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Old 04-13-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Long time lurker, first time poster. First, just wanted to say it's nice to have a community where folks with some spare time and answers can help those of us that are still learning the basics. Hopefully someone here can help me out with my small problem.

I've got a house with what seems to be the original 80's wood siding on the front. Not exactly sure what type of wood it is but it's got some minor water damage/sun damage and is a bit dirty. However, some areas, especially right under the eave it still has the original stain and/or finish.

Is there a product to clean and brightness the problem areas while not making it stand out from the rest of the house? Any help would be appreciated!
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If you're going to clean and protect the siding, you should do it all. The siding in the picture looks to be cedar and is curling.
When was the last time a UV and a water protector was put on?
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To be honest, I'm not sure the previous owner even applied a UV protector to it.

What would be the best way to clean it without curling it even more?
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To be honest, I'm not sure the previous owner even applied a UV protector to it.

What would be the best way to clean it without curling it even more?
Power washer with the correct cleaner. You need to be very careful with a powerwasher or you'll eat right through the wood.
The curled wood should be replaced unless it could be nailed down. It looks as though it was blind nailed as I don't see any nail heads.
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It appears your bevel siding was fastened improperly. If those are three 1/4" staples about mid-way of each board. It should have been nailed 1/4" above the under-lying boards top edge. (1-1/4" - 1-1/2" up from bottom edges). This is why it is curling, the middle can't move because of the staple while the bottom expands and contracts with the seasons.

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