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Need Advice on Staining a Pergola

876 120 May 15, 2019 at 01:40 PM
So we put up a cedar pergola last year that we purchased from Sam's Club. I sprayed some sealant on it, but it didn't hold up too well...this year a lot of the beams are starting to peel and split. It's a grayish tone from the factory. I use a pneumatic spray gun cause it freaking sucks having to hand brush paint or stains!

I was wondering what the best path forward would be that could hold up longer than a year. I was thinking of getting a similar color-matched stain/sealant all in one and spraying that on. Would there be something better to use? What brand of stain is the best? Needs to hold up to south facing sun and 6 months of snow and rain here in Utah. Thanks!

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WTF is a pergola?
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WTF is a pergola?
That's how people used to make coffee before drip coffee makers became popular.

Or maybe that was percolators. Scratchchin
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Sweet, thanks for the help guys! I was leery coming into this side of the house...
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Sweet, thanks for the help guys! I was leery coming into this side of the house...
I have had excellent results using Cabot's stain on cedar wood. You can brush it or spray it on. It holds up really well to the weather but it's a bit pricey.
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Sweet, thanks for the help guys! I was leery coming into this side of the house...
and yet you clicked past all the warnings that pop up...


I'd suggest that you mod-alert your own post and ask get it moved to the Tech Forum.
https://slickdeals.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17

The Lounge is anything goes...but if you put "No OT" in your thread title it will help to limit the off-topic replies.

btw...I'd pressure wash and then sand the wood before reapplying any stains or sealers.
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your google busted?
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I have had excellent results using Cabot's stain on cedar wood. You can brush it or spray it on. It holds up really well to the weather but it's a bit pricey.
Thank you! Does this have to put on bare wood? My concern is it's already coated in the tinted stain from the factory. It would be an insane amount of work to sand it all back down. I just want something to put on top and fill in the color where it's peeled off.
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Cedar really shouldn't be 'peeling and splitting' after a year in the elements. That sounds suspect right off the bat.
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Cedar really shouldn't be 'peeling and splitting' after a year in the elements. That sounds suspect right off the bat.
Well it was Sam's club after all. We wanted to go with the one at Costco, but at $1500 was way too much for us. The Sam's one was half the price. It's plenty sturdy and perfect in every other way, but they sucked at coating it with whatever methods they used. It definitely smells of cedar, but I'm not sure home much is truly solid cedar. I know the 6"x6" posts just had cedar planks on the outside, with regular looking pine 4x4" on the inside of the post for example.
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Cedar really shouldn't be 'peeling and splitting' after a year in the elements. That sounds suspect right off the bat.
You are correct, true cedar does not peel. Sounds like a laminate of some sort or it's been coated with some kind of a paint.
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I did Ask Jeeves.... LMAO

Besides, I trust answers from random lounge members more.
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Besides, I trust answers from random lounge members more.
Jeeves is still alive?
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Well it was Sam's club after all. We wanted to go with the one at Costco, but at $1500 was way too much for us. The Sam's one was half the price. It's plenty sturdy and perfect in every other way, but they sucked at coating it with whatever methods they used. It definitely smells of cedar, but I'm not sure home much is truly solid cedar. I know the 6"x6" posts just had cedar planks on the outside, with regular looking pine 4x4" on the inside of the post for example.
Ah that explains it then. I also thought it was weird that it had a "grayish tone" since cedar starts off red and weathers to gray over time. It almost sounds like the wood that was used was left outside in the elements before it was built or you received it. It took several months to a year for my untreated cedar fencing to weather to mostly gray in elements that included big temperature swings and a lot of snow. If I look on Sam's Club website, the only pergola they list as 'cedar' doesn't look grayish at all but looks like I would expect cedar to look and it's listed as '100% natural cedar.'

https://www.samsclub.com/sams/ced...roduct_1_2

Is there any type of warranty on it? It just sounds so suspect, especially with the planking on the outside like you described.
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