Trellis design/material

I'm in the process of designing a trellis that will sit over my twin garage doors. The supporting frame will be fir, but in order to save weight I'm considering the use of cedar for the upper, "trim" portion. My question: will cedar hold paint as well as fir, and if so, oil or latex? TIA
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<< will cedar hold paint >>
There may be some older houses in your city with real cedar siding. These days they may be painted with latex, but for centuries the paint of choice was oil based. Note how well the cedar has withstood the weather all these years and you will have your answer. HTH
Joe
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wrote:

Properly primed and prepared, almost anything holds paint well today. While oil is traditional, latex has become a paint of choice for many and the quality latexes are exrtremely durable. I like an oil-base primer and latex topcoat for this type of thing, especially since anything covered with plant material will never be repainted.
As an alternative, think of non-wood pre-finished materials, plastics, extrusions and so on.
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Use cypress. But getting back to your question, yes. Use a primer. it doesn't matter if you use oil or latex.
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