Cedar shake siding can provide an attractive and durable look for a house. This low-density, lightweight softwood weathers and changes color naturally, and it can remain untreated. But homeowners who desire a less rustic look can paint or stain the siding. Priming the surface is required, because cedar tends to "bleed" moisture if not properly sealed.
Things You'll Need
- Brush and detergent, or pressure washer
- Paint applicators
- Exterior paint or stain
Choose Primer and Paint or Stain
Consult with a local hardware or paint store professional to determine the ideal paint or stains for your siding, and how much you'll need to complete the project.
Determine what equipment you'll need to prepare the surface.
Buy the products needed to paint or stain the siding.
Prepare and Paint
Clean the cedar shake siding with a stiff bristle brush and mild detergent. If the siding is severely stained, use a pressure washer.
Let the siding dry thoroughly.
Remove old caulk, if present, and caulk cracks and joints.
Apply either oil- or water-based primer.
Let the primer dry according to the application instructions.
Apply paint or stain to the siding with a brush, roller or paint sprayer.
Tips & Warnings
- Always apply a small amount of paint or stain to an inconspicuous place on the siding to make sure it will dry to the color you desire.
- Older or weathered cedar shake siding will likely require more preparation time.
- Thoroughly read the application instructions for paints and stains before opening the container.
- Proper ventilation is required when applying most paints and stains.
- The outside temperature and weather conditions can cause wide variations in drying time.
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