How To Fix Nail Holes In Your Hardwood Floors

Sometimes it’s nail holes and sometimes it’s rotten wood, but your projects will often require you to patch wood. Of course you will probably get different results with different stains and different woods, but my initial reaction is that neither body filler nor the Minwax wood filler is a good choice if you want an accurate color match under a clear finish. To duplicate the grain pattern of real wood, let Stainable Wood Filler harden, sand it smooth, then use the tip of a utility knife to score tiny lines in it before you apply your stain. This will add time to the repair, but you definitely won’t have to fill twice since you are not filling a deep hole.

You may be trying to attain too much perfection like all of us at times, but wood filler and sparkle tend to shrink as they dry so it may take over filling the area and then sanding it smooth. Holes in finished wood should be filled with Minwax® Wood Putty, which comes in several popular colors. Always refer to the manufacturer’s directions for the proper mixing ratio as it may vary among different epoxy wood filler products. I used minwax wood putty or something like that for my neck and it worked OK…. I would try the dowel method, it seems more stable.

Once the stairs were smooth, I used wood filler to fill in the many holes left from the carpet strip tacks and the carpet pad staples. Then I wrapped a wet paper towel around the putty knife and wiped the corner again, being careful to get into all of the crevices in the trim profile. The same thing shoulg be done on holes found in the fall or winter to kill any bees that may be over-wintering in the holes. Allow the epoxy to cure before sanding smooth, sealing with a coat of epoxy, and painting or gelcoating.

If you don’t have a NAPA near you, I would look for a pinhole free version like the 3M. Bondo sells many versions, but the most common they sell at Autopalace, etc. I posted a picture of one my doors below – not the one with the wood filler though. It’s better to use several passes and allow the epoxy to cool off between sanding. It readily accepts any Minwax stain and, once stained, will match the surrounding wood. Protected with a good paint job, your epoxy repair will probably outlast the surrounding wood. If you don’t have glue you can do this repair without it. We recommend using a screw driver and starting the screws by hand and not with a drill or screw gun.

Overfill with the epoxy then sand smooth and level and it will last a long long time. That’s because once epoxy is mixed, it only gives you about 5 minutes of working time before it starts to harden. Part of the reason is the the epoxy seems to also build up on the bottom of the plane and is tricky to remove. It is best not to overfill holes and voids so as to avoid unnecessary sanding or grinding. The wood should be allowed to absorb all the CPES™ that it will, and this can be a considerable amount on this type of deterioration. I have a flush plane I use to level the epoxy after a fill (within the first hour of pouring it).

We avoid using nail putty on MDF trim but use putty on some exterior products, PVC for example. If the wood has split as a result of the wood screw, the wood must be re-glued at the place where the split occured before you do anything else. People can get confused with the differences between wood filler and wood putty. With these three, you now have a good palette of colors that will match nearly every tone of the wood.

Wood filling can be devided into two basic tasks: filling voids – such as nail holes, chips and dents – and filling the pores of open grained” woods, like oak and mahogany. Bondo is not really a wood floor filler, but years ago I did use it on a few floors and it worked well. I need to move drill new holes in the underside of the railing to right the spindles, but the new holes will overlap the old ones in most cases.

Columns can have severe wood deterioration problems because they are usually hollow. It is better to use a product specially formulated for wood even if it is more expensive. Fill the hole with a wood plug using the method described in the previous example and then bevel the laminate at 12:1 ratio on the edges where the new laminate will overlap onto the original. Polyester filler can also be used to repair defects, such as broken and dented corners on wood trim.

I hoped you would show your way to cover the filled portion with a nice wood grain veneer so that the finished product never gives a hint there was once a hole in that place. Use the sandpaper to sand down the filler level so that it becomes even with the surface of the wood. Paint should be removed before the application of the CPES&#153, and the wood should be reasonably dry. Like ‘53′, the Finishing Putty is difficult to apply, its clingy and difficult to fill holes and near impossible to fill faint impressions.


I am looking for a clear product (maybe lacquer or lacquer-like…I’ve seen it, but do not know the name…often used to fill the natural voids in mesquite wood) that will fill the the design as well as add enough layer to the top of my table for it to be flush and smooth. If the patching wood can be taken from the piece of furniture in a spot that won’t show, the repair may be almost impossible to detect. If you’re handy and have a router with the proper templates, cut a piece of wood with the face grain exposed, called a dutchman in woodworking parlance.

