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uneven stain on cedar siding looks ugly - help!

Posted by modern_miss (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 12, 10 at 10:24

We've got cedar siding going up on the side of our house. The siding is slightly rough - it has a rabbeted edge. Our contractor had the stain - semi-transparent - applied at the mill / lumberyard. The problem is that the stain is uneven. There are spots that look like the wood has been covered with a opaque paint and spots that look like the wood is raw. I wish i would have asked for a sample before we placed the order for this wood. We opted for a light gray color = which i don't even like - it just looks dirty. I wish I would have opted not to have stain applied and let the cedar to age to a silver / gray naturally. My question is what to do?

1) apply a second coat? (or will it look even more uneven?)
2) remove it somehow? (and hope the cedar will weather to a natural gray)?
3) leave it and hope it will weather to a natural gray?

the other problem is that we have some cedar that is under an overhang and will get very little weather exposure other than air and dampness...

help - i can post photos - but i haven't figured out how...

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RE: uneven stain on cedar siding looks ugly - help!

i was just on the cabot website. I think what i should have done the first time around is a mix of bleaching oil and stain. Can i put bleaching oil OVER semi-transparent stain? What would happen. Semi-transparent stain is the color of weathered wood (a light gray). thanks.

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