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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Your timber FAQs answered

Here you will find answers to some of the most common questions about working with timber.

How do I choose the best product?

Cedar Sales staff will help you make the best choice to suit your style, budget, building codes and ease of installation. Our website is a great starting point, with information on our product range and stunning inspirational photos in our project gallery archive. We can also help you make a final decision by providing product samples.

How do I achieve a look I've seen somewhere else?

If you've seen a timber wall or ceiling you love, call Cedar Sales then email us a photo. Our staff know timber inside and out and will help you achieve the look you're after.

How do I get a professional clear lacquer finish?

Pre-finished boards are economical and avoid any lacquering issues. They use a commercial grade satin finish that's resistant to scratching and you'll avoid dust on wet paint. If you want to DIY, then lacquer the boards before installing them.

How do I avoid that awful varnished timber look?

If timber will be exposed to sun or the elements, it should not be lacquered or it will crack and peel. To avoid poor workmanship on lacquered timber, order a pre-finished product – this provides a commercial grade finish at an economical price. If you want to DIY, make sure the wall is painted one board at a time, or pre-painted before installation.

How do I avoid rust marks?

On walls, use galvanised or stainless steel nails. If you use a nail gun, check the nail is not knocked off as it leaves the gun. F enough to cause rust.

How do I stain a timber wall or ceiling to make it darker?

This is easily done. Choose a colour from your local paint shop and test it on some piece of off-cut. Be sure to stain the boards from end to end so there are no overlap marks.

How do I handle a timber ceiling?

Rather than bulky sheets, timber ceilings come in strips that are easy to manage. You only need to handle the weight of a piece of timber at a time – cut it, place it, then do the next one. Handle timber carefully to avoid damaging the tongue and groove.

How do I install a timber ceiling?

This is a basic project for a home handyman that achieves a highly professional result. You'll need to refer to our guides, have the correct tools, and use scaffolding.

How do I add timber over a plastered ceiling?

This is easily done, and is a highly desirable upgrade. Mark out the hidden battens, and use plenty of glue. Use fine nails to hold the timber battens in place until the glue has dried.

How do I install external timber?


External cladding is within the range of a home handyman with the right tools. Our electronic guides, special brochures and expert staff provide guidance to achieve a professional finish and avoid moisture entering the building.

How do I maintain external timber?

If you want to retain the original timber colour and avoid grey weathering, use a quality preserving oil that includes some stain for UV protection.

How do I install a timber wall?

This is a basic project for a home handyman with our handy guides, the required tools, and a friend if available. Use plenty of glue to avoid large nails. Small pin nails will hold the timber in place until the glue dries.

How do I install concealed fixing using glue instead of nails?

All Cedar Sales profiles have provision for secret nailing. This conceals all fixings except on the first and last boards or the trims around the edge. The tongue is "supported" so it is easy to nail without breaking. Use glue and fine pin nails to support the timber till the glue dries. This method can be used to install timber to internal walls and all ceilings and soffits. For external walls, adhesive can be used if there is a batten over the building wrap. You cannot glue directly to the building wrap.

How do I cut pre-finished timber?

Use a sharp fine tooth blade in a quality drop saw. Lower the blade slowly to give the best chance of a clean cut. Take care not to chip or scratch the timber.

How do I move and store timber to prevent damage?

Pre-finished timber from Cedar Sales is wrapped in shrunk plastic to prevent damage. Move and store the bundles with care, but they are relatively robust. Once a pack is opened, you will have loose boards, which can accumulate dust and be readily damaged and therefore should be used as soon as possible.