The Cross House

Painting a Historic House…Historically. PART IX

See the big gable? See the green trim on the side, to the right of the all-seeing eye?


This is the trim, pre-painting. It was laced with fissures. These had been repaired about a decade ago. But the fix did not take. The damage was caused by water getting in under the edge of the roof shingles. And this issue was also not fixed. I considered replacing the trim board, but was very long, and very difficult to remove. Instead, I decided to repair it via…


…this, a well-known product. However, is is ESSENTIAL that the wood filler be used with…


…this. The two are designed to go together, but people often do not use the latter. The hardener is a liquid, and you just pour it on, or apply it to the damaged wood. It soaks in and consolidates the wood fibers (after the damaged area is wire-brushed and carefully cleaned out). THEN you apply the filler.


AFTER. No trace of damage. And I could retain the historic trim. I also fixed the cause of the problem. So, crossing my fingers, this is a fix which will last. Oh, I could not do a perfect “match-up” image because I removed the upper story of scaffolding before taking the After image. So, this image was taken from down lower.





4 Responses to Painting a Historic House…Historically. PART IX

  1. Wood hardener, I never used it and wondered why I had to redo the repairs over and over again. Thank you so much for the tip. I’m going to buy some this week and pour that stuff over all my repairs ,mostly window sills.

  2. Ross, I am so glad that you shared this! I have a bunch of window sills and trim to restore soon, and was debating on repair or replace, and there are so many products out there…

  3. I’ve repaired a lot of cracked and rotted wood on our house, including window sashes, using a similar approach. I haven’t used the Minwax products, but epoxy consolidant, epoxy glue, and epoxy paste filler from Rot Doctor. The first repairs I’ve made are going on 4 years, and still look like the day I painted them.

    And yes, glad you identified the source of the moisture. Without repairing that, no repair is going to last.

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