If your wooden garage door has a small hole in it, moisture can penetrate and cause the surrounding wood to rot. Learn how to patch the door with a few materials. After finishing, add a small amount of paint and sealer to the repaired area so that the door looks the same as it did before the damage occurred. 

Use The Following Materials

  • soapy water
  • sponge
  • electric sander
  • low and high grit sandpaper
  • compressed air
  • lint free cloth
  • wood filler
  • caulking gun
  • exterior paint
  • exterior clear sealer
  • small paintbrush
  • painter's tape
  • putty knife

Clean And Sand The Damaged Area

Use soapy water and a sponge to clean the damaged area and the wood that surrounds it. Dry the surface off well with a cloth. Attach a piece of low grit sandpaper to a hand sander and sand the wood around the hole to remove chipped paint and to provide the wood with a smooth surface. Press the sander down firmly against the wood and move it across the surface with the grain of the wood.

After the wood feels smooth, sand the surface with high grit sandpaper. Wipe the surface off with a lint free cloth to remove dust particles. Spray inside of the hole with a can of compressed air to remove any debris. 

Fill The Hole

Place a tube of wood filler into a caulking gun. Squeeze the trigger on the gun and fill the hole. Smooth out the filler with a putty knife. The filler will dry within a few hours. Read the back of the tube to determine the exact amount of time that you may need to wait because some brands of filler take longer than others to dry. Lightly sand the repaired area once it is dry. Wipe off the wood surface with a damp sponge, followed up by a dry cloth.

Apply Paint And Sealer

Apply painter's tape around the repaired area so that paint and sealer do not get onto any of the surrounding areas. Spray the paint from several inches away from the door. Wait a few hours for the paint to dry. Spray clear sealer over the painted section. The sealer will prevent the fresh paint from fading or peeling if it is exposed to moisture, extreme heat, or sunlight. Remove the painter's tape. The damaged area will no longer be visible and moisture will not be able to penetrate the wood.

To learn more about garage door repairs, contact a business like All Pro Quality Garage Doors, Inc.