For Your Home Decks - Exotic Hardwood

Prepare and Stain Exotic Hardwood Decks

Project Scenario

Eric, the Rodda Paint dealer at the local lumberyard, sells many exotic hardwoods; teak, mahogany, ipe, jotoba, rosewood, garapa, and cambara. How should his customers maintain and stain their decks?


Exotic Hardwood Deck Stain Prepare


  • Stir product thoroughly before occasionally during use.
  • Apply stain using a good polyester brush, keeping a wet edge.
  • Stain small sections at a time and avoid lap marks. Start at one edge and follow through the end of the boards.
  • Immediately backbrush after each section is coated or hand rub with a lambswool applicator or durable cloth. This will ensure proper penetration and spread rates on dense woods.
  • One coat is recommended. Do not over apply product. Any product that does not penetrate (puddles), should be removed.
  • Wait at least 24 hours before using the hardwood deck. Actual time may vary due to film thickness and weather conditions.

Primer Coat

Recommended products are self priming.

Caution! Things to consider

  • Maintenance: re-stain depending on exposure or wear every 1 to 3 years.
  • On a deck (horizontal surface), one coat is good. Two coats are not better.
  • Avoid pooling of stain on surface after application.
  • Remember to wet plants prior to using stripper products.
  • Please dispose of oily rags in proper fire proof containers.
  • Always follow manufacturer's recommendations.

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