Using wood filler on cracks on an old deck??

jane__nyOctober 18, 2008

Deck is about 20yrs old. It is sound (had it checked) and large. Pressure treated wood has many cracks in the wood which make it look old. Saw an episode on HGTV showing wood filler used to fill in the cracks before painting.

This deck is up two stories and in full sun all day. Wood is dry and cracked. We plan to put the house on the market in Spring and want to paint the deck. Would wood filler work?

Would appreciate any thoughts.

Jane

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john_hyatt

Dont do it Jane...for a lot of reasons. Most of those shows should require a permit from one of us before anyone watches or belives what they say. J.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 4:52PM
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brooklyndecks

Jane,

That would work as well as putting a bandaid on a bullet wound.

steve

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 5:34PM
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aidan_m

If you already bought the "Magic Putty" from the TV commercial sold by that Guido guy who sells all the orange cleaners and other stuff, go ahead and try that.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 4:34PM
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john_hyatt

YOOOOOOOOOOOO Man Aidan that was cold!! JohnMon geting Major grins!!!! J.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2008 at 11:13PM
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jane__ny

Okay, I get the hint. The show was about getting a house spruced up for sale. One of the things the decorator did was spread wood filler in the cracks. Got the whole family out on the deck spreading wood filler. She was saying it was a great hint to make an old deck look new. Then they painted the deck dark brown. Looked good to me.

Jane

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 10:35PM
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concretenprimroses

My dh did something similar on our porch many years ago (water based putty) and it all fell out. Then four years ago he used duct mastic on our upstairs screened in porch floor and it has held up great through NH winters. 'Course he also painted the floor after. Duct mastic is made to withstand lots of expanding and contracting. We are going to use it on our two downstairs porches in the next year or 2 as we continue to fix them up. Porches get more protection than decks, especially screened in ones, so I'm not sure how it would translate to you, Jane.
kathy

    Bookmark   October 21, 2008 at 10:47PM
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john_hyatt

Jane its a Contractor thing I am thinking. For my part I hae been out on service calls from the Wallet that bought a house where the last owner had done something like that.

They are plenty mad.I mean really reallly mad.

It would be better if you just put a coat of finish on that deck, that is better for your customer, of course if you dont care and let the buyer beware is the goal you probley could get away with latex caulk and heavey bodied paint. Then in a very short time all that caulk is pushed up taking the paint with it the thing looks like hammered poo poo (see how good im being ?? ) and someone like me gets a call to fix it. I give them a bid,get yelled at and scooted off the yard. Then when this new owner goes to sell something he remembers this, pulls the same thing on one of his buyers.

Worst case so far>> 200 ft of lamanated curved benches around a pool, the whole look is centered/picture framed around these benches they also acted as a rail against the 8' drop behind them. They are also completley rotted out. HO hires painter who glues them back together with latex and white paint. Bang Bang I get a call because the new lady owner sat on them one time, $12,000 dollars later they look steller but this lady now caries a glock just hopping for a lucky shot.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2008 at 8:51AM
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jane__ny

Okay John, I wouldn't do such a thing. Deck is sound, just looks dry and cracked. I've decided to paint it dark brown and leave it be. If I had the money, I'd have it sanded because its a beautiful deck - except for the dryness.

Jane

    Bookmark   October 26, 2008 at 2:12AM
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tommyw

Well Jane it can be done. I have done it successfully. I patched my decks cracks with Bondo and then sanded the surface with a belt sander. After that I applied two coats of a solid color stain (similiar to paint). The decks get full sun and full exposure to the elements. It has held up well after five years.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2008 at 4:08PM
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