How To Properly Paint a Cedar-Sided Home
This cedar-sided home, built in 1990, had been painted three times before Lake Area Painting and Decorating was hired for the first time to paint the home. The home had been, to put it mildly, painted very badly. That’s why the home had to be repeatedly painted again and again. It’s also why we found numerous areas that had been water damaged because of the inadequate paint jobs done previously. In fact, the home started to fail just three years after it was last done.
We started by pressure washing the exterior cedar siding with hot water – not cold water. We also use a mild acidic cleaner on all surfaces. The difference is that hot water gets a lot more bad paint off the house. We found that on much of the house, the cedar siding was not prepared properly. The result — problems. What a lot of painters who don’t really know how to paint don’t realize is that hard-grain wood like cedar needs careful preparation for paint to hold to it.
After we pressure washed the house, we used 40-grit sandpaper to get a good base to apply our primer. We used a quality bonding primer, and then we applied not one but two coats of quality latex paint. We used brushes, not sprayers, to make sure the paint got into the wood, instead of just sitting on top. We also repaired quite a few areas that had been damaged by water.
The result? A beautiful home that won’t have to worry about water damage from failing paint. And the knowledge that the house won’t need to be painted again for 15 or 20 years.