I have northern white cedar siding on my very old house. Soon after I bought it, what looked like a good paint job was peeling off. So like a fool, I power-washed the whole house, right down to the bare wood, and painted it again!
Soon after, my very expensive paint was peeling off. The man who sold it to me came and looked, and told me I have northern white cedar, and it isn't supposed to be painted. This time, I've been letting the house peel itself, except certain parts where new northern whitel cedar boards replaced some of the old. My house has been peeling for eight years, and it's time to power-wash. This time, I am wondering if it's okay to just let the siding be. It's weathered to a soft gray, and I think it would look pretty good natural. Does anyone know if it's okay to leave it alone? The trim is not northern white, the proof is, the paint has lasted fine, but I don't know what kind of wood it is. I'm thinking of only painting the trim.