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Cedar Rail Finishing Questions

16 years ago

Pressurepros - I am having a large two level deck built with the floor, stairs and fascia in Timber Tech 5/4 twin finish grey and the railing in Cedar. The deck should be complete by the end of June. I havent made a final decision on railing color, but with the Grey floor, we are thinking a combination of white balisters with grey accents on the 4x4 cedar posts and the hand rail. Questions- I have seen you mention the "Ready Seal" product for cedar, as well as TWP. It doesnt seem any of these offer me a white option since they are semi transparent. Any suggestions on where to turn if I want white and an oil based stain/sealer as you recommend ? Also, the deck cost is sucking me dry - would it be OK to wait until next spring to finish the cedar rail ? I am in the New York area. I understood you should wait at least a certain period of time before sealing/staining to let the tannins etc. release. Is this correct ? Thanks as always for your wealth of advice.

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