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jimdar
Mismatched stain on Cedar siding after addition
jimdar

Our home is 30 years old with Cedar siding. We built an addition 9 years ago and the painter didn't match the stain color of the rest of the home. :mad:There was nothing that could be done at that point, so we decided to wait until it was time to re-stain. That time is now and we were wondering if anyone has experienced this and what the best product would be to ensure we have the whole house one color when it's done. Paint vs stain?:confused:

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

Matching a weathered color is very difficult, particularly with stains because you have the wood behind the stain that influences the final color. That is to say, wood, when exposed to light, changes color itself, it gets darker, so the original siding that is XX number of years old against the freshly milled siding on the addition, are different colors. While the stain was probably a close match to the old, when it was applied to the lighter new wood it no longer matched.

Another issue is that the painter probably didn't take a sample of the old and new siding in for color matching. The old siding is color matched, then applied to the new siding test piece, then the paint dealer adjusts the color on the new piece until it closely resembles the original sample.

Now that there is some sun and age to the "new" siding, it will likely stain more closely to the "old" siding, so it really doesn't matter if you continue to use a stain and enjoy the natural wood look, or if you paint everything with solid pigment paint.

jimdar
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jimdar

Thank you for your information. That makes sense. So, in your opinion, if we go with a slightly different, darker color semi solid stain, the final color should be a match all over?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

What you may have to do is take a sample of the lighter area and the darker area and have them color compared, then have some stain made up to bring the lighter area to the same color as the dark area. The dark area would then get essentially a "clear" coat put on, just to protect it. The combination should even out the colors on the house. I would consult with the mixology department at your local name brand paint dealer. A big box is not going to be able to do what you need, nor are they going to carry the product you need.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

After this long, you can probably create a good match and have it remain good. Next round and thereafter one color should work for all.

Or you could paint, but once that happens there's no going back to stain so I'd think about that. Solid stains bridge that gap well, looking almost like paint but allowing the character of the wood to stay visible. With cedar tha=y are my preference.

Phil

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