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12:27PM | 08/03/04
Member Since: 08/02/04
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I need some guidance. A couple of buddies of mine say that I need to wait a year before staining my cedar deck or my cedar swingset. For example, I just built a cedar swing set in early June...I would like to wait for a dry period in the weather and then apply stain (within 2 months of building it). My buddies say the stain will not take as well. They say wait until next year. Any thoughts on this?



12:54PM | 08/03/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Your instincts on this are right on track. If you wait a year, the wood will turn gray, and may even show deterioration from the weather. Cedar should be stained as soon as it will accept the stain. This is easy to determine with penetrating semi-transparent stains. Apply the stain, if it soaks in its ready. If it pools on the surface, do it later.

By staining early, you provide UV and water protection to the wood. The natural drying process is slowed down a bit, but that helps prevent cracking. Even if you don't get great penetration of the stain, the worst that will happen is that you will need a second application next year. Not a bad idea anyway. Penetrating oil stains will not form a film, so early staining cannot cause peeling, chipping or loss of adhesion. I recommend staining as soon as the wood feels and looks dry and weather permits.


12:27PM | 08/07/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
..right on track, here is a quote from the cedar deck assc. on finishing exter cedar decks:

"Decks should never be allowed to weather before finishing.The simplest, but most labor-intensive, finish to maintain on a cedar deck is a water-repellent preservative, which may have to be applied annually. The next easiest is a semi-transparent oil-based stain. Both types of finishes are extremely effective in stopping the absorption of water and are recommended. It is important to ensure that the product has been specifically formulated to withstand the abrasive effects of foot traffic."

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Alter Eagle Construction & Design


12:32PM | 08/09/04
Member Since: 08/02/04
3 lifetime posts
Thank you. I stained it this weekend based on your feedback. I appreciate your insight and help.


01:19PM | 08/22/17
We had a cedar deck built in June. We applied a deck cleaner and brighter to it...twice, as a couple of boards needed to be replaced due to defectd, after we cleaned it the first time. Since we did this we have had a lot of many days after a soaking rain can we stain the deck, and how many days after we stain, does the deck need to set before it rains again? We are applying Armstrong Clark oil based semi transparent stain. Thanks!


05:22PM | 07/24/18
Your buddy is tight in the sense if it was pressure treated wood. However the wait on cedar is much shorter


10:31AM | 09/22/18
What is the best tool for applying semi-transparent stain to a new cedar fence....Brush or roller. I tried a brush but the wood is very rough and it took forever to apply. Please advise. Thanks from an old and tired woman!


09:49PM | 05/08/19
i bought kiln dried untreated 1x2 cedar for a privacy wall and want to stain it before erecting the wall as it's high off the ground and I'd like to stain both sides. Can you stain kiln dried wood right away?



12:29PM | 05/03/20
I thought our cedar deck - built 2 years ago should have been sealed or stained as soon as possible. Instead, my husband followed his well-meaning buddy's advice and kept telling me that it was best to let it weather a year before doing anything. Now, two years later, our deck is greying, peeling and cracking. Is there anything we can do to salvage it by staining and sealing now?


08:36PM | 10/04/21
What is the best product to use on cedar I am having a hard time finding a color that isn't brown I want more of a warm honey color...

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