12:56PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 07/11/03
4 lifetime posts
My house is 14 years old. I purchased it new and since the second year the cedar that wraps the entire house has been a problem. Constant bleeing through of knots and constant paint flaking/chipping. If you count the original stain, we have stained the exterior 4 times (4 different contractors/processes) in 14 years and right now it looks its worst. We have power washed, scrapped, used Zinzer stain control....and still every couple of years it looks horrible. (We have used Benjamin Moore stain all the time).

Now that it needs something done again, I am considering bricking the whole thing or maybe replacing all the siding....because this painting at over $4K a time is really adding up.

Can this siding be resolved or should I just replace it? Is there a synthetic siding product that looks like "rough cedar" that can make my pain go away?

Any advice to resolve this problem once and for all would be appreciated!


03:34PM | 02/21/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1358 lifetime posts
Yeah you do have a problem as you should not have done this siding but twice or three times at the most in fourteen years. It may have not been correctly the first time and this could be giving you problems still.

If you want to stay with this siding you will need to wash to remove dirt and mildew. Then you will need to scrape and or sand to remove loose and flaking stain. Then prime just the knots with Zinsser BIN. The topcoat should be an acrylic/latex solid stain and this does not matter if you have a oil based stain on the siding now as the latex will stick just fine and it will not fade or flake and peel like the oil based will. I take it you have soild stain now as semi-transparent does not peel. For the best durability you will need to apply two coats of the finish.

For a siding that looks like cedar you need to look at Hardi-Plank as it comes in a great wood grain pattern and it hold paint great and it does not rot.

Hope this helps out.


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