I recently had a cedar deck installed and have read so many different opinions on when to seal it and with what. I understand Ready Sealis good because of it’s penetration properties. I’ve also looked at Behr and Flood sealers/waterproofers.The cedar is less than 2% moisture content. Do I let it weather or go ahead and prep it to remove the mill glaze and seal it?
I’ve not used the Ready Sealbut have used 100’s of gallons of CWF-UV5 on cedar and was pleased with the results. You must apply the 2nd within 15 to 20 minutes (read for sure) for it to take. It was a beautiful finish but as I said before cedar is a maintenance handfull on the horizontal walk/flat surface. We used it on log homes mostly and spray applied it…some with a garden pump up sprayer that worked great if you filter (pantiehose worked great) the liquid.
Wood to earth contact is a conducive condition for wood destroying organisms. Recommend providing adequate clearance between bottom edge of deck wood and earth to help prevent wood rot and possible infestation of WDOs. Repairs should be made by a qualified contractor. :mrgreen: