how to apply wood filler to nail holes?

Don’t let a few nail holes ruin your beautiful piece of wood. There are plenty of ways to fill them in and make them disappear. Here’s how:

Can you use wood filler for nail holes?

The short answer: yes, wood filler is a great way to fix nail and screw holes. However, if you have larger holes or a lot of gaps between boards, then it won’t be enough on its own.

In that case, you may need to use two different fillers—one for smaller holes and another one for bigger ones.

For small holes (1/8”), the process is really simple: just rub your finger over the area until it’s filled in with filler.

For larger ones (1/4” or more), get some sandpaper (#80) and rub off any excess filler by hand until you’re left with smooth wood again.

How do you fill in deep nail holes in wood?

First, you need to make a hole in the wood. Use a drill with a bit that’s slightly smaller than the nail head.

Then, pull out the piece of wood that was used to cover your nail hole with pliers or tweezers (just be careful not to break it!).

Fill in the hole with some wood filler, let it dry and sand down any rough edges. Let your new piece of the wall look great by painting over it!

Should I use caulk or wood filler for nail holes?

Are you wondering how to fix nail holes in wood?

You’re not alone. There’s a lot of confusion about fixing these pesky problems, but don’t despair—we’ve got you covered!

Caulk is a sealant, not a filler. It’s meant for sealing and waterproofing, not for filling gaps or holes. So if you have an exposed nail head or screw hole in your wood project, caulk won’t do the job of filling it up like wood filler will.

To properly repair these types of damages, use only a high-quality 100% acrylic-based polyurethane or polyurea resin filler that comes with a matching hardener (both are sold separately).

This type of product will fill gaps as well as bond to itself without shrinking once dried; other fillers may shrink when applied between two pieces of wood causing them to separate over time due to expansion/contraction cycles (e.g., during seasons).

What’s the difference between wood putty and wood filler?

The most common mistake when using wood putty is overfilling the hole. This makes it difficult to sand down and can cause the surrounding wood to chip off.

Wood filler, on the other hand, is stronger and harder than wood putty so it doesn’t need as much filling. It’s also easier to sand down so you don’t have to worry about damaging any surrounding areas when you’re smoothing out your project.

Although both products are used for filling holes and cracks in a variety of materials (including wood), they should be applied differently depending on what kind of surface you’re working with:

  • When using wood filler on metal or plastic surfaces such as fences or railings around decks or porches, spray a generous amount onto your brush before spreading over any rough patches—this ensures that no air pockets form during application which could weaken the bond between material types.*

Which is better wood putty or wood filler?

There are two main types of wood filler: putty and filler. Putty is typically thicker than filler, so it’s great for filling holes in your wood, but it can be difficult to apply.

Filler, on the other hand, is easier to apply—so if you’re looking for a way to fill nail holes in your furniture or any other piece of woodwork where there’s a gap between pieces of wood (like doors or walls), then choose this type of product instead.

What do professional painters use to fill nail holes?

  • Use a putty knife to remove excess filler.
  • Fill nail holes with a putty knife and let dry for at least 24 hours before sanding the surface lightly with fine sandpaper.

What do you use to fill nail holes in wood trim?

When you’re filling a nail hole, there are three things you can use to apply the filler:

  • A putty knife. This will help spread the filler evenly over the surface and make sure it’s level.
  • A small brush, such as an artist’s brush or a small paintbrush. This will allow you to reach into corners and recesses where the putty knife might not be able to reach.
  • A small spatula (or even just your finger), for applying extra filler around raised edges of woodwork or other objects that have been bumped against walls when hanging pictures or mirrors on them

How do you fill nail holes without sanding?

The best way to fill nail holes is with a wood filler. Wood fillers are available at your local hardware store and are typically made from epoxy resin or vinyl acetate-acrylic copolymer (a fancy name for plastic).

You can also use wood putty to fill nail holes, but it will be more difficult to apply and sand down than the more pliable epoxy resins of some wood fillers.

What can I use to fill screw holes in wood?

If you’re wondering what to use to fill screw holes in wood, there are a few options. Wood putty is the most versatile and can be used on large or small areas.

If you’re working with small, tight spaces where the wood filler’s texture might be visible, consider using a wood filler pen or stick instead.

And if you’re looking for an easy way to fill larger areas of your project quickly (or if you just don’t want to deal with rolling out all that putty), try using a spray filler instead!

How do you hide nail heads in wood?

You can use wood filler to hide the nail holes in your project. To do this, you’ll need to use a putty knife to apply the filler and then sand it down with fine sandpaper when it’s dry.


We hope this blog has helped you to answer some of the questions surrounding nail hole filling. It can be a tricky thing to get right, but by following the steps we’ve outlined above, you’ll have a much better chance of getting it right first time around.

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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