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Fixing A Wood Panel In Your Overhead Garage Door

If you had a recent mishap happen where you bumped into your wooden garage door with your vehicle, leaving behind a crack in one of the panels, repairing it promptly will become a necessity. Tending to a crack in your wood overhead garage door will keep it from sustaining additional damage as the door is opened and closed. Here are some steps you can use to patch a small cracked portion of a wood panel in your garage door on your own.

Do An Evaluation Of The Damaged Area

It is important that the crack is limited to one side of the wood panel in order to do an effective repair job on your own. If you notice that the crack runs straight through the panel, it is best to call a repair service to replace the panel with a new piece. If the wood is crumbled, a new door piece may also be required for it to work properly.

Clean The Affected Area Before Fixing

Take the time to clean the area where your vehicle had struck the wood before you attempt to fill in the crack. This will help the filling agent to adhere without debris getting in the way. Wipe down the area with a mild detergent using a non-abrasive sponge. If you see small slivers of wood protruding from or around the crack, remove them with a pair of tweezers. After you cleanse the area, use a garden hose to remove the soap from the area. Allow the door panel to dry in its entirety before you fill in the crack.

Fill In The Crack With Wood Putty

Wood putty will work well at filling in crack within the garage door panel. This material can be purchased from a hardware store. Roll a piece of the putty around between your fingertips for a few minutes to help soften it so it can be pushed into the crevice. Make sure to push it into the crack as far as possible to give the crack stability. Spread the putty over the edges of the crack to contain it in its entirety.

Sand And Finish The Project

After the wood putty hardens, it will need to be sanded down so the crack is not noticeable. Use a piece of medium-grit sandpaper to remove any protruding hardened portions of putty from the door panel. Afterward, switch to a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the wood filling agent. Repaint the portion of the door to hide the flaw from view.

For more tips or professional advice, contact a company like Automatic Door Company.