cedar semi transparent factory finish
I am planning to build a house this comming fall and looking to use cedar siding, as natural as possible without the aging effect (gray look) and with minimum maintenance over the years, from what I read a semi transparent (oil base) factory finish can do a fair job. Anyone with recommendations ?
The only way to avoid seeing cedar siding go grey is to poke out your eyes with a sharp stick.
Right. The only cedar siding I have ever seen look decent is redone every year. Not every five years, or three years, every stinkin' summer. It's not a matter of finding the magic product.
I would suggest an oil-base stain.My brother recoats his about every 8-10 years and it still looks good after 30 years.Put on heavy though and backroll
Siding is way easier to protect than decking. A semi-transparent stain can still look good after a few years without the need to re-coat, depending on your location.
Experience is anecdotal and somebody who does this for a living will give you better advice, but I've had better luck with the oil-based stains than the water-based ones from a durability standpoint.
I wasted a fair bit of money on cedar decking. Except for the portion that is shaded and weather protected by a roof, the cedar decking was just that- a waste. The only way to keep it looking good is to re-apply whatever product you're using yearly, and then tolerate it looking like #### after the winter, or to use an opaque stain in which case using cedar in the first place was pointless. Who has the time to be staining their deck every year?