I will be going with a board and batten finish on my camp and wrestling with what I should do.
The camp has approximately 128 lineal feet of perimeter or 1,500 square feet of surface. (including the 3 gables)
I have narrowed my choices down to a factory finished product, specifically Maibec and it runs about $3 (incl. tax) a square foot. I do it once, it will be done right and look good. Colour choice is pretty good too.
I have good access to a local mill and can get 1"x10" boards for $0.65 a linear foot and 1"x6" battens (that I will have to rip) for $0.40 a l.f. I'm willing to buy a decent sprayer (any suggestions?) and put the time and effort to paint it myself. Is it worth it or will the wood soak up too much paint? And will it take a lot more time to paint than I am imaging? Or should I just leave it and let it turn a natural silver/grey. (the wife gave me one of those looks when I said this )
Rough calculations are $5,000 for the factory and $1,500 for the local milled pine. Not including a couple of coats of paint, (I'm guessing $300 or $400) and a sprayer (what- $500?) The savings would go to other things - like a gas fridge, gas stove, electrical, plumbing, flooring, deck, dock....(the list is long)
Any opinion is welcome.