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06-08-2008 12:40 AM

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My husbands house has an existing porch made of redwood that was built 10 years ago.It was never coated with anything. Now he has built himself a basement so he is extending the front porch with the same wood (he had extra) and has torn down the original porch and we have been planing every piece (the used and unused) Now we are ready to rebuild the porch and I am wondering what to use. My husband can’t recall something years ago that he had used on redwood but says it turned milky looking and does not want that to happen. Can someone steer us into the direction of a product that we won’t have to redo all the time (If there is such a thing) I would like to add we have a lot of snow in winter along with very cold temperatures. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I am sick of using the back door!@ LOL!!! We figure we can start rebuilding right away. Thanks
Allison I forgot to mention, we are not interested in stain ,just clear to let the wood show through, again Thanks!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 01:22 AM

The Home Depot/Lowes has something specifically for redwood, but I can’t remember exactly what it is.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-08-2008 01:32 AM

whatever you use test it on a scrap to make sure its what you want…especially with such a big project…

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#3 posted 06-08-2008 01:54 AM

Try this web site

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#4 posted 06-08-2008 02:11 AM

Husband’s house? That sounds like MY wife everything is Her’s unless SHE says so.
I have heard very good things about One Time Wood, expensive but claims 7 year protection, BUT needs to be new wood or very well stripped previously treated wood. It is a urethane compound and is different than the common coatings. Comes in anything from clear to pigmanted stain. You do need to follow the directions to the T.


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#5 posted 06-08-2008 11:34 AM

Yea I guess that did sound odd,”my husbands house” LOL!!! I was widowed 10 years ago and this is a new 4 year marriage so in reality it IS HIS HOUSE!!! but I do agree it does sound weird. Like he always says “What is his is his and what is mine is his!
Soo I guess if I mess up his deck, than, Oh Well It is HIS!!! LOL!!! To WayneC , I checked out that link, very interesting, I recommend a read for anyone dealing with Redwood. It did not give any names for products , however it did state what to look out for and such. Thanks everyone!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#6 posted 06-08-2008 04:56 PM

Allison, Like you I live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In Truckee almost everyone uses “Superdeck” on our redwood decks. The secret is to use a little darker shade to ward off the harmful UV rays. It’s the UV rays and not the moisture that plays hell on our decks. I use the shade called “redwood”. Also, if you sand the old boards that you mix with the new they’ll match up quit nicely.

If you can’t find Superdeck near you, Mountain Hardware in Blairsden has it. I know because Mountain Hardware in Truckee has it.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#7 posted 06-08-2008 08:30 PM

You said it Mark..everything is my wifes except my tools and the project list…those are mine!


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#8 posted 06-08-2008 09:55 PM

I use a lot of redwood around my waterfront, Superdeck is great stuff. This is a link on where to find

They also make a great concrete sealer.

Good Luck

-- Jeff T in Westport CT.

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 12:12 AM

I can vouch for these finishes as they are the best and priced accordingly. Use as directed and have your supplier mix in a mildewcide or get a half pint of the concentrate and you’ll have enough for a lifetime. They call them transparent stains which is a bit of an oxymoron as they are tinted which does make them more UV resistant. Just pick a color close to what the wet wood looks like and go for it. Follow the instructions.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#10 posted 06-09-2008 12:26 AM

Sorry Allison didn’t mean to bring up a sad moment in your past.
Brad Nailor you are lucky my master engraved Her name in all my tools and toys!!! The project list is MINE to FINISH for HER!!!
Oh well She’s mine. Still think I’ll keep her.


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