Must cedar be strained?

alyx_cJanuary 26, 2013

I just had a pergola built. The frame is treated wood and the top is cedar to prevent the 2x2 from the warping tat you get with treated wood. I will be staining the treated wood white in about 3 months. Looking at it the cedar would look just as good staying it's natural color. Will I have to stain it with a clear or will it maintain it's color? Thanks, Alyx

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sheepdog5615

Either should work. If you don't put a clear coat on it over time it will lose some of it's looks.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 6:11AM
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millworkman

It will begin to bleach out to a driftwood gray color almost immediately if left untreated and will need the finish reapplied almost yearly to keep it from graying.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 12:55PM
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brickeyee

Clear coat often provide no UV protection.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 4:10PM
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rmtdoug

Western red cedar if exposed to direct sunlight and rain and snow will turn grey first and then start to darken until it's black over many years. If you keep it out of direct sun, even outside, it can keep its color. For instance, many soffits on houses around here are cedar and they do not change color, although they will require some sort of clear finish when installed.

This post was edited by rmtdoug on Wed, Feb 6, 13 at 16:19

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 4:16PM
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