How to Paint Hardie Siding


Hardie Board siding is a reliable home exterior option that’s worth the investment. If you’re remodeling your home, but want to keep this siding, painting it is always an option. You can even make the siding look like real cedar, here’s how:

Step 1: Before doing anything, the exterior of your home will need to be washed thoroughly. Use a power washer, hit it from top to bottom, and allow the house to dry for at least two days.

Step 2: Now is the time to make any repairs to the siding. All cracks, gaps, and holes should be filled and sealed with the appropriate sealants and materials. Once everything has been filled, sand the repairs down so the entire piece of siding is even and smooth.

Step 3: Now it’s time to start painting and you’ll need four different types of paint to pull off a faux-cedar look. You’ll need a flat primer, a red-brown shade of your choice, the same red-brown color in a lighter shade, and a golden-beige color.

Step 4: Apply a coat of flat primer to the siding.

Step 5: Apply the lighter shade of red-brown to the siding. Make sure to get the paint applied to all sides of each window and door frame.

Step 6: Now is the time to apply the regular shade of red-brown paint to the siding. Once this coat of paint dries, you can apply a second coat.

Step 7: To add the finishing touches to this new faux-cedar paint job, crack open the can of golden-beige paint. Place a paint pad in the paint so there is just a small layer of paint on the pad. Lightly run the pad across the Hardie Board so only the raised parts of the siding are touched with the paint. Once this coat dries you will have yourself a house with a brand new look.

When you want to give your house a new look, give your siding a quick paint job to switch things up! If you need help with the repair or installation of your home siding, contact the professionals at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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