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I bought a new mailbox and cedar post from Lowe's. I was thinking of staining the post before installing it. I love the look of stained wood. Would that help it last longer outside? As well as the part that gets buried?
 

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Hey sweaty,

Staining the cedar mail box will definitely prolong it's life . Use an exterior stain, like one that is made for a fencing and decking. Most places can tint the stain to your desired color, or have them in pre-made colors. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.-Gregg Home Depot
 

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What he said, but for the part that will be buried, apply a wood preservative first. Some are brown, which is good for cedar, but some are green, which should only be for the part that is buried.
 

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The post looked BEAUTIFUL after staining it. I worked all day digging, measuring, pouring concrete, and mounting the mailbox.

Then a disgruntled former tenant bashed it with a sledgehammer.

The post is intact, but knocked back. I have to reset it.
 
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