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Filling In A Dented Portion Of Your Wooden Garage Door Panel

by Wade Black

If one of your children accidentally hit your wooden garage door with a baseball, it most likely left a small dented area that put the wood in a flawed state. Making a repair to a wood panel in your garage door's exterior can be done on your own with the help of a few simple materials. Take a look at the following tips to fill in a dent in your wooden garage door yourself so it is no longer visible.

Determine The Magnitude Of Work To Be Done

If the garage door was smacked at a high impact, there may be a cracked portion of wood underneath the visible dent. Take a look at the exterior side of your garage door wood panel to see if there is indeed a crevice running through the wood. If this is noticed, a garage door repair service would be better suited to do the work fixing the door. If the dent is only visible from the exterior, the wood should still be intact, allowing you to do the work yourself efficiently.

Clean Off The Dented Area Before Filling It In

Before filling in the dent, clean the wood in the area where the ball hit the wood. Use a mild detergent and water to wipe off any grime from the wood. Use a garden hose to rinse the area afterward and let it dry in its entirety. It is important to take these steps so the wood-filling agent you use to make the repair will stick to the wood without obstructions in the way.

Fill In The Area With An Appropriate Substance

Head to your local hardware store to purchase some wood putty. This will be located in the lumber section or by furniture-repair solutions. This substance will come in a small block form. Break off a piece of the putty and hold it in your palm for a minute or two to warm it so that it becomes soft enough to push into the dented area. Use your fingertips to spread the putty over the edges of the dent so it adheres to the wood. The putty will harden after several hours.

Sand The Putty And Renew Your Door With New Paint

Once the putty has hardened, use a piece of coarse-grit sandpaper to remove any jagged pieces from the area. Afterward, use medium-grit sandpaper to smooth the putty to the touch. Once it is sanded down so that it is flush with the rest of the door, add new paint to the wood to cover the flawed area so that no one will know there was a dent in the area at all.

For more assistance with garage door repairs, consider contacting a professional like those at All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.