I'm in a 40 year old home with what I believe is cedar siding. Some of
the nails are showing rust through the paint.
Can I simply countersink them 1/8 to 1/4 inch, fill with an exterior
spackle, sand, then prep and paint the exterior as normal? On
examination the heads of the nails appear to be in good shape (IOW,
there doesn't appear to be serious corrosion).
<< Can I simply countersink them 1/8 to 1/4 inch, fill with an exterior
spackle, sand, then prep and paint the exterior as normal? >>
For a permanent fix, pull the nails out, replace with stainless steel ring
shank nails or SS screws.Since the problem will be more prevalent on the lower
courses, the proper repair shouldn't be too time consuming. There several kinds
of effective nail pullers on the market, mostly found at old-fashioned hardware
stores. Good luck.
painting is like wrapping your house in a condem. as long as the outer
shell holds, and nothing damaging is trapped under it like moisture, whats
under it will hold. little primer in the hole, followed by some latex
caulk, followed by two coats of primer and two coats of paint (what i
consider 'normal' for an exterior paint job) will take care of it plenty
whats more important is to secure the siding so it cannot move. that said
you should probably pull them and replace with screws, and follow the above
The siding is solid, it's only a few nails that are staining through
Nail pullers I've got. ;-)
Painted, but I haven't tested for latex vs oil.
Thanks for the advice, folks. Looks like I'll pull the offenders,
replace with SS, prime the gouged holes, caulk, and then proceed later
this year with a proper exterior paint job.
Appreciate the assistance.
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