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Repairing painted porch railing and posts

Hey guys - wanted to solicit some input here. My front porch railings are in need of minor repair and repainting. They are basically three 4x4 posts with some basic carpentry paneling and a handrail between two of the posts. Some of the paneling pieces are slightly cracked, so I'm planning to sand everything down, repair the cracks and repaint.

For filler, am I better off using regular filler, bondo, or something more specialized? It will all be repainted with severe weather white exterior latex.

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Hey guys - wanted to solicit some input here. My front porch railings are in need of minor repair and repainting. They are basically three 4x4 posts with some basic carpentry paneling and a handrail between two of the posts. Some of the paneling pieces are slightly cracked, so I'm planning to sand everything down, repair the cracks and repaint.

For filler, am I better off using regular filler, bondo, or something more specialized? It will all be repainted with severe weather white exterior latex.

Thanks!
Hi I usually just fill cracks with regular Elmers wood filler, exterior rated. Prime with a good oil base primer and paint with a decent exterior latex paint. If you can't get oil base paint in your area, Zinsser 1-2-3 is a pretty good latex base exterior primer.

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I often use bondo also but I know its not formulated for wood and probably doesn't have the duty life it should. There are epoxy fillers that is formulated for exterior wood. You might want to read this. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-...171567,00.html
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Thank you both! I was a little wary of bondo, so good to know that the regular exterior filler should do the trick - I'll give that a shot first.
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