Can you stain hardi-plank to look like cedar?
csparkman78
October 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are in the process of building our house. We chose hardi, thinking we would use hardi shakes to make look like cedar. Due to our builder saying shakes are more expensive, we have stuck to original hardi. Can you stain hardi to look like cedar? I do not want to paint the house brown.
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csparkman78
This is the house I've based ours off of.
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m3459
You should be able to get hardiplank in a cedar color.
1 Like   October 4, 2013 at 11:46AM
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csparkman78
I hope so, as long as it doesn't look like brown paint.
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Rockin' Fine Finish
You can faux paint hardie by spraying on a coat lightly and sponging away areas to lighten it in areas giving an appearance of cedar . Staining with actual stain no you can't certainteed makes a stained cement board
1 Like   October 4, 2013 at 11:06PM
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agarner3
Wondering what you ended up doing with your hardi plank? We have hardi plank too and are looking for a way to get the wood look. Thanks
1 Like   May 10, 2014 at 6:44PM
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csparkman78
@agarner3 The wood/cedar look is what we wanted but I was worried about the outcome. We ended up painting our hardie a gray color. I wish I could have found a solution. Good luck to you.
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laurajazz
We went through the same exercise, in search of a way to make hardi shake look like authentic cedar. It all looked fake.

Then we found certainteed cedar impressions rough split shakes. They are beautiful, maintenance free, and no one realizes they are not cedar.
1 Like   May 11, 2014 at 2:32AM
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csparkman78
Laurajazz, it looks great! My home is similar to yours. Too bad it's too late for us!
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The Clay Team - Looking Glass Realty
laurajazz - what was your experience with Certainteed? We're building and planned on using Hardi until I saw something about the pre stained Certainteed.
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agarner3
Our house looks looks similar to yours too. Builder told us we could use hardi siding and planks and stain them to look like wood and it would be cheaper and lower maintenance than actual cedar. However, months later after all the siding was purchased and up he informed us his painter was no loner able to get the product (it had been discontinued) he had used in the past to achieve this look. Now it seems that painting is our only option. Disappointed because the wood cabin look is what we loved about this house.
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agarner3
@Laurajazz I love the wood look of your siding. Wish I had know about that product prior to our siding going up.
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laurajazz
You need To contact Certainteed. We had to override our builders' decision use this product.
1 Like   May 15, 2014 at 8:19PM
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GN Builders L.L.C
You cannot stain James Hardie siding, if you look at manufacturer specs I believe it is in there someplace and it will void the warranty.
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laurajazz
The certainteed was very easy & fast to install. Totally maintenance free. It took guts for us to select it because builder was not familiar with it and tried very hard to talk us out of it and then made us sign a waiver if HOA determined it did not comply(after installation). But all we get are compliments on our house. Everyone assumes it is cedar and we do not advise them otherwise.
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