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    Stain or polyurethane for new mai daeng floor?

    Hi! We will build a small wooden house and will use new mai daeng for the flooring, both inside (living room and bedroom) and outside (veranda under a roof). I like to keep the natural colour of the mai daeng. For good protection and keeping the natural colour (not yellowing) for a long time, what do you suggest? A clear woodstain indoors and decking stain outdoors? Or polyurethane? Or something else?

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    Dont use any stain if you want to keep the natural colour, whatever you decide to use make sure it's clear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaanben
    I like to keep the natural colour of the mai daeng.
    No stain then. I have Mai Daeng floors. I used TOA polyurethane. Use the "matte" or no gloss type as it gives the wood the best natural look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaanben
    decking stain outdoors?
    Consider Teak oil only for the outdoor wood. Very good for weather resistance and leaves a natural looking finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    Consider Teak oil only for the outdoor wood.
    Why not for indoors?

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    Could but polyurethane coating makes floors easier to keep clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    No stain then. I have Mai Daeng floors. I used TOA polyurethane. Use the "matte" or no gloss type as it gives the wood the best natural look.
    they do one that comes in two cans that you need to mix; it is good and tough
    Quote Originally Posted by Norton
    decking stain outdoors? Consider Teak oil only for the outdoor wood. Very good for weather resistance and leaves a natural looking finish.
    agreed, and you can also do the inside with it

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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I guess I can also use teak oil for the outside walls (mai daeng too), though I have to re-apply again after only one or two years, according to Woodtect...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaanben
    though I have to re-apply again after only one or two years, according to Woodtect...
    How often, depends on exposure to weather but yes no matter what you use on wood, it will have to be cleaned up and oil or polyurethane reapplied in time. When I lived in house on the beach it was an annual event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isaanben View Post
    ................................ will use NEW mai daeng for the flooring...........................,

    big mistake.

    the advice you got about using the oil was good, but if you use NEW mai daeng for your flooring you would have to have it kiln-dried or pinstack it and let it air dry for up to a year before use.

    the timber can/will shrink by around 10% and you will have gaps, cracks and warpage unless you use well aged or kiln-dried timber for your flooring.
    the polyurethane won't like the shrinkage either.
    the thais will happily sell/use wet-off-saw timber, and you have to be carefull.
    good luck
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    true; I hope when he said "new" he meant kiln dried and new from the woodyard

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    I just bought a house and it has parquet flooring. It has a crappy coating / colour and I want to have it sanded and re finished. Is this typically Mai Deang wood? Anyone with experience in doing up Parquet flooring? It will need some gaps filled but it is ok. How do they fill gaps? I'm not sure if I want to keep it natural or stain it, I will have to see once it is sanded back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsicar View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Isaanben View Post
    ................................ will use NEW mai daeng for the flooring...........................,

    big mistake.

    the advice you got about using the oil was good, but if you use NEW mai daeng for your flooring you would have to have it kiln-dried or pinstack it and let it air dry for up to a year before use.

    the timber can/will shrink by around 10% and you will have gaps, cracks and warpage unless you use well aged or kiln-dried timber for your flooring.
    the polyurethane won't like the shrinkage either.
    the thais will happily sell/use wet-off-saw timber, and you have to be carefull.
    good luck
    I agreed with tsicar,

    Make sure the wood is dry. And you may not get the right specification of wood from wood shop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bung View Post
    I just bought a house and it has parquet flooring. It has a crappy coating / colour and I want to have it sanded and re finished. Is this typically Mai Deang wood? Anyone with experience in doing up Parquet flooring? It will need some gaps filled but it is ok. How do they fill gaps? I'm not sure if I want to keep it natural or stain it, I will have to see once it is sanded back.

    Wood that have color nearly Mai Daeng and famous to make a parquet floor is Ma-ka (Amboyna) and Pro-Doo (Padauk Family). Both are hard-wood and color is red closed to orange.

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