Re: Board and Batten Exterior Finish on my Camp - Factory or Finish Myself?
I built my own home in 1993 and bought beveled pine siding from a local sawmill. I prepainted it with an airless sprayer that I rented. The rental for a quality sprayer is going to cost you a $100 a day in SW Ontario. If you spray the paint as others have mentioned you will have to back brush the paint into the rough pine, I am not sure that a roller would do as good a job on rough pine as a good stiff brush on working the paint into the boards. I have always used Benjamin Moore siolid color stain and only put on one coat. On pine you will have to shellac the knots. A lot of the bevelled siding will have a smooth side and a rough side and if you want the finish to last make sure you do the roughside. With board and batten it is usally rough on both sides. The house I built in 93 still has the original finish and yet shows no sign of needing to be refinished. With wood siding you can use a nail gun and buy colored nails but they also make a siding nail for wood siding that they sell at lumber yards and I do not refer to HD being a lumber yard. They are galvanized and have a domed head. This allows for a slight countersink when driving with a hammer. When going with Board and batten make sure the battens are nailed between the boards into the sheathing rather than the boards. Sheathing has to be thick enough to hold a hail. I see a lot of board and batten with the batten nailed into the board. This works great until the boards contract and expand due to the change in humidity and then the boards begin to split. There is a lot of literature around indicating that you should always have an airspace between solid wood siding and sheathing. I believe this to be a good idea but have never done it on my own buildings and accepted the risk. I built my shop 8 years ago and installed horizontal beveled pine siding on it. With two people we sprayed the paint and back brushed the siding in 12 hrs. There is 156 linear ft of 10 ft high walls with 2 large gables.. Enough of my ramblings
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