But do this with caution and get Philips head not flat and get a few extra of the longer screws so if one starts to slip and bungs up the head stop and start and finish with a new screw. We will show you what you need to do to fix the hole so it will work with the same screws. Their damage is not so extensive, but does provide an access for water to get into the wood.

So these days, the situation you describe—the condition of a floor after the removal of wall-to-wall carpeting—is one of the only times that a homeowner would encounter hardwood flooring riddled with small holes. Water Damage: If moisture enters the tunnels, it can speed the rotting of the wood. We haven’t cleaned/sanded/stained the deck yet as we are waiting for the pressure treated wood to dry.

It was a cool day and while on the roof noticed a number of holes in the morter with what looked like the back end of a bug in it. I poked it with my ever handy swiss army knife and it backed out turned around and backed into the hole. Painter’s putty should be allowed to dry to the extent that the surface has skinned over before a coat of paint is applied. Now you have a nice hole-free piece of wood ready for painting or staining or whatever. Yes, this is a common mistake when using wood filler, especially those that are oilbase and seal the wood around the hole you’re attempting to fill. Don’t use wood glue and dust to make filler – it always dries more yellow that you think – unsightly!

To avoid this, drill an appropriately sized pilot hole before attempting to use a wood screw with this repair. Be sure to seal all exposed fiberglass edges and drilled holes to prevent moisture from wicking into the laminate before installing the fitting with a flexible sealant like 3M 5200. Any testing done by home inspectors will reveal only an extremely hard surface, much like the good wood surrounding the repair. Trying to force thickened epoxy into a blind hole with a putty knife always leaves an air bubble at the bottom of the hole. Just be sure the epoxy fills the void and stands slightly proud of the contour of the surface.

I have to hide the holes from the screws I drilled to hang my plasma TV on the nice woodwork panel (white color) above the fireplace. Ronseal High Performance Wood Filler is a unique two part product that delivers incredibly tough, strong and durable repairs to more or less any kind of interior or exterior wood. Treated or Hard Lumber: Treated lumber and hardwoods are less susceptible to damage from carpenter bees. Oil glazing putty is a type of linseed oil putty similar to painter’s putty, but with slightly different working characteristics. After doing so, remove the wood screw and allow the wood to close down onto the break.

It can be used on wood, drywall, and plaster to conveniently fill holes up to ½ inches deep, small cracks, and other minor surface defects. Also, wait a LONG time before drilling new holes, especially if you opt to mix sawdust with glue that can take several days to thoroughly dry in the middle. Two popular filler gels that receive good customer feedback are Bona Mix and Fill and Fiddes Wood Filler Gel. Always carry out a test before proceeding and if in doubt, contact our free wood finishing Advice Line on 01246 261664 before starting. When this happens, internal stresses become so strong that the wood cells shrink, lose elasticity, and then separate from each other.

Treating the insides of the columns is extremely important, because the wood inside is very vulnerable and CPES will significantly reduce the chance of any future wood deterioration. On the inside, I tacked in two additional pieces of balsa and then packed in fine sawdust to fill part of the volume. I also use quite a bit of epoxy sticks (several different colors) out on job sites.

It works best if the epoxy sets hard rather than gummy as the sanding is easier. One way to keep carpenter bees from drilling into wood is by spraying pesticides that contain either cypermethrin or deltamethrin onto wood surfaces. Because of its smooth plastic texture, however, it will stand out like a sore thumb if used to fill holes in the middle of walls. After filling each area I washed the excess filler off of the floor using wet rags. If you are filling knots, use an ebony fill, or tint a small amount of your red oak fill.

Another tip, if your going to paint woodwork that you’ve used a finish nailer and want to fill those tiny holes just use the grey exterior window putty, the type used for the old sash windows you can use your thumb to apply. Providing your laths (the horizontal wooden struts to which the plaster was originally secured) are still secure, you can fill small holes in old lath-and-plaster walls in the same way as an ordinary plaster wall. Once dry, sand the filled area so that its height is flush with the surrounding wood. Minwax Wood Putty is designed to fill minor surface imperfections in finished wood.

There is also another small piece of wood that completely off on the bottom of the door. It’s slow-drying putty texture is not good for filling larger holes and dents and it can’t be sanded. Working with wood filler may at first blush strike you as messy and haphazard, but precise results are not only possible, they are in fact rather easy to achieve. The paint pulled off with a thin coat of bondo in these spots showing the white primer coat below.