Applying Opaque Finishes to Western Red Cedar

Out of all finishes, paints and solid color stains will provide your Western Red Cedar with the most protection against ultraviolet light and moisture degradation.  Paints of all types (water based, latex, acrylic enamel and solvent based) are suitable for Western Red Cedar, however those with high elasticity will generally perform best.  Solid color stains have fewer colors solids than paint, but are film forming and will provide good protection while allowing some of the Cedar’s natural characteristics to show through.

Painted Western Red Cedar Tight Knot Bevel Siding

Western Red Cedar owes its beauty, color, durability and resistance to decay and insects to the presence of natural tannins produced during normal growth.  These natural extractives in Western Red Cedar are water-soluble and may lead to discoloration of finishes on exposed surfaces. This discoloration is not caused by the stain, the paint or any manufacturing process.

To minimize the potential for a failing finish, distractive bleed and/or discoloration, only apply a finish to Western Red Cedar when the moisture content of the Cedar has stabilized and dried.  Most primer, stain and paint manufacturers recommend that the Cedar is dried to at least 15%.  When opting to use an opaque finish for your project, the BEST Western Red Cedar product choice is one that is kiln dried at the time of manufacture.

Upon arrival at the job site, it is important to take care in how your Cedar will be stored.  It should be stored in a climate controlled area, off the ground and free of moisture and dirt, away from direct sunlight.  Maintain low interior humidity levels (this is the most common source of extractive discoloration) and ensure proper ventilation during drywall installation, texture spraying, painting or any other process which increases humidity inside the building.  Your Cedar should only be installed over dried panels and studs.

Be sure to choose high quality primers and finishes that are recommended for use on Western Red Cedar that contain mold and mildew inhibitors.  Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storage and application.  While either alkyd-oil or water based primers can be used on Western Red Cedar, alkyd-oil based primers generally provide the most protection against extractive discoloration.

Opaque exterior finishes will perform best when applied over a coat of alkyd-oil primer that has been applied to all sides of the Cedar, including the back and sides PRIOR to installation. In some cases, certain coatings are “1 coat only” application.  However, a second field coating is recommended after the paint or solid stain has cured for best performance.  Generally speaking, stains and paints will last longer on a textured surface, rather than smooth.

We custom primed and double coated these beautiful Cedar Shingles in the customer's desired color and shipped them to Illinois for this beautiful custom home's exterior

We primed and double coated these beautiful Cedar Shingles in the customer’s desired color and shipped them to Illinois for this beautiful custom home’s exterior

Suitability and Expected Service Life of Exterior Finishes applied on Western Red Cedar Siding & Tim as compiled by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.  Expected life will vary depending on exposure, as well the quality of products and technique used for application, especially in extreme climates.

Life expectancy of paints and stains on Western Red Cedar Siding and Trim
Many of our Western Red Cedar exterior products such as sidewall shingles, siding and trim are available pre-primed, with low minimums, to save you money and time on the job site! Some products may also be eligible to be custom coated with the paint or stain of your choosing prior to shipment.  Please let our Sales Representative know when inquiring about our products if you will be finishing your Cedar with an opaque finish so that we can discuss all your options.For help and tips to re-finishing your Western Red Cedar, please visit our blog on that subject by clicking HERE

Pre-Stained Western Red Cedar Shingles

These 6 Solid Stain Colors of Western Red Cedar Shingles are Available by Custom Order with a One Box Minimum

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Mazama Meadows Project

Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascades near the little gem of a town Mazama, this rustic modern cabin holds all the amenities anyone would need along with the tranquility of wide open space.   Recognized as one of the region’s leading, architecture, urban design and planning firms, Designs Northwest Architects, along with Impel Construction, brought this innovative concept to fruition.

We were pleased to have the opportunity to supply our Premium Forest Products; not only to be a part of such a interesting and unique project, but also because the owner is a personal friend.

Please enjoy these enjoy these photos, captured beautifully by Lucas Henning.

rustic modern cabin

Knotty Western Red Cedar and distressed steel are used on the exterior of the structure to bring a unique and rustic feeling to this cabin

Western Red Cedar Siding with weathered steel

Western Red Cedar Siding

Western Red Cedar and distressed steel siding

Warm and inviting, the Western Red Cedar and weathered steel blend perfectly with the surroundings of the upper end of the Methow Valley located in Eastern Washington

Western Red Cedar T&G Ceiling

Tight Knot Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling was installed on the interior ceilings to bring the warmth of wood and knotty charm into the living space

Tight Knot Western Red Cedar on ceiling

knotty cedar for interior use

Imagine waking up in this room!  The interior accents of Western Red Cedar combined with an amazing floor to ceiling view make this retreat one to remember!

