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Forum topic by bbc557ci posted 09-23-2013 09:42 PM 803 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2013 09:42 PM

I’m in the process of making up a pair of Cedar barn style doors for an 8 ft. x 8 ft. opening on the back side of my garage/shop. What’s a good product to apply to the Cedar to help seal or protect it from the elements. Is there a clear, or mostly clear sealer of sorts that will soak into the Cedar and keep rain from soaking into it? Not looking or wanting something exotic…something I can get from a paint store or maybe one of the box stores??


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#1 posted 09-23-2013 10:44 PM

Are you talking Western Red Cedar, or Aromatic Cedar?

Most Cedar weathers well with nothing on it.

My house has Western Red Cedar panels above and below the windows and the gable ends that was protected by one coat of Olympic Stain, in 1976, and it is still just as solid as the day I put it up.

I re-painted it this year with a solid color stain because I’m trying to sell the house and wanted it to look purdy.
But it wasn’t being hurt by weather.

Aromatic cedar is used for fence posts around here in Tennessee, where they are abundant, and I’ve seen posts in the ground for 15 – 20 years still solid.

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 11:57 PM

Australian Timber Oil from Lowe’s

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