Cedar has always been a popular choice for exterior wood siding on homes. Cedar is naturally resistant to moisture, wood rot and insect infestation making it a great choice. Some cedar siding is painted. In this case the surface will have to be cleaned and repainted every so often. For homes that have more of a rustic, natural look with non-painted cedar siding maintenance consists of cleaning and recoating with wood stain. Although cedar is naturally resistance to moisture and rot it needs some extra protection to shield against years of prolonged exposure to the elements.

Armstrong stain is one of the best stains for cedar homes. Cedar is fairly porous and will benefit from a specially formulated stain like Armstrong deck and wood siding stain. Armstrong Clark stain’s formula is a blend of drying and nondrying oils that results in two layers of protection. This cedar home stain’s nondrying oils penetrate deep into the wood fibers to replace the wood’s lost natural oils rejuvenating and adding flexibility to the wood. The dying side of the formula remains on the surface to produce a dry to the touch barrier that locks in the conditioning oils, repels water, reflects harsh UV rays and fights off mold and mildew infiltration.

The best Armstrong stain for cedar homes is perfect for exterior cedar siding that begins to lose its natural oils due to prolonged weather exposure. This helps reduce wood warping, cracking and splitting. Not only will Armstrong stain for cedar homes shield against the elements and natural oil loss, it also heightens the wood’s natural beauty. The transparent and semi transparent finish of Armstrong stain, available in a dozen different tones, will help enhance the beauty of the wood providing a long lasting beautiful finish that will be admired for years to come.

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    Roman · 10/15/2018
    Hello
    I have cedar fencing, railing and a small amount of cedar shakes. They have been stained and then possibly coated with a stain/paint. I assume that his needs to be all stripped. The painter thinks he can power wash it off? What stain do you recommend for the best durability for both this parts to be repaired plus and additional section new cedar rails. I live in southern DE. 3 miles from the beach. I was also going to go with Rustic over Chestnut because your website said that darker will hold up better to UV. True?
    Thanks very much
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      Armstrong · 10/16/2018
      You have an opaque solid stain. Pressure washing will not remove it completely and will damage the wood if you try. To be able to use the AC stains, all of this solid stain must be removed and that will require sanding. As for the new wood, that cannot be stained right away and needs to weather: https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain

      Both Rustic Brown and Chesnut would last about the same.
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        Roman · 10/16/2018
        Which type of stain do you recommend? The builder said that this is dry kiln cedar???
        Still let it weather for 3-4 months??
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          Armstrong · 10/16/2018
          Yes, you have to let it weather and be prepped. Any of the AC stains will work once all is prepped correctly.
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            Roman · 10/16/2018
            I'm sorry to beat this to death, but which one will last the longest. Semi-solid stain? or are they all just about the same?
            thanks you
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              Armstrong · 10/16/2018
              Semi-solids have the best UV resistance but new wood news to season for 1 year prior to applying a semi-solid color.
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    Kevin Bartley · 09/24/2018
    I have a covered porch with cedar T&G ceiling. Cedar was sealed with a urethane sealer 5-6 years ago. Cedar has dark areas and surface mold. Picture attached. What product should be used to clean it and what is the best stain for cedar that will protect and keep the natural color of the cedar? Does the urethane need to be sanded off? The rest of the deck is IPE and will be re-applying Armstrong Clark Hardwood/Ipe stain Semi-Trans Amber after using Restore-A-Deck kit. Thanks
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      Armstrong · 09/25/2018
      You will have to sand this off of the cedar ceiling. Once removed, you can use the same Amber stain that you are using for the IPE, for the cedar.
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    Armstrong · 09/11/2017
    BenW:
    Hello,

    I bought a house with an addition that was put on a short time before the sale and the siding is cedar. It appears to not have been stained. Are there specific prep steps needing to be undertaken prior to applying the stain on the cedar siding?

    Thanks!

    Prep with this:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-kit

    Thanks
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    BenW · 09/11/2017
    Hello,

    I bought a house with an addition that was put on a short time before the sale and the siding is cedar. It appears to not have been stained. Are there specific prep steps needing to be undertaken prior to applying the stain on the cedar siding?

    Thanks!