Prepping and Painting Cedar Siding
LESLIE: Heading over to Missouri where James has a painting question. What can we do for you today?
JAMES: Well, I have some 60-year-old cedar lap siding and I was wondering what type of paint would stick best to it.
TOM: This cedar siding, has it ever been painted, Jim?
TOM: Was it painted or stained?
JAMES: It was painted.
TOM: So, the most important thing here is going to be the painting prep. You’re going to want to sand down the old paint to make sure that you’re removing any loose material that’s been left behind. And then you’re going to want to prime it. And I would recommend that you use an oil-based primer on that because that’s going to give you really good adhesion for the topcoat.
Then, beyond that, you can use a good-quality exterior latex paint on top of the oil-based primer. But you want to make sure that you purchase the best-quality paint like, for example, Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams. Because better paint is going to have more titanium dioxide, which is the colorant that’s in that paint. And it’s going to give you the best bang for your buck and last the longest.