What to use to cover nail heads and fill holes?

Just replaced some exterior soffit and fascia. What's best for covering nail heads and filling the holes before painting? Thanks.
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If you've used galv. nails and hammered them flush, you don't need any filler - just paint with universal primer, then exterior acrylic. The heads will barely show. If used common nails or uncoated nails, practically any filler will eventually pop out or dislodge, once the metal begins rusting and expanding, making a worse outcome than skipping the filler altogether. I also find it handy, if later repairs are needed, to *not* have filled countersunk nails, so one can see the attachment points, and use pry bar at correct point, with less damage to wood. Roger

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On Thu, 23 Aug 2007 11:31:03 -0700, "Roger Taylor" <sherryrogeratcomcastdotnet> wrote:
: :> Just replaced some exterior soffit and fascia. What's best for :> covering nail heads and filling the holes before painting? Thanks. : :If you've used galv. nails and hammered them flush, you don't need any :filler - just paint with universal primer, then exterior acrylic. The heads :will barely show. :If used common nails or uncoated nails, practically any filler will :eventually pop out or dislodge, once the metal begins rusting and :expanding, making a worse outcome than skipping the filler altogether. :I also find it handy, if later repairs are needed, to *not* have filled :countersunk nails, so one can see the attachment points, and use pry bar at :correct point, with less damage to wood. :Roger
That's interesting. I just purchased a box of very small nails to attach thin trim strips to my garage door, whose plywood I'm replacing. The nails are 1/2" brads, ungalvanized (I didn't see any galvanized, although I could have bought brass for a lot more money). I figured I'd use Plastic Wood to fill the holes before prime/paint. Maybe I'll leave the countersunk heads instead.
I was going to use Fixall for imperfections until I read the label and it said that paint would eventually fall off the stuff when it had absorbed moisture.
Dan
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