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DIY Tips for Using Epoxy to Repair Rotting Wood around Window Sills

DIY Tips for Using Epoxy to Repair Rotting Wood around Window Sills

Epoxy is a wonderful product that you can use to repair rotting pieces of wood on hard to get to places like window sills, door jambs, and exterior molding. When Epoxy hardens it can be sanded and then painted so that it leaves your area repaired with no sign of damage.

Your first step to repairing wood is to examine it closely and determine how extensive the damage to the wood is. You can take a screwdriver and dig at the rotten wood section to see how deep the rot goes. If the decay is too extensive, you might have to replace the item rather than repair the wood.

The Epoxy will come in many different brands, but they will all come with two parts that you must combine together to create the filler. When you open the different parts take a permanent marker and clearly mark the lids of the containers so that you do not confuse the two parts. You also want to clearly label the wooden stir sticks that you use to dip the portions out of the containers with so that you do not inadvertently mix part A with part B and contaminate an entire container. You should always mix these solvents outside so that you have plenty of fresh air ventilation. If you have to be indoors with this, you should have on an OSHA approved organic Vapor respirator and have plenty of fresh cartridges on hand for this respirator.

You need to dip out a gold ball sized piece of both part A and Part B and mix these portions together. The easiest way to do this is to have a small piece of heavy cardboard, or plywood handy and mix the potion on it. This will allow you to have great access to all of the mixed portions.

You dig away as much of the decaying wood as you can and clean this as well as possible with a dry cloth. Then apply the Epoxy to the cleaned area. Epoxy is a rather thick substance, like putty that a child plays with, and you can mold it into any shape that you want. You need to work rather quickly because the Epoxy will begin to set up fairly quickly.

Once the Epoxy is in place you need to allow it time to dry completely before you can move on to the next step. Once dry you can take a file or a rasp and shape the Epoxy so that it matches the rest of the wood around it exactly. This makes it perfect to use on round columns, and intricate trim sections.

After you have shaped the Epoxy, you can then paint, and finish the area so that it matches the d├ęcor of your home.

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