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cambridge7
Help with Tricky Question: Clear Protection for Primed Cedar Shingles

Hi! I've scanned the web and can't find any info...perhaps someone on TOH can help me?

I had my Boston house covered with *primed* cedar shingles. The color is an attractive bluish-grey with a brushed-on look. I planned to have it painted, but my wife has rejected every color I presented. Finally, I realized she likes the look of the prime itself! So, I want to cover the primed shingles with a layer of clear protection, to protect it while maintaining the look. Any ideas?

I wonder if I'm the only crazy guy trying to do this...it's like trying to pass off a nice pair of boxers as short pants! 8)

daycarelady
Re: Help with Tricky Question: Clear Protection for Primed Cedar Shingles

It is always the best thing to agree with your spouse. So I suggest to leave it primed and I would ask your local Paint Supplier for suggestions for a good quality clear sealant Hope this helped.

MLB Construction
Re: Help with Tricky Question: Clear Protection for Primed Cedar Shingles

do not leave it primed and do not try to seal the shingles.

very simple solution as follows. take a shingle to your paint store, have them match the primer color, which is a flat paint, and have them mix you the same color in an exterior grade finish paint with a flat finish. it will look exactly the same but your shingles will be protected for another 5-7 years. primers do not have UV protection built into them, exterior grade finish paints do. if you leave it as is or seal it, i can assure you that you won't be happy with the results when you're done or especially a year or two from now.

cambridge7
Re: Help with Tricky Question: Clear Protection for Primed Cedar Shingles

Hello MLB, thanks for the advice. This morning, I actually went to City Paint and asked them this question and they recommended Benjamin Moore Arborcoat clear stain. Just now, I called Benjamin Moore to confirm whether Arborcoat would work, and they said no, because Arborcoat is only for application on wood, not on primer.

Bottom line: your advice is looking better and better. The reason why I hesitate is because the primed shingles have an interesting weathered look which cannot be reproduced with a total re-paint. I'll try to insert a photo.

Thanks for your help!

MLB Construction wrote:

do not leave it primed and do not try to seal the shingles.

very simple solution as follows. take a shingle to your paint store, have them match the primer color, which is a flat paint, and have them mix you the same color in an exterior grade finish paint with a flat finish. it will look exactly the same but your shingles will be protected for another 5-7 years. primers do not have UV protection built into them, exterior grade finish paints do. if you leave it as is or seal it, i can assure you that you won't be happy with the results when you're done or especially a year or two from now.

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