I've been reading posts dating back as far as 7 years. Info seems to have changed quite a bit! My contractor has just finished installing our ipe porch (central california - 100 in summer, 20's in winter - rain in winter, no snow). It is a 10' wide, covered porch going all the way around the house. Now he want to know if we want to finish the wood or leave it bare.
I am thinking of a sealer. The supplier recommends an oil that is wiped on, left for 30 minutes, then wiped off.
Given all the changes over the past several years, is this currently the best way to go?