October 20, 2006, Newsletter Issue #36: Repairing Decayed Wood

Tip of the Week

Like everything else, successfully repairing decayed wood can be made easier if you know a few handy hints. For example, epoxy dries very fast and is very hard to remove. So it is wise to clean up as you go along. Here are a few more tips: Build up deep holes in layers about 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick. Slightly overfill a flat surface. Shape the filler with any tool that seems appropriate on contoured surfaces or corners. Rasps are available in a wide variety of shapes for use on flat and contoured surfaces. Rasping is not required, but it can be a lot less time-consuming than sanding if you have a lot of hard, dried material to get rid of. Drive nails into large damaged areas and let the heads stick up a little so they will be embedded in the filler, but lie below the finished surface. You can cut, shape, smooth and drill into cured epoxy just as you can wood. Read warning labels and wear goggles, gloves, a dust mask and any other recommended protective equipment while working.

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