CORRECTLY MIXING OILS FOR STAIN
We recently completed a cedar roof restoration in Shoreline, WA. The use of 2 different pigments gave the roof a natural wood look. One of the things I never liked about adding stains to wood is how unnatural the even color looks on a roof. We kept the oil that we always recommend but added just a little bit of tint . The overall appearance was night and day as can be seen from the photos below.
OIL OR STAIN FOR WOOD RESTORATION
The use of a pigment when oiling a cedar roof goes along way in both protecting the roof and making the appearance uniform. When cleaning sometimes up to 3000 square feet of roofing , you will definitely miss small spots or have off coloring due to either patches in the wood or just the color differences some pieces of shake have when you’re done cleaning. The pigment helps blend in any darker spots and when mixed with our preferred brand of shake oil , gives the roof a look I have never seen before on any stained cedar roof before.
One of my favorite things to see is the look on the customers face when we are done oiling and adding pigment. Most of the time its pure shock that we could get the roof looking this way again.I am always surprised myself in the big differences either a little less oil, or pigment can have on a roof.
There are many stains who try giving this appearance to a roof but they fall short in their levels of protection , like a cedar oil does. We discussed the benefits of oiling a cedar roof in this post.
THINNERS AND CONCENTRATES
Experience plays a key role in darkening and lightening certain areas of the roof when you are staining it. There are times Ill slightly mix up the ratio of oil-lacquer thinner and pigment to give the roof an off color. Other times depending on the coloring of the siding, Ill add a natural cedar and also a smaller amount of blonde stain to the mix to really mix it up. What’s left is a finished product like the one above , where 2 different colors created a unique and natural wood look.