Patching wood siding


Old 11-24-14, 10:34 AM
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Patching wood siding

Hi everyone,

we purchased a home with no insulation (!) in the walls so I have a guy coming in to do the blown-in cellulose routine from the outside. We have wood siding all around the house. I've got the paint matched up already, and I'm just curious as to the best way to patch up the holes.

The contractor said he will drill about a quarter-sized hole, blow in the insulation, then put a plug in and cover it with putty. It is up to me to clean and paint (saves us money).

I'm guessing regular putty is probably ok since it is covering the plug and will be covered by outdoor paint. What kind of things should I be aware of when touching up the siding?

Thanks in advance!

Old 11-24-14, 10:42 AM
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Sand it smooth and put an oil based primer on the plug and any other bare wood before painting.
Old 11-24-14, 02:25 PM
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Do you have smooth or rough sawn siding?

Depending on how well the plug fit, I'd probably use caulking. If you use any wood filler - make sure it's rated for exterior use! The filler gets primed along with any raw wood.

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