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06:17PM | 07/02/04
Member Since: 07/01/04
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I am residing the front of house. will use 6 in. cedar for a 51/4 exposure. The siding will be painted. Is there a preference to clear cedar, primed cedar, or finger jointed primed cedar for quality and performance?


08:13PM | 07/02/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
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This is a question of economics and finish. There should be no performance difference between any of the choices since you are painting. Clear cedar would be a waste of money since the appearance is not an issue. Finger-jointed is the lowest price option with the fewest defects, and will have no appearance or structural compromise in this application. Primed would be my second choice provided it is relatively free of knots and cracks. A primed product would likely have filler under the primer, while finger-jointed usually has clear small sections joined invisibly together. If you were staining, the answer would be different.

I used to work for a lumber company and am familiar with the remanufactured lumber. It is high quality and very suitable for the intended application, but uses trim ends and "wastes" from the premium products milled to a high quality finish. Nice stuff if you can find it.


03:50AM | 07/03/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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You should use the clear cedar as even if you are going to paint it.

The finger jointed is junk as the joints were it is joined will move over time and allow moisture to get in and cause peeling.

The primer used on pre-primed wood is junk as well, as it cost about a dollar a gallon to buy and will not hold up over time.

The best way to paint this siding would be to use an oil based slow drying primer on all 6 sides and then apply one finish coat of exterior latex before you install the siding. Once the siding is installed you can then apply the second coat of finish paint and this will give you a great job.

I work for a paint manufacture and am saying this from experience of seeing finger jointed wood and pre-primed wood fail over time. Yeah the clear wood will cost more at the begining but over time it will be your best value.

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