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Old 10-15-2014, 02:37 PM   #1
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Filling exterior hole in wood.


Someone got carried away with an electric screwdriver.

This is an outdoor bench. What do I fill the screw depression with so rain doesnt puddle?

While I'm here.......is there a quicker way to paint between the top boards besides jabbing the brush repeatedly into the cracks?

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You could use a bondo type filler for those nail holes. Minwax makes a two part wood filler that could work. I'm not a fan of using those type products for larger exterior wood repairs because they lack flexibility and are prone to crack as the wood moves, but for something that small it would be fine.
You could also use an exterior rated vinyl spackle, or just fill them a couple times with caulk.

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To get between the cracks sometimes I use one of those mini pad painters. It's not a whole lot easier than the "paintbrush jab", but it does the job.
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Aha, both things I already have, exterior caulk and psint pads.

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Caulk is probably what I would use for something like that. It helps to fill it twice. Fill the hole completely the first time and knife it flush with a putty knife or something. When the caulk dries it will shrink some then you can fill it flush the second time.
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Is that pressure treated wood?
Mark my words, if your really using paint not a solid stain it's going to just peel.
There is no need to fill those holes.
Should have been finished on all sides before it was assembled.
To get away from exposed screw holes you should have used a Kreg Tool and installed the screws from under the seat.
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Joe,

A husband of a Gardening Club lady made several of these.

How do I tell if its pressure. treated wood? There was no weird odor and the lumber wasn't dark. Maybe if I pour water on the underside and it soaksi in that will tell me something?
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Can you ask the person that made them?
The problem with pressure treated is it's soaking wet and takes months to dry enough to do anything to it.
If there just made of regular untreated pine there not suitable for long term use outside.
You'll notice they will start rotting where the feet are in contact with the deck first.
Nothing to loose now just finish painting and enjoy them.
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Joe,

I just made a call to ask the man who made theses benches. When I googled nothing helped me to identify PT lumber.

A Native Floridian said painted wood furniture only lasts about 5 yrs here.

Thanks for the warning.

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