Without gainsaying, the first step to repairing wood rot in your home as an amateur is to assemble your tools before commencing other tasks. Gathering your tools before commencing the job helps reduce the possibilities of having to stop halfway through the task to go get wood repair tools in the shop or in the garage. Stopping halfway through the task is something you want to avoid especially when there are procedures which you need to follow successively, and which may be distorted if you pause. Some of the important tools to gather are; epoxy resin, wood hardener and filler, paintbrush, putty knife, sanding block, rasp, wood chisel, utility knife, polyester filler and 100 grit. In addition, a shop vac will be an asset for clean-up.
Prior to the application of wood hardener and filler, first remove the rotten area of the wood with a sharp tool in order to stop the spread of the rot to the new areas of the wood which would be the foundation for the wood repair. After that, cover the area with the wood hardener and apply the mixed polyester wood filler into the corners and crevices using a putty knife. If you are on a tight budget, you can opt for the Bondo wood filler or some other product of wood filler or two-part auto body epoxy which are also guaranteed to work well.
Using epoxy resin as an alternative for new wood repairs is a great idea. This would save you reasonably on the cost for procuring wood and save you the stress of having to replace the wood. You can select from a wide range of options of epoxy variants for filling rotting spots on wooden platforms. The epoxy resin product comes in a liquid form which eventually hardens when it dries. Epoxy adhesion is compatible to almost anything including wood, however, it is advisable to use it only on surfaces of rotted or rotten wood that is not necessarily hanging. This is because the epoxy can ooze out from a hanging wood like a door. When this filling has been applied, the surface should be allowed to dry in a temperate and dry environment. Also remember to protect your hands with Nitrite Rubber gloves when applying the Epoxy resin filling.
After patching your rotted wood repair you’ll want to final finish it off like a pro. First, sand the wood patch smooth. Use the look AND feel to blend the wood repair. Next, make sure the area is clean and dust free before beginning the primer application. This wood repair is considered a “hot patch”, primer is a must. Make sure to use the appropriate wood repair primer.
Finishing the Wood Repair
After sanding and cleaning the wood repair a good latex acrylic paint works well. In most cases wood repairs will require 2 coats of finish paint. With the finish coats you will be able to blend the repair with surrounding areas.