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mdlbldrmatt135 08-13-2007 08:51 AM

Stain Brands???
what's the Best Exterior Stain (for spraing) on Rough Cut Cedar????? I really don;t want to re coat every year. It's going on a Garage & Arbor

Da Vinci 08-13-2007 10:23 PM

I prefer Sikkens for it's ability to withstand weather extremes.

BAy Area Painting Contractor

slickshift 08-14-2007 12:59 AM

Rough cedar really needs a brush to force it in there if you want it to last as long as possible
It can be back-brushed after spraying, and before it dries
But it should be brushed

I like Sikkens also, but admittedly haven't used it on rough cedar

I find the water-based Sherwin Williams lacking, the water based Ben Moore a little better

I prefer the oils of Cabot and Ben Moore for rough cedar
The oil-based stains tends to last longer in my local environment also

mdlbldrmatt135 08-14-2007 05:55 AM

I'm in the NE if it makes a difference.............

slickshift 08-14-2007 06:05 AM

I hear from some of my contemporaries in the sun belt that latex can last longer if it's just baking most of the time w/o the extremes we get up here (we can have drastic temp/humid/precip changes within hours, and get the hot sun , cold wet winters, humidity, etc..)
I don't know for sure, but have heard that from some of them
So I have the put qualifiers like "around here" just in case you are in Arizona or something
In your case I can tell you, oil will last longer no question

SecretSquirrel 08-14-2007 06:07 AM

Some of the log home manufacturers and builders use Woodguard. I haven't personally used it on cedar but it has worked well for me on white pine and southern yellow pine. The stain does take a few days to dry out though. And like any stain product it does require periodic maintenance (recoating).

One of the dealers also sell the Sikkens brand that Da Vinci mentioned. Their web site specifically says they have finishes for cedar homes;

PS: You can spray this product but you also have to back brush it.

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