Repairing weather checks in exterior window sill
The exterior windowsill area of my dining room table has cracked and peeling paint. When I started to take the old paint off, I noticed some weather "checking", or small cracks opening in the grain of the wood on a couple different parts of the lower part of the windowsill. This window gets the most sun (southern exposure), and it is just the part of the window that is exposed to the sun where the paint and wood are failing.
Anyway, I spent part of today scraping and sanding the old latex paint. I then did some research on the net, and about the only thing I could find was some information on something called "Liquid Wood", which apparently can work into the cracks and harden, creating a waterproof barrier. I can't seem to find Liquid Wood around here, plus it seems expensive for such a small job. I was wondering what other alternatives there would be to patch up these cracks.
The cracks go horizontal, and most are fairly small. Should I put some kind of patching material over these cracks? Or will a good coat of oil based primer followed by some good semi-gloss paint do the trick? This is just my second post here, and I can tell from some of the reading I have already done that this is going to be a great site for me! Also, I don't have much experience in home improvement, so I am looking forward to learning a lot here.
Is it okay to use a water based latex paint on top of an oil based primer?
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by Autumnknight; 09-11-2006 at 02:51 AM.