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Adelegraham
Snow Covering Painted Cement Siding

We are continually having problems with paint lasting on the cement siding that was installed on our house in southern Vermont 10 yrs ago. It was entirely repainted 5/6 yrs ago, and it will need to be painted again soon. The cement siding's selling point was it would require much less upkeep and last 15 years.

The biggest problem is continually having to deal with is the paint "sticking" to the siding on the north side of the house. That area is subject to a lot of piled up (wet) snow. The paint only lasts a year or two before it peels off in large strips.

Has anyone had experience with such winter conditions?

The following primers have been suggested by a hardware store: Mad Dog Primer or Rust-o-leum's Zinsser PermaWhite. Any experiences with these, or others? Thanks.

Tacoma John
Re: Snow Covering Painted Cement Siding

The problem is water. There is not a paint or primer that can deal with this. The water is wicking up the back of the siding and when drying out steams the paint and primer off. The fact that water is getting up there is not only bad for the paint, it is also very bad for the house. You must fix this problem, and the paint problem should go away if you use a quality paint. Get the snow away from the house before it melts.

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