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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