Today we pre-finished siding for the Yoga Studio project. The siding is T-111, which is a plywood siding with a rough exposed face. T-111 is inexpensive, and if not sealed and taken care of properly can warp, delaminate or otherwise fail. This is particularly true of thinner grades, and projects with clear or transparent finishes that don’t get a maintenance coat every couple of years.
Our particular siding is paint-grade 5/8″ thick with grooves in it. Other options include 3/8″ thick, so this is better quality from my perspective. You can also get it without grooves, which are called blanks. Paint-grade material is puttied and patched at the factory, so you can’t use a transparent stain or a clear finish on it, but I was planning on painting anyway. It was also $10 less expensive per sheet than the 3/8″ stain grade available locally. Whoo-hoo!
The weather was freezing, but since we have the wrap on the building, we were able to put a heater inside and paint in there. Most latex paints and solid stains require at least 50 degree temperature to dry. I had two heaters going, but in that small 10 x 12 foot space it was too much – one heater was plenty.
For T-111, at least a 3/4″ nap roller cover and a 1 1/2″ semi-cheap synthetic paint brush to get in the grooves. Two gallons of good quality primer will do about 10 4×8 sheets of siding. By the way, when painting with more than a quart or so of paint, don’t mess around with a paint pan. This is the setup you want.
After the sheets were all painted we stacked them, stickering (separating them) with screws put into the backs of the sheets so they wouldn’t stick together.
We’re going to go through this one more time with the first coat of paint. After the siding is up we’ll do the second coat. Time to start looking at paint colors!