Can I skim coat exterior wood trim?

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Old 05-24-06, 06:10 PM
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Can I skim coat exterior wood trim?

Can I skim coat exterior wood trim? If so, what product should I use? I have exterior vinyl spackle, but the directions say in bold capital letters that it is not recommended for a skim coat.
 
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Old 05-24-06, 06:22 PM
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You should be able to skim over the wood just leaving filler in the cracks and such. Personally I don't think it is a good idea to use a lot of exterior spackle. I don't remember the brand but the exterior spackle in a yellow/gold [?] can is superior to most other exterior spackles. In the can it is off white instead of the standard white.

Why are you wanting to do a lot of patching on the exterior. You will have a longer lasting job if you can sand away most of the need for filler.
 
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Well, I would rather scrap/sand the trim - it's a better way to go. But, there's a lot of trim with peeling and weather damaged paint (grooves in the grain). The customers just want the house to look good for sale. They don't care about a long-lasting job.
 
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Old 05-24-06, 07:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Wannabe-A-Pro
. They don't care about a long lasting job.

I always hated that type of work, doesn't help your reputation much either but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Any paycheck is better than no paycheck
 
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Yeah, I like to do things right. But, I got to pay the bills. Thanks for the help!
 
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Forgot to mention this earlier - my thinking cap was on crooked Be sure to get a disclaimer incase the house doesn;t sell quick and there are any paint failures due to lack of proper prep.
 
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Good point. Thanks!
 
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Originally Posted by marksr
I don't remember the brand but the exterior spackle in a yellow/gold [?] can is superior to most other exterior spackles.
I found an exterior spackle made by Muralo (blue and orange can).

The manufacturer says it can be used as patch, putty, caulk and glazing, and can be used to smooth alligatored and peeling paint. However, sanding the spackle is not recommended, so you need to lay it down very smoothly.
 
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