 2-1/4 inch metal screws and 1-5/8 inch metal screws.

Can I use DeckWise Ipe Seal End Grain Sealer - 1 Quart on the surface of the deck?

The DeckWise Ipe Sealer - 1 Quart is not for use on the top surface of the deck. It is only designed for sealing the end of the deck boards.

Should I use a short or tall clip?

What is the difference between DeckWise WiseRail Heritage and Estate cable railing styles?

The difference is mostly aesthetics. WiseRail Estate is slightly less visible and more sleek. WiseRail Heritage has a bolt on the back of it that can be covered with a cap. The Estate is slightly easier to install with a pushlock method. Both styles use an outside to outside post mount.