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Dieselbear 06-17-2012 08:53 AM

Cedar siding scraping questions..
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Im going to be tackling re-staining my cedar board/batten house this summer and want to start scraping it..
I picked up a couple husky scrapers from HD and upon doing a couple test spots seems like I'm simply just scraping the wood away..
Is this simply a result of the wood being so weathered and soft (house built in '78) or do I have the wrong/to aggressive of a scrapper?
To be fair this is the most weathered side as it faces the south. The North side is much darker and smoother to start with it, but still seems like I could scrape down to almost new wood with little effort.

In the first photo, Im trying to show the ridges in the wood and the lighter spots is about 2 passes over with the scrapper. The right photo the lighter circle is where I simply rubbed with my thumb to show how soft/poor it seems. Perhaps I shoudln't be scrapping but brushing with something? Last photo is simply a distance shot of the first two..

I bought the house in spring '10. I'm unsure of when it was last stained or what products were used as the number of the business the previous owner left is now out of business.
Hopefully this all makes sense...

This is what I'm scrapping with...

Bonzai 06-17-2012 09:12 AM

That tool is for scraping loose paint off of smooth walls or vinyl tile adhesive off of floors or such things. Cedar is a soft wood with a rough texture surface and stain penetrates the wood. By scraping all you are doing is removing the surface of the wood and damaging it. You will not remove the stain even by sanding as it has penetrated beyond the surface (unless you remove a few mm from the whole house which obviously isn't practical) . Cedar especially is a very porous wood. Basically, as long as the wood is not rotten and the surface is not flaking or brittle you can apply a new coat of stain over the existing ... But obviously you have to go for the same or darker shade.

Gymschu 06-17-2012 11:26 AM

Bonzai is right, there's nothing to scrape. You have rough sawn cedar that has NOT been painted. You will have to decide if you want a clear coat to maintain the cedar look or if you want to stain it to a different color. The only prep you really need is a thorough cleaning.........very gentle pressure washing or a good scrub down with some warm water and a soft-bristled scrub brush.

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