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Old 06-25-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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I have a customer that I will be stripping the old stain from the shingles. I did a sample section for them. They are quite happy with the sample. However, they just want the old stain removed and no new stain or sealer applied. They want me to come back every year and apply a mold/mildew killer to shingles. If no stain/sealer is applied will it affect the longevity of the shingles if they are cleaned every year. They are red cedar and currently in excellent shape. I have always reapplied stain/sealer to these jobs and never had this type of request before so any input would be appreciated.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:26 PM   #2
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Have you stripped red cedar before? Its a pretty complex scene. What products and process will you be using?

If done properly, there is no better way to "open" the wood to a new life. One constituted by finish, mildew or both, depending on your products and process.

What is on the house currently?



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I am using a product called Cedar Wash from Wash-Safe. I have used it on several projects including my own cedar log home. It removes the stain/sealer, kills the mold/mildew, and blondes the wood in one step. Apply, let is sit for a while, and wash off. I used a garden hose to wash it off my own house. It recommends a pressure washer with low pressure, but I used a garden hose just to see how well it worked and was very surprised.
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Even if you dont stain the home, a clear sealer would be recommended. There are some different bleaching oils that are used in different parts of the country as well.
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I cant imagine not putting something on that after stripping off the old finish.

But there are a few houses in my area that are allowed to go gray for several years at a time, and they actually look quite good that way if the house is designed and situated relative to shading objects so that each side of the house wears uniformly to itself.

Are the shingles old growth, or new growth cedar? And how much tannin is left in them to protect from moisture and drying?
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try this:

http://www.cedarbureau.org/faq/maintenance.htm
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