How to Restore Cedar Siding

What You'll Need
Cleaning agent
Pressure washer
Galvanized primer
Tint sealant
Paint brushes
Plastic covers
Wood cleaner
Wood stain

Cedar siding, though durable and able to maintain a good finish for a long period of time, does sometimes get damaged, and it is certainly not completely immune to rot no matter how well it has been treated. Over time, cedar siding can become discolored and the surface degraded due to weather, dirt and various other wear and tear. Fortunately, it is usually possible to restore cedar siding before it gets to the stage where it needs replacing. Using appropriate cleaning agents and other treatments will help to ensure that the siding will last many more years.

Step 1 – Make Necessary Preparations

Before starting work on restoring your cedar boards, close any windows and doors in the wall you will be working on. You should use plastic covers or tarpaulins to cover up any exposed areas of landscaping features, such as flower beds or outdoor lighting features.

Step 2 – Use the Wood Cleaner

Use the wood cleaner according to instructions on the product’s packaging. This is a cleaning solution specially designed for removing any stubborn stains or greasy marks on wood. Apply this to the entire surface of cedar siding, making sure that the wood is completely saturated with it. It will then need some time to soak in. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for guidelines on how long it should be left on.

Step 3 – Rinse off the Cleaner

When the cleaner has been left to soak into the wood for the required amount of time, the surface should then be rinsed thoroughly using a pressure washer to get an adequate cover. Use the pressure washer at a low setting and with a 40 degree tip. Rinse the entire surface, starting from the top and working down systematically. Cover the surface evenly, using constant motion so that you don't end up focusing too much on a certain area. When moving the pressure washer around, try to follow the grain of the wood. Leave the surface until it is completely dry before continuing.

Step 4 – Apply Primer

Apply the galvanized primer to the dry surface. Give the cedar siding a thorough coat, as this will greatly help to protect it from the elements. Allow the primer to dry for three days or as instructed by the manufacturer.

Step 5 – Apply Caulk

Some areas of the cedar siding, such as around openings or fixtures, may need caulking again. Check the entire wall thoroughly and make sure that any area which needs new caulk is tended to appropriately.

Step 6 – Treat the Wood

The wood will need to be treated again. This will help further protect it from weather and UV light. Apply a tint sealer to the surface, and finally, stain the wall with an appropriate wood stain of your choice. The wood should dry after a couple of days, and the job will be complete.