I posted on the other HGTV board, but maybe some of you here can help?
On our South windows (original to the late 50's house)we have a sill board that sits on the brick & has nearly all the paint peeled off clean to the raw wood. The rest of the exterior window frame (sides and top) has paint intact and looks fine. We had these painted about 4 years ago.
This is the area that is always exposed to sun/weather. The wood is extremely dry, but not spongey nor rotted. What do you think is the best prep after scraping/sanding? Would a liquid wood hardener be good to use, prior to a primer? What type of primer is best in your experience?
(Linseed oil, was the old cure for dry wood prior to a coat of oil primer)
Any suggestions or experience with this type of an issue? Thanks!
Best thing I can think of is Kilz. But I'm not a painter, I do it only under duress.
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I talked to the DH of a good friend yesterday who does all kinds of building/remodeling and wood working. He suggested just sanding the bare wood smooth, and painting on Linseed oil (diluted with 2 parts thinner) on the wood, and allowing it to soak in/dry for several days. Then use an oil base primer (I think I still have some solvent based white Kilz in a small can).
Will give that a shot anyway.