How To Prep For Painting Cedar Siding: Step By Step Process & Items Needed

Step By Step Process & Items Needed To Prep For Painting Cedar Siding

Cedar siding is one of the best construction material for the exterior part of your home. Cedar is considered as the long-lasting softwoods, offering exceptional noise moderation, insulation, and longevity. The siding made of the cedar can make your home look warm as well as rustic. Cedar siding comes in different types of shades & the best thing about cedar siding is that it goes exceptionally well with paint & stain due to the lack of pitch & resin. Cedarwood withstands water, fungi, and insects due to the reason of its naturally occurring compounds known as thujaplicins. If in case you want to paint the cedar siding, then, first of all, you need to make it clean rigorously & eliminate all the dust & dirt particles present on the cedar siding. You will also need to seal as well as prime the wood to come up with a surface that increases paint adhesion.

Items Needed

  • Bucket & Mild Dish Detergent
  • Long Handled Scrub Brush & Garden Hose
  • 50 Or 60 Grit Sandpaper & Electric Sander
  • Water Repellant Preservative & Paint Brushes, Roller Or Pad
  • Paint Tray, Stain-Blocking Primer & Ladder

Step By Step Process

  1. First of all, cleanse the cedar siding, by mixing hot water and a few teaspoons of mild dish detergent, in a container. With the help of a long-handled scrub brush, scrub any dirt or residue from the wood. Cleanse it rigorously with the help of a garden hose and then give it some time to dry completely.
  2. If in case the cedar siding has a smooth finish, then you need to sand it down. However, if cedar siding is textured, then the sanding process is not necessary. With the help of a 50 or 60 grit sandpaper, smoothly sand the cedar siding but make sure to sand in wood grain's direction. This step coarsens up the texture for recommended primer adhesion. If you want to make the job easier, use an electric sander.
  3. After that, you need to cleanse the wood with the help of a garden hose to eliminate any dust that occurred from the sanding process. Give the wood some time to air-dry completely.
  4. Apply one even, in-depth coat of water-repellant preservative to the cedar siding with the help of a paintbrush or roller. Give it some time to dry & the amount of time is specified on the instruction label.
  5. Finally, using a paintbrush, spread one coat of stain-blocking primer. Coat the cedar siding fairly and rigorously. Make the primer to dry completely according to the time that is specified on the instruction label.
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