4 Best Products for Cedar Maintenance in New Zealand

Cedar is a popular choice for cladding in New Zealand due to its aesthetic appeal, durability, and high resistance to insect damage and decay. However, just like any other timber, cedar needs regular maintenance and the right products to keep it looking beautiful and enhance its lifespan.

One of the first steps you can take is to learn about the different types of products available for cedar maintenance because there are specific products for cleaning, oiling, and staining.

Each product has its own unique benefits, so it’s important to do your research and choose the right product for your cedar. We’re here to make it easier for you with this comprehensive guide where we cover everything from,

What makes cedar great for cladding
Why it’s important to maintain your cedar regularly
What maintenance your cedar needs
Recommended products to:

Understanding Cedar: Why Choose Cedar For Cladding?

Cedar is a premium, soft timber that’s mostly used for cladding in New Zealand. The type of cedar we use here is Western Red Cedar which is a durable, light weight timber, which makes it an easy wood to work with.

While it’s more expensive than other common timber types like radiata pine, cedar has many advantages that make it worth the investment.

  • It’s naturally resistant to rot and decay
  • Cedar has excellent thermal insulation properties that keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • It absorbs oils and stains very well, allowing you to customise the look of your cladding.
  • Cedar cladding is also easy to maintain and can be cleaned with a soft wash using your garden hose.

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The 4 Best Products for Cedar Cladding Maintenance

Now that we know more about cedar cladding and why it’s important to maintain it, let’s take a look at some of the best products available from Dryden for cedar maintenance.

1. Dryden SurfaceCleaner

What is it: A solution that helps restore old, weathered, and dirty cedar cladding by helping remove oxidised (silvering) timber fibre, mould, dirt, grime, and mild watermarks.


Why it’s great: it’s easy to use and doesn’t contain any damaging caustic or hypochlorite bleach, which can strip away the natural oils in your cedar.


Shop SurfaceCleaner from your local Dryden Reseller

2. Dryden LiquidTimberClean

What is it: An effective cleaning product you can use to freshen and brighten dulled cedar cladding. Our LiquidTimberClean will help improve any cosmetic staining and blemishes on your precious cedar.



Why it’s great: You can use it on new and restored cedar cladding. It helps remove; watermarks, environmental and industrial contamination, chemical marks and mould stains.


Shop LiquidTimberClean from your local Dryden Reseller

3. Best oil for cedar cladding: Dryden WoodOil

What is it: A clear, water-repellent, non-filming timber protector that provides superior protection and nourishment for cedar cladding and fencing. It is available in over 37 different colours, allowing you to choose the perfect shade that complements your home’s exterior.


Why it’s great: Unlike other wood oils, Dryden WoodOil does not form a film on the surface of your cedar cladding. It’s a migrating oil that gets absorbed deep into your cedar to help prevent moisture absorption. This helps to prevent your cedar from cracking, flaking or peeling. So, Dryden WoodOil extends the life span of your timber. If Dryden WoodOil Clear is applied (without adding Colourtone+), your timber will silver naturally.


Shop WoodOil from your local Dryden Reseller

4. Best Cedar Stain for Cladding: Dryden Colourtone+

What is it:

A wood tint that can be added to the clear-based Dryden WoodOil to complement the natural character of your cedar’s cladding, enhance the wood grain and help provide UV protection while giving you the aesthetic colour finish you are after (or similar).



Why it’s great:

Dryden Colourtone+ comes in over 37 colours, so you can find the perfect colour.

When added to Dryden WoodOil, Colourtone+ adds UV protection, which can help prevent silvering when maintained correctly.


And that’s all the products you need to maintain your cedar cladding looking great for many years to come!

Frequently Asked Questions About Cedar Maintenance

Does cedar cladding need maintenance?

Yes, although naturally rich in protective oils, cedar cladding requires regular re-coating to stay strong and decay-free. If not maintained properly, your cedar will suffer from;

  • Fading – NZ’s harsh UV rays can bleach your cladding, resulting in a dull grey or silver colouring.
  • Mould and mildew – The humid climate of New Zealand encourages mould and mildew growth, which can discolour your cedar cladding.
  • Warping, cupping, and splitting

That’s why you need to maintain your cedar cladding with the right products regularly.

What Maintenance Does Cedar Cladding Need?

Start your cedar maintenance journey with a coating of Dryden WoodOil and follow up with a soft wash and visual inspection every twelve months.
Apply a fresh coat of WoodOil (if previously applied) with or without Colourtone+, depending on the condition of the timber – generally no sooner than two summers. Do this, and your cedar cladding will stay vibrant and strong for many years to come!

In short, cedar is a premium wood that is popular for cladding in New Zealand because of its durability and high resistance to insect damage and decay. But, it does need regular maintenance to prevent it from; fading, warping, cupping, splitting and growing mould or mildew.

There are specific products for cleaning, oiling, and staining cedar cladding, and the best cedar maintenance products from Dryden are;

By using these recommended products and following proper maintenance practices, you can keep your cedar surfaces looking beautiful and lasting longer. Want to explore further? Learn more about cedar care.

Pick The Best Colour For Your Cedar Stain

Adding colour to your exteriors is easy and straightforward with Dryden Colourtone+, which comes with over 37 shades to choose from. It helps enhance cedar cladding’s

UV protection while complementing your timber’s character and colour without hiding the grain.


*Will silver as product weathers overtime


*Will silver as product weathers overtime


Lite Oak










Weathered Cedar



Silver Grey







Black Teak













Soft Grey


Dryden WoodOil colours and finishes shown here on Western Red Cedar are representative only. The colour you choose and the amount of oil applied may change the final achieved colour.