How to Use Wood Putty like a Pro

How to Use Wood Putty like a Pro - Handyman

Here is a brief guide on how to use wood putty like professional handyman. Out of the many types of filling materials for cracks, dents, and holes in wood, let’s focus on petroleum-based wood putty for now.

Before anything else, remember what wood putty cannot do for you. It does not improve the structural stability of a door frame, wall, or piece of furniture, and it doesn’t have adhesive capabilities. It cannot bond objects together. Using wood putty is best for improving the appearance of a wooden object. It is mainly a matter of aesthetics.

Tips to Use Wood Putty

1. You can use dye to match your wood putty to the color and texture of the wood. You want the material to blend in and not stand out like a sore thumb.

2. Although wood putty can be sanded off, don’t use too much. Not only is this wasteful, it makes the task of sanding off extra hard, even risking damage to the object you want to repair. When it dries, wood putty can be rather hard.

3. Work fast before the petroleum-based wood putty dries up. This part takes a little bit of experience, so the more research you do on how to use wood putty properly, the better your finished product will be.

4. Press the area you’re working on with your finger and follow through with a putty knife, wiping off the excess before it dries. Acetone can be used to clean up wood putty, but if you do this part right, you won’t need the acetone clean up at all.

5. It takes 30 minutes to an hour for the wood putty to harden. After that, sand with an oscillating sander. Use a cloth to wipe off the dust.

It sounds easy enough on paper, but do-it-yourself projects like this takes some getting used to. If you are not entirely happy with your work, don’t worry. You’ll improve over time.

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