Filling Large Holes In Exterior Wood: Easy Ways To Fill Large Holes


Easy Ways To Fill Large Holes In Exterior Wood

The wood can be very easily damaged and will create a large hole. Whether the item is a wooden wall or a piece of furniture, the user can easily repair it with the help of some craft sticks and wood filler. The user can do that by following the below-described ways:

Way 1: Craft Sticks

  1. Gather The Materials: The first step is to gather the material like solvent-based wood filler and oil-based primer as well as paint if the item is placed outdoors. The user will also need the craft sticks, disposable plates, PVA glue, 120-grit sandpaper, wood glue, and the paintbrushes or rollers.
  2. Glue Craft Sticks: To cover up the hole together glue down the craft sticks. The craft sticks will provide support for applying the wood filler. The user needs to inspect the size of the hole and then decide how many craft sticks will be needed to cover it. For instance, if a hole can be filled down by 4 craft sticks, then lay them on the flat surface side by side. Simply pour wood glue on the back of the 4 craft sticks. Place 4 other craft sticks on top of the first 4 which is glued as this will create a strong layer that is stuck together strongly.
  3. Place The Craft: Now its time to place the craft sticks on the backside of the hole and secure the sticks with the help of wood glue. Apply the glue all around the border of the hole. Lay down the craft sticks on the side from which they won't be seen from.

Way 2: Wood Filler

  1. Mix: Mix the wood filler with the help of a craft stick on a disposable paper plate. Follow the instructions on the wood filler. The directions vary that depends on the manufacturer. It's advisable not to mix a large amount of wood filler. A small amount of wood filler will do the job. Once the filler turns orange-brown in color means it is fully mixed.
  2. Apply The Wood Filler: Once the wood filler is mixed well, apply it quickly. Apply the wood filler to the affected area with another craft stick or with a putty knife. The wood filler should be level with the rest of the area and even as well.
  3. Let Filler Dry: Leave the filler to dry for almost an hour before sanding with the 120-grit sandpaper on it. After the filler is dry, start rubbing it with 120-grit sandpaper. The user needs to apply a fair amount of pressure while rubbing the filler using the sandpaper. Keep sanding until it's flush with the rest of the wood.
  4. Cleaning: After the above step is done, then take a cloth to clean the area and remove all the sanding dust. The user might need to wipe the area for a couple of times if the hole is large or if a lot of filler is used.

Way 3: Priming And Paint

  1. Primer: Apply a primer to the wood as the Primer makes it very easier for the paint to adhere to the surface strongly. The user can use a roller to prime a wall or use a paintbrush for the smaller objects. Let the primer to fully dry.
  2. Apply The Paint: Once the primer is fully dry then apply the first coat of paint to the wood. Use a paintbrush or simply roller to apply the first coat to the wood. The rollers will work best on the walls as well as on other flat surfaces. Let the first coat dry completely. Then apply the second coat of paint to the wooden surface.
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