|Forum topic by SB14||posted 05-10-2016 03:59 PM||285 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
05-10-2016 03:59 PM
We built a cedar porch three years ago (we live in VA and the porch is north facing). The builder told us to seal the porch with a mixture of half tung oil and half citrus solvent. We applied that in 2013 and 2014 and now we have black mold all over the wood.
We are now in the process of cleaning the mold off the porch and are trying to figure out the best sealant to use going forward. I am researching many sites online, and there seems to be a lot of disagreement over using oil versus water based sealants. I am concerned that using another oil based sealant will lead to more mold.
Ideally, we would like to use a transparent, water based sealant so we can still see the color and grain of the cedar. Is this viable? And if so, what brands would be best? Or should we go with another oil based sealer?
Thank you VERY MUCH for any help you can provide. Your expertise is greatly appreciated.