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Question DetailsAsked on 2/19/2015

wood treatment for cedar that has been previously treated witha oil based stain?

30 years ago we finished one of our rooms in cedar, we treated it with a oil based stain. Now it looks dry.
How should we treat it now?

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As close a match as you can (assuming you don't have the old can around). Certainly oil based, low-build stain unless you want a very dark result, and NOT silicone based for certain, and any sort of acrylic or water base is likely to not provide a very satisfactory or uniform finish.

My preference for architectural cedar stains (as opposed to highest-protection exterior finishes like for park railings where looks are secondary to life so products like log oil or copper napthenate can be used) - Olympic stains.

If you want a glossy, shiny overall coverage, you could use a thinner-based polyurethane clearcoat(test first for blistering) but will never be able to use a penetrating stain again, and will look like it is varnished or plastic coated.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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