I will be staining my cedar decks this weekend, they have been
prepared with wood brightener to remove a year of oxidation and
scrubbed/washed clean. Last year I had a loca franchise wood
preservative service clean off our old, nasty, worn, redish oil stain
and apply the deep penetrating wood hardener type of protectant
(Dynawood products). I don't know if it was worth it or if the
product is all bunk, but I mainly did this to get the decks back to
clean wood; the time to DIY it would have been impossible to muster at
that point last summer.
Anyhoo, I want to start and maintain a 2 year program with clear deck
sealer starting this weekend, and would appreciate any product advice
given the above details. The clearst possible sealer is what I'm
hoping for to retain a natural cedar look (it's pretty dark at this
point already). The Dynawood product and local company claims that
sealer application intervals found on the cans of sealer products can
be followed when the wood has been treated with their Dynawood.
Otherwise they suggest halfing the recommendation for untreated
decks. So in my case I would feel OK using a 2+ year product every 2
years, and feel that whatever I lose in UV blocking from lack of
pigmentation can be compensated for by using wood brightener / elbow
grease inbetween applications and the (hopefully true) claims of
Dynawood's added rot and crack resistance.
Given the droning run-on-a-palooza above, does anyone have a
particular clear or very light tint brand they prefer? How about
uneven glossiness after a year or two, is that something that can even
be avoided? What tool do you like to use when applying to horizontal
surfaces? BTW, I sprayed the rails and posts already with clear, they
are not really an issue at this time.
Thanks, I welcome any feedback!