Painting cedar lap siding?

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Old 06-17-09, 01:48 PM
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Painting cedar lap siding?

I am in the middle of an addition to a house built in the 30's. It has painted pine siding, but we are using cedar with the same dimensions on the addition. What type of finish would be most appropriate? My thoughts were:

1. 1 coat of a quality oil based primer/sealer such as SW A-100.
2. 1-2 coats of a quality acrylic latex such as SW Duration.

I suspect the back surface of the siding will remain unfinished.
 
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sounds like a plan
 
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If it was my house I'd prime and paint it all front and back before installing it. A little more work, but you will get more life out of each paint job down the road.
 
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If it was my house I'd prime and paint it all front and back before installing it. A little more work, but you will get more life out of each paint job down the road.
I wish I could do that too, but it comes down to a race with the framers. There will be about 4000 ft. of 6 inch siding and it won't be sitting long after delivery before installation. Then there is the question of where to lay it all out. I was considering hitting the backside with waterproof preservative. I'm assuming it could be sprayed on and dried more quickly than an oil or latex primer.
 
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Ya, you could spray on something like thompson's water seal on the back side.
The only thing that concerns me about sealing both sides of the siding is IF there is any moisture in the wood, it has no where to escape and could possibly lead to paint failure.
 
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