I have to replace exterior boards around a window and was wondering if
poplar or sasafrass would work instead of pine. Will primer and paint hold
well to either one of them or should I stick with pine?
Dunno about sassafras... but poplar works great. In my part of the world
(central Indiana), poplar is very common as exterior trim on older homes,
probably because the wood is very readily available here. I've used it before
many times. It paints very well, better than pine.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I used tulip (yellow) poplar to side my shop (board and batten). That
was over a decade ago, and the only problem was an infestation of
termites that I had taken care of earlier this year. My shop is
unpainted (keeps the RE taxes down). The termites around here will eat
treated landscape timbers if the treatment isn't perfect. I help
someone repair a tack shed almost 30 years ago, and we used poplar for
siding clapboards and door trim. It has been kept well painted, and
there is no rot.
Did you find out what made your poplar rot? I know it will, but have
seen little of it here, in one of the rota capitols of the east.
I don't know about it's paint-holding ability, but sassafras is
reported to be rot-resistant. And it's very nice to work, and smells
great as you're cutting it! The grain is nice (looks like oak minus
flecks), but I guess a clear wood finish is not really the norm in most
neighborhoods. Due to the relatively open pores, it might help to use
a sanding sealer before painting - just a guess.
Pine or Poplar - For use outside, both must be primed all sides, painted and
If water/snow come in direct contact, neither will last forever.
If water is unavoidable, look to cypress or redwood.
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