What Kind of Paint to Use on Cedar Siding
The right paint is essential for preserving the wood
By Stevie Donald
Learn how to find the right kind of paint for your deck and you'll prevent it from rotting too. Red cedar is popular for decks and exterior siding because it is naturally resistant to rot. The tannins that make it rot-resistant, however, can also bleed through paint and primer if you don't use the right kind.
Cedar siding is either rough (or resawn) or smooth. Cedar is also used for shingles used on siding. The rough or shingled siding will soak up more paint.
Tannic acid will show through paint unless you use an oil- or shellac-based stain blocking primer. Latex stain-blocking primers are not as effective.
The best type of paint to use over primer on exterior cedar siding is two coats of 100 percent acrylic paint. It is more flexible and durable than oil-based or inexpensive latex paint.
Exterior paint comes in several sheens from flat to high gloss. Because glossy paint accentuates surface imperfections and creates glare, flat, matte or satin paint tends to look better.
Solid oil stain alternative
An alternative to priming and painting is a solid oil stain. This is harder to work with and may not be as durable but requires fewer coats. Oil stains come in a wide variety of colors and are generally completely dry in one to two days, given humidity conditions.
About the Author
Stevie Donald is a regular contributor to DexKnows. She has been a painting contractor since 1979.
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