Setting nails in cedar siding

Old 10-01-07, 11:32 AM
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Setting nails in cedar siding

I am installing cedar siding. The pamphlets I have read say to set the galvanized nails either flush or snug with the boards. However, I'd like to sink and fill the nails with putty for a smoother look as this siding is next to my deck. Can I set the nails and fill with putty? And, if so, can you recommend a putty? I imagine I should set the nails in about 1/8" to 1/4". The siding is 11/16 thick, I believe. Thanks.
Old 10-01-07, 03:28 PM
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Window glazing makes for a good filler over sunk nail heads. I wouldn't sink them more than 1/8"
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I agree with the information in the pamphlets you have read. I would not recommend setting the nails below the surface on your new siding. I'd nail them until they are almost snug, then use a large nail set to set the nails until they are FLUSH so as to avoid ANY hammer tracks. Cedar will show every dent you make with your hammer, so be careful. If you do it this way, you will scarcely notice the nails after it is painted.

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