Paint, stains

Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Henri


Sealing and staining cedar shakes

Q. I had saved the reference to a clear water seal that you recommended but now I am not able to remember where I put it. I have a storage shed that I covered with red cedar shakes some years ago. Originally, I coated them with a mixture of linseed oil and Thompson’s Waterseal. This brought out the color very nicely; however, as you would suspect, after a few years mildew invaded the linseed oil with the resulting black stains. I removed all of the finish and stains with a mixture of Clorox and water, and then pressure-washed the surface until all of the finish was removed. I want to recoat the shingles to bring out the color again and I remember you did not recommend Thompson’s for this purpose. I will not be using linseed oil this time. I would really appreciate it if you could send me the reference to the waterseal you recommended.

A. My favorite coating for cedar — and other woods as well – is Amteco TWP. If you have any difficulty finding it at a local store, check Amteco’s Web site at: Select which of their products is best for your project. Be sure to follow directions for long-term success. The best color for your shed’s shakes is the Cedar Tone.

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