This is a routine re-stain I worked on yesterday. The client wanted the Western exposure re-stained, due to fading from intense afternoon light.

This is a typical house for us, and makes up about half of the work we handle in summer. We cut and roll about 95% of Cedar Siding houses with a 4” (1/2”nap) microfiber roller and brush (we do not spray exteriors for the most part). I had some extra time, and thought some might find it interesting to see our approach.


I am right handed, so I work right to left on wide-open walls. I do not reach across my chest (left side of the ladder) if possible- my left hand is on the ladder at all times, for safety reasons. The ladder moves towards the unpainted portions, towards the exit.

I work the top of the house first. I was able to work 19 boards across the wall maintaining a continuously wet edge: This reduces ladder movements, and increases efficiency.

When actually painting/staining the siding I often work the siding from bottom to top. I do this because when rolling the underside corner of siding, a paint ridge forms on the top of the adjacent siding (see photo).

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In this instance, I started at the lowest board I could safely reach safely without leaning out (board 19), and walked up the ladder to the top-most board next to soffit, painting on the right side of the ladder as I go.


-Walk up to the top of the ladder while painting
-Cut in the ceiling
-Walk back down to move the ladder
-Repeat.

For windows I paint around the ladder in place, and then touch-up boot prints when I move the ladder, using an extension pole if necessary. I try to move the ladder always from upper right corner, moving left across the wall to the lower left corner.


The section (of 19 boards and two windows - shown) was painted by myself, and took approx 1:45 hours to stain x1 coat. I was not hurrying, and stopped for lunch after this section.

It took approx. 5 hours to re-stain the entire wall x1 coat (including x1 coat windows and corner boards, and some caulking), and used 10 mini-roller covers (the cedar acts as sandpaper, and they were replaced as soon as the could no longer paint the inside corner)

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