Bruce W. Maki,
My original task was to repaint the door jambs on this house.
After sanding the loose paint (the primer did not seem to bond well)
I noticed that all 6 patio doors in this house had some degree of
rot damage in the lower parts of their jambs.
||I used a chisel to scrape away the soft, rotted
|It just keeps going: At first the rot
looked superficial, but it actually went in quite deep.
||The first epoxy product: LiquidWood® by Abatron,
|I mixed equal parts of the two ingredients in a
paper cup and brushed it on the wood that had only minor water
||This center section between the fixed and
swinging doors had to be dried before I could continue.
|Abatron's WoodEpox® product, an excellent
filler. I mixed equal parts in a paper cup.
||WoodEpox is applied with a putty knife.
|After hardening, I used a sharp knife to shave
away excess epoxy.
||A Surform tool is effective at smoothing the
hardened epoxy. A rasp or coarse file would also work.
|I shaped the epoxy until it was smooth and flush
with the original wood. This material is similar to auto body
||The jamb after being primed and painted.
Notes On Working With Abatron's Products:
Abatron recommends using
LiquidWood first, to penetrate the wood softened by rot (but still
intact), and then following that with their WoodEpox as a filler for
voids. The wood must be dry.
I have used WoodEpox by itself with excellent results. It seems
to harden in a few hours if it is kept warm, 70 to 90 degrees. In
the above example, I used an electric heater to warm the area, even
though it was outdoors and the temperature was in the 50's.
I have had less success with their LiquidWood product. It
definitely soaks into the wood, but it takes a long time to harden,
even when warmed. I have been tempted to try more heat (the
heat gun can reach 1000 degrees) but I notice bubbling when
LiquidWood gets too hot. Excess heat will likely cause some
degradation in the epoxy.
Their instructions do not specify exactly how hard LiquidWood
needs to be. My biggest problem has been the inability to sand the
epoxy when it is still tacky. But I suspect that the tackiness would
not be a problem if the LiquidWood was covered with their WoodEpox
product (in other words, the treatment was not on the finished
surface of the wood).
I have used LiquidWood outdoors and let it cure for several days
to a week, at around 70 degrees. It gradually loses it's tackiness
during that time span. This fact makes it difficult to use here in
Northern Michigan, essentially limiting it's use to the summer
See an article about using wood filler blocks
to repair severe rot damage on a similar door jamb.
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- 1 Inch Chisel, Hammer
- Putty Knife, Paint Brush
- Heat Gun or Electric
- Surform Tool or Rasp
- WoodEpox Epoxy Wood Filler
- LiquidWood Wood Hardener