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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

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.

Step 2

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

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

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

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

Remove any final dust or debris from the finished repair.