The Rot Doctor


Subject: 36 chevy with lots of wood
Date: Sun, 08 Aug 1999

I have 2 rear doors with wood framing which have dry rot. The wood is very soft and flakey. It sounds like your wood treatment would be a good fix. I need to make the wood more rigid and eventually accept the upholstery screws. As you can tell I really am not explaining this to well but I tried. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank You very much Geoff.


I thought you explained it very well!

You're right, a couple of applications of our CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer) on your door ought to solidify them very nicely. Just make sure the wood is dry and then apply the CPES generously, allowing the wood to absorb all it can. Let a couple of days go by and then do it again, although the second application will take much less CPES. They should take screws without difficulty after the epoxy has cured (allow several days).

The CPES will give the wood the same coloration as a coat of clear varnish, and indeed varnish can be applied very nicely over the CPES-treated wood after the epoxy has cured.

Do this carefully! CPES is a very powerful mix, and you don't want to spill it on upholstery or anything in the car. Plastic sheet and tape off anything you want to protect. Make sure you do this with good cross ventilation (or wear a respirator capable of filtering organic fumes) and make sure there is no open flame around.