I created a playscape for my son a few years ago. I used Cedar because
its supposed to last outside and does not contain some of the chemicals
used in treated lumber. Unfortunately, the structure has turned a
rather unsightly greyish color.
Is there any way to restore the color of this wood or protect it with
something that I can feel comfortable with my son climbing on?
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
Well, you could pressure wash it. Then it will be back to the
original color, but it will be furry and unsightly.
You could wash it with one of those "cedar restorers", but
then it would be bright orange.
Your best bet is to find a penetrating stain that you can
stain it with. Sherwin williams has a cedartone that does a
good job with old cedar. It won't look exactly like new, but
very close. I don't think there are any problems with it
killing kids, but you will have to look that up yourself.
One person's unsightly gray is another's nice soft patina. Too late to
revive it unless you sand off the top coating that has changed color. It
should have been given a UV protective coating when new, like Penofin Oil.
Sand if you want and have the ambition (then coat with Penofin), otherwise,
stain is about the only alternative.
that "unslightly grey" is the natural wethering of exposed wood; esp
redwood & cedar
my suggestion learn to appreciate it...........
the wood is doing it's job; a sound structure w/ no chemicals to harm
btw my wife buys picture frames made form weathered barn
wood..........go figure :)
otherwise, mechanically remove the weathered surface & paint Ugh!
if you designed & built this thing correctly (no earth contact & no
mositure traps) it will serve for your son's kids as well
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