What can I put on my cedar deck for a natural grey finish?

by Lbh1322208
  5 answers
  • Linda Linda on May 28, 2017

    Nothing, that pretty silver grey comes from exposure to the elements...takes a couple of years, then use Thompson's water seal. .

  • William William on May 28, 2017

    Some people like the look of weathered or grayed wood. But is it okay to let the wood gray naturally. Meaning is it okay to let the sun gray the wood even if it is still being protected from water damage with a clear sealer? For the most part the answer is no. UV rays are actually damaging the wood fibers, which turns them gray or causes them to become faded. If allowed to continue, these harsh UV rays will also cause more extreme damage like board cracking, splintering, and warping. This can also cause boards to become loose as screws are loosened from buckling and cupping wood.

    Just like moisture causes water damage, UV rays cause sun damage. Both will jeopardize the structures integrity and decrease the wood’s overall longevity. If a rustic looking deck or other exterior wood structure is your thing there is a better way to go about it. Look for a semi-transparent stain in a gray tone. This would not only give the wood water and sun protection, but would give you the naturally gray look you desire. It is important to protect exterior wood from both water and UV damage. Allowing the wood to gray naturally without a stain will shorten the wood’s life costing you money.

    Another enemy of exterior wood is moisture. This can cause the wood to warp, crack, splinter and eventually rot. To protect wood from water damage, a stain or sealer can be applied. When a stain with added color or toner is used it will not only protect the wood from water damage but also from sun graying. The added pigment of the toner helps block out the UV rays. When a sealer (clear stain) is used it will only provide water protection and no sun protection.

  • Kcg23459616 Kcg23459616 on May 29, 2017

    an easy way to get a fast "grey" look. purchase a furniture stain "ebony" ( there are different brands) it is a black stain. mix it aprox. 1 to 5 of linseed oil. do a test patch on wood similar to your deck (or underneath where it isn't seen) if it is too dark, add more oil - too light add more stain. paint your deck - you get the grey, and the linseed is good for the wood.

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on May 31, 2017

    Hello, as stated above to get the most natural look let the elements do the magic, but if you are anything like me you just can't wait, you could use steel wool and vinegar solution, I personally would use scrap pieces of wood and try different methods and see which one looks best to you. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 15, 2024

    Just leave it! It will change into a silver grey naturally, within a couple of years!