Western Red Cedar exterior trim

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Tips for Re-finishing Your Western Red Cedar

For the best results, thoroughly inspect your Western Red Cedar siding, trim and/or decking first for any damage, mildew and dirt.  Make any necessary repairs, then clean the Cedar with warm water and phosphate free soap.  If necessary, a stiff bristle (non-metallic) brush can be used.  If there is mold or mildew (brown or black spots) it needs to be killed with a commercially available mildew killer/cleaner or warm water and oxygen bleach.  Should water staining be evident, scrubbing the wood with an oxalic acid solution can be effective for removal.

Western Red Cedar Siding Cleaning Tips

If there is old paint or solid color stain that is peeling and cracking, you will likely need to remove the old finish prior to removing any mold or mildew.  First, scrape away all loose, cracked or peeling finish.  In severe cases, all the of the old product must be removed and must be done so with extreme care as to not damage the wood underneath.  Should old paint or solid color stains not require full removal, you can feather the edges of the product to the bare wood by careful sanding.   The removal of any mold or mildew can then be done.  Thoroughly rinse with clean water and allow to dry completely.

The use of a pressure washer is not recommended for cleaning Western Red Cedar or to remove old finish, as it may raise the grain and/or damage the Cedar which will make re-staining or re-painting difficult.

If the Cedar has greyed and you would like to restore it back to its original color, that can be done fairly easily using commercially available wood brighteners after you have sanded the exposed surface of the Cedar.  Next, treat any mold or mildew and/or water staining.

After you are certain your Cedar is completely dry after it is cleaned, it is time to refinish.  When choosing a product for refinishing, it should be the same type as the original finish.  Old latex should be replaced with latex, and old oil based finishes should be replaced with new oil based finishes, with the exception of latex being able to be put on top of old oil based finishes.  Always follow the manufacturer’s directions no matter which product you choose and make sure that it is specifically formulated to help control extractive bleeding and is approved for use on Western Red Cedar.

how to prep to stain western red cedar

Caution:  Film forming finishes such as lacquer, shellac, urethane and varnish are NOT recommended for use on Western Red Cedar in exterior applications and should be removed with great care.

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WindsorONE Trim Boards, Specialty Boards and Moldings

Manufactured in the USA and distributed by Cedar Country Lumber, WindsorONE trim boards, specialty boards and moldings are durable enough for outdoor use, as well as safe for interior use.

WindsorONE boards are made of real wood, finger jointed and coated with three coats of acrylic latex primer. With sharp crisp edges on all profiles; WindsorONE provides clean strong lines that make your projects stand out.  Builders use WindsorONE because every stick of WindsorONE is smooth, straight and comes primed and ready to install.

WindsorOne Specialty Boards

Focusing on detail and craftsmanship is what has made WindsorONE a leader in the interior/exterior trim market since 1972. All products are made from wood that has been sustainably harvested with no added formaldehyde, which means no harmful odors.

WindsorOne Historical Moldings

There are a wide range of WindsorONE products available including S1S2E and S4S Trim Boards, Tongue and Groove boards, Beaded Ceiling Boards, Beaded Casing & Shiplap, as well as a wide variety of Classic Colonial, Greek Revival, Craftsman and Colonial Revival historically accurate moldings, wainscot caps and panel molding.

For a complete brochure, please click HERE

WindsorOne Products

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WindsorOne Exterior Trim

Pre-Stained and Pre-Primed Western Red Cedar Shingles

Made from high-quality Western Red Cedar, renowned for even grain, weather resistance, thermal insulation and longevity, our pre-stained or pre-primed shingles are available in natural, sanded and grooved finishes, as well as fancy cuts.

Readily available “off the shelf” (as a special order) in 6 beautiful colors, as well as a transparent Cedar Tone, or in any custom color desired, including treatment with bleaching oil, our pre-stained Western Red Cedar Shingles can add a stunning signature look to any building, combined with lasting durability.

