How to finish cedar so it ages naturally but without raised grain
I have brand new clear red cedar Adirondack chairs. I do want them to naturally age to that beautiful silvery/grey color, but I have heard that if let entirely unfinished the grain will become raised and rough.
I heard that using a clear sealer like thompson's water seal would let the color age to grey WITHOUT the grain becoming raised.
Any have experience with this? is that an accurate statement?
My goal is for the chairs to age to a silvery/grey but not have rough, raised grain... how can this be achieved?
thanks so much!