wood deck problems - Knowledgebase Question

North plainfield, Ne
Question by mzonowith
June 3, 2010
We replaced boards on our deck last year.The lumber was No. 1 premium however the quality was far from being premium. We have holes in almost every board. The holes were filled last year and deck was stained. The stain peeled and wood filler did not hold up. After sanding the deck what do we do now and what product do we use to fill the holes and get an even stain on the boards?

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2010


You can use wood putty or wood filler. They come in a *handy* pencil form, or in a tub like spackle or drywall mud. Fill your holes, let it set, then sand it. Some are already pigmented. If so, be sure to match the stain if your deck is stained, or at least get close to the color. Fill the holes, sand them after it sets, then wait about 2 days and sand it again because the filler will slightly swell. You can then stain your deck or paint it. Or, you can cut out the boards with the holes and replace the area with a fresh piece of wood, then stain the deck. You'll barely notice where the new wood has been installed. Good luck with your project.

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