The struggle of fixing wood rot often poses a challenge to people who do not have the budget capacity to hire professionals or the experience to handle it by themselves. However, they may want to take on the task on their own and encounter hiccups in the process. It is for these people that we bring this step-by-step tutorial on how to do it yourself and still get the professional result. Here are a few steps to take when fixing wood rot using epoxy resin in your home by yourself.
Gather the Right Tools: The first step to fixing wood rot in your home as an amateur is to assemble your tools before commencing.
Gathering your tools before commencing the job helps reduce the possibilities of having to stop halfway through the task to go get some things in the shop or in the garage. Stopping halfway through the task is something you want to avoid especially when there are procedures which you need to follow successively, and which may be distorted if you pause.
Some of the important tools to gather are; epoxy resin, wood hardener and filler, paintbrush, putty knife, sanding block, rasp, wood chisel, utility knife, wire brush, polyester filler and 100 grit sandpaper.
Finishing Off the Wood Repair: Once your epoxy is applied and starts to harden; drag a wire brush through the patched area in the same direction as the wood grain. This will allow you to mimic the wood grain on your patch, instead of seeing a “flat” patched spot. Be deliberate; this effect will soften after sanding and priming.
Final Note: Always be sure to prime the epoxy patch before applying a high-grade paint; these are considered “hot patches”. You don't want your paint finish to fail later.