12:12PM | 11/08/01
Member Since: 11/07/01
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I live in a townhome complex that has wood shake siding (cedar, I'm guessing). It hasn't been stained or treated with sealer for ~15 years, and there is significant fading and areas of dark (black) coloration, which contractors have attributed to water staining or acid from the previous stain. Every contractor I speak with has a different opinion of what to do.... oil-based stain, oil prime and then paint, we can only seal it and have to live with the discoloration, water based stain... on and on.
Can anyone tell me what is the best way to repair the discoloration and preserve the siding?
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08:02PM | 12/01/01
Member Since: 04/08/01
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Greetings Jim. I've ran into this problem many times in the past and the first thing a person needs to do, regardless of whether they're thinking of stain/sealing/painting, is get rid of the tainted wood. Now that might be accomplished in a variety of ways, but my best offer is to recomend hitting it with a sander and if necessary, anything else it requires to remove it (i.e. screwdriver, knife, etc.). Obviously, you'll need to apply wood putty or filler to the effected areas.

If you're looking to stain it, you're going to run into a myriad of complications, but if you opt for painting it, you get into the painting 5-10 year peeling, scraping cycle. Either way, it's a you know what, but regardless, you need to protect the surface.

Best of luck!



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