How to Repair Door Dents

Written by steve smith
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How to Repair Door Dents
Repair your door with wood filler. (Gary Yeowell/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Door dents are repairable. With the use of a familiar product, you cab erase any dent and restore the door to like-new condition. The repair method makes use of wood putty as a filler. It has a dry consistency and spreads over wooden surfaces.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Sandpaper, 200-grit and 300-grit
  • Wood putty
  • Scraper or applicator

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  1. 1

    Assess the dented area. Sand lightly around the edges of the dent with 200-grit sandpaper, removing just the paint and burrs from the dent. Wipe the residue away with a towel when you're finished.

  2. 2

    Wash the dented area thoroughly with water, soap and a sponge or towel. Wipe away all grease, dirt and foreign objects.

  3. 3

    Scoop enough wood putty onto the scraper to cover the entire dented area. If the dent is very large, apply as generous an amount as the scraper will hold. Apply the putty to the dent with the scraper. Pull the end of the scraper across the putty to flatten it. If you are able to cover the dent in one swipe, it makes for a cleaner repair.

  4. 4

    Allow the putty to dry for 12 to 24 hours or as recommended on the label. Once dry, sand the repaired area lightly with 300-grit sandpaper and wipe away the residue.

  5. 5

    Spray a coat of matching exterior paint over the repair to hide it and blend the area with the rest of the door.

Tips and warnings

  • If your door is metal, simply use auto body filler instead of wood putty. Follow the directions on the package.

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