How Do You Repair Gouged Wood?


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Wash gouged wood, mix wood putty with hardener, fill in the gouges, sand the dried putty, apply wood stain, and let the wood dry to repair gouged wood. This one-day process requires water, soap, rags, wood putty, hardener, a paper plate, a putty knife, wood stain, a paintbrush and sandpaper.

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  1. Wash the wood

    Wash the wood with a rag dipped in a mixture of water and grease-cutting soap. Dry it with another rag.

  2. Mix the putty and hardener

    Put small amounts of wood putty and hardener on a paper plate, and mix them with a putty knife.

  3. Fill the gouges

    Load the putty knife, and push its contents into the gouges. Overfill them, so that the putty protrudes above the surface. Blend the putty into the surrounding wood, and let it dry according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

  4. Trim and sand the putty

    Scrape the knife along the edges of the putty until the surface and edges are smooth. Then, sand the putty with fine sandpaper until it is level with the rest of the surface. Dip a rag in water, squeeze water out, and wipe the wood to remove sanding debris.

  5. Stain the wood

    Stain the wood with a paintbrush, and let it dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. When the stain dries, apply a second coat. Do not touch or move the wood until it is dry.

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