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Please assist me repair my fireplace pit desk

Hey all-
We bought this hearth pit desk final yr and sadly after sitting out within the winter (I ought to have coated it however uncared for to take action), it is come out wanting fairly diseased.

I’m uncertain what materials it is fabricated from, however it seems to be to me prefer it’s gypsum- however possibly you guys can right me. I am hoping to patch up the locations the place the desk has gouges/holes, after which additionally paint it with one thing that is a bit extra climate sturdy.

Are you able to advocate how I can repair this? Additionally- what paint is acceptable for this utility? We discovered the rustoleum stone paints which we actually like- however uncertain if it will cope with the warmth near the fireplace insert rather well.


Thanks upfront!!

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Comments ( 4 )

  1. Personally, I would remove the damaged frame and sand it down so the whole thing is gray. Then I would reassemble it and put the cover on it next year.

  2. I would skim coat it with stucco and change it to a faux stone finish. The fake wood is not fixable.

  3. I’d try tile mortar to fill holes. It feathers fairly well and should hold up to weather. Another option would be 2 part epoxy wood filler. I have used that at bottom of pillars to repair damage. The epoxy is sandable so might allow better finish.

    You need to make sure you seal it up good. The damage looks like moisture got absorbed and then froze causing the flakes popping out.

  4. Assuming you’re somewhere where it freezes, as this is what fiber cement looks like when it absorbs water and freezes, causing chunks to pop off.

    If you repair it, you’ll need to completely seal it to prevent any water from soaking under the finish and freezing again. The issue is most of the water proofing materials are not rated for the heat of a fire pit.

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