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Question:


I am going to buy a white cedar log kit and I'm wondering if applying borate to cedar helps protect the wood? The company I'm purchasing from has the ability to dip the entire kit in borate prior to shipping. Is it wise to borate treat white cedar? If so, would you recommend spraying the borate on after construction or dipping the entire log prior to shipping?

Answer:

Even though cedar is rot resistant it would hurt to apply borate before staining. Spraying on prior to staining would be acceptable and probably less costly, just be sure to allow to dry and do not over apply as it can cause peeling. Also do not get it on the windows if they are already installed.

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