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pwa 08-20-2011 07:46 AM

new wood protection
 
Hi to all, Should you paint or seal new construction before installing soffit panels and fascia?

Millertyme 08-20-2011 09:14 AM

painting it 1st could make your life easier. However many people would rather complete all the carpentry work in one area first will the staging is all set up.

m1951mm 08-20-2011 09:33 AM

Priming all new wood prior to going up will do a couple of things for you. One, protect the wood from water getting into the fibers of the wood. (I would prime all four sides of every piece of wood going up, and if there is an instance where something needs to be recut, make sure to prime the new cut). Two any edge that you caulk you will want that primed prior to the caulking to ensure the caulk will adhere. Caulking raw anything be it wood or joint compound will compromise the effectiveness of the caulk itself. After the wood goes in is the time you will need to caulk so it really does not save that much time for you to do a prior finish coat before installation and the caulking is complete. Just think of the sunrises or sets you will miss,LoL.

If you are using WOOD for your soffits etc, an oil primer will seal the wood (not raising the grain as a water borne primer will do) and in the long run give you a better finished product.

I had all new ruff sawn cedar added to my home over 6 years ago, and with two final coats of Sherwin Williams Duration, it looks as good today as it did when it went up.

Priming is a NECESSARY evil:thumbup:.

Good Luck and Post Pics!!!!!!

pwa 08-20-2011 10:21 AM

Sorry, I should have said that I am putting aluminum pannels on a stick built garage and wanted to know if I should seal the wood before covering it up with the soffit pannels? Thanks for the advice!

m1951mm 08-20-2011 10:29 AM

Since the wood is down and primer is cheap and easy to apply on the ground, I would prime the wood even if it is being covered by vinyl. If a caulk joint fails you have added protection.


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