Everyone knows that Western Red Cedar is an ideal building material for the outdoors. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects, so it just goes to show that nature’s most versatile building material is the perfect choice for siding and decking. But more and more architects and homeowners are starting to appreciate Cedar’s stunning appearance and ability to beautify interior spaces. Regardless of a room’s style or size, cedar’s unique look, feel and smell can enhance the living experience in a home.
Whether it’s an expansive ceiling and soffit system, a feature wall or exposed posts & beams, bringing cedar inside is the best way to add visual appeal and create a greater connection to nature.
Bonus: Interior applications require less protection than wood that’s exposed to the elements. That’s why most people opt for transparent finishes such as waxes, shellac and other clear film forming finishes. The exception being areas with high moisture levels such as bathrooms. In which case, an exterior grade of finish is recommended.
For all other interior cedar applications, you simply want to enhance the wood’s natural appearance with minimal effect on indoor air quality.
Note: Always ensure that the coating is recommended for interior use.
For inside the home, the DEFT Interior series by PPG Paints is recommended. The Clear Waterborne Acrylic Wood Finish is easy to apply, scratch-resistant and enhances the natural beauty of cedar. The oil-based polyurethane products are great for long-lasting protection against abrasions and marring. To prepare your cedar for a smooth, even application, try DEFT Interior’s Oil-based or Water-based Sanding Sealer. To imbue your wood with an extra rich tonal range, turn to DEFT’s Interior Oil-Based Wood Stain with ultra-fine pigmentation.
Sansin’s Precision Coat Purity series is also recommended for interior applications. The Clear formula yields high-solid finishes, bringing out the natural beauty of the wood’s color and texture. For a totally clear, high performance finish that doesn’t amber the wood, Glacier is a good option. To add a beautiful tint to your wood, the Interior Stain offers long lasting color in wide range of hues with exceptionally deep penetration.
There are an abundance of finishes to choose from when finishing Western Red Cedar indoors. Select from one of the following options:
Once you’ve selected your choice in finish, it’s time to apply your product. Be sure to follow best practices to ensure you achieve the look you’re going for. Also, proper application means longer life service and less care & maintenance down the road.
Finishing Western Red Cedar doesn’t have to be difficult. Below are some simple rule-of-thumb do’s and don’ts to follow:
Got a question? Contact a cedar specialist today. We’d love to hear about your project!