Our bedrooms have solid oak doors, painted white.
The boys beat the hell out of them in their younger years, now it's time
to get them looking good again.
I was going to fill all the dings with wood putty. My wife wants to use
What's the best way to fill dings and prepare the doors for repainting?
You painted oak? :^(
For interior use like that, I'd use Bondo. That is what they used at
work ten years ago on 90 year old wood doors, to replace the collectible
brass doorknobs with ADA-compliant levers at a lower height, and none of
the filled areas seem to have popped or cracked.
How big are the dings? Way less than a dime's depth?
Bondo will work great on interior wood work but it's a lot more work
Take a close look at each defect. What I call a ding is a depression
in the wood due to crushed wood fibers. If that is indeed the case,
the ding can be easily steamed out. Put the corner/edge of a wet
paper towel or cotton cloth over the defect and touch it with the tip
of an iron. Repeat until the ding disappears. Allow to dry and sand
smooth with 220-grit.
I call it a "gouge" when wood is removed. Unfortunately steaming
won't work so well. I like to use Bondo, prime, paint for gouge
defects in the wood. The Bondo cures strong and fast, paints well.
Not saying putty or spackle won't work well, but I think Bondo is
Wow, I wish I'd read this first.
Oh, well, the job's done. The spacle worked great, and after painting,
the doors are smooth and new-looking.
My 12-year-old son got to learn that sanding is a lot more work than
just doing a neat job with the spackle in the first place. :)
As far as painting the doors in the first place, when we had an addition
built upstairs, the wife wanted all white trim. So we re-used the 2
doors that we already had, in addition to the new doors.
And they were all dinged up before.
The bondo bit is interesting and something I never thought of before. I
can see where it might be good with gouges on painted doors, especially
when there is substantial surface damage or missing wood.
I assume though, that with stained doors (or whatever), it would look
pretty bad, would it not?
Plastic wood with very fine sanding dust in it still seems like the
best way there; or do you think I'm in error?
I've always used spackle - so special type - to fill dings and defects
on painted wood. I have also used wood filler - has caution for not
breathing sanding dust due to silicates - for bare wood, with good results.
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