We are having a new porch built out of cedar and really enjoy the
natural look of it. Is there a general concensus about the best
treatment to preserve the new look? It's a small porch, and not in
direct sunlight much. I would still like something that is sprayable, if
possible. It would make the railings easier to do. Do we just stain and
use a top coat of sealer (i.e. Thompson's) or is there something better?
Thanks as always to anyone who helps, Mark
I wouldn't stain it. Cedar looks great unaltered. I fininished a cedar
sandbox using a marine spar varnish that I applied with a rag. I'm sure you
could find it in a can.
You will probably need to refinish it once a year to keep it looking nice.
O My neighbor suggested fuel oil to protect and stain my cedar to
frustrate the Carpenter Bees that love exposed, unpainted cedar. I
added some roofing shingles to the diesel fuel to further frustrate
the pests and it proved to be a pretty god stail and appears to offer
some measure of "water proofing" as well. The aroma goes away!
look at REZ cedar stain, from Pittsburgh paints.
As far as i know, it's not sprayable, but it applies well with either
a rag, or a brush.
Durability is excellent, even in direct sunlight -- 10-15 years before
recoat needed, in a central mid-west location.
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