How do you keep cedar from graying?

What treatment is used on CEDAR to assure that it keeps that rich rust color instead of turning gray?

We have some CEDAR planks that I want to have made into decorative shutters on my windows...but I want them to retain their beautiful rust color.

I know I can google this, but I want the pros and cons from experienced people in the HomeTalk Community.

I want plank shutters to change the shuttered side of the house to go better with the arches on the left. I want to paint the house a light ivory color with the rust shutters.

q how to you keep cedar from graying
This photo is sort of dark, but was taken in November so we have winter lighting.
I think the rust shutters will blend the 2 styles. I would like to whitewash the brick, but may not do it right now.
  4 answers
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Jan 06, 2018
    Go to a cedar specialty shop. I have a western red cedar fence. The application was called white on white. You applied the first coat and when it turned milky, you put on the second. Had to be done every 2-3 years. Even if slightly grayed in areas, it would bring out the beautiful tones. Then I was out of province, and the fence didn't get done for years so I just applied a stain.

  • GG GG on Jan 06, 2018
    Keep it stained, don't let it succumb to the elements without protection.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 06, 2018
    Stain it.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 06, 2018
    You stain but sealing is the most important part of preserving it. Use a good protective polyurethane made for outdoor wood such as this one. It comes in gloss, semi-gloss, or matte finishes.