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Problem:

Door has a hole.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Specialized auto putty like Bondo or drywall compound

  • Plumber's putty knife/flexible joint knife (for spreading Bondo or drywall compound)

  • Machine belt sander or medium-level sandpaper

  • Carpenter's knife

  • Styrofoam (recycled from opened packages, etc.)

  • Spray foam insulation (in an aerosol can)

  • Paint

  • Paintbrush

Solution:

 

Fixing a hole in a hollow door may, at first, seem like a daunting task, and it would just seem so much easier to cover the hole by tacking on some sort of a poster or picture over it.  However, in actuality, you don't need to resort to this approach of having an awkwardly posted picture on your door to cover an embarrassing hole.

Caution: When dealing with chemicals in products, such as Bondo, and sharp objects, such as a carpenter's knife, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Patching a hole in a hollow door can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. First fill the the hole of the door with either Styrofoam approximately cut to the size of the hole with a carpenter's knife, or fill it up with the use of a spray-on foam insulation can.

  2. If you use the spray-on foam insulation can, wait for the sprayed-on foam insulation to cure per the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. With the hole filled with either Styrofoam or the spray-on foam insulation (that's been cured by now), apply a layer of either Bondo or drywall compound over the filling and the hole overall with a joint knife or putty knife; Bondo tends to be better than drywall compound since it dries quicker and hardens better, making the surface it covers very strong.

  4. With a machine belt sander or the use of your hands in scrubbing the surface with medium-level sandpaper, sand the treated hole flat to match the physical scheme of the door being repaired.

  5. Paint the door with a paintbrush in order to make the treated hole blend in as much as possible.

That's all it takes to get rid of a hole in a door without resorting to awkwardly posting a picture or poster over such a hole.

Ed the Handyman

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