We have builders about to lay our new deck. After much jumping up and down I have managed to convince my husband to go with the spotty gum and not the yellow balau (with intergrain dwd finish)....far too orangey for my taste.
As far as I know they wanted to coat the spotty gum with intergrain dwd before laying it. I have poured through that many posts to try and decide which finish is better to go with. It's doing my head in! One thing I do know, is that I don't really like the finish of anything water based...friends of ours have the yellow balau with the intergrain dwd and it's too glossy for my liking. The builders swear that water based is the way to go, but after lots of reading it seems that this isn't suited to the spotty. I don't like the idea of having to sand anything back if it fails or if we don't like the finish.
The deck will be completely covered (other than the step up onto it)...so UV hopefully won't be a big issue. I really like the colours of the spotted gum and don't really want to cover it with some murky brown or orange oil. So my question is...what is the best oil to use (and colour) that will still maintain the spotted gum colours??
Should I go with the Intergrain natural or cabots or feast watson?? Will mould be an issue with us living in north queensland? And should we clean it ourselves rather than let the builders coat it and lay it straight away?
Sorry for the 20 questions.....