How to Patch Hardboard Siding


Hardboard siding is made from wood fiber, resin and wax. It comes in many different colors and styles, and is designed to look like real lumber siding. It is an inexpensive way to update the exterior look of your home. After years of exposure to the elements, your hardboard siding may need repairing. Moisture can cause areas of the wood to rot and holes may form. This is a common problem with hardboard siding, but most repairs can be done without calling a repairman.

Things You'll Need

  • Patching compound
  • Drywall finishing knife
  • Sand paper (fine grain)
  • Damp cloth
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Remove loose pieces of rotted siding or dirt from the hole before applying patching compound.

  • Fill in the holes in your hardboard siding with patching compound, using your sheetrock finishing knife. Scrape off any excess compound. The size of the sheetrock finishing knife depends on the size of the hole. Allow the compound to dry completely before sanding or adding another layer.

  • Sand the patching compound once it has dried and wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. For larger holes, add another layer of compound, and then let it dry. Sand the area again to smooth it out, and then wipe with a damp cloth.

  • Paint the patched area with two to three coats of paint that matches the color of your hardboard siding. Allow paint to dry completely between each coat.

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