My cedar deck was completed 13 months ago (August of last year.) I was told by my builder to wait "at least" a year to stain- I just read a comment[on this site] stating it is best to stain between 4-12 months after installations. Originally, I thought I would be able to wait until next spring to stain but all other information indicates I should stain within the next few weeks (Minnesota)! Is this correct or doesn't it matter if I wait until next spring? In other words, is the wood going to be too weathered next spring to easily prepare it for staining? Also, does prepping for stain always include sanding? (My cedar deck boards still look great-just weathered) Regardless...I am excited to stain my deck when it is best to do so :-)
You should probably get a coat on this Fall and then another light coat next year. Prep with the Gemini Restore Kit. Sanding is not always needed, but sometimes is. Your wood may have oxidized heavily since being built. Using the Gemini Restore Kit and pressure washing will remove the oxidation for prep, but since it has been over a year, you may get oxidation "fuzzies". These would be lightly sanded off.