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Old 07-19-06, 04:10 AM
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Question painting or staining

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just got back from visiting the sistr/bro in law. While down there I saw the beautiful fence (6 foot high cedar)they had installed a few months ago. I was somewhat shocked to learn that he plans to paint it as he says putting a clearcoat on will just need to be applied every year. So, I gather that my bro in law wants something that needs less maintenance. I can't believe one would cover up the attractiveness of ceder, I was under the assumption that oil based stains were great for fences as they penetrate into the wood. I told him I would ask the pro's on this site for their input. It is possible he had a friend who has had a bad experience and maybe the guy used cheap stain. How often does one have to re-stain using high quality products in upper Illinois. Also, if he decides to paint instead of stain, should certain products be used such as primers. I've heard of ceder bleed.
 
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Whenever painting cedar with light colors a good oil base primer is recomended.

I don't think painting the fence will cut down on maintinence. While paint does last longer than stain it usually requires more prep to repaint - scraping, priming.

The more pigment a stain has, generally the longer it lasts. A clear [or almost] stain won't last as long as one with more pigment. There also is a big difference in quality between brands. You usually get what you pay for. A local paint store should be able to recomend the best coating for both the customer needs/wants and the job.
 
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Old 07-19-06, 05:34 PM
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ok thx marksr, I will pass on the info and also to tell him to listen to the advice of the paint store pro
 
 

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