Drill a series of holes, with a 1/4-inch drill bit, into the rotted area to assess the depth of the rot. Chip out all of the rotted wood at the base of the column with the tip of the putty knife.
Brush the rotted area vigorously with a wire brush to remove all of the remaining rotted wood. Always brush with the grain of the wood to prevent scratching the area surrounding the rot.
Brush on an even coat of epoxy primer, using a natural bristle brush. Allow the primer to dry for up to one week. Drying time will vary based on weather conditions.
Fill the repair area with epoxy fill using a putty knife to sculpt and smooth the filler to the shape of the column. Allow the filler to dry for 24 to 72 hours or until the filler is completely hard. The drying time will vary based on the weather.
Sand the epoxy filler to achieve a seamless repair, using 120-grit sandpaper.
Apply an even coat of exterior primer to the repair with a paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry for at least four hours. Brush on two coats of exterior paint. Allow four hours between coats.
Things You Will Need
- Drill bit, 1/4 inch
- Putty knife
- Wire brush
- Epoxy primer
- Natural bristle brush
- Epoxy filler
- Exterior primer
- Exterior paint
- Keep the paint on your porch columns and posts well maintained to help prevent rot.