Weather is a critical factor when we finish a pergola. Using a clear sealer as a finish does not require perfect weather conditions. Please understand that staining a pergola can be stalled by poor weather and may affect delivery/shipping deadlines.

There are six finishing options for your pergola:

 


RAW, UNSEALED

This is the no maintenance option. Let your pergola weather. Soon it will reach that desirable, ageless, silver-gray appearance. Some people order the pergola unsealed with plans to apply the primer and stain themselves.

 


SEALED with OLYMPIC MAXIMUMTM

We use Olympic Maximum Cedar Natural Tone. It was rated top choice by Consumer Reports. It looks great for the first year, but then needs to be cleaned and re-applied. It's great for furniture because the maintenance can be done easily, but a pergola is a much bigger job. Many people choose to have the sealer applied and plan to let it weather gray instead of doing the annual re-application. After two years the sealer can be painted over.


PREPPED & PRIMED

We can apply the first coat for you. The prime coat. All Cedars and Mahoganys contain tannic acid which will bleed through your paint. These woods must be primed with a high quality, oil based, stain blocking primer. After applying the primer, we lightily sand all the parts again.


STAINED SEMI-TRANSPARENT GRAY

Stain is better than paint. Stain doesn't have a hard eggshell surface so it will not chip or peel. It looks like paint, smells like paint, covers like paint, but it doesn't chip like paint. We like to use Cabbots double white, latex, solid stain. Priming and painting a pergola adds two weeks to the production time.


PRIMED & STAINED SOLID WHITE

A beautiful white coat.


PRIMED & STAINED CUSTOM COLOR

We are able to stain your pergola almost any color imaginable. We recommend that you visit your local Sherwin Williams paint store and review their color swatches. Once you've decided on a custom color, note the color code number and send it to the Baldwin Sales Representative that is helping you with your order. We will order the stain for you and apply it to the pergola, so when it arrives for installation all of the work of staining is done!

Or... DO-IT-YOURSELF:

USING A CLEAR SEALER

Weather is an important factor to consider. The temperature needs to be above 50-degrees Fahrenheit and the climate must be dry.

We recommend using Olympic Maximum Cedar Natural Tone, which was rated as a top-choice by Consumer Reports. Using this product will not only provide superior protection to your pergola but it will enhance the beauty of the cedar itself!

To start, lay out the boards on saw horses. Using either a fine paint brush, rags or pneumatic spray gun, apply a first coat of sealer. NOTE: Keep rags handy so you can remove any excess drip marks

Once the boards have dried (which takes about 8-12 hours), sand the boards lightly using 100-grade sandpaper and apply a second coat. Allow the boards to dry 24-hours before assembling the pergola.

NOTE: we recommend re-sealing your pergola the year following installation. After the first year, you may want to re-seal your pergola every two years.

USING A STAIN

Weather is an important factor to consider. The temperature needs to be above 50-degrees Fahrenheit and the climate must be dry.

The boards will need to be primed and then stained using oil-based PRIMER and latex STAIN suitable for cedar. We recommend Cabot’s Problem Solving Oil-based primer. The best stain to use is Cabot’s Latex solid color stain.

Lay out the boards on saw horses. Using either a fine paint brush or pneumatic spray gun, apply the primer first and let dry (24 hours). NOTE: Keep rags handy so you can remove any excess drip marks that accumulate in the notches.
Once the boards have dried, apply the stain.

NOTE: do not stain the notched spaces on any of the boards.

 

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