How to Finish and Maintain Cedar Siding
LESLIE: Alright, now we’ve got Harrietta who needs some help sprucing up some siding. What can we do for you?
HARRIETTA: My home is 53 years old. It’s cedar siding and we’ve used res stain on it throughout the years. Recently, the house has been molding and he puts Clorox on it and then puts a stain on it. Now he wants to put a flat paint on it and I wondered if that’s advisable; if that’s the way to go or do you have some suggestions.
TOM: Well, typically, here’s how you would finish cedar siding. You would use an oil-based primer and you would prime it first. And then you would use a solid-color exterior stain on top of that. And done correctly, you could probably get five to seven years easy out of a properly-applied staining process like that. In terms of the ongoing maintenance, pressure-washing the house once a year or once every couple of years should be enough to take off the surface dirt and any mold or mildew that is left behind. But you shouldn’t have to do it any more frequently than that.
LESLIE: Yeah, and with the pressure washer, you can use a house-cleaning product like Jomax mixed right into the pressure washer to help sort of scrub away that mold that might be giving you a hard time.
HARRIETTA: Oh, great. Thank you. Thank you so much.
TOM: Alright, good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.