To preserve cedar wood, the wood must be sealed to keep out the elements. To enhance the look of natural cedar, use a transparent stain or oil to preserve the wood. If a colored finish is desired, paint cedar to keep it protected.
- Stain cedar
Use a high-quality wood stain to preserve cedar. For a natural look, use a transparent stain for a protective but authentic finish. To achieve a specific color or style, a tinted stain is appropriate. Apply stain with a natural brush, always working with the grain and never across or against it.
- Apply teak oil
Teak oil also offers a natural, protective finish for cedar wood by returning natural oils to the piece. Because cedar is a hard wood, it lasts many years outdoors unsealed. Over time, sun and rain rob cedar wood of its oil, making teak oil a good solution for a finish that highlights the natural beauty of wood. Simply apply a generous layer of oil to the surface of unfinished wood and allow it to soak in. Repeat until the desired look is achieved.
- Paint cedar
When a natural wood grain look is not desired for a piece, cedar wood can be painted to protect it from wear and tear. Apply a coat of primer before painting to prevent the wood's natural oils from coming through the paint over time.