We are wrapping up construction on a redwood deck in our yard. Our desire is to keep the natural color of the redwood so we are looking at using the DEFY Extreme Clear. The last few months it has been raining fairly regularly so I am wondering how long we should wait to seal it. I was thinking we should wait until June (Northern California) when the weather is more consistently dry and warm. Do you have a recommendation for how long to wait?
Also, we have used 1x4 attached to posts for guardrails. Should we apply the DEFY Extreme Clear to these boards as well? Both sides & end cuts?
I imagine the deck will need cleaning before applying the sealer. I was planning to use the DEFY Wood Cleaner. Do we need to do any sort of sanding of the deck surface before using the cleaner or the sealer?
Lastly, if we decided we wanted the redwood to gray over time is there an alternate product you would recommend?
Wating about 3-4 months after install is normal. Prep with both the Cleaner and the wood brightener. The clear will start to gray around 9-12 months so it is normal to prep and reapply annually or if you prefer the gray, just leave as is. Yes, you should apply to the posts.