How to Apply a Weathered Finish to New Wood Siding

Video Length: 2:35
Produced by: John Ross and Chuck Miller

If you've got weathered-wood siding to repair or replace, you could put up fresh wood and wait for it to weather in and look natural, but there's a better way.

I'd like to attribute this tip, but it's anonymous. I heard somebody talking about this in a lumber yard on the West Coast twenty years ago. The idea was that you take baking soda, mix it with water, and paint it onto the kind of wood you would use outside--something with a lot of tannins in it. Watch the video to see if it works.

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  • Avatar outbackprophet What router bit would you need to make horizontal wooden siding?
    Apr 23, 2007 by outbackprophet | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)
    • You would be better-off getting a shaper with the head shapes that were recommended. Even with a router table it is hard to control the passage of the wood past the router cutters. The shaper makes it easy and keeps you from ruining a long piece of wood.