Spray Vs. Brushing Stain for Cedar Siding

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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.

Speed

  • 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.

Control

  • 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.

Back Brushing

  • 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.

Cost

  • 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.

Appearance

  • 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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