How to Repair Gouges in Wood Moulding

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Wood molding adds the finishing touch to a room, but it can be easily gouged by furniture moving and carpet installation. If your wood molding has been dinged and dented, you'll be pleased to learn it's not too tough a job to repair the gouges and return your molding to its original beauty. Once you've mastered the touch-up tricks of the trade, you'll be able to maintain your woodwork and molding whenever such accidents occur in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood putty, color to match molding
  • Small putty knife
  • Lint-free rag
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Wash the molding with a damp cloth to remove any dirt and dust; allow to dry completely.

  • Scoop a teaspoon of putty onto a putty knife, scraping excess putty on the rim of the can to avoid overloading the knife.

  • Run the putty knife over the gouge in the molding, holding the knife at a 45-degree angle and pressing firmly to wedge the putty into the crevice.

  • Smooth any rough spots on the molding, again using the putty knife until the surface is uniform.

  • Wipe off any excess putty that may have smeared around the gouge area using a damp, lint-free rag. Allow the putty to dry completely.

  • Sand any rough surface area on the dry molding, using a fine grit sand paper to buff the repair to a soft sheen.

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