Often the best solution for rotted wood trim elements is to repair them with epoxy fillers. Specifically, a filler formulated to expand and contract with the wood. Any filler that cannot do this is going to come loose eventually.
Using the consolidants formulated that strengthen remaining wood fibers in adjacent material and the correct fillers, it is possible to create repairs that retain (or restore) structural integrity to supporting and decorative elements. These photos show the process.
The first step is to remove any remaining wood that is loose, followed by application of a wood consolidant to restore structural integrity to deteriorated wood fibers around the area of loss. Next, the two-part epoxy is mixed and applied, filling the voids and being shaped approximately in the form needed. Once cured, it is sanded to the final shape. Once painted, the repair disappears.
The leading manufacturer of these fillers, Abatron, sells directly to the public through mail order and major online retailers.
This and other approaches to repairing rotted wood are covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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