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When I lived in Massachusetts, I used this stain on new cedar clapboard siding. It held up to the Massachusetts weather very well. I painted the window and door trim more often than re-stain the siding.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
I'm in MN and put it on my cedar deck, which was about 6 months old. I prepped exactly as the can said, applied in ideal condition and it didn't hold up. I got 1 year out of the flat surfaces and about 6 months more on the vertical surfaces. Maybe it was the harsh winter. I had better luck with Sherwin Williams, but I still have to do it every 18 months. Thinking of going with Sikkens next. I didnt' like the color of Behr when I tried it on a test sample.
I used Cabots solid stain (dark brown) on a new redwood shade structure. We sprayed it, and back rolled it. Anyplace where the sprinklers hit on the wood turned the stain white. I have not been back since to asses it or do any sort of repairs.
I don't have too much experience with exterior staining (for hire) but I have had so so luck with Sikkens Cetol SRD 250. The color I am using is "natural" (I think) and is translucent. This stuff is not so fun to work with, put it on too thick and it will develop a "skin" and underneath it the product will stay wet, eventually will dry but will look bad, and too thin, the sun burns thru it in 3-4 months. It is also easy to damage (scrape off the skin) until it hardens.
I find that I need a maintenance coat every 6 months, this summer will be coat #3. Hopefully the third coat on the horizontal surfaces will stop the burn thru I keep experiencing in a couple of areas.
If my customer had chosen a darker color I feel that the finish would last significantly longer, the pigment is supposed to help stop the sun from frying the wood so I have been told.
I used another Sikkens product on some teak outdoor furniture.
First coat was Sikkens Cetol Marine Gloss, second was Sikkens Cetol Marine Light. This finish was starting to fail after 4-5 months of being outside in the weather. Time for a maintenance coat before the sun fries the teak....
I don't think the process that was spec'd by the customer was correct, he wanted what he had laying around used first, the wife freaked out at the shine and wanted a matte finish, so the Marine Light was used as a second coat to dull the look of the finish. This stuff is impossible to touch up and have it look perfect either, I cringe when I see new scratches in it....
We don't have preventative maintenance around here, we have CRISIS MANAGEMENT!