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Old Cedar Siding

I have old cedar siding from the late 70s on a house I'm buying. It looks pretty dark and black. I tried to upload a pic, but it didn't seem to let me even after I compressed the file to 13kb. Anyway, does anyone have a recommendation for a product or method to restore the old siding?

Re: Old Cedar Siding

Try cedar stain. Zinsser and Cabot make them.

But if you hate the cedar sidings, which are over 40 y.o, replace them with something modern.

Re: Old Cedar Siding

If the old siding is bare and discolored, one of the cleaners intended for decks will help get rid of the black/greying and largely return the original color. These cleaners usually contain oxalic acid as the bleaching agent.

Trying to keep cedar looking good with a transparent or semi-transparent stain is a losing battle. A solid hide sain will result in far better performance and far less effort

Over the years, I have had very good results with Cabot's solid hide stains. Where the siding was very dry, I would prime with the oil version of the stain. After several days of letting the oil stain dry, I would then top coat it with the acrylic version of the Cabot stain. Acrylic stains will hold the color far better than an oil stain.

Re: Old Cedar Siding

Choosing the right wood stain combination is very important to ensure you get the most out of your wood. I just stained my cedar siding with Storm System's products and was very satisfied with the results.

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