Patrick's Barn: Priming Sidingcomments (3) October 19th, 2011 in Blogs
I like just about all phases of home construction. People are especially surprised when they learn I even like drywall finishing. But I hate painting. Interior, exterior, up high, down low, I hate it all. So when my wife and I were planning the barn's exterior, I suggested, "Let's not do anything. We'll just let the wood age naturally." I even went so far as to seek out good-looking barns with no paint or stain on their siding. I thought the beautiful, finish-free, English-style barn on a dirt road in our town would convince Carol that this was the way to go, but I was wrong. And since she wants a white barn and she offered to paint it, what could I say?
Back-priming, which could accurately be translated as painting things that will never see the light of day, helps siding and a paint job last longer. Why? Because the wood will take on and release moisture gradually and uniformly, this will prevent paint from popping off and should keep our vertical pine siding cup- and split-free. As it turns out, the rate at which I can mill the siding roughly matches how fast my wife and son can prime it. And even without a topcoat, the primed boards with their rough-sawn texture look great.
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