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Old 10-17-2008, 02:19 PM   #1
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Cedar sidding was stained, now what is best?

I have had our house stained twice over 12 years and an getting ready again, but should I stay with stain or go with paint? In either case, is BM the best?
Specifics: The house is all cedar sidding. It was back-primied when we built the house. I was planning to go with Behr, but not after the stuff I read here. Is Benj. Moore the best to use? Others that you recommend? Also, should I ask the painting contractor to apply a tinted primer and then stain or paint or just go with two coats of stain or paint? Thanks in advance.


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Old 10-17-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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For cedar, you really want to prime it well with an oil based primer. Otherwise the tannin bleed will screw you. So power wash, scrape, sand etc, prime, and paint.


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Old 10-18-2008, 12:00 AM   #3
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Keep staining it. A properly stained house will never peel. The stain just soaks into the wood and protects it. A transparent stain shows the gain where as a solid stain will cover the grain and if applied too thick can peel like paint. Once you prime and paint it, that's it.
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Matthew1970 & Bubbagump,
Thank you both for your time to reply. Given that I have already used a colored stain in the past, I will keep with the color/tinted stain.

If anyone has recommendations for brands to buy or avoid, I am all ears. I read a Consumer Reports article, but it only reviewed ~ 12 stains.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:26 AM   #5
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Avoid Lowes, Home Depot, and Wal-mart type of stores and you'll avoid the majority of the bad products. I agree with Matthewt1970. Keep staining it. Do you have a solid stain or a semi-transparent on it? ST is the easiest to keep looking good without worrying about peeling. A product like Sikkens SRD is a good choice for this. I'd stay away from their higher end products like Log & Siding since they are film forming just like paint. For solids look into Sikkens Rubbol line.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:57 AM   #6
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Sikkens Rubol, Cabot ProVT, BM Solid Siding are all good
The edge, however slim, does go to Sikkens though
At least in really tough areas it can out perform the others
Usually that's not an issue, and any will be fine


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