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Painting ipe

I know. I know. I'm "wrapping" the perimeter of the bottom of the shop with a skirt board which the Hardie siding will kill in to. I don't want gutters so there will be considerable "splash back" during rains. I priced 5/4x8 PVC and it is prohibitively expensive. About three weeks ago, a friend of mine who's got a sawmill, brought in a container of Ipe from Cartagena, Columbia so i can get the ipe cheaper than the PVC. I'm not trying to promote sacrilege here. I just need a product that will hold up. Ipe is oily so, even after a wipe down with alcohol, will it hold the primer and paint? Anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
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My father uses it all the time making decks for boats. It holds up fantastically with just a splash of oil from time to time. Painting isn't impossible but requires oil based primer and paint. You could also glass it over or anything for that matter then gel coat it.

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I don't know if I want to invest that kind of time into a single perimeter run but you're right. That would definitely hold up. I restored a 1980 Correct Craft Martinique 6 or 7 years ago and did quite a bit of glass work. I didn't attempt the gelcoat issues. They made me nervous.
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