Repairing the wood.

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Is there a simple and economical method in repairing these damaged wood railings (I think that’s what they are called) of a back porch area? Thank you.
q repairing the wood
Porch railing.
q repairing the wood
Porch railing.
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  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 19, 2018
    Since this is a safety item, I would replace the rotting wood. To maintain the new wood I would use an oil stain on it at least every other year to keep the wood from rotting.

  • PattyV PattyV on Apr 19, 2018
    You can always patch it, sand and then paint. This will hold out for a couple of years but eventually you will have to replace.

  • William William on Apr 19, 2018
    Beyond repair. Best to replace.

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Apr 19, 2018
    Please tell your family not to touch the railings. Terrible nasty splinters

  • Barbara Barbara on Apr 20, 2018
    The filler products are expensive and probably should be used in places where replacing boards would be difficult (window sills, garage doors, etc.) A deck railing would be an easy and fairly inexpensive replacement. We recently dug out rot on a wooden retaining wall and filled with cement that we were using elsewhere. It was easy to paint over and will buy that wall many more years.

  • Pat Justice Pat Justice on Apr 21, 2018
    Smooth it down with a wood plane and apply a clear protectant such as Flood CWF

  • Linda Cuz-Blackburn Linda Cuz-Blackburn on Apr 24, 2018
    I had the exact problem with lots of splinters. I used a belt sander to smooth the top surface then I painted on several layers of exterior wood glue (TiteBond II) until the surface was smooth. Mostly, the glue was used to fill in the low spots and in the process I applied one layer to spots that still looked good to keep the wood look. Then, I painted it with good exterior paint. It has lasted thru two wet cold winters and looks the same today as the day I did it!

  • Kim30896378 Kim30896378 on May 15, 2018
    Thank you, Linda. I will follow your suggestion. I appreciate your help.🙂