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Forum topic by Rxmpo posted 03-17-2008 04:50 AM 932 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2008 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar question

I have a friend who is building a deck using Cedar and was wondering how to seal it? The contractor told him not to use Thompson’s Water seal, but to get a “good brand” and to wait a while before applying the sealer. He called me to ask for advice and that is why I am asking all of you for help. How long should he wait to apply a sealer to the cedar boards and what brand would be appropriate for this application if Thompsons is not the best? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

P.S.- We live in New York, so the winters are bad, but terrible. And the summers are hot and humid like most places in the summer.

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#1 posted 03-17-2008 07:03 PM

The only wood you need to wait (till it dries out) on is pressure treated. Good luck on finding any finish that doesn’t need to be renewed every year or two.



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#2 posted 03-17-2008 07:37 PM

For the price, Thompsons isn’t worth it if you ask me. When I used it, I had to put it on my deck every 1-2 years. I’ve used some Olympic (from Lowe’s). It’s not too bad but still doesn’t last as long as they say it will. I’m not sure if Olympic comes in a clear sealer though.

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#3 posted 03-18-2008 06:53 AM

Thanks for the advice!!! Greatly appreciated.

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#4 posted 03-18-2008 03:52 PM

I have excellent results with Cabot.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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