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Seal or Prime Bare Exterior Wood?

Posted by snikcilla (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 29, 09 at 19:54

I have a small exterior porch of regular bare wood (not pressure treated). The tops and sides of the boards have been primed and painted with latex paint.

The bottom of the boards are still bare and I want to "treat" them. Should I seal them? Or prime them? Or something else?

(Last time they were primed and painted, the rain leaked(?) through and caused the latex paint to develop hanging bubbles of water (hanging down from porch planks.) So I am hesitant to put latex primer and paint on the underside of new bare wood again.

What would you suggest?

Thank you.


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RE: Seal or Prime Bare Exterior Wood?

"(Last time they were primed and painted, the rain leaked(?) through and caused the latex paint to develop hanging bubbles of water (hanging down from porch planks.) So I am hesitant to put latex primer and paint on the underside of new bare wood again."

What are "hanging bubbles of water?"

Do you mean the water leaked through and dripped off the bottom?
That would be expected.


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RE: Seal or Prime Bare Exterior Wood?

Well the rain got underneath / inside of the multiple coats of latex paint (rolled to the underside of the board) and caused the paint to stretch out and form a pocket full of water!

The latex paint streched out like a balloon and collected the water, so I had paint pockets filled with water hanging off the underside of my porch. (Which is the second floor entrance porch, so you could walk underneath and see what was happening.)

Any thoughts on eliminating this with a different kind of coating / sealer would be appreciated. Thanks.


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RE: Seal or Prime Bare Exterior Wood?

How wet was the wood before painting?
If it was pressure treated it needs to dry out before painting since it gets saturated with water during treatment. That is why pressure treated wood is so heavy when purchased.

If the paint job was thorough, the next place to look is end grain.
It will soak up water and wick it into the wood a pretty decent distance.

For exterior wood that will be painted you can saturate the end grain with Minwax wood hardener till a gloss barely develops, then prime and paint.
It works very well on thinner sections that can rot and warp more.

I replaced 5 year old 1x6 corner boards on a house that had rotted at the butt joints between boards (3 stories on the back of the house).
After 15 years the replaced wood is still doing fine.


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