When they built our back porch, they
countersunk the nails, then puttied, and painted.
Over the years, the putty has "popped out" of the holes.
It's time to fill the holes and paint.
What should I use ?
A tube of "liquid nails" ?
Silicone caulk ? ( tough to paint over )
It's gotta stick in the holes,
be weather resistant
A latex or siliconized latex should be fine. Heck, you're going to paint over
it...it doesn't have to be fancy. However, if you insist on being fancy one of
the butyl caulks would also do the trick (pain in the ass to work with, 'tho,
and, IMHO, overkill in your situation).
Putty popped out of the holes? Maybe that's the
problem someone used putty.
Come on, it is the same as any other regular
caulking job on the outside of a house. Use
siliconized latex (25 years stuff). It doesn't
have to be weather resistant; you are painting
For that I'd go with a paintable latex that cleans up with water but
don't do it if there is a chance of rain! :-(
These folks also have some pretty good products, but it's overkill for
what you need: http://www.rotdoctor.com /
Be sure that the 'putty' didn't pop because the nails are pulling out. Use
a nail set or a punch and tap on the nails to see if they have worked loose
in which case I would pound them home and then install a countersunk screw
nest to the nail. Then, caulk over both with one of the aforementioned
paintable caulks or exterior spackle (didn't know about that one - 'thanks'
to the submitter)
Just remember, whenever you are using caulk, do not flirt with women
that walk past your work. There was a painter arrested, because he
yelled to a woman walking down the sidewalk
"Hey babe, wanna see my caulk".........
She replied with a definate "NO WAY"
Then he said
"Just come on over here babe, and I'll let you stroke my gun"........
Minutes later the painter was arrested !!!!
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