The lower course is dirty from splashing water from rainfall. I'm probably going to haul in some crushed stone to help prevent that. K doesn't want pumice there as it is too light a color.
The snow never reached the bottom course, at least it never did whenever we made it up there. The deep eve overhang keeps the snow slides of the roof away from the walls. If any drifted up in the winds we never saw it.
There is absolutely no sogn of any swelling in the lower edges of either the cabin or the shed.
The stuff painted very easy. I applied paint alomg the overlapping edges and all corners, etc. by brush. Then I roller painted the flat areas in between. Twelve inch siding made that easy and quick.
PS: I have maybe 4 to 6 lengths of the material let over.