Filling Holes And Gouges In Wood

If you’re repair won’t get wet, I have used Durham’s Rock Hard water putty to fill lots of cracks gouges, holes, etc. Wood putty is most commonly used to fill imperfections in woodwork, and can be applied to panelling, floors, furniture and other wooden surfaces. This will enable your boat to once again be a hole in the water (with a few less holes) into which to pour money! Carpenter bees prefer to excavate their nests in soft, unpainted wood – such as the back side of fascia boards, siding, window trim, and porch ceilings. We put wax paper behind each area to be filled so that the epoxy filler wouldn’t bond to the board behind it. Do not believe any advertising that claims wood filler will accept stain and finish like genuine wood.

Allow deck planks to dry at least 48 hours with bottom side up. Now repeat this same process with the joists, allowing for extensive and prolonged absorption at bad wood areas. Here, the goal is to identify a shade of putty that matches as closely as possible the color of your flooring. When re-inserting the screw you will be grinding the wood filler pieces into fragments. Use 404 High-Density Filler or 406 Colloidal Silica Filler to thicken the epoxy.


Squeeze a liberal amount of Minwax Stainable Wood Filler into the area to be filled and press firmly in place using a putty knife. We adore this pre-mixed filler because it shrinks less than any other filler we have tried, which makes it a better choice if you insist on filling larger areas. If you had wet you wood you would have known that those spots wouldn’t take the stain. Recommended for filling and hiding countersunk nail holes, gouges, scratches, and mitre joints.

Wood Plugs – Cut from the side grain of a board, wood plugs have a visible wood grain rather than end pores like a dowel. While it is likely that simply filling this hole will provide enough strength, overlaying the plug with fiberglass will provide more strength and better sealing. It was stained with a very dark color, and I’ve used stain remover and sanding to get it down to the wood as far as I can. Jameson, it depends how big the space between is. Likely you’ll need a filler piece of wood for any significant gap.

Fill Abandoned Holes: When carpenter bees emerge in spring and again in fall, fill holes with a bit of steel wool, a wad of aluminum foil, a dowel and wood glue, or even caulk. Small holes in bare or unfinished wood can be filled with Minwax® Stainable Wood Filler. The added moisture will help to gradually expand the wood cells around the split and which will decrease the gap. The repairs can be sanded, drilled, planed, essentially you are left with a piece that performs just like wood but will never rot or fall out.

Bondo will not accept stain but if you color it to match the wood, it will work fine on a natural floor. Minwax offers a variety of easy-to-use products to help maintain and repair wood that is worn, chipped or scratched, to its original beauty. Make sure that when you are sanding down the wood filler, you follow the grain of the wood. If CPES™ impregnation is deep, up to 2 weeks may be required for solvent evaporation and epoxy cure. Probe the area surrounding the damaged wood with an awl or screwdriver to determine the extent of the rot.