Spray Vs. Brushing Stain for Cedar Siding


You've just installed new cedar siding on your house. It looks great, but now it's time to stain the wood and protect your investment. You can use a brush or a sprayer, which each have benefits and drawbacks.


  • A sprayer will save you a lot of time on the initial application, since you can cover a wide area in minutes. With a brush, you will have to spend time going over each board to get complete coverage.


  • A brush affords much greater control than a sprayer and eliminates the risk of wind blowing the stain all over. If you're working on a windy day with a sprayer, you can end up having problems.

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  • Stain needs to penetrate the siding and excess stain needs to be removed before it has a chance to dry. Whether you use a sprayer or a brush, you need to go over the siding with a dry brush and remove any excess material that hasn't penetrated within the first half hour after application.


  • A brush is cheaper than a sprayer and you will use less product. Contractors who spray often add 25 percent over the actual square footage to make up for product lost during the spraying process.


  • You can get good results on your siding regardless of whether you use a sprayer or a brush. The keys to success are preparing the surface, covering the siding completely with stain, and removing any excess product that doesn't penetrate into the wood.

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