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Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by nickhopkins07 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:39 am

Good morning, I'm going to be putting up some wood cladding (spruce) and would like some advice on painting it. Do I need to prepare the wood at all before painting? And is there any type of paint I should use/avoid? I. E is water based paint OK, or will this cause the wood to warp?

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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by dewaltdisney » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:50 am

The biggest issue is shrinking and warping. Assuming this is indoors I would leave it to acclimatise for a few weeks in the area you are cladding and then paint both sides and edges with a good primer to seal it up before you fix in position. I would even put an undercoat on as well as any shrinking will expose the tongue so you want it Well covered. Secret nail through the tongue as a fixing method to minimise nail heads showing.

If this is exterior get Marley Eternit instead of spruce.

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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by Alpinist » Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:28 am

Agreed- prime first including knotting on face side & acclimatise - I would even suggest first coat of finish.
An alternative is green mdf in TVG sheets- again prime first and if you pin through the grooves, easier to hide when finishing.
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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by nickhopkins07 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:09 am

Brilliant thanks for taking the time to reply.

Just to check, once primed, can any type of paint be used, or does it specifically have to be wood paint?
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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by dewaltdisney » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:17 am

It depends on what you want as a finish really. An acrylic paint is easy to roll on and will give a durable finish. Avoid emulsion, it is not the best for wood.

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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by nickhopkins07 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:35 am

And would you recommend this for the primer?


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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by dewaltdisney » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:20 am

As good as any :thumbright:

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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by nickhopkins07 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:24 am

Thanks again! I'm sure I'll be back once I start the job....
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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by dewaltdisney » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:44 am

Good luck. Have a look at this as it might be useful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f64qFTnoIyI :thumbright:

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Re: Painting bare spruce cladding

Post by nickhopkins07 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:31 pm

That's a great video, thanks, looking forward to getting started once the wood has climatised! I'll post a pic once done.... If it looks any good! :lol:
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