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Old 10-06-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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what sealer would i use on clear cedar, that going to be put up on a ceiling, should i seal all sides?We live in northern California high dry desert.I dont want to change color by using the wrong sealer.We have wood stove for looks,but use a monitor desil heat when were not there in the middle of winter.There will be heat always on.thanks,ken

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Old 10-07-2011, 08:46 PM   #2
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Ken, most of the majors make a colorless, no pigment clear. It just depends on what and who's available in your area. I was just fooling with some yesterday. Be aware though that any liquid you put on wood will alter its color in one way or another, to one degree or another. Do you have any of the wood leftover? If you take a piece into the paint store, they'll probably crack the lid and dab a bit on for you to get a feel for what it will look like. If it's interior and a dry climate, I wouldn't worry about back coating. But, then again, I wouldn't know what a dry climate requires, so someone may correct me. I live in a damp climate, where it would be wise.

But, then again, if you have hot days and cold nights, condensation might be a problem. Ask at the paint store, they should know your environment.


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Thanks jsheridan,I did have a short sample piece of wood.As i was standing in line to get info on sealer,this 75year old retired man next to me was looking at the sample i had .After 15min. or so he always used boiled linseed oil mixed 50-50 with paint thinner.So i tried it ,came out just what i wanted.The color in the cedar was beautiful.Thanks for putting me on the right track. ken

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Processed or boiled lindseed oil and mineral spirits and paint thinner still works great for raw wood. Glad the old-timer was near you! You may want to think about a protective finish over the sealed wood though.
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Thanks jsheridan,I did have a short sample piece of wood.As i was standing in line to get info on sealer,this 75year old retired man next to me was looking at the sample i had .After 15min. or so he always used boiled linseed oil mixed 50-50 with paint thinner.So i tried it ,came out just what i wanted.The color in the cedar was beautiful.Thanks for putting me on the right track. ken

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Good to hear Ken. Good thing that some still stick their nose in others' business. I did it last week in the roofing section of Lowe's, and it turned into a roof repair job for me. (I've done a lot of roofing in my days) Thanks for bringing the thread full circle.
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