Has your wood garage door developed small cracks over the years? If so, before you replace this door or pay a small fortune for professional repairs, you should know that many small cracks can be repaired on a do-it-yourself basis in just a single afternoon. Following the steps outlined below will allow you to complete this task:

What You Will Need

  • sand paper
  • handheld sanding block
  • rotary tool
  • wood putty
  • putty knife (appropriate size to reach into the cracks)
  • waterproof sealant
  • 2 clean paint brushes

Step #1: Clean Away Dead Wood And Other Debris

Begin by removing all of the dead wood and other debris from in and around the cracks in your garage door. In order to remove any debris from inside the cracks, simply use a rotary tool to reach deep into the crack and sand away any wood splinters and other debris.

When cleaning around the cracks, you will need to use a handheld sanding block and gently sand the surface surrounding the damaged area. While it may be tempting to use a power sander, giving into this temptation may leave you refinishing your entire door as you strip away the finish on a much larger area.

Step #2: Fill Cracks With Wood Putty

Once you have a clean surface to work with, you can begin using your putty knife to push wood putty deep into each of the cracks. Be sure to get the putty as far into the crack as possible as this will allow for a much longer lasting repair patch.

After carefully filing each of the cracks in your garage door, you will need to allow ample time for the putty to dry before moving on to the next step. Since not all wood putties will dry at the same rate, you will need to consult the instructions on your product packaging to determine the exact amount of time required for your particular putty to dry.

Step #3: Apply The Finishing Touches

Once the wood putty has dried completely, use your sanding block to gently sand the surface of the repair patch until it is smooth and even with the rest of your door. Using one of your paint brushes, brush away all wood dust and other debris fro the door's surface before applying your waterproof sealant. Finally, use your second clean paint brush to apply the sealant to the repaired area and allow to dry completely in order to prevent future damage.

If your garage door is painted, you will also need to apply a fresh coat of paint to the repaired areas in order to restore the overall look of your door.

In Conclusion

While minor cosmetic damage can be repaired by following the steps outlined above, more severe damage can impact the stability of your garage door and should be addressed by a qualified contractor. If ever you are unsure of about the use of do-it-yourself repairs, be sure to consult a qualified contractor before moving forward with any repairs. For more help, try contacting a company like Lake County Door Co with any questions or concerns you might have.