How to protect, stain and maintain your fencing

How to keep the cedar colour from fading

This blog tells you everything you need to know about staining and protecting your fencing.
If you love the colour of Western Red Cedar and don’t want to allow it to go silver-grey, here’s how to do it.

If you want your Cedar to go Silver grey and naturally age this is not the blog for you!

Kiln Dried & Green Cedar

Both Kiln Dried and Green Cedar look exactly the same. The word green refers to an unseasoned wood that has been machined directly from the mill. Kiln Dried Cedar refers to Cedar that has been mechanically dried before machining so there is less moisture in the wood.

If you have Green Cedar you can still protect the colour with stain however, there is a sequence that must be followed to ensure that the stain is applied in the correct way at the correct time.

The main benefit of using Kiln Dried Cedar is that it will easily accept stains and protection oils. Most stain protection products require the wood to have a low moisture content. So, if you want to treat your fencing instantly then Kiln Dried Cedar allows you to do this, although it is important to remember that it is much more expensive than Green Cedar.

Green Cedar is more economical to buy but, it requires a little more work to get the stain finish applied correctly. Most of the fencing we sell at Contemporary Fencing is Green Cedar although we do supply Kiln Dried Cedar fencing on request.

How to protect the colour of Green Cedar

Protecting Green Cedar is done in three stages.

  1. Protect with Seasonite
  2. After 12 months Clean with Net-Trol
  3. Apply Aquadecks stain (honey)

We recommend that green Cedar is treated with ‘Seasonite’, this product protects the cedar as it naturally matures.

Seasonite is ideal for Cedar as it allows the wood to mature naturally for the first year.

Once the fencing has matured after 12 months, it is then ready to be cleaned and coated with a UV protection stain to enhance and protect the colour.

To clean the fencing and brighten the colour we highly recommend Net-Trol.

Net-Trol cleans and brightens the wood without damaging the natural wood structure (fibres).

Can the panels be pre-treated before they are dispatched?

On request we can pre-treat your panels with ‘Seasonite’.

The panels will arrive protected and ready for the next 12 months. This way, you can have a complete peace of mind that your cedar fencing will be ready for stain treatment after they have had time to.

Please contact us for more details.

Protecting Kiln Dried Cedar

Refer to the final two stages as described above when staining Kiln Dried Cedar (Net-Trol) and (Aquadec).

The reason we recommend using Net-Trol even when the wood is new is that it removes excess oils and tannins that may be present on the surface of the wood. These can counteract the wood stain effectiveness.

Once the stain is applied to your fencing you can enjoy many years of the warm bright colours of the Western Red Cedar fencing.

We can provide you with full service cleaning and caring for your fencing at correct intervals.

Please contact us for more details.

That’s all Folks

So there you have it, a complete guide to protecting Western Red Cedar fencing.

Contact us

Unit 1b Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, Millstrood Road, Whitstable, Kent, England, CT5 3PS

01227 273214

sales@contemporaryfencing.com

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