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How to Repair a Hole on a Wood Surface

Skill:  Intermediate DIY'er

Refresh your house with a fresh coat of paint.  Make sure to repair any holes in your wood surfaces first.

For Best Results:

Refer to our how-to for step-by-step techniques.

 
Suggested Supplies
  • Ladder
  • Patching Material
  • Protective Apparel
  • Putty Knife
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper (100, 220 Grit)
  • Vinyl Gloves
Suggested Products
  1. Step 1

    Using 100-grit sandpaper, lightly sand any raised or rough edges around the hole. Remove any dust or debris from the area with a lightly water-dampened rag.

  2. Step 2

    Using a putty knife, spread a thin layer of patching material into the hole. Allow it to dry.

    TIP:
    To create an even surface, always smooth out (feather) the patching material 1"-2" beyond the repaired area.
  3. Step 3

    Use 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the patched area and make it even with the surface.

    TIP:
    If shrinking of the patching material occurs, lightly sand and clean the area and apply additional layers of patching material as needed.
  4. Step 4

    Remove any final dust or debris from the finished repair.