Re: Painting cedar shakes
if they are grooved shakes a wire brush is best suited for this. otherwise if they are smooth just pick up a sc****r and a spare blade and a file to sharpen it.
one thing to take into serious consideration is if there is lead in the paint. there are serious regulations pertaining to lead ebatement. i would take a piece of the paint that is peeling and put it into a ziploc bag then go to a local environmental testing firm. they can tell you if there is lead in the paint
fire up the saw and make some dust