Learn Some Simple Steps To Repair Holes In A Wooden Garage Door

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If you hit your wooden garage door with your car and small holes are visible on its surface, learn how to fill them with epoxy putty. Once finished, add a coat of stain and varnish over the repaired areas so that the door is restored to its original condition. 

Use The Following Items

  • electric sander
  • low and high grit sandpaper
  • lint free cloths
  • tack cloth
  • exterior wood stain
  • exterior varnish
  • tube of epoxy putty
  • caulking gun
  • rubber gloves
  • water hose
  • scrub brush
  • mild detergent
  • water

​Clean And Sand The Damaged Areas

Secure the door so that it does not accidentally open while you are fixing it. Remove debris from inside and around the holes in the door with a scrub brush and soapy water. Rinse off the door with a water hose after all of the dirt has been removed. Once the door dries, sand the damaged wood with an electric sander and low grit paper. Move the sander with the grain of the wood. Follow up with a piece of high grit paper. Wipe the door's surface off with a tack cloth to remove any residue left behind by the sandpaper.

Fill In The Holes And Add A Coat Of Wood Stain And Varnish

Place a tube of epoxy putty in a caulking gun. Insert the tip of the gun in each hole and squeeze the trigger until they are full. Wait for the epoxy to dry for several hours. Lightly sand the repaired areas until they are level with the rest of the door. Remove debris from the door by rubbing a tack cloth over the surface. Put a pair of rubber gloves on your hands and dip a lint free cloth into exterior wood stain that matches the color of the garage door. Apply the stain to the epoxy filled holes by rubbing the cloth over them.

After the stain dries, apply another coat of stain if the repaired areas do not appear to be as dark as the rest of the door. Once the stain has dried, apply a coat of exterior varnish over it with another cloth. The varnish will protect the epoxy filled surfaces and will prevent the stain from fading or peeling. Your garage door will no longer have any visible damage. Epoxy putty is designed to last for years and will not shrink or allow water to penetrate the surface of the garage door. 

If, however, the damage on your garage door is too expensive, contact a professional repair service, like Plano Overhead Garage Door, to arrange a time for them to repair your door for you.

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