Asked on Apr 09, 2016

Weathering painted exterior siding

by CJ
Hey all,
We are in the process of buying this amazing house in the woods that has T111 exterior siding painted the unfortunate color of avocado green. We want to repaint the house a reddish wood color, but we want a weathered look so it blends in with the wooded forests around us.
We don't need to strip the siding--it's in good shape, and we don't have the time or money right now to go that road, so we want to repaint and then do whatever we can to make it look weathered and not so bright and shiny. :-)
I've looked online and while I can find MANY tutorials about weathering furniture and such, I can't find anything about repainting siding and then giving it the weathered look we want.
Can anyone help point me in the right direction? Is this even possible? Can I take the technique for weathering painted furniture and adapt it some way?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks in advance...
  12 answers
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 11, 2016
    You can get paint in a variety of finishes so it isn't shiny. Am not into weathered looks - always looks like it needs a coat of paint lol. However, you could wipe away the fresh paint so some of the green shows through????
  • Rebecque D Rebecque D on Apr 11, 2016
    I can't wait to see what people come up with. I am purchasing a t-111 sided home too and I need to go from a red stain to a brown stain.
  • CJ CJ on Apr 11, 2016
    Thanks, Marion. We want to paint it a redwood type color, but we want it to look older. Like it's been in the elements awhile. I want the color green to go away completely, so I'm hoping we can find a technique to cover the green with the reddish-brown, but age it a bit so it blends more with the surrounding forest. Help! :-)
  • Tanner Clark Tanner Clark on Apr 11, 2016
    You can probably look into salad bowl finish it creates a crackled look or acetone basically eats paint maybe spray on after. Personally would probably use multiple colors and probably some type of added on material to house as wlel as using a product to make paint weather. I can tell you this much go to your local paint store and ask them, had great experiences at stores you can tell pretty quick if someone is actually telling you real info or BS'ing. I also well ask around about this, I perosnally have never been askewd to do something like this. Hey the great thing is its only paint! You dont like it change it! You could buy behr stain and put iit on improperly behr sucks anyways and weathers in like a year on decks. Also there a numerous stains to use for the redwood look alot of types of finishes as wlel but your gonna have to do some sanding
    • CJ CJ on Apr 11, 2016
      @Tanner Clark Thanks for the help, Tanner. Can we use the color or stain over the green color or do we need to sand the green off? From the inspection it looks as if the green paint is in good shape--no peeling or flaking, so sanding would be a pain. We're hoping to paint or stain OVER it and go from there. But we want the coverage so we don't see ANY green. *shudder* Thanks again for your help!
  • William William on Apr 11, 2016
    Paint over the green with primer tinted with the reddish brown to get a medium tone than the finish coat of paint. The siding has a lot of texture, so a thick nap roller or a spray gun will assure good coverage. Once that is dry, use a thick nap roller with the finish paint. To get the aged look, the roller should have very little paint on it, almost dry. You would use a dry roller technique. Get paint on the roller. Roll it out on some cardboard to get as much off as possible till it's running dry. Paint the siding to get the paint on the surface of the textured siding showing some of the background tinted primer. Go over the painted area with a dry four inch brush to smooth the paint out. You can wipe off any areas too much paint got on with a rag. Experiment in a small area to get the desired effect. Good luck.
  • Teresa Teresa on Apr 11, 2016
    Weathered wood is the idea that the paint is different tones this is due to peeling or separating paint, fading, or even different materials. I would think with the color you have in the groves if you painted leaving some areas with old paint in the groves and after painting with your main color add a glaze of a different shade of the same color maybe even 2 or 3 shades to show a weathered look. the glaze should be a low shine sealer with paint added to make it weather resistant and still add color. Make sure to look at images of old building you like to make the style fit what you are looking for. Good luck! Teresa
  • Renata Renata on Apr 12, 2016
    If ur up to a lot of time consuming work what I would do is dry brush with brown after u paint ur rust brown color.
  • Chris aka monkey Chris aka monkey on Apr 12, 2016
    @CJ as william stated start with a primer tinted in the color you want, this will save you a lot of work so you don't have to paint multiply coats, then still using a heavy napped roller or a spray gun, paint the color you want after everything is dry use a dry brush and give it the weathered look by going over your rust color with a gray ... hope this helps xx
  • CJ CJ on Apr 16, 2016
    Thanks for all the answers, everyone! I'm learning so much.
  • Tanner Clark Tanner Clark on May 05, 2016
    Look into solid or semi-solid stains then if you want to go right over. Dont know specific details off hand but I use a solid flood stain a redwood on apartment complex steps. Goes over old nicely and with it being a green darker colors will hide better
  • CJ CJ on May 05, 2016
    Thanks for the help. With all the suggestions and answers, I'm feeling much more comfortable with what we want to do. I love hometalk. It's such a great resource.
  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 15, 2022

    Hi Cj, hope this helps you out. You could use a cedar tone solid wood siding, and wipe it off as you go, it will still be sitting in the grooves giving your siding a weathered look (this will take quite a while)