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Old 11-18-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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this may be a stupid question but i want to replace a couple pieces of exterior wood trim and was wondering if i need to use pretreated wood or regular ole white wood so long as i use the right primer and paint.

on that note, what type of primer does one use for exteriors? also what kind of caulk is best?

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I would grab some fake wood, prime with an exterior primer. Ron

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Old 11-18-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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Not stupid, just not enough info.
What trim is it? Fascia, window, brick moulding, ECT.
Got a picture.
Often times if it rotted it was the wrong type trim, installed wrong, or there's a better way to do it so it never rots again.
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Not stupid, just not enough info.
What trim is it? Fascia, window, brick moulding, ECT.
Got a picture.
Often times if it rotted it was the wrong type trim, installed wrong, or there's a better way to do it so it never rots again.
window trim.
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Just be sure to prime all sides of the trim before installing. Any real paintstore has quality latex primers for wood. As for caulk, I like what I get at Sherwin-Williams:
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Open it up then give us a picture, looks more then just trim.
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I agree, looks like that old wooden drip edge is shot to.
All of that can be replaced with vinyl.
All that damage likely came from not priming and painting the end grain of the trim, installing it tight to the drip edge, then someone caulked it forming a dam holding in water.
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I agree, looks like that old wooden drip edge is shot to.
All of that can be replaced with vinyl.
All that damage likely came from not priming and painting the end grain of the trim, installing it tight to the drip edge, then someone caulked it forming a dam holding in water.
yea i'm going to be putting siding on the house within the next year so it will be fixed with vinyl. but until then im just looking for a temporary fix since it looks so bad.
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yea i'm going to be putting siding on the house within the next year so it will be fixed with vinyl. but until then im just looking for a temporary fix since it looks so bad.
temp fix- Bondo. clean all the loose rot out and then add nails or trim screws in the open cavity to give the bondo something to grab to then bondo. paint it when it dries
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Quick fix.....
clean out the opening, shoot with foam, cut off access, paint.
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Quick fix.....
clean out the opening, shoot with foam, cut off access, paint.
what kind of foam?
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I agree, with cleaning it out and using the Bondo, or a easy less expencive way is with Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty, no foam!
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Bondo is a good option if damage is small, but if the area is big then you need to replace the entire sill.

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