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Old 04-03-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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I have a new redwood fence (feb 2012) and a new redwood deck (1week). Im definitely going to seal my fence this week but my question is 1. How do i clean it? Do I have to buy some special cleaner or can i just hose it down with water? I do NOT want to use the cleaner that turns the wood black and then you have to use another product to brighten it up. If i cant use just water i prefer something natural and not have to do several steps/washes (its a lot of fence) 2. which last longer semi transparent or transparent. I like the color of my fence already but i want which ever last longer.

My redwood deck is only 1week old. Im getting different stories as to how long i should wait to seal it. Do i wait a few more weeks or is it ok to do now when i do my fence this week? Also want to know how do i clean my desk also can i just use pressure water hose?

Please help I am green to all this and i keep getting different stories.

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Unless there's something I don't know about redwood, you don't have to do any cleaning before staining it. Perhaps a very light sanding to remove any markings, etc, but that's all I can think that you have to do.

I will allow more experts to comment as I don't stain a lot of redwood.........mostly PT pine in these here parts.

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Built many redwood decks and fences in the day.

Redwood and cedar will naturally age to a gray tone.

You can apply a nice quality stain now, and slow that. You want to use something semi-transparent if adding color. Do not even think about something like Thompson's which is but liquid wax.

If you are alright with the natural color, a mix 1:1 of lindseed oil (processed not raw) and mineral spirits will be cheap and as effective as anything. You should be able to buy it pre-mixed with UV protection.
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If any of you have used epoxies before, what do you think of this: What do any of you think about using a clear epoxy coating. It is recommensed ok for wood but not wood floors because I think the clear is not UV proof.This epoxy is from Aeromarine products. It isn't cheap but it does go a reasonably long way because none of it goes off to evaporation. I do add about 15% acetone to get excellent wood penetration and believe that it probably does evaporate, but the product itself is low VOC, ok in Calif. and has no smell, unlike some horrible epoxys. There is a two to one mix of resin and hardener. This is the same stuff used on garage floors, on fabric to make fibreglas, and to pour thick clear countertops.
I wanted something to use on redwood fence posts where they go into the ground / concrete and board ends where it weather rots. It dries so strong and penetrates wood so well that if two very wet pieces get pushed together, the flat parts become one piece. In taking them apart, one piece will lose about 1/4 in of wood ripped out. I am installing the third set of posts and many boards for my redwood fence around my house and want these to be my last. I ended up painting the entire new posts, 2 X 4 rails, and the redwood kick boards because they looked so beautiful. It takes painting over perfectly, and can be used to coat over a non loose existing paint.
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Built many redwood decks and fences in the day.

Redwood and cedar will naturally age to a gray tone.

You can apply a nice quality stain now, and slow that. You want to use something semi-transparent if adding color. Do not even think about something like Thompson's which is but liquid wax.

If you are alright with the natural color, a mix 1:1 of lindseed oil (processed not raw) and mineral spirits will be cheap and as effective as anything. You should be able to buy it pre-mixed with UV protection.
OH dear lord don't use Thompson's!
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OH dear lord don't use Thompson's!
I actually don't think Thompsons is that bad of a product as long it's limitations and maintence schedule are clearly understood.

One thing to consider is that it requires maintence coats in intervals of between 6 months and 1 year depending on exposure. When it starts to show wear at all or turn grey pressure wash and reapply.

Another thing is that once you've commited to a Thompsons system, it's extremely difficult to change products. The residue left makes it impossible for other types of stains or paints to work over the top of it and it's dificult to strip.

So, if your willing to wash and restain your deck or fence once every year or so, it actually protects the wood well. I worked on a large wrap around deck maintained in this manner and it looked great considering its age. The stuff is pretty cheap, and I guess some people don't mind sprucing up their decks every year or so.

Some of the Thompsons Advanced might go a little longer than a year.

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