Over the years your moulding, especially baseboard, is bound to get a little dinged up. You might need to patch some small dings in your moulding everyonce in a while. Of course, when you patch moulding, you will also need to repaint it. This article explains how to patch and paint damaged, dented or faded moulding in your home. In the end you will be surprised how this simple element has such a huge impact on the look of your home. It is definitely a DIY project that is worth your time.
Prepping the Area
First, you need to prepare the area you are going to patch. All you need is a sponge sander. This allows you sand out the inside of small dents. You can also sand off the existing paint so the patch will stick well. Wood patch is meant to be applied to wood, so if it is spread onto painted wood, it might not stick very well. Don't do so much sanding that you start to create a bump in the wood surface. Just try to sand off the paint in a small perimeter around the hole.
Patching the Area
For small patch jobs on hardwood moulding you should just use wood putty patch. This is premixed and sold in cans of all different sizes. It is a neutral wood color so it will need to be painted once it dries. You can use a putty knife to spread it, or you can just use your finger if you are only filling a small hole. Don't bother with a putty knife if you dent is only about the size of your finger tip. Make sure you pack the putty tight into the dent so any cavities are fully filled in. Once the putty has dried you will need to sand it down to make it perfectly flat.
Painting the Patch
The final step is to prime and paint the patch. Priming is important for ensuring that your paint matches. Even if you use the same exact paint color, it might absorb differently into the patched area if it is not primed. If you are having trouble matching your existing paint, you might want to just paint the entire length of molding along that wall. Often, the differences will be so small that they will be unnoticeable.
As you can see, this is not a particularly difficult project, but it does require a few steps. Be patient when patching and painting so you end up with an invisible patch. More about this topic can be found here.
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