Because of the inherent nature of Western Red Cedar to withstand insect
attack and the outdoor elements, cedar does not require a finish to keep
its structure over the years.
Many folks prefer to allow their
cedar furniture to "naturally age" outdoors without a stain or finish.
Over time the colorful tones of the wood slowly weather to a handsome
silver-grey and the grain of the wood will become slightly raised. Left
completely natural this silver- gray color will eventually be
highlighted by darker streaks formed from the reaction between the Cedar
Resin and the zinc hardware. If the dark streaks are not for you, we
suggest using a simple wood sealer as described below.
We do not recommend using oil finishes on your cedar outdoor furniture.
good wood sealer such as Thompsons Wood Sealer is useful by blocking
the pores of the wood. This inhibits the grain from becoming raised yet
allows the natural fading of the wood to a gentle silvery-gray color.
you would like to preserve the colorful tones of the freshly sanded
cedar any number of finishes can be used on cedar furniture. You'll want
to choose a good quality penetrating sealers and transparent or solid
exterior stain. There is a wide variety of colors to choose from which
makes it easy to match your existing decor. We recommend a single coat
of a semi transparent stain with a UV inhibitor such as Sikkens Cetol 1
(natural), or Thompsons Stain to preserve the handsome look of your
furniture. Every 3rd year you might re-apply a coat of stain to freshen
the finish. Little or no sanding, preparation or primer is needed when
you use a stain.