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Old 07-16-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Repairing wood siding next to a door frame...


A friend replaced our leaking entryway door and frame.

Outside, where wood siding touches the door frame, there was water damage. Friend removed damaged wood, then filled in the hole with an expanding yellow foam filler. Then he trimmed down with a knife and covered with a layer of caulking. (a paintable acrylic latex adhesive with silicone) Friend says everything is now sealed tight, no leaks. The foam/caulked spot is not smooth, and is a little concave...does not come out to the level of the wood siding. Not ready to be painted over!

Can I fill it in and smooth it out with putty or spackling, paint over it, and make it look good?

P. S. I am good at interior spackling.

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It sounds like all that is left is for you to replace the removed siding. If the foam is concave, then there should be no problem installing the siding over the repaired area.

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...Can I fill it in and smooth it out with putty or spackling, paint over it, and make it look good?
P. S. I am good at interior spackling.
If you are talking about the exterior area, then exterior spackle, a latex caulk with silicone added, and exterior paint will do the job.

If you are talking about the interior area, then spackle away, use latex caulk and your interior paint choice.

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Sorry my question was confusing.

It's exterior. We will replace the damaged siding later, when we have skilled hands to do the work, as well as come up with matching wood for repair.

In the meantime, the caulked-over yellow foam fix is not pretty. I want to do what I can to make it look nicer, if spackling will stick there, on the caulked area.

Is spackling compound better than wood putty for exterior use? Someone at the store recommended a wood putty, but the instructions on the container caution against using it outdoors, so I wasnt' too sure. Especially since I've never used wood putty before.
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Sorry my question was confusing.

It's exterior. We will replace the damaged siding later, when we have skilled hands to do the work, as well as come up with matching wood for repair.

In the meantime, the caulked-over yellow foam fix is not pretty. I want to do what I can to make it look nicer, if spackling will stick there, on the caulked area.

Is spackling compound better than wood putty for exterior use? Someone at the store recommended a wood putty, but the instructions on the container caution against using it outdoors, so I wasnt' too sure. Especially since I've never used wood putty before.

I would still suggest using the caulk, then finish it with an interior/exterior grade putty. Example, made by DAP: http://www.dap.com/product_details.aspx?product_id=75

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I would still suggest using the caulk, then finish it with an interior/exterior grade putty. Example, made by DAP: http://www.dap.com/product_details.aspx?product_id=75
Is this order?

1. Dap putty
2. seal with caulk
3. paint

Surface right now has yellow foam, then a layer of caulking spread over the foam to seal.

Thanks very much for identifying a good choice for exterior painter's putty.
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I would say:

Cut away any loose foam.
Apply a layer of caulking over the foam.
Apply Putty. Allow to dry & Scrape flat.
Apply another smooth coat of putty as needed.
Sand Putty smooth.
Apply finished caulking.
Prime
Paint.
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Thanks for the extra help! All clarified now.
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