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miamicuse 03-28-2012 09:38 PM

Use Bondo to repair rooted wood?
I have some rooted wood beams caused by water leaks in the past.

Some of the critical structural beams I fixed by using Abatron's LiquidWood and WoodEpox. They seem to work pretty well but they are very expensive.

In some of the lesser areas I did a search and some people suggested using Bondo as a structural wood filler because it's easy to apply and it's much cheaper.

Appearance is not important I don't need to stain or paint it.

Anyone has experience with Bondo as a wood filler? Does it really work?

user1007 03-29-2012 12:54 AM

The Abatron system is pricey but it really works and offers structural rehabilitation bondo cannot. Bondo is, at the end of the day, an autobody filler product and not one for restoring the structural integrity of wood.

I wouldn't skimp on this. Even with the Abatron system I would be careful how much of a rotted beam that is structural I would be trusting to a restorative product.

Just Bill 03-29-2012 07:07 AM

I would question that any filler is structural. If there is rot in a structural beam, it should be replaced or repaired in a way that restores it integrity.

joecaption 03-29-2012 10:08 AM

I'm with Bill on this one.

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