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    Question exterior painting of cypress

    I have recently installed new cypress railing system and porch posts on my old house. My contractor recommended cypress over other materials for it's durability, but did not mention anything about painting it. Upon visiting a local paint store I was told that cypres is very difficult to paint. What are your recommendations for a durable exterior finish in west central Georgia?

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    Default Re: exterior painting of cypress

    Cypress is primed with an oil based primer. Due to the heavy amount of natural oils in the cypress, additional turpentine and benzole can be added to aid in penetrating through the inherent cypress oils. The finish coat can be an acrylic/latex paint.

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    Default Re: exterior painting of cypress

    (thanks for help with cypress painting)..since the cypress is freshly milled lumber, how long should i wait to prime and paint?

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    Default Re: exterior painting of cypress

    Lumber of less than 10% moisture is generally safe to paint. Over 12% moisture, some failure will probably occur. Unfortunately, you need a moisture meter to know for sure, but if it feels moist, let it dry out.

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    Default exterior painting of cypress

    Hi All,
    exterior painting of cypress is a oil painting and it has a good quality of paint and different shades of colors..it can be cleaned easily if gets any stain..

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