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Old 04-07-2015, 11:12 AM   #1
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Exterior House Paint

Thinking about painting a house next week. It's going to be semi-shiny.

I have old redwood lap siding. What is the best exterior filler for butt joints?
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:33 AM   #2
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Thinking about painting a house next week. It's going to be semi-shiny.

I have old redwood lap siding. What is the best exterior filler for butt joints?
How much flexibility is required at the joint? Related, what's the general humidity variation where the house is located?
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:34 AM   #3
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:51 AM   #4
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The house is in San Jose, very little moisture swing.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:22 PM   #5
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I would go with bondo and a very thin amount of cream hardener. You can sculpt or sand when it's hard, but it retains some flexibility. If the cracks/gaps are big enough, use some flathead nails, with heads sticking out, to help grab the filler. The old Vics and Eds I did this on in SF have held up just fine over the last 30 years.
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Old 04-07-2015, 08:55 PM   #6
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Great, I've used bondo on interior paint grade before.

Should I paint the walls or the trim first?
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:10 PM   #7
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Great, I've used bondo on interior paint grade before.

Should I paint the walls or the trim first?
Heck, go old school... Walls first, please. Followed by trim. Window sash last of all.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:29 AM   #8
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OSI Quad or Quad Max. Pretty much the industry standard, you can get Quad at Lowe's or Home Depot. I would probably go with the Quad Max since it's more flexible. Might have to get that at a building supply though, not sure if Lowe's has it off the top of my head. Regular Quad should be just fine if that's all you can get.

I would definitely not use Bondo, as it's not waterproof. It actually absorbs water over time. Bondo is great outdoors if you can paint it on all exposed sides. However, you would have no way to paint the back side of the seam, and you would be amazed how much water gets behind siding. It's an almost guaranteed failure waiting to happen, in that particular application.

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Old 04-08-2015, 10:08 PM   #9
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OSI Quad and now Quad Max are all I've used for years. Can get it at Home Depot and most jobber paint suppliers like Sherwin Williams.
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It is almost always best to use a product as it is designed to be used. Quad and Quad Max were designed for what you want. Bondo was not.
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Hell, it's been over 25 years since I was running exterior painting jobs. Haven't seen any problems with Bondo for big gap repairs, as long as we used just minimal cream hardener. I still walk by some of those jobs...

But you guys have more recent experience, so go with that.
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Hell, it's been over 25 years since I was running exterior painting jobs. Haven't seen any problems with Bondo for big gap repairs, as long as we used just minimal cream hardener. I still walk by some of those jobs...

But you guys have more recent experience, so go with that.
Bondo....you bet! Only wall on the house I had problems with is the one I finished late in the year. Leaves were falling on me...rain filling the tarps etc....etc....! And that was 10 years ago!

Bondo wasn't even really the problem, mostly the paint adhesion.But yes some of the cracks filled with Bondo did shrink when the wood dried out and some Bondo failed but not much. Darn...I'll be riding when all that is dry enough to fix properly. Bondo of course, I just bought a gallon on sale.
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Just heard on the internet HD has a paint sale today, $5/gal off Behr Premium int/ext. I wasn't quite ready for that but.

I want to paint this house to an off white/light brown with red trim.



Should I assume 2 coats? The house is 22 x 50, how much paint should I expect to use? I will be brushing and rolling. Satin sheen for the field, semi for the trim?

Thanks, I appreciate the help.

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Spray or roller ? I would think spray is faster , no ?
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