07:29AM | 07/05/00
Member Since: 07/04/00
1 lifetime posts
Hello, Fellow Painters,

I have a problem that has had me stumped for years. My house doesn't look lived in because the wood on the small front porch (concrete base + wooden rail, pickets and wooden supports)is water-logged. Paint won't stick to it for more than a couple of months. It peels badly.

Apparently this problem existed before we moved in -- for up to the past 50+ years (when the house was built).

I heard how to fix this from someone, but can't remember the product he mentioned. He told me to: Use a blow torch to dry the water that has so far been permanently soaked into the wood. Then, I am to apply a certain product to seal the wood (can't remember name). Then I can prime and paint.

Does anyone know about this technique and what the name of the sealant is?

Please e-mail me privately, as well as putting it on the list for others, as I sometimes miss this forum.

Thanks a million.



10:05AM | 07/05/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Sounds like it might be easier to replace the wood than to fix it. You could prepare the replacement pieces from kiln dried wood, prime and paint with good paint, then replace the old stuff. If the posts get wet at the bottom, there are metal or plastic pieces that go under them and keep them a fraction of an inch off the concrete so they don't rot or soak up moisture again.
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