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Finishing Cedar

A professional siding installer can tell you about the many finishes available for cedar siding. Western Red Cedar takes oil-based stains beautifully and may be applied with a light-tinted, transparent finish for a natural effect. A pigmented, semi-transparent finish produces a less-rustic look, while solid colors applied over natural or “pre-primed” cedar, using a 100% acrylic latex paint, will create a smooth finish. Alkyd oil primers with mildew and ultraviolet-shielding properties ensure the best results. Varnishes and other film-forming coatings may crack and peel over time.

Pre-primed and factory-primed cedar will reduce construction time by days, weeks, and even months. Look for a company that seals all surfaces of the boards with an alkyd oil-base prime coat so that the siding is ready for installation and final finishing at the job site.

Factory-finished siding is machine-brushed, uniformly painted with a top coat of acrylic latex, and applied to all exposed surfaces. This forms a seal that keeps out potential weather damage. Ask your building supply dealer about 15-year warranty plans.

Factory-finished or stained on the work site, cedar will give any home a look of distinction.

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