07:54PM | 04/06/10
Member Since: 04/05/10
1 lifetime posts
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?


M Schok


12:33PM | 04/11/10
Member Since: 11/18/98
187 lifetime posts
power washing may damage.

the folks at Western Red Cedar have all of the answers:



To maintain the color choose a finish with an UV blocker.


02:35PM | 04/18/10
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
As the links in the previous post note that you will need to wash the deck to remove dirt and mildew,as sanding will not do this. If you seal/stain over mildew you will have a mess on your hands.

A great product to use is Sikkens SRD and you can go to their web site for cleaning instructions as well.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular p... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon