I've decided to go with cedar decking on my deck project. I've located a local small lumber yard that focuses on deck and outdoor wood projects; I looked at their stock today and ordered 5/4x6 western red cedar, sanded 4 sides. They recommend staining/finishing the decking on all 6 sides before laying it down: 1 coat on the bottom, 3 coats on the top/sides/ends. I have two questions for this group (your responses in the past have been excellent and are much apprecoated): 1. Is staining/finishing all 6 sides recommended by this group? 2. What brands of stain/finisher do you recommend? Thanks in advance..