Oct 11, 2007

Painting Cedar Shakes

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painting cedar 

This week a reader wrote in with questions on how long he should wait after power (pressure) washing his house of cedar shake siding.

I know of many paint contractors who will wash a wood cedar house on Monday and shoot paint on the house Tuesday.

If you think for a second the house had enough time to dry, you are sadly mistaken and just asking for troubles.

painting cedar

Take a look at the photo above. In just a short time the cedar soaked up enough water to where its wet two inches up the cedar board. The most common place on cedar shakes that paint or solid stains fail is the bottom edge of the lap. This wicking effect absorbs water and draws the water up the board and also under any paint left on the laps. Moisture under a paint film needs more than over night to dry. The top photo shows the cedar cut with a saw to show how much and how far into the cedar the water goes.

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