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    • Red Cedar Stain??
      I was thinking I'd put the stain down first and allow to fully cure usually 4 days to a week. Then apply cpes and topcoat. That was the recommended sequence by the cpes manufacture for new wood application. Im thinking I may be able to get away with an indoor stain considering the UV exposure will be minimal due to being under cover and the epifanes has a UV protectant as well as reflective high gloss finish to make up for any UV coming in from the side. What do you think?
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      I asked because UV rays do far more harm than occasional water or temperature swings. CPES will seal the wood so any "stain" won't deposit much color at all.  If you are going to the trouble of using CPES, then top coat it with Epifanes.   If you want to add color, skip the CPES and Epifanes altogether and use a high quality deck stain like Sikkens.  Since your swing is protected by UV rays you sould be fine.   I have also used Benjamin Moore's deck stains and have been happy.  
    • Finish for outdoor cedar
      Sikkens used to be made in Europe by Akzo Nobel.  A couple years ago Akzo Nobel sold its North American consumer business to PPG.  That is why there has been some changes in branding ("ProLuxe") and the product. I believe the stuff they sell at North American home centers is all made by PPG in the US.  This is pure conjecture, but on average European coatings*** are higher quality than American coatings (think epifanes vs. domestic spar varnishes), so I would not be surprised if PPG reformulated the product to hit big box store price points. I think the Sikkens marine line sold by Jamestown Distributors (and other marine suppliers) is still made by Akzo in europe.  Those products are not part of their "consumer" line and weren't part of the deal.   ***I will play the TripleHHH card here... look up the Alchian-Allen effect, commonly known as "shipping the good apples out" - in short, it only makes sense to export higher quality product but tariffs/taxes drive up the cost too much of low quality product.  I am sure European companies make plenty of crap finishes, it just doesn't make economic sense to send them to the US.  
    • Red Cedar Stain??
      Yes it has a roof but no walls so depending on wind exposure will be at a minimum  
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