It’s not exactly painting, but staining. The product to be used is Resene water based Penetrating Oil Stain. Yes it IS a confusing name. The different between paint and stain is that stain is sucking into the timer but paint does not.
Why cedar? Some said it smells good looks fantastic. The scent fades much sooner than paint so it needs to be looked after, cedar is basically a self-produced timber preservative, it helps credentials. Cedar has been used in New Zealand for decades. Anyway, this cedar house was not properly taken cared of since it was built 8 years ago. It was supposed to be stained again every 2-3 years. The new owner can not find the original stain brand and color name, it’s a challenge to match the original stain, otherwise it’s really hard to achieve a better results.
Weather Faded and Damaged Surfaces.
Wherever it’s facing the sunshine, the cedar boards surface faded harder and sooner than those hidden from wind and sun lights. There are not much we can do about the faded surfaces except dusting. We could not use sanding because unless regular weather board timber the top of cedar is not a smooth surface. Sanding only make it plat but it does not apply to cedar. The photo below from left to right is stained and not yet stained exteriors.
A closer look of before and after the staining. The below is 8 years after it was firstly stained.
The corner right to the electrical meter box was a testing corner for stain type, color and coverage. We were lucky and we believed that we found exactly the same stain: Resene Woodman, color Pitch Man Black.
Resene Penetrating Oil Stain, Water borne means water based but it’s called oil stain, never mind, I’m not even bothered as a professional painter.
This photos shows you more before and after effects:
Those are the mostly damaged parts. In the corridor the condition is much better.
A lot of expertise are required to keep the color consistent. This is not a DIY job, you won’t make it right the first time, the second time or even the third time. Next layer of stain has to be covered before the first layer are drying so there won’t be any visible remarkable joinery marks. Once it’s all done, you can tell which areas are more faded than others, however, nothing better we can do to get back to the original good results. It was simply too late as 8 years nothing has been done as maintenance practices.
More working photos. This is a house over 550sqm a huge house. All corner bits and windows are very well taken care of. The good deck is all well protected. We left literally no paint drops.