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Sealing or painting Exterior wood is just as important for maintenance as it is for curb appeal. But the nature of wood can be difficult to work with. Whether you are staining a deck or painting your whole house, we can support you with over 30 years of experience and the best professionals in the city!
Frequently asked questions when it comes to EXTERIOR WOOD SIDING
1. What is the best exterior paint for wood?
There are so many factors and preferences when it comes to the best exterior paint for wood. Besides using high quality exterior products, in most circumstances an oil-based primer and paint will last longest and be the easiest to recoat. Many manufacturers also make specified wood paint like ‘barn and fence paint’ or ‘porch and patio paint’. But when it comes to old, worn out wood, a latex based primer and paint will often be the best combo to hide age and imperfections.
2. How to prepare exterior wood for painting?
Whether you are painting an exterior wood door, your exterior wood siding, or a deck or fence there are some basic preparations that apply to most exterior wood projects. Because wood must be free from as much moisture as possible before priming, it is best to wash panels down when you have enough time to let them dry for at least one to two days.
There may be areas that need patching or caulking – which includes edges and holes. To create a nice smooth surface, scrape any old paint away and sand panels before starting. Once you have done the final dust down with a brush or cloth you can begin sealing it with primer.
Remember that dry wood will soak up more primer and paint than other materials so it may take an extra coat or two. And allowing the wood to soak in as much primer as it needs, will help prevent moisture from getting into the grain.
3. What is wood siding?
Wood is a very common home building material. Exterior wood siding comes in different shapes and sizes. It may be in panels, shingles, or boards made from lumber most common to your geographic location. Wood siding can also be raw or pressure-treated. The pressure-treated variety is more resistant to rot caused by weather and moisture – but it is more finicky when it comes to the painting process.
Wood siding is beautiful, durable, and adaptable. It is generally more pricey than vinyl siding and can be easier to work with for a ‘do it yourself’ than a material like a stucco.
4. How to paint exterior wood siding?
When you have enough time to let the wood dry thoroughly, schedule a power wash. It is best to use a lower setting so as not to gauge any part of the surface. If there is peeling paint, the pressure washer will get some of the loose bits off, so there will be less to scrape or sand later.
You can sand any holes or cracks to begin, then scrape out the rot. For thin lines and edges, you can use caulking. For larger holes made by wood-peckers or wear and tear you can use an epoxy patch wood filler. Use a scraper to smooth the surface and let it dry before sanding again. If you want even stronger bonding you can use a little primer before and after so the hole really seals itself and is protected from trapped moisture.
If your wood is dry, you can scrape any extra bits of paint and start sanding it. Using a hand held power sander will speed up the process. This will allow the grain to show and create a slightly rougher surface texture so the primer soaks in nicely. Once you are finished, brush the dust away using a cloth or bristle brush.
Before starting, do a spot prime – any nail heads or imperfections – this will create a smoother finish. Using a brush, roller, or hand-held sprayer apply an even layer over the wood surface in sections – about 3-4 feet at a time. Then take your brush to smooth out the primer with long, even strokes. This will ensure that it penetrates the grain and seals it properly before drying.
When you are ready, you can apply the paint in similar fashion, creating an even coat. For some projects you may prefer two coats of paint. Remember to prime and paint out of direct sunlight when possible. This will give you enough time to create an even coat before it sets.
5. How to choose an exterior wood stain?
When it comes to the best exterior wood stain, the decision between look or durability is the main thing to consider. The longer you want your stain to last between re-application, the darker the tint will be. A clear or light stain will have less UV protection and will repel water.
But as you go up in richness, the less of the natural wood grain and colour will show through. You can choose from a clear sealer to a tinted toner to a semi-transparent stain to a semi-solid to a solid colour.
The next factor is the colour after drying, which may look different than expected based on the original colour of the wood. So it is best to try your stain on a small surface area before using it on the whole project.
6. How to stain exterior wood siding?
Once you have repaired any areas that need it and your wood is clean and/or sanded, choose a day with preferable weather – ideally between 15C and 28C and below 70% humidity but above 40%. It will also be easier with as little wind as possible. Using a brush, painting pad, roller or spray gun you can apply stain evenly. Remember to brush in the direction of the grain and use long strokes. When it comes to time, a pad is faster than a brush, a roller covers a larger area and a sprayer is the fastest and easiest for very big jobs. The challenge will be in the details, so you will most likely want to go over certain things with a brush and make sure to back brush if you are using a sprayer, to smooth the surface and encourage stain into the wood fiber.
7. How to repair holes in exterior wood siding?
First scrape paint around the hole and dig the rot out. Once it is ready you can sand the surrounding area. For small holes and cracks you may be able to use caulking. For larger holes, patching with wood filler is better. Wood filler is made of materials like epoxy or clay. You can wear gloves and use your fingers to smooth things out or you can use a putty knife. Once the filler is dry and hard you can sand it down again. For much bigger holes or damaged areas you may have to replace a part of the wood paneling or a full panel depending on the circumstance.
8. How to install exterior wood siding?
1. Measure the length of the side or area.
2. Cut wood to the correct length. Make sure it is a snug fit without needing to use force. You can use primer if you like.
3. Draw markers on wood where nail studs will be.
4. Caulk along the edge of corners on the house itself.
5. Take a wood panel that is dry (if you used primer) and pop it into place. Use a smaller piece of wood to measure the height and make sure it is straight along the full length of the panel.
6. Drive nails into studs where there are marker lines.
7. Prime knots before painting. And Caulk as you go along.
What could affect the price of exterior wood siding painting?
More than a handful of factors can affect the price of exterior wood siding, so it is paramount that you take note of these so you can get a better deal. Such things include:
- • The amount of prep needed ( clutter removal, materials needed, size of the job)
- • The urgency of the job; the quicker you want the job done, the more likely it will cost more. Rushing painters means more work at a higher pace, which requires more workers. Try to find a middle ground with your hired paint service.
- • Timing of the job (Summer has a higher demand for painting services).
- • Payment method (stick with cash, cheques, or e-transfers instead of credit card as admin fees cost more).
- • The more clutter, the more work, which equals a higher price. If you can, try to remove as much clutter yourself safely, as it will end up costing you less.
Wood Siding Painting Cost
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