Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Donnie's busy trying to get the front porch posts completed and has the turning on one of the last two reconstructed and ready to go.  There is still some work to be done on the bottom run of the post, but the turnings are the tedious part.  Looks fab!  So that's the good part.
The bottoms of some of the posts he worked on earlier needed investigating since they cracked where the new pieces were joined with the original post.  This is what he found behind the paint:
Ouch!  This was a repair that is only about 2 years old!  What we've discovered is that contrary to popular belief, you cannot successfully use car bondo on wood.  It just doesn't work out that well and pops off or cracks within a couple of months.  Part of what we're doing around here is getting an education.  We are eventually learning what works and what just doesn't.  One important lesson learned is that no matter how much more difficult it is to work with, how long it takes to cure, and how difficult it is to mold into the shape you need once it's cured, the 2 part epoxy wood bondo is the only way to go.

So, once this post is dry through and through we know how to fix it to make it last.  Another thing I think we will start incorporating with new wood repairs will be to seal until it won't soak up another drop of sealer, every exposed part of the replacement piece.  This is a mighty big house to have to be replacing the repairs before you're even done with the area that is being repaired.  I think Donnie is thoroughly disgusted.  Ya live, ya learn.

The ugly part is that oil based paint is getting to be really hard to come by.  We've been using high gloss on the trim and green body of the house and all that can be had in a gloss is a metal paint which we have been told is the same as wood paint and will hold up as well.  I hope that's true.  The only problem is that the red we were out of needed to be color matched which of course didn't exactly match what we had been using.  Needless to say, all of the red trim areas that were completed had to be repainted so that everything matched.  All in all, there's a lot of getting nowhere going on.  Such is life.

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