Good paints for cedar siding include urethane-acrylic house paint and exterior latex paint. Preparing the siding surface properly before painting enhances the efficiency of these paints.
Painting cedar siding with urethane-acrylic house paint involves cleaning the siding, repairing and priming the surface, and applying the paint with a paint sprayer, followed with a paint brush. To clean the siding, scrape off any old paint or stains from the surface with a paint scraper. To avoid gouging the surface, scrape the surface with moderate pressure. Mix one part of household bleach and three parts of water, wet the surface with the solution, and clear the surface of paint or dirt remnants by scrubbing it with a stiff-bristled brush. Rinsing the surface with clean water and allowing it to dry completes the process.
Repairing the surface involves reattaching peeling siding with nails, removing and replacing damaged portions, and filling in cracks and holes. Smoothing the surface with sandpaper completes the process. Once the surface is dry, apply the primer, and allow the surface to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions before painting the surface. Finally, allow the paint to dry.
Painting the siding with exterior latex paint, just like the urethane-acrylic house paint, involves cleaning, repairing and priming the surface before spray painting. Depending on the condition of the siding, an individual may have to apply up to three coats of paint, allowing the paint to dry between the coats.