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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.


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 36 years of experience and the best professionals in the city!

Exterior Wood Siding Painting

Cost to Paint Exterior Wood Siding

1. Cleanse

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.

Cost to Paint Exterior Wood Siding

2. Repair

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.

Cost to Paint Exterior Wood Siding

3. Sand

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.


4. Prime

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.

Cost to Paint Exterior Wood Siding

5. Paint

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.

Repairing 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.

Exterior Wood Siding Staining

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.

Installing 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.

Frequently asked questions when it comes to

1. How much does exterior wood siding painting cost?

Approximate prices for exterior wood siding painting

The size of your project is one of the most important factors that will affect wood siding painting costs. We have created three cost estimates for this process based on three major-sized homes in Toronto and the GTA.

But if you want a quick and easy way to get have an idea, here is just some general ball park prices based on historical averages.

Generally, based on the size of the project, the cost of wood siding painting is around:
• Small exterior wood siding painting job: $1,800 to $3,600 + HST
• Medium exterior wood siding painting job: $3,600 to $7,200 + HST
• Large exterior wood siding painting job: $7,200 to $9,600+ + HST
Approximate completion times for exterior wood siding painting
• Small to medium exterior wood siding job: 1 to 2 business days
• Medium to large exterior wood siding job: 2 to 3 business days
• Large to XL exterior wood siding job: 3 to 5 business days

***Or if you are in a rush, inquire about our 1 or 2 day painting services.***

Exterior Wood Siding Infographics


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:

1. The amount of prep needed ( clutter removal, materials needed, size of the job)

2. 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.

3. Timing of the job (Summer has a higher demand for painting services).

4. Payment method (stick with cash, cheques, or e-transfers instead of credit card as admin fees cost more).

5. 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.

***If you want to know the exact price to paint your home we would recommend getting a FREE Estimate.
Click here to fill the form or text/call at 416 494 9095.***

2. Will you include the paint, materials and labour?

Yes, all the materials to protect and prepare the walls as well as labour are included.

3. Do I have to move things around and clear the areas to be painted before the painters come?

Usually yes, painters can do it for you but that will add on the hours of your project and it will increase your overall estimate. But!, if there’s any oversized item that you cannot move on your own, it’s normally ok to ask them to give you a hand to move it a bit to allow them to paint.

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4. How long will my project take?

Most jobs will take 2 and 5 days. But if your in a rush, inquire about our 1 or 2 day painting services

5. How do I pick my colours?

We can suggest some of the most popular colours to get  you started from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. If you really need help, one of our experts can come to help you pick colours.

6. Who will you be sending to do my project?

The project will be completed by our in-house painters, who are all experienced and professionally trained (and not subcontractors).

Exterior Wood Siding

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What to do now that you are ready for exterior wood siding painting? (Step by Step):

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Firstly, give us a call or e-mail for a free quote on your wood siding painting!

Our experts will arrive on-site to give you an assessment and a detailed estimate, featuring everything you want to be repaired and restored.

Step Two Booking


The job will get booked, and we’ll set up an ideal starting date.

On the first day, we will do a brief walk-through to ensure we’re on the same page.

From there, we’ll get started with the concrete painting! You’ll be kept in the loop every step of the way.

Step Three Paint


Once we have finished the job, we’ll clean up any messes and ensure the site is left spotless!

Then, we’ll do a final walk-through with you to make sure you are completely happy with the job before we consider it complete!

If you’re not around, we will call, text or email to set up a proper time for the final walk-through. We are not satisfied until you’re fully satisfied!

Step Four Quality Check


Nonetheless, we don’t process your final payment until you tell us that you’re completely happy with our work.

Prevent your home from getting inadequate wood siding installation!

What is worse than rotting, peeling wood siding – AFTER you have had it painted!  Don’t let this happen to you!  Sealing lumber properly is necessary for the maintenance and longevity of your siding.  Without the best care and experience, a bad wood staining or painting job can cost extra money and time – or you may even have to get it replaced!  Let us help.  We can answer questions and do the job right (the first time).


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