Ipe boards have a natural finish and are ready to be sanded lightly after installation. Use a 5” electric palm salnder with #80 grit sandpaper to remove installation and transportation scratches. Sand the deck lightly, while paying attention to visible imperfections. Blow or sweep the dust off and a coat of exterior hardwood oil for decking can be applied.
Wear protective gear to prevent dust inhalation and injuries from woodworking (including while cutting and sanding). It is highly advisable to wear gloves, a dust mask and protective eye wear.