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Old 07-03-2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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painting cypress siding

I have 100year old cypress siding home 12yr ago had it pressured washed oil primed and painted with duration it is almost completely pealed off had SW rep come out years ago he took samples and sent to SW lab and they said paint didn't fail the wood was sheading the paint and if you looked at the pealing pieces you could see that it had a thin layer of wood on the back of each piece. We have striped all paint off the siding and now are looking at which primer and paint to use this time........Don't want to make the same mistake twice.


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Old 07-03-2012, 09:10 AM   #2
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Sand the wood to get the dead layers off or it will just do it again. A couple passes with a palm sander should do the trick. It will also feather in the scraped edges of paint at the same time making the finished job look even better so it is worth the effort. Use a slow drying oil primer so it has time to penetrate the wood.


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Old 07-03-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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My advice, since most of the paint has peeled off, finish the job and go back with a semi-transparant stain. You will NEVER get good adhesion on cypress with paint. Even oil based primers dont have the adhesion they once had due to VOC regulations. Cypress has an extremely tight grain and it is hard for most solid coatings to adhere. (a bit of insider advice, use oil semi transparent and for every gallon of material add about a half a gallon of paint thinner to it. It will help the penetration of the stain) Honestly I would just put a waterproofer on the cypress and let it gray on its own. Believe me you almost cant make cypress rot.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:16 PM   #4
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I never had a problem with a good primer and paint when restoring antique cypress. I like Benjamin Fresh Start oil based alkyd the best for a primer.
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