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How to paint cladding

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March 24th, 2014

How to paint cladding

Cladding is mainly used on the exterior of houses, although it can be found on the inside a house also, such as wood panelling in a bathroom. Cladding can be fixed horizontally or vertically and comes in a variety of wood types, such as pine, Cedar, and Larch.

Depending on the type of wood and the finish you require will depend on how you prepare the wood for the final protective coat, but painting, varnishing, staining etc should all be painted in the following way for best results.

Painting wooden cladding

As with any painting job, preparation is key. You should sand any previously painted surfaces and use an appropriate undercoat if required before topcoating. If the wood is new you should prepare and prime the new wood before undercoating and topcoating.

If however you are staining or varnishing a primer isn’t required, but the preparation is, for example sanding previously painted surfaces.

However you are protecting your cladding and here is a tip best to achieve the best results, you should ensure the adjoining edge is painted, or the underside for example on shiplap, once this is done fill in the board itself. Always use long strokes and don’t stop half way along a board if possible, go to a joint, stop (to move ladder for example) and then start from the joint again. If you stop half way along a board then move and start again the finish coat may of dried in and you may see a join in the final finish.

What can I paint wooden cladding in

Wooden cladding can be painted in a variety of paints and finishes, it all depends on where the cladding is and the environment it is in, for example if the cladding is on the exterior of a house you need to use an exterior paint, such as a varnish, stain, gloss or satin. Always check on the paint can to ensure the paint you wish to use suits the environment the wooden cladding is in.

Types of cladding

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Making life easy

Posted by admin
March 23rd, 2009

Graphic of screw (copyrignt Adrian Rayfield)

Wood screws – Make life easy

If you have screwed something into wood before you may of noticed two things, firstly it can be tough using a screwdriver rather than a drill, secondly you may split the wood.

There are two very simple tips you can try and they are:

  1. First drill a ‘pilot hole’, basically drill a smaller hole than you need allowing the screw to go in easier and the wood will not split.
  2. Before you screw the screw into the wood apply one of the following wd40, soap (liquid or hard), wax or oil to the thread of the screw. By doing this it makes the screw glide into the wood, it also helps the thread from not rusting so quickly on steal screws and has an added benefit that if you want to take the screw out in the future it will be far easier to do so. In fact I have taken doors off that have been hung for the best part of 100 years and the screws come out simply because rubbing wax on the threads used to be an old chippies (carpenter) trick.

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