We built a cedar deck end of September and because of the weather unfortunately were unable to finish it then. We now want to finish it and notice that it has greyed a little and there are some boards that have cracks that we don't think were there originally. We have contacted a few contractors none of which recommend that it be cleaned first. They want to start with sanding it with 40 grit paper. Do you think they should clean it first? If so with what would you recommend?
If we decide on a transparent water-repellent preservative will the cedar maintain its colour or do you have to put on a semi-transparent stain to preserve the color?
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