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Need help to repair stained cedar window

"We have a Lindal cedar home with wood windows. From the beginning 13 years ago, we stained the windows according to directions, using Sikkens Cetol 1 and Cetol23 and I have sanded lightly and restained the exterior window trim areas that were flaking ever year since. Even so the trim does not look good. It looks like moisture has stained the wood and it's unsightly.

What do you suggest? Sikkens has a opaque stain and I assume paint companies could also match the color. I have read the one similar post, but am not sure if it would apply to our situation. Any help would be very much appreciated. We are going to have to sell our home in the next year or two as we are in our 70s and my husband's health is poor.

Re: Need help to repair stained cedar window

I hope that 'better late than never' goes for my reply here. Cedar does water-stain easily so your best solution is to try the opaque stain and see if the results are acceptable. Buy a small can for the test, if it works OK you can get more. If it's not good enough then go for an oil-based solid stain which has better coverage and should completely hide the water stains. This will of course lose the natural appearance of the cedar but with a good color choice it won't look bad. I prefer Cabot's but other major brands are good enough too being that you are selling the house.


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