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Painting Over Stained Exterior Wood

Answered by Brendan ~ October 26, 2010 ~ 2 Comments » | Respond to this question

The Norwich, Rhode Island, home we recently purchased has stained cedar siding which has weathered unevenly. We'd like to paint the exterior a similar color to the stain so it will look more uniform. Can this be done successfully?

Beatrice N. ~ Norwich, Rhode Island

Brendan Fowler

Yes, you can paint previously stained siding with great results. As with any exterior painting, preparation of the surfaces prior to painting is very, very important. If the stain is 4 or more years old the surface oils from the stain should be gone and a thorough cleaning and an inspection of the surface needs to be done to make sure that it is structurally sound. Once everything has been cleaned and inspected painting can begin.

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