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Forum topic by HenryMerle posted 08-20-2020 11:51 AM 721 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HenryMerle

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08-20-2020 11:51 AM

Topic tags/keywords: stain sealer cedar indoor interior outdoor exterior

Hey everyone. First post here, but I’ve got a lot of projects coming up, so plenty more to come.

I’m getting ready to do a cedar plank accent wall in my home office. I want to achieve the same golden-red color often seen on cedar privacy fences (see the images I’ve included below)... obviously an exterior stain/sealer. I had hoped to replicate this coloring with an interior stain and then apply polycrylic over the planks, but none of the interior stains I’ve tried on samples are quite right.

It would of course be easy to go buy exterior stain/sealer for this project… but is it safe to use on an indoor project? My assumption would be no, given whatever additives to make the stain weather resistant.

Any suggestions for how to safely achieve this coloration in my office? Thanks in advance.


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Rich

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#1 posted 08-20-2020 01:26 PM

There’s nothing wrong with using an exterior finish indoors. The outdoor topcoats are formulated to add UV inhibitors and are more flexible (or should be) to allow for greater movement without crazing.

Take a look at General Finishes Outdoor Oil and their Exterior 450 stains.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 08-20-2020 01:51 PM

I would be careful about the smell of the outdoor finish in a enclosed space. Esp if you have to occupy the space the same day of week. There got to be better choices look at Rubio mono coat. I bet they have something friendly.
You don’t want to give yourself Drain Bamage. :)

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 08-20-2020 02:23 PM

test it with scraps :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 08-20-2020 02:25 PM


I would be careful about the smell of the outdoor finish in a enclosed space.

- Aj2

Not after it’s cured. I have a test board with General Finishes Outdoor Oil on it that has no odor whatsoever. If you’re talking about during application, you need to take the same precautions as you would for any indoor varnish.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 08-20-2020 03:44 PM

Good point Rich. I guess If the wood was pre finished outside. But we never know what the passing crown will do without guide.
I’ve been painting in my house the last few days while running the AC. So far I haven’t experienced any drain bamage. :)

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#6 posted 08-21-2020 06:41 PM

Thanks, everyone. I’ll plan to finish all the wood outdoors & let it cure before I attach it to the wall inside.

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#7 posted 10-08-2021 05:29 PM

You probably want to use a water based deck sealer. It has fewer VOCs and should dry thoroughly in a couple of days. They come in a variety of colors from “natural” to a rainbow of shades. Also some are called Cedar and may have just the coloring you want.

-- Les B, Oregon

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