I've just finished reading the archives (more than 500 postings!) about red & white cedar shingles and the various stains that protect them. Lots of information, your name came up often. I'm hoping there are new products that can deliver what I want.
The house is on the coast of Maine with a full southern exposure, lots of dormers and porches, lots of opportunity for inconsistant weathering. I don't want to lose the texture of the shingles by using a solid stain or paint, but I REALLY don't want to end up with a black, streaked house that looks like the Munsters live there.
Is there anything I can do to red cedar shingles to make them age more uniformly? There seems to be agreement that bleaching oil will move white cedar to gray, but I prefer the darker, almost brown of red cedar. Any ideas?