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Researcher 08-08-2010 11:23 AM

Solid Stain on Cedar Siding
I have read a number of posts on regarding this subject. However, I still not clear on the best paint system to use for my application.

Our 22 year old house is clad and trimmed in smooth, clear cedar. The cedar is not back primed. During the first 10 years of its life, the house was stained twice with an Olympic solid oil stain. In 2001 the siding was sanded to almost bare cedar and painted with a BM oil-based primer, followed by (2) coats of Pratt & Lambert latex. The finish started to blister before the painter was off site. Over the years, the paint system continued to fail with peeling and moisture-filled blisters.

Last October, a west-facing wall was stripped by planing and stained with (1) coat of Sikkens Rubbol Siding Finish (RSF). The stain is still tight without any sign of peeling and blistering. However, white chalking has occurred over some nails and some vertical joints.

Currently, the house is being stripped back to clear cedar at a huge expense. Sikkens has recommended sanding the siding with 100 grit sandpaper and priming the nails with any stain-blocking primer and two coats of RSF. Cabot recommend priming the whole house with Problem-Solver Primer plus (2) coats of Solid Acrylic Siding Stain.

Tannin bleed has not been a problem in the past. However, some of the renovations will require new siding. What is the best paint system to use for this application?

Thank you in advance for a response.

Matthewt1970 08-08-2010 10:11 PM

That's strange. You don't prime before you stain. Primer will block stain's ability to penetrate the wood. The Sikkens Oil based RSF is the best in the business.

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