If you have accidentally stopped your vehicle a bit too late and have hit your garage door, you may have an area with broken wood that needs to be repaired. Fixing a small hole in a wooden door is not that difficult and you may be able to do it on your own. If the door is cracked and pieces are falling off, you will need to hire a garage door contractor to do the work for you. Here are some instructions you can use to repair a wooden garage door after you have hit it with your vehicle.
Materials You Will Need
- Non-abrasive sponge
- Bucket of water
- Mild detergent
- Needle nose pliers
- Epoxy putty for wood
- Medium and fine-grit sandpaper
- Sanding machine
Start By Cleaning
Before you start the repair, clean the affected area thoroughly. This should be done to allow the filler material to adhere properly without the risk of obstruction. Use a non-abrasive sponge and dip it into a bucket of soapy water. Clean the entire broken area of the door. If there are pieces of wood splintering out of the crack or hole that was caused by the vehicle, pick them out using a pair of needle nose pliers. Allow the door to dry before starting to repair.
Repairing The Door
Epoxy putty can be used to fill in a crack or small hole in your garage door. Open the package and tear off a piece of the putty that looks as if it will be the correct size to fill in the damaged area. Roll it around between your fingers so it becomes pliable in consistency. Push the putty into the broken area of the door as far as you can wedge it inside. Use the end of a screwdriver or another small tool if needed. Smooth the putty over the entire damaged area using your fingers to push it into place. Allow it to harden according to the instructions included.
Finishing The Look
Use a sanding machine and a piece of medium-grit sandpaper to smooth the putty so it is level with the existing wood of the door. Switch to a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to further smooth down the putty, making it appear as if there was never a damaged area in the door at all. Paint over the repaired area and allow to dry completely before attempting to open the door. For assistance, talk to a professional like Dependable Overhead Doors.