Sealing Cedar

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Old 05-31-13, 07:02 AM
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Sealing Cedar

Hello,

My wife and I recently put up some cedar wind/privacy walls along our decks. We originally were going to let it age but now love the way it looks and are wondering if we should seal it?

A few questions.
1. if we seal it when should we do it? our walls have only been up a week or so
2. we want to keep it looking as it close to the way it looks now as possible. any brand recommendations to do just that? (neighbors have cedar and they put an oil on that looks very orange which i do not care for)
3. how often do you have to reapply the sealer?

Thanks for the assistance
 
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Old 05-31-13, 10:17 AM
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Exterior clear wood sealers tend to have a short life I'd recommend using a toner or translucent stain. If a translucent cedar stain is too orange for your tastes you can choose something a little browner/darker. If you have a scrap piece of cedar you can take it with you and they'll apply a sample stain to help you decide. You'll find better coatings at your local paint store [not a big box paint dept] also they are usually fairly knowledgeable about what works best in your climate.
 
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