Originally Posted by capt1857
Our cedar sided home is 18 years old, we purchased it last Oct. The previous owner used a 50/50 ratio mix of linseed oil and turpentine to protect the cedar. The siding is actually in very good shape considering 18 years in the elements. We are going to have it stained again in late August and would like some feed back on the ratio of turpentine to linseed oil. Is the 50/50 the best to use? I have read that 2:1 linseed oil to turpentine would be good also but am not sure. We want to stay with the linseed oil & turpentine mix as it has done an excellent job of keeping the siding looking like new.
We live at 9000 feet on the front range of Colorado.
Any feed back would be helpful.
15 years in the paint retail and painting business (and I live in Big Bear, the mountains in so cal) but basically what you are doing is using a poor man's version of a log oil. NO UV PROTECTANTS in what you are doing There are SO MANY better products to use!
1. Do you want a sheen like before or more of a dull finish? Personally, I would recommend the best stain to use out there, SANSIN (http://sansin.com/
) Do one coat of their SDF product (a stain) and if you want to add a sheen, go with TWO coats of their ENS product on top. A little pricey, but outperforms even Sikkens, a well known stain company. And all Sansin products are low VOC, so there is no harsh smells, it's a green product and outperforms all petroleum based products. AND all of Sansin's products have uv protectants in their products. (I sell this product at the paint store I work at.)
Go to the website and find the nearest Sansin dealer, trust me, it's worth it and it will protect your wood home MUCH BETTER than some linseed oil and turpintine (which is now illegal here in so cal)