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Old 02-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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I had termites. Tented. Now i need to repaint the fascia to fill in the tiny kickholes they left. Am in south florida and have to get going before the rain starts up again. I cant remember what paint i used 6 years ago when i had new fascia installed. It's shiny, so i supposed i have to sand? UGH. (what grit should i use?) Has some (not much) mildew too, so have to use TSP?

Anyhoooo, when i paint, does anyone know of a paint that will fill in all of those multitude of tiny little holes?

I have health probs and cant stay on a ladder very long anymore, so any shortcuts you all can share would be very appreciated!!

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the little old lady in South Florida : )

oh HEY!! . i just thought, can i have a mildewside (umm, is that how you spell it?) to the paint, and skip the cleaning? (little voice inside says NOPE, lol)

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It would be best to remove the termite eaten wood or just cover it with new coil stock so it would never need painting agin.
And no there's no magic paint that's going to fill holes.

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I would highly recommend a professional in this case. You will have to be up on a ladder for long stretches of time to properly fix the fascia. If you fall and get hurt, did you really save money doing it yourself?

First off, the area needs cleaned to remove dirt, mildew, and termite poop. I would use Krud Kutter diluted in a garden sprayer.......spray it on, let it marinate, then scrub with a stiff cleaning brush. Rinse with a garden hose. Sand any glossy areas and apply a bonding primer. Now you will see the holes that need filled a bit better. You can fill them with an exterior wood putty or an exterior grade spackle. Two coats may be needed to bring the holes flush with the rest of the surface area. Let dry and gently sand smooth. Prime those areas again. Let dry.......then apply 2 coats of your favorite paint.

Like I said, you'll be on the ladder ALOT......consider a pro for this job.
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thank you joecaption and gymschu for your very prompt replies

these holes are actually smaller than a small finishing nail hole ... actually i used a paper clip to figure out if they were really holes and not specks of dirt

the fascia itself does not appear to be eaten by the termites .. just tunnels to access the wood further into the house .. when i had the fascia replaced about 6 years ago, i used cedar hoping to deter the littler suckers

i googled 'coil stock' and found it would be very expensive to purchase and not sure how to adhere it .. also does not seem to come in 10inch size (although never painting again is VERY appealiing!)

guess i will have to find a patch that i can fill the little holes using my finger .. what do you think of an exterior caulk for this?

hiring a professional is out of the question, no money for that ... just my determination is all i can afford .. taking lots of breaks i can still get it done .. in time

i used a mastic paint on my roof every year for a few years till i could afford a new roof ... what do you think of using a mastic on the fascia?

i found that home depot sells Krud Kutter, so that is doable .. will it hurt the paint on the house if it splashes?
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It would be best to remove the termite eaten wood or just cover it with new coil stock so it would never need painting agin.
And no there's no magic paint that's going to fill holes.

Why not just bulldoze the house and re build?
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You can fill the tiny holes with caulk but it's just more difficult. With an exterior grade spackle or wood putty you can fill the holes using a 1-inch putty knife to push it into the tiny holes. Do two coats because you may get some shrinkage. Once it's flush, a light sanding and a spot prime of these hole areas and you're ready for paint.

If you decide to cover the fascia in aluminum or vinyl, they make pre-bent, pre-made pieces about 12 foot long and they're not too expensive. They are simply nailed in place.
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update:

i cleaned the fascia with bleach water and a sponge sander thingy (first time using that .. kinda cool! )

then painted 2 coats with a rubber roof paint (says good for wood too) called Lanco .. i had used this before on a small shed i built attached to the house 3 years ago .. held up pretty well since then

there was one place, in the fascia, i had to dig out the wood and replace, but the paint filled in the little termite holes very well

i know, i know, now i have to watch for the rain blowing up behind the paint behind the drip-edge

am thinking of using the 'great-stuff' made for around doors to seal behind the drip edge .. dont know yet, that stuff scares me!! LOL

thanks for helping me process this out : )

oh, and by the way .. bulldozers are very expensive!!!! : )
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i cleaned the fascia with bleach water and a sponge sander thingy (first time using that .. kinda cool! )

then painted 2 coats with a rubber roof paint (says good for wood too) called Lanco .. i had used this before on a small shed i built attached to the house 3 years ago .. held up pretty well since then

there was one place, in the fascia, i had to dig out the wood and replace, but the paint filled in the little termite holes very well

i know, i know, now i have to watch for the rain blowing up behind the paint behind the drip-edge

am thinking of using the 'great-stuff' made for around doors to seal behind the drip edge .. dont know yet, that stuff scares me!! LOL

thanks for helping me process this out : )

oh, and by the way .. bulldozers are very expensive!!!! : )
I know, that was a joke. Glad you got it figured out
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am thinking of using the 'great-stuff' made for around doors to seal behind the drip edge .. dont know yet, that stuff scares me!! LOL

thanks for helping me process this out : )
Be careful, that foam expands and could damage your drip edge if it expanded to much.
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Hello ... Who lost their email address and their password till now? .. Oldernow holds up hand. So, just getting back to you both now!

Chrisn, HA! i know the bulldozer was a joke. That is why i joked back! LOL. Although secretly i have always wanted to drive a bulldozer!

Sirmixalot, I wondered the same thing about the expansion of the foam, so i did not use it. Thank you for your thoughts though, very nice to have someone concerned : ) .

btw, i know it has only been a few months, but the job is holding up! With the non-stop rain we had, i am happy to report that! Now, ummmm, a hurricane might be a different story! HA

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