how to paint old cedar boards

Old 05-05-12, 01:18 PM
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how to paint old cedar boards

I have very old, dirty dark cedar boards on ceiling and walls in part of my house. I want to lighten them by painting or staining or whitewashing. Any suggestions of how-to's, products, caveats, etc.?
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Start off by cleaning them the best you can. Have they ever had any type of finish on them?
Painting is pretty straight forward - primer followed by 2 coats of paint. I'd use an oil base enamel undercoater and then satin enamel for the finish.......... but IMO if you can get them cleaned up decent, a few coats of polyurethane would look best. Any type of sheen that is on the wood will help to reflect light better helping it to not look so dark.
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I'd even consider a light sanding as well in addition to what Mark suggested.

Polyurethane would be my choice of finish as well, I'm not a huge fan of painting wood.

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