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Chriswake 12-31-2011 09:43 AM

cedar vs. Spruce trim?
 
State of WA - which holds up better? Cedar or spruce for wood trim on the house?

Millertyme 12-31-2011 10:54 AM

Cedar

joecaption 12-31-2011 10:56 AM

A composit trim would even be better, no chance of rot, no painting or staining.

kwikfishron 12-31-2011 01:22 PM

Defiantly Cedar. If it’s going to paint look into clear finger jointed cedar.

The FJ Cedar has a real clean look and comes already primed.

woodworkbykirk 12-31-2011 02:56 PM

spruce doesnt work very well when it comes to aesthetic finish its more for structural purposes, cedar will do a much better job.. if its for exterior i would avoid finger joint as there are more joints to fail with being exposed to the elements, stick with solid peices of cedar

kwikfishron 01-01-2012 04:29 AM

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Originally Posted by woodworkbykirk (Post 808413)
if its for exterior i would avoid finger joint as there are more joints to fail with being exposed to the elements, stick with solid peices of cedar

Iíve used FJ Clear Red Cedar for paint grade exterior trim for almost twenty years and never had any issues with it falling apart.

I get the FJ for close to the same price as tight knot. Painted TK never looks right unless you spend the time to fill holes and sand it all.

I would never recommend painting solid clear cedar simply because the cost doesnít make it practical.

joecaption 01-01-2012 07:27 AM

I live in VA and the last thing anyone would want to install here is cedar. The reason being, boring Bees. Look like Bumble bees but love to make a home in soft untreated wood. They make a hole about 3/8" perfectly round hole then make a 90% turn and hollow out a huge area to lay there larve.

I've never once seen paint stick to Cedar, seems to be to oily a wood. I use soild colored stain instead.

kwikfishron 01-01-2012 03:48 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 808868)

I've never once seen paint stick to Cedar, seems to be to oily a wood. I use soild colored stain instead.

Youíre kidding, right?

I canít say Iíve ever dealt with boring bees in my neck of the woods but painted cedar lap siding has been around forever and yes, paint sticks to it.

woodworkbykirk 01-01-2012 08:48 PM

it may be do to different climates that finger joint holds up better, im in a maritime environment where finger joint wont last 2 years before it starts to fall apart


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