Using rough cut lumber as siding

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Has anyone use rough cut pine lumber for siding? I would like to know how to care for it and also is there a way to make it look old quick. Thank you
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  • MichelleB MichelleB on Sep 11, 2016
    I haven't used it but I would encourage you to seal it. Your local hardware store can help you find the correct product. Whether for inside or outside use you will be unable to clean it without sealing it first. Dust indoors when wiped from wood will get into the grooves and pores of the wood if you don't seal it. To age it... if you are trying to add colour I would mix 1 part paint to 1 part water. Use a brush to paint it on and then wipe it off while still wet, you might need to do this several times to get the depth of colour you want. Practice on a scrap piece until you get the look you want. You can also use a hammer, heads of nails, chains and such to beat up the board. There are lots of videos online. Use the sealer last to keep your newly created aged wood easy to clean ;)

  • Evelyn Reese Evelyn Reese on Sep 12, 2016
    Vinegar+steel wool makes a stain. Let it soak a few days before use. Seal dried wood with spar varnish (urethane). GaryR

  • Michael Hilliker Michael Hilliker on Sep 12, 2016
    We used rough cut hemlock for siding on our home. We found that using a semi transparent stain worked well. We stained the boards prior to installation on both sides (that keeps the boards from cupping). We installed the boards like clapboard siding. We also put stain on the cuts that were made to seal the ends of the boards. That was 25 years ago. After 5 years were sparyed a sealer to keep the wood from deteriorating.

  • Dwo5286852 Dwo5286852 on Sep 12, 2016
    Use cedar it will hold up much better then pine. It is for resistant and bug resistant. Look at someone's cedar privacy fence you will see how it Gray's and ages.

  • Lindy Lindy on Sep 12, 2016
    Pine is one of the softest woods available so I would think it could be easily subject to rot and bugs/termites. I've read that as long as it's sealed/painted on all cut sides (6 of them I think) and painted regularly it would last. Lots of good sites on line for help and opinions from professionals as well.

  • Johnchip Johnchip on Sep 12, 2016
    Rough cut will be more difficult to 'antique' by brush unless you do some kind of overall soaking stain color and rub down. Let dry out then seal. Seal all sides I would use a varathane, marine product as it will be subject to outdoor elelments like a boat would be. Do all work before installation as it is so much easier to do lying flat on sawhorses than once installed.

  • Pau4456728 Pau4456728 on Sep 12, 2016
    Rough cut board and batten pine is very popular where I live. Most people just let it age naturally.

  • Dev8301878 Dev8301878 on Sep 13, 2016
    Rough off saw Pine work's fine for most application's in my experience in the industry. A great way to age the timber from a natural "grey weathered" to a slightly more "rusted brown", is by using steel wool and apple cider or white spirit vinegar. soak small piece's of the wool in the vinegar, test the solution every 10 minute's or so (as the change can be drastic at time's) onto same timber. sieve out the solution once you are happy with the result's or it turn's rusted or sometimes even black. can paint it or dip it. seems to work best when dried in direct sunlight.