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Offline arkvet

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Staining / sealing cedar
« on: July 16, 2017, 02:04:25 pm »
I have just finished the exterior of my enormous treehouse. 100% touch cut ERC off my EZ boardwalk jr. Looks fantastic. Being 15' off the ground I've used scaffolding to finish the outside. About half of the 3/4" ERC siding was put up after being stickered for 1 month. The other half was put up green within the past 2-3 weeks. So the siding is essentially 1-2 months off the mill.

I was about to yank down my scaffolding but got to thinking about the eventual need / desire to spray this thing with some stain / dealer to help bring out the natural cedar color and prolong its life.

Given that it's rough cut and 3/4". (Trim is 1 1/8") how much time, if any, should I wait before staining. All the sources I find recommend long wait times that have a lot to do with the boards being planed (mine aren't) and some are even treated.

Just from looking at these boards they appear to be drying extremely fast. I mean it's July in Arkansas. They're getting cooked every day. I will wait as long as I need to but I also don't want to bleach out all the color waiting too long.

Suggestions?

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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 02:50:08 pm »
 

 

Scaffolding is ready to come down.

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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 02:51:31 pm »
Looks great.  Pretty steep cliff you built on.   ;)

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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 02:54:25 pm »
Just kidding of course.  Posting pictures is always a big topic of discussion for new members.  Old members too for that matter.  There's a special section just for picture questions. 

I wouldn't mind seeing some more detailed photos. 
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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 03:52:41 pm »
The reason for delay is that drier wood,absorbs more stain but only when using a penetrating stain.  Other so called stains actually form a film, so time is not too critical.  But, the time is best said as two months of summer weather, especially with aromatic cedar that is so dry initially.
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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2017, 09:08:39 pm »
Penetrating stain the only way to go.
The other stuff is a big waste of time and money...
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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 09:56:05 pm »
Thanks all. I definitely want a penetrating stain. I'd like it to look as natural as possible. If I can get a tone that'll put a little bit of that red orange in it and make it look almost wet that would be great. I absolutely hate the thought of painting wood or any coating that leaves a film on top.

Sounds like I should give it another month so that it will absorb the stain well.

Thanks again.

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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2017, 10:26:32 am »
Beautiful tree house, great job. I built my sawmill shed from board and batten cypress. Didn't want to loose the new look of the lumber and used Thompson wood life with UV protection. I didn't think the wood needed the preservative but the UV protection work very well. Hope this idea helps.
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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2017, 10:30:11 am »
Looks great.  Pretty steep cliff you built on.   ;)

Ahh,  I now see what you were talking about!  The pic was correct orientation from my iphone where I made the post.  If I can edit (rotate) the pic I'd be glad to if someone can point me to the "how to".

Thanks all.

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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2017, 10:38:09 am »
arkvet,

I rotated the picture for you.  You did a great job on the tree house.
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Re: Staining / sealing cedar
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2017, 10:07:36 am »
Man, that is nice! I forgot what your question was. ;D ;D