Solid stain or paint?

Old 08-28-01, 09:55 PM
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I am preparing to apply a solid stain to my cedar siding. The siding has a coating of some kind already on, slightly faded. How would someone determine if this is a solid stain or paint. The current paint/stain is not semi-transparent. I have owned the house for almost 5 years and did not apply the current paint/stain. Even if this is paint, would the application of a solid stain over old paint(I already power washed it)be a bad idea. Someone help, I don't want to make things worse than they already are.
Old 08-29-01, 07:26 PM
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Some of the so-called solid stains are actually acrylics, which would probably be alright to use. What you want to stay away from is an oil-based penetrating stain which will probably not penetrate if in fact you have a paint (or acrylic) on your cedar. After five years, an oil stain should absorb more oil stain.
I would do some testing for coverage and penetration in an inconspicuous location.

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