Masonite siding is a great product to use for exterior walls on your home, but it can come with some problems. One of the most common issues that homeowners have with Masonite siding is water damage due to putty failure. This article will guide you through how to repair masonite siding using putty and prevent future water damage!
The first step is to remove the loose, rotted wood from around your damaged area. Use a hammer or chisel for this task. The idea is to create an opening so that you can insert a new putty without disturbing any other areas of the house with holes in it. Now take some old newspapers and use them as padding on top of your work surface. This will keep tools clean while they dry up after being wet by paint thinner or oil-based paints.
Make sure not to touch these materials because they are toxic if inhaled or swallowed by humans or animals. Next, apply a generous amount of putty to your surface using a small, flat putty knife. You want the layer to be thick but not so stiff that it does not spread out anymore when pressed into place.
Now use some old newspapers as padding on top of your work surface and apply a generous amount of putty with a small, flat putty knife. Make sure that you don’t get too much or else it will end up cracking once dried! Test how hard/soft the material is by pressing down firmly onto one side then quickly lifting up from the other side. If there was no resistance in either direction (up or down), add more putty until this happens before filling in any holes and smoothing everything over like normal brick mortar.
Apply a generous amount of putty to your surface, using a small flat putty knife. You want the layer to be thick but not so stiff that it does not spread out anymore when pressed into place.
On top of this newspaper padding on your work surface, apply some more type of material for additional protection and stability (I like how long wooden boards provide). Make sure you have one side with plenty of old newspapers or something else protective in case there’s any splatter from the fast-drying liquid; then add another nice layer before filling in any gaps and smoothing everything over.
Now, waiting at least 24 hours-48 is even better if possible! Wipe down all surfaces where excess dried putty may still be present and let dry.
After this time, you can remove the newspaper padding from below your siding project surface and begin sanding with medium-grit sandpaper to get rid of any excess putty or rough edges that remain. Then start all over again by applying more liquid tar/putty to cover up your repair work!
What causes Masonite siding problems?
A variety of things can cause Masonite siding problems-which is why it’s always a good idea to have an exterior inspection done by professionals before deciding on any course of action. Some common suspects are heavy winds, hail storms, and even the freeze/thaw cycle that happens during wintertime!
What does curing time do?
Curing time will allow your repair work to dry out completely so that you get the maximum amount of durability in your final product without running into any other potential issues down the road (like mold or rotting). Give yourself at least 24 hours for this process! It’s better if you’re able to wait 48 hours because then you’ll be much less likely to experience leaking in between all those layers!
Before actually getting to work, you’ll need the following: a putty knife or trowel, a bucket of water, and a broom for dusting/mopping.
This is what we’re going to do with all of those items: make sure that your surfaces are clean before applying any new materials; this will help prevent old dirt from mixing in with newer repairs -apply generous amounts of the putty mixture around areas where there’s damage (you can use one fingernail and spread it across) -then take a brush and paint on some thin layers of joint compound over top of this area. After each layer has been applied, wait about 15 minutes so that everything dries out completely before putting another coat on top.
The number of coats you apply will depend on the type and severity of damage; for example, if there’s a hole in the surface then you’ll want to do more than one layer -apply each coat with a large putty knife or trowel so that it fills into any gaps between boards (don’t use your fingers since they have oils that can stain the masonite).
This is what we’re going to do afterward:
- clean up dust/moppet before applying another coat -wait about 15 minutes after putting another coat over top an area, which should give time for all previous coats to dry out completely
What are some benefits?
- Putty will fill in any gaps between boards, making them even again and more solid.
- Masonite siding can be repaired with putty instead of having to replace it altogether.
This is a great way to make your house look better without the expensive price tag! Next time you need some repairs done on your house’s exterior, use this easy technique for repairing masonite siding. Now that we’re finished repainting our home using these techniques, we’ll never have to worry about peeling paint or hard edges ever again!