I try to keep up a very old house. The exterior window sills which are most
exposed to the elements have become not exactly spongy, but a little soft --
so that even a fingernail leaves an indention, and they don't hold paint
I'm presently repainting them. Is there anything I could do to make the
paint hold better?
I am considering putting on several coats of Kilz, practically soaking the
wood with an oil-based primer. Will this do any good?
Or is replacement the only choice?
Soft wood = rotted wood. You could use one of the penetrating epoxies
(such as Git-Rot) to firm it up. Soaking with a primer - or even
linseed oil - won't make it any harder.
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If the wood is rot, then replacement is the best choice. I've removed
a sill that appeared to be rotted on one end, but after removal of the
sill the (water) damage was much more extensive. After fixing the
water leak problem I replaced the sill. A good primer and exterior
paint will protect the sill for many years.
I have kelp up an old Victorian home built in 1917, and I can tell you that
once the wood goes soft, read that rots, it's less work and cheaper in the
long run to replace the bad wood before the rot spreads to other parts of the
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