04:38AM | 11/04/05
Member Since: 11/03/05
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A house we're considering buying has cedar shake siding. The shakes are varnished a deep brown with no wood-grain showing and they're not evenly set. Some are warped.

We don't the look.

Is there some way to get the shakes back to their natural color showing the natural wood? The realitor suggested cloroxing them.


09:11AM | 11/04/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
549 lifetime posts
Leave it to a realtor to come up with a solution like Clorox. It sounds like the shingles have been painted with a solid color, opaque stain. The pigment might be removed with pressure washing and some chemical stripping, but its going to take some trial and error to find out. Cedar shingles are relatively soft, so pressure washing can be destructive if not done carefully. Of course the easy solution is to recoat with a solid stain color you like.


06:55AM | 11/11/05
Member Since: 11/03/05
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I guess I was thinking more of a varnish than a stain. It's been years since I've used either.

But, how would you stain over a dark stain with a lighter one? Does it work like paint? (the only staining I've done was on bare wood).


02:46AM | 11/12/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
A soild stain goes on like paint and covers like paint but dries flatter and will allow the texture of the wood to show through. It depends on the manufacturer as to if you would prime first or just apply two coats of a latex solid stain over what you have. I would go to your local paint store (not a big box store)and ask them what they reccomend to recoat your house.
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