Just use the epoxy caulk after sanding the lead paint down to bare wood
January 27, 2014 8:46 PM Subscribe
After spending like six hours reading labels and talking to hardware store staff, I turn to you, AskMe. How do I patch these holes and smooth these posts in my front porch columns before painting (but after priming)?
posted by slidell to Home & Garden (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am dealing with:
1. A rotted out area (2" in d, sloping down to 1" depth)
2. Nail heads (some where the nail metal is still exposed, some where it's primed over)
3. That pressure-treated lumber look
4. Unevenness due to partial scraping
5. Gaps between the vertical and horizontal pieces of the railing
6. A weird triangular gap about 2-3" per side and maybe 3" deep where three railings meet
I don't want to scrape down to bare wood. Someone back in 1890 or whatever painted these posts with lead paint. Most of the actual paint seems to have been removed, but the exposed wood tests positive. To be safe and comply with our reading of current California law, we paid a lead certified crew to scrape any peeling paint and prime it. The prep work leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion, but now the whole thing is primed and should stay that way.
My question is: what product should I use for the tasks above? My (likely wrong) guesses are below:
1-3 Crawford's painters putty?
4 A few coats of Sherwin Williams Peel Stop (high build) primer?
5. Some paintable exterior caulking
6. Prime some random wood, screw it in, and put caulking around it (or live with it)
What do you think? Is there anything faster drying than Crawford's that I can use for 1-3, since it's supposed to rain soon? Thanks!