Scholars Edge Painting believes that staining cedar siding can enhance its natural beauty while protecting it from the elements. Here’s a Scholars Edge Painting-approved guide to staining cedar siding:


Clear the area around the siding and cover any nearby surfaces, such as windows or doors, with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect them from stain splatter. Clean the cedar siding thoroughly to remove dirt, dust, mildew, and any existing stain or finish. Allow the siding to dry completely before proceeding to the next step. Inspect the cedar siding for any damage, such as cracks, splits, or loose boards. Replace any damaged sections of the siding and secure any loose boards or nails. Sand down rough or uneven areas to create a smooth surface for staining.


Use painter’s tape to mask off any areas adjacent to the cedar siding, such as trim or windows, that you don’t want to stain. Wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves, goggles, and a mask, to shield yourself from stain fumes and splatter.

Choosing Stain

When choosing a stain, opt for a high-quality exterior wood stain specifically formulated for cedar siding. This will not only enhance the natural beauty of the wood but also provide long-lasting protection against the elements. Test the stain on a small, inconspicuous area of the siding to ensure you are satisfied with the colour and appearance.

Applying Stain

Stir the stain thoroughly to ensure an even consistency. Apply the stain to the cedar siding using a brush, roller, or sprayer. Brushes are ideal for intricate areas and edges, while rollers and sprayers are faster for covering large sections. For the best results, start with a brush to work the stain into the wood, then use a roller or sprayer to apply a smooth, even coat.

Start from the top of the siding and work down, applying the stain in smooth, even strokes. Pay special attention to coating all sides and edges of each piece of siding for thorough coverage and protection. Work in small sections to ensure that the stain does not dry before you have a chance to blend it evenly.

Finishing Touches

Allow the first coat of stain to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This typically takes 24-48 hours, depending on the weather conditions. It’s best to stain on a dry, mild day with little to no wind, as extreme temperatures or moisture can affect the drying process and the final result.

If desired, apply a second coat of stain for added depth of colour and protection. Follow the same process as before, allowing the second coat to dry completely. After the final coat has dried, remove any painter’s tape and clean up any splatters or drips with a rag or brush dipped in mineral spirits. Be sure to dispose of any used rags or brushes properly, as they can be a fire hazard if not handled correctly.


To maintain its appearance and protection, regularly inspect the stained cedar siding for signs of wear or damage and touch up any areas as needed. This may include re-staining small areas, sanding down rough spots, or replacing damaged boards. Regular cleaning with a mild detergent and water can also help keep the siding looking its best. Consider applying a clear sealant over the stain to provide additional protection against UV rays and moisture.

Depending on the climate and exposure to the elements, you may need to re-stain the cedar siding every 3-5 years. This regular maintenance will ensure your cedar siding continues to look its best and stay protected.

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