Painting a refurbished barn.

Old 10-29-00, 07:04 PM
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We are in the process of gutting our 40X30 barn with hayloft. We use it for storage and horses. We are replacing the old oak with new oak, but have had so many differing opinions as to how to treat the exterior. We've been told by old country folks that we don't have to do anything at all. The barn will still be standing in 25-30 years. Others say to paint it, others to use stain, others still, to cover it with metal. Our finances are limited, as well as time. The lumber is rough hewn oak. Do we need to prime it prior to painting or staining? How many coats of primer? Your info links didn't specify. If we just leave it without any type of paint, how long could we reasonable expect the wood to last? The barn's been here for about 25 years, and only some sections are deteriorating. We're really confused and need to know which would be our best option as well as do we do it now or wait until spring when the wood cures? We'd appreciate any help or suggestions. Thanks, Michi141
Old 10-30-00, 06:11 PM
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If it was my barn I wouldn't do a thing to it. Just let it weather in time, etc. It will take time to weather though. To stain it priming isn't called for. Get a good exterior stain and stain it after the siding is in place. The best stain is Cabot. The wood siding will lose .25 inches in thickness every 75 years, so it will last a long time. Cabot has some great colors, check them out.

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