Wood filler to patch deck splits/cracks?

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Old 06-18-04, 06:27 AM
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Question Wood filler to patch deck splits/cracks?

I was wondering if it is a good idea to fill in the very minor cracks or splits on the deck floor and bannister using wood filler. This of course would be done after cleaning/stripping on the deck. The cracks are no wider than 10 sheets of notebook paper thick. But length wise, a couple of feet to several feet. I don't want to flip the boards or replace because I feel they are still in good condition.

Currently there is Behr Semi-Transparent stain on the deck which the stain is 2 years old. I plan to strip the stain and power wash 1600 psi. Let dry for a couple days and apply the wood filler in the cracks. Let dry, sand (80 or 100 grit), wipe the dust, and stain with Sikkens.

Does anybody know a reason not to use wood filler? And what kind of wood filler to use?

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Ronnie
 
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Old 06-18-04, 07:22 AM
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Wood filler probably won't hold, it will eventually pop out.
And, most fillers won't accept stain properly, it will end up looking worse than the cracks themselves.

IMHO,
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Old 06-21-04, 11:31 AM
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So it's sounds like there is only two alternatives: 1. replace the floor boards and bannister or, 2) flip them if not in bad condition.

Thanks again Fred for your advice!

Ronnie
 
 

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