Ipe (pronounced e-pay) is a naturally durable hardwood grown in South America, with lower quality Ipe coming from Central America. Ipe is also known as Ironwood, Brazilian Cherry, purple heart wood and Pau Lope to name just a few. While these are not all Ipe, they are closely related species and are frequently used as a synonym for Ipe. Ipe is so dense that insects like termites don’t mess with it and it won’t rot. The challenge with Ipe is, that, because it is so dense it is very difficult to get a penetrating oil to penetrate it when sealing. There are steps required during both the cleaning, prepping and sealing of Ipe that must be taken in order to ensure satisfactory results for deck restoration.