What type of finish should be used on an aromatic cedar ceiling? I want it to keep a good smell and reddish color.
If the cedar is sealed or finished, you will be "sealing in" the cedar aroma. You can try a dye stain. The dyes are sold as either water or alcohol dissolvable.
Cedar does not stain or dye well--the results are uneven at best.
Comment from contributor A:
I have used clear semi-satin polymers on the outside of cedar chests. This gives me the sheen and protection that polymer gives. On the inside, apply nothing. My father-in-law used boiled linseed oil on the outside of my wife's cedar chest over 40 years ago. It is bare on the inside. It stills has the cedar smell. I have read that an occassional light sanding will strengthen the odor. I have never done it for fear of wearing the walls thin.