Do-It-Yourself Garage Door Repair: Fixing Small Cracks In A Wood Door

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Over the years, many wood garage doors will develop small cracks and holes as a result of fluctuating temperatures and humidity levels. If your garage door has developed this type of damage, you should know that you can easily skip the expense of hiring a professional contractor and perform these minor repairs yourself. The step by step guide below will help you to accomplish this task.

Tools You Will Need:

  • Rotary Tool
  • Sandpaper and Sanding Block
  • Putty Knife
  • Two Paintbrushes

Materials You Will Need:

  • Wood Putty
  • Stain or Paint that Matches Your Door's Current Finish

Step 1: Remove Damaged Wood and Debris

The first step in any garage door repair will be to ensure you are working with a clean surface. This means removing any damaged wood, dirt, and other debris from in and around the cracks and holes in your garage door.

In order to remove debris and wood splinters from inside the damaged areas, simply use a rotary tool to reach deep into each crack or hole and gently sand away any unwanted materials. Next, you will need to use sanding block to remove any debris and old paint from the surface of your garage door. Once all debris has been removed, simply use a clean paintbrush to brush away any sawdust and other small particles.

Step 2: Fill with Wood Putty

Using a putty knife that is small enough to reach all the way into each crack, begin filling the damaged areas with wood putty. While you should be generous with this material, you will want to apply small amounts at a time to ensure you are able to reach deep into the further corners of the damage.

Once you are sure that the damaged area has been completely filled, you will need to smooth the surface of your repair patch using the broad side of your putty knife. This tool can also be used to carefully scrape away any excess putty.

Finally, allow your door to sit overnight so that the putty can dry completely before you apply the final touches to your repair.

Step 3: Apply The Final Touches

In order to ensure your garage door is completely smooth, you will need to gently sand the repaired area using a fine grain sandpaper. Using the same paintbrush as was used in Step 1, be sure to brush away any sawdust that remains after sanding this area.

Finally, using a clean paintbrush, apply a fresh coat of wood stain or paint in order to perfectly blend your new repairs with your existing door finish. To learn more about garage repair, visit Allied Garage Door Co


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