How to Paint Cedar Shake Siding How to Paint Cedar Shake Siding

Having to paint cedar shake siding can be a real pain. The easiest way to accomplish this task is to paint the shakes before they are installed. Painting them afterwards can lead to gaps and missed spots between the shakes that can lead to problems later. Here are two popular methods that will make the task of painting easier while offering the best water protection for your shakes.

What You Might Need

  • Paint
  • Cedar Shakes
  • A Paint Brush
  • Clothes Line and Clothes Pins
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • A Cardboard Box
  • A Five Gallon Bucket or Paint Sprayer

Method 1: Spray the Shakes

Any common paint sprayer should be able to quickly coat cedar shakes. The trick is to keep the paint from getting all over the place in the process. Use a large cardboard box to create a m akeshift spray booth for your paint gun. First, apply a coat of paint to one side of each shake and let them dry. Once dry, flip the shakes over and spray the opposite sides. Apply two coats in this manner for best results.

Method 2: Dip the Shakes

Pour the paint into a five gallon bucket. Next, dip each shake into the paint leaving only an inch or two not painted at the top where it is being held. Remove the shake and hold it over the bucket while wiping off the excess with a paint brush. Hang the shakes from a clothesline while they dry. Lay plastic below the clothesline to prevent the paint from dripping and ruining the floor. Once dry, apply a second coat to the shakes in the same manner as the first, this time dipping the unpainted end of each shake into the paint.

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