“Off The Shelf” Semi-Solid Oil Stain Colors

Water Lily

Coastal Mist

Iron Stone

 Traditional Brick

Beach Pebble

Thisis Brown

Teal Cedar Pre-stained shingle colors

  • Red Cedar Transparent Stain available with a 5 year warranty
  • Bleached Shingles are a mix of 50/50 Bleaching Oil and Cabot Driftwood Grey Stain
  • Custom pre-stained shingles are available using a quality brand of oil-based semitransparent, semi-solid or solid one coat finishes, including General Paint Products. Custom colors available.
  • Pre-stain and pre-prime (in grey or white) is available for natural, grooved, sanded and fancy cut shingles
  • #1-16”, 18” & 24” Rebutted & Rejointed (R&R) Shingles, 100% vertical grain, 100%
    heartwood
  • #2-16”, 18” & 24” Rebutted & Rejointed Shingles
  • For more information on the grades, sizes and definition of Western Red Cedar shingles, please check out our previous blog post by clicking HERE

prestained western red cedar shingles

Installation and Care of Western Red Cedar Shingles

Western Red Cedar Shingles owe their beauty, color, durability and resistance to decay and insects to the presence of natural tannins produced during normal growth. These natural extractives in Western Red Cedar are water-soluble and may lead to discoloration of finishes on the exposed surface of the shingle. Discoloration from extractives usually appears when moisture from inside the home travels through the shingle to the exposed surface. As the moisture evaporates it may leave reddish-brown vertical streaks. This discoloration is not caused by the stain, the paint or any manufacturing process.

Cedar Shingles should always be stored in a dry, well-ventilated location. You must keep
the product dry throughout the application process. You also must take steps to minimize or eliminate interior sources of moisture before and after sidewall shingle application including, but not limited to the following:

  • Maintain low interior humidity levels (this is the most common source of extractive
    discoloration)
  • Ensure proper ventilation during drywall installation, texture spraying, painting or any other process which increases humidity inside the building. It is more likely that
    extractive bleeding will occur if these processes are not completed prior to application of the sidewall shingles
  • Apply over dry panels (OSB or plywood)
  • Use kiln dried studs

To minimize the potential for extractive discoloration, our supplier ensures that the shingles are dried to a moisture content that is less than 15%. They also coat the entire shingle with a primer, paint or stain. Shingles coated with an oil based solid primer that have a finished coat applied over the primer are less likely to experience extractive discoloration. Semi-solid, semi-transparent, and clear stains offer less protection.

Extractive discoloration may also be caused by external sources such as rain, dew and/or water from a faulty roof and gutter drainage. These  water sources combined with dust and other matter may cause stains on the exposed area of the shingle, which is not the failure of the shingle, paint or stain.

Stain absorption may vary due to the density and/or porosity of old growth Western Red Cedar fiber, as well as color variations in the actual shingles. The final color of stain and how it adheres/absorbs into the material will vary. Due to this, color matches are not guaranteed to exactly match any previous sample or order.

In some cases, certain coatings are “1 coat only” applications. However, a second field coating is recommended after the stain has cured for best stain performance. Prior to any field coating, test a small inconspicuous area for proper absorption. Back brushing is recommended.  Be sure to not over apply the stain or paint.

Western Red Cedar Stained Shingles

Limited warranties on coating/finishes are offered through the coating/finish manufacturer.

“Off the Shelf” Colors, as well as Pre-Primed & Pre-Stained Shingles are brought in per-order and do require a small lead time. Sorry, we are unable to accept any returns or exchanges on special order items, such as these.

Because Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar is only grown in the Pacific Northwest where Cedar Country is located, we are YOUR premium source for Cedar Shingles and Shakes. We ship nationwide from one bundle or carton to full truck loads and extremely competitive pricing ~ even with freight.

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Renovated Farmhouse in the San Juan Islands

Super excited to receive these photos and message from our long time customer, Craig Youngquist, of Craig Youngquist Construction.   His attention to detail and superior craftsmanship are so evident in every project he takes on.  Please enjoy these photos!

“Hi Tom

Below are some photos of the project that you supplied siding, exterior trim, interior trim and cedar for door replications. Some of the photos are not stellar, but give you an idea of the scope of the job. The wainscot panels were actually recycled from the shiplap sheathing on the interior walls of the original structure. But all the rest of the fir was from you. I ended up buying a moulding machine to replicate the casings and various trim details. We saved a bunch of the original millwork , but didn’t have enough to finish the main floor.

The photo with 2 doors shows the original with the transom above and the replication to the right. The stair skirt, newell, balusters, and railing are the original, but the frame and panel down the stairs and under are newly added. The new roof on the house is slate – which wasn’t original.

I appreciate your generosity and excellent supply sourcing.”

Craig Youngquist

before

Douglas Fir Wainscoting

This beautifully crafted door is made from Clear, Vertical Grain Douglas Fir we supplied

Beautifully crafted vanity and Doug Fir trim

Clear, Vertical Grain Douglas Fir was used to craft these doors

Stunning farmhouse remodel in the San Juan Islands by Craig Younquist Construction

Farmhouse renovation that we supplied the Clear, Vertical Grain Douglas Fir for

Stunning Farmhouse Remodel by Craig Youngquist Construction we supplied the materials